snowbuddies-book-markThis is a quick project that I made when I was up in Virginia for my girls week.  I just love this hostess level 2 stamp set in the Holiday Mini called Snow Buddies.  With a variety of stamps you can build your own snowman.  And there are snowflakes and the little swoosh of wind.  Here is how you make it:

  1. Stamp the images on a piece of 4″ x 1-3/4″ of Whisper White card stock using Jet Black StazOn ink.  I used the tall snowman, the ice skates, the knit cap, the arms, and the snow flake and swoosh of wind.  Just a hint if you’ll stamp the ice skates a little below the body of the snowman then you can add with a black marker the stick legs.  That was easier for me than trying to line up the skates perfectly on the bottom of the snowman.  I did pretty good with the knit cap, but error on the above the snowman side because then it just looks like the wind is blowing it off his head.  Or if you have to have it lined up perfect use a stamp-a-ma-jig.
  2. Watercolor the images with an aqua-painter and classic ink – I used Bermuda Bay, Real Red and some Going Gray.  Use the gray to add shadows on the snowman to give him some dimension and under his skates to ground him.
  3. Cut an 8-1/2″ x 2″ strip of Bermuda Bay card stock and score it in half at 4-1/4″.
  4. Attach the white stamped piece to one side of the Bermuda Bay card stock.
  5. Put a magnet on the inside of the Bermuda Bay card stock near the bottom edge.  This will hold the book mark in place on the page of your book.  Make sure the magnet pieces attract each other and are position in the same spot.  The easiest way to do that is to attach a magnet to one side, then put the second magnet on the first so they stick together, then close the bookmark so the adhesive from the second magnet sticks to it.  Press down and then pull the magnets apart.  I found some business card size magnets that already had adhesive on them.  I cut them into pieces – I used my paper cutter to cut them – it doesn’t cut through them but cuts enough that you can then break off the piece you need.

These would be cute little projects to include with a book that you are giving as a gift.  Make one for each season or something more generic.  How about this for a Christmas gift for a friend – a good book, a hand-made bookmark and some hot cocoa – sounds good on a cold winter night!

Stampin’ Up! has a Holiday Gift Giving Guide – click the Santa on my right-hand side-bar to download it.  It is full of gift giving ideas for kids, for teens, for card makers and scrapbookers, for stocking stuffers, for neighbors and more.  There is even a “Dream Come True Gift”  – a Big Shot Gift Pack that includes the Big Shot, a collection of dies and accessories.  And when you spend $50 on items in the Gift Giving Guide you get a free Decor Elements piece (up to $16.95 value)…

I hope you enjoyed your weekend and your Halloween. I can’t believe it is already November!!