I made these bookmarks to add to a ‘goodies bag’ which my writing group will be providing to the attendees of our group’s annual writing retreat. (I’ve made 18 of these now.)
They’re quick and easy to make: I bought a pack of pre-made tags, which came in a variety of colours. You could easily cut these out from cardstock, but I picked the pre-made ones up very cheaply, so it wasn’t worth my while.
Using Tim Holtz Distress Ink (I used Worn Lipstick) I stamped each tag from top to bottom with a ‘script’ stamp. Then I took a GKD stamp – this one is from the Enjoy the Sunsine set – and stamped it with Stazon Jet Black.
I wanted this to be the feature. You could use any suitable stamp for this – I think a silhouette stamp would probably work best.
Last but not least, I added a piece of lace along the bottom. The lace I used is made from cotton I think, and it was a light beige colour. I could have bought the same lace in white, but I didn’t like it – it was too ‘bright’.
I used the same lace for the top. Normally I would use ribbon at the top, and have done that on some of the tags I have made previously, but with these I wanted a more vintage look, and this fitted perfectly.
When adding the lace, I was a bit torn. The ‘rule’ is to not use wet glue on ribbon or lace, but I worried that double-sided tape wouldn’t hold long enough with these. It’s not such an issue on cards, basically because people look at them, then put them away or on display, but with a bookmark, they’re being used all the time. So I ended up using tacky glue on this. Very sparingly. The last thing I wanted was for the glue to seep through the lace and make it hard.
Anyway, it worked, and I was very happy with the result.
Each tag took less than 5 minutes, and I ended up doing them production line style, so I’m sure they took even less than that. The slowest part was adding the lace at the top.
I could have made these tags more bulky using embossing powders, flowers etc., but I wanted them to be flat so they were suitable for using in books.
These would make a great additional to your Mother’s Day card. You could put it inside the card, or give it separately. These are a perfect addition to any card, or any gift. You could even use images to suit the occassion – such as Christmas, Easter, etc. For Mother’s Day, stamp an appropriate greeting such as “Happy Mother’s Day”.
It truly is the gift that goes on giving.
*There’s no reason you can’t use this same idea and turn it into a card.