Creative Layered Bookmarks with Your Cutting Machine
Hello, The Artistry readers! My name is Fernanda, and I’m a paper crafter from Brazil. I will be writing about my projects here, and I hope you enjoy. For my first post, I will show you how to make this beautiful layered bookmark!
I’ve always liked reading, ever since I was a child. My family always gave me books for my birthday and Christmas. I grew up with a new adventure in every book. Even now, with technology in our hands and e-books being more and more popular, I still enjoy the feeling of holding a book in my hands while I read. And with a lot more time at home, I’ve been reading more.
I was also a crafter since I was little, and I used to make my own bookmarks with crayons and pages I ripped off my school notebooks. I always loved the fact that my bookmarks were unique, and they were so… me, you know? It has always been a way to express myself. So now that I’m older and very into crafting, one of my favorite things to make are bookmarks. I’ve done simple ones just printing them out, I’ve tried foil, even a cross-stitching one once, but my favorite ones to make are layered paper ones. I love my cutting machine, and it really gets my creativity flowing.
Today, I want to share with you a very easy project, two similar versions of a layered bookmark that I’ve made using two files from Creative Fabrica. I’ll show you step by step how I’ve made them, so that you can get inspired and start as well. Let’s get crafting!
- 3-5 colors of cardstock
- Paper glue
- Cutting machine (or printer and scissors if you don’t have one)
- Foam tape
- Base template
- Butterfly template
For this project I’m using 180g (40 lb) cardstock. I’m using the Silhouette Cameo for cutting, but these designs work with Cricut and other machines as well. I find the metallic cardstock easier to cut and the result is beautiful, but for this project I’ll be using regular cardstock. If you work with paper cutting often, you can use your scraps, because the parts we’re using are small. It’s a great way to use small pieces that would have gone to waste otherwise. That’s exactly what I will be doing today.
Let’s Start by Choosing the Colors You Want to Use
First, I separated the papers and colors I want to use. For the base of the bookmark, I used black for the bottom, purple in the middle and lilac on top. Pink would be a great option as well. You can play with the colors and make it more playful or romantic, or even choose colors to match the cover of your favorite book!
The next step was choosing the colors for the butterfly. I chose black for the outline to make it pop on top of the bookmark, since the top layer is light. I chose a pink chevron paper that I had, this way it stands out from the base and still has contrast from the outline, while keeping the color scheme for the project. You can choose another complimentary color for the butterfly, or a bright color to make it really stand out, whichever your imagination desires.
Get Your Templates into Your Cutting Machine Software
After choosing the paper, what I did was get my templates into my cutting machine software. There are many file extensions to choose from, so you can choose which one fits best for your software. You can print and then cut it by hand, the base is very easy to cut. The butterfly is a little trickier, but you can hand-cut the outline.
The templates I’m using are Earrings Template Cut File for the base and Layered Butterfly SVG Clipart for the top (links are up in the supply list). The one I used for the base (earrings template) has 3 different models and I chose the first one. I selected all three layers together and resized them until they reached the size I wanted, which is 15 cm (6 inches). I’ve also stretched them a little bit to the side to make it a bit wider. You can see there is a small hole on the top, because this is originally a template for earrings. You can use your software to take that off or leave it there. The butterfly will be on top of it, so it will be covered. You can also use it to attach a tassel or ribbon, to make it even more special.
Glue the Layers Together to Create the Base of Your Bookmark
Next thing, I separated the layers and cut them individually in the colors I chose previously, as pictured above. Lastly, I glued them together, and this is the result for the base of our bookmark. To make it more personalized, you can write something or use small punches on the top layer. For one of the two models I made, I cut smaller butterflies to glue on top. For the other, I wrote something by hand, and I really liked both results.
Cut and Assemble the Butterfly
The next step I did was cutting the butterfly. I cut one that is 5.3 cm (2 inches) wide, which is a little bit wider than the base, but you can cut it a little smaller if you want, as long as it isn’t narrower than the base of the bookmark. After everything is cut, just assemble the layers with glue.
Attach the Butterfly to the Bookmark Base to Make It Pop
Now, to the step that makes the bookmark really pop. To attach the butterfly to the base, I used foam tape. This way, the bookmark won’t slide between the pages of your book, and the butterfly will be visible from the outside and make it even easier for you to find where you stopped reading. The result is beautiful! I don’t recommend using the foam tape between the layers of the base of the bookmark because the book won’t close that well if you do, and it will damage your bookmark.
For one of the bookmarks, I simply put a small piece of foam tape on the back of the butterfly, so the whole piece was on the same level. For the other one, I bent the butterfly a little, as if it was spreading its wings and flying. I glued the middle part to the base, and used smaller pieces of foam tape on each wing, and the result was the one I liked the most.
You can personalize the top of your bookmark with any design you like. You can choose flowers, rainbows, or an animal that you like. Your imagination has no limits! Let’s get crafting!