Hey friends, Adrianne here with you today to share a great gift idea for teacher appreciation, or for any book lover on your list! Summer reading is right around the corner, and you can make up some easy embossed leather bookmarks for yourself or for someone you care about using your favorite embossing folders.
I used Eileen Hull's Textured Impressions Sunburst embossing folder with my Sizzix Big Shot to make a pair of simple bookmarks, and gave them a mixed media feel with the addition of metallic alcohol ink.
Add an optional yarn tassel, and you have a great accessory for your new read in under 10 minutes! This is an easy project that doesn't require much in the way of supplies - just a few scraps of leather and a bit of yarn, in addition to items you most likely already have in your paper crafting stash.
First, cut a rectangular bookmark 1.5 inches wide and 6 inches long from a scrap of leather, and punch a 1/4" hole near the top if you plan to add a tassel.
The thicker the leather, the more difficult it will be to cut, but the better it will take and hold an embossed impression. I used a thinner blue upholstery remnant of leather, and a thicker brown leather designed for use in jewelry-making. The upholstery leather is something you can find in many colors, and it's soft and flexible, but it typically won't lay totally flat after embossing. The brown leather is sturdy and takes a great impression without warping, but it's more difficult to cut a clean line. Both types of leather are great options for this project! I just want to highlight the differences so that you know what to expect.
Arrange your leather inside the Sizzix Textured Impressions embossing folder. For the Sunburst design, I centered it in the middle, but depending on your favorite pattern, you may choose another placement inside the folder! Create your Sizzix "sandwich" by placing the folder with the leather inside between two Sizzix standard cutting pads, and roll it through your Sizzix manual machine (like my Big Shot) on the extended platform (set your tab to #1).
You can then embellish it a little with a light brush of alcohol ink. I love the addition of the metallic ink here, which gives the leather a mixed media feel (which is just my style). I especially like the low-contrast of silver on blue, though the darker leather with silver makes a bigger statement. Other colors of inks would make this a more organic-looking project - or skip the embellishment altogether! The embossing is really beautiful all on its own.
If you wish to add a tassel, then cut 4-5 lengths of yarn that are 12 inches long. Fold them in half, creating a loop at the center point, and push that loop through the hole in the top of the bookmark from front to back. Take the tails of the yarn and pass them through the loop you created, making a lark's head knot.
Make an overhand knot about 2 inches from the first knot, and tie it tightly to finish your tassel. Trim any uneven ends off the tassel for a classic-style bookmark.
All that's left to do is to put your new bookmark to good use in a new book, or give it to your favorite book-lover. Bookmarks are a great gift for teachers or co-workers - it's a nice way to give a handmade and heartfelt gift, without spending a lot of money - or getting too personal. For friends you do know well, pair it with a new book you know they'll love!
Thanks for joining me for this quick and easy embossing project, and I'll see you again soon!
Other Supplies Used:
- Ranger Adirondack Metallic Mixatives 1/2-Ounce Silver Alcohol Ink
- Realeather 9 X 3 Brown Leather
- Light Blue Upholstery Leather
- 1/4 hole punch