Goodbye June! It is the last day of June and I wanted to make sure that I posted a little something that I whipped up here this last week before I go on moving/vacation time. 😀
I created a laminated magnetic bookmark using the oh-so-cute Lion from the On Safari Clear Stamp set . I did not set out to make a laminated bookmark, but once I colored Lion up I really wanted to preserve him and what better way than to laminate him for my planner!
The backing papers are from Fancy Pants, the Memories Captured digital collection. I cut the papers down to 4 cm x 12 cm, then fish tailed. I did this twice so that the front and back of the bookmark looks exactly the same. I added the sentiment, also from On Safari, and then attached Lion so that his head is above the bookmark.
Once I had the back and front sorted I did some funky laminating tricks so that essentially the entire bookmark is in one piece, but still allowing it to open fully and Lion's head to peak out over it. If I had been thinking I might have taken a picture, but it really was a "hmm..I hope this works" moment. 😉
To finish the bookmark, I trimmed the laminate leaving a wide margin so that the smooth laminate side stuck to the sticky side. If there were any openings, such as where the back and front met up, I used clear tape to fix.
I used some heavy duty flat mini magnets, which were adhered by sticky dots, to give the bookmark its magnetic closure & some functionality.
Image: On Safari Clear Stamp Set
Stabilo Pens: Dark Yellow, Lilac
Staedtler Pens: Yellow, Orange, Light Brown, Dark Brown, Red
This is really the area that makes me giggle like a school girl. This little guy is colored up with...Staedtler and Stabilo felt pens and water! Seriously! If you don't believe you can do it, check out this video from Julia Altermann on YT. I have a crap load of these pens and had to try it. The Lion came out perfect - the first time! & wow..look at how brilliant he is. 😀
The red and dark browns were used to deepen the fur coloring on the Lion, while the Lilac acted (like for Copics) as a good shadow color. The trick to coloring with felt tip pens is to lay down your color in the dark areas and use the water to pull it into the light. The amount of contrast this creates blows me away!
Needless to say, this month I'll be scheduling almost all my posts with images colored this way. It is so much fun and I really enjoyed employing the lessons I've learned from coloring with my Copics to watercolors (shading, blending, etc.).
July - August Schedule
As mentioned, I do have some cards finished and ready to be scheduled for the month of July so stay tuned for that! I won't be readily available though since it is moving month, but I'll try to log on every week to check my social media and any comments here. 🙂
August is going to be rather interesting. We possibly will not have internet so I don't know if I'll be able to post anything. Not only that you know how long it takes to unpack a house! 😉 Plus work gets crazy hectic after vacation. So, we'll play it by ear. By the end of August though hopefully everything will get back to normal-ish!