Hello, it is Wan back on the blog again and today, I would like to share with you how I used Sweet stamps to create my own magnetic bookmarks.
I have always been a big fan of magnetic bookmarks, not least because they don’t leave marks on the pages when I use them as a page marker (yes, yes, I know I am a tad over obsessive). So, I thought it would be fun to try my hand at creating my own using Hedgehog Kiss and Miso Happy.
From the start, I knew I wanted the bookmarks to look the same front and back, which meant creating mirrored images such as these seen in the picture.
And as you can see, Hedgehog Kiss already has the pertinent stamps, so getting mirrored images from it was pretty straightforward (just ink and stamp). Miso Happy, however, did not have the equivalent stamps and therefore, getting the necessary mirrored images took a little bit more work (although it was still fairly easy to do). First, I stamped the (original) bowl image from Miso Happy. I then went through my stamp collection to look for another stamp suitable for creating the mirrored image. The appropriate stamp would have to be bigger than the bowl stamp, and it would also need to be fairly detailed (I will explain why at the relevant step of the whole process). I found a few which would work great but the banner stamp which would give the all solid image was the firmest (the stamp that the bowl stamp is on in the picture), so that was the one I chose.
After identifying the stamp I was going to use, I positioned it on an acrylic block such that the non stamping side was facing outwards (now, as both sides of the banner flag stamp I have chosen are equally flat, it doesn’t matter, in that particular case, which side is facing up. However, if you are using, for example, the banner stamp with the dotted pattern, you would definitely want to make sure that the flat non stamping side is facing up, as seen in the attached picture).
Following that, I stamped the bowl on to the banner stamp, taking care not to press too hard as it was ‘slippery’ stamping onto another stamp (Note: this particular step is why it is important that the stamp that is being stamped on is firm; if it were not, the resultant pressure from stamping onto it would cause it to sag, resulting in an unclear stamped image, which would, in turn, adversely affect the next and final step of creating the mirror image).
Finally, to get the desired mirror image, I used the banner stamp to stamp the bowl image onto paper.
Now, as you can see from the picture, the stamped mirror image was not as crisp as the original stamped image, so to rectify that, I went over the lines with my Sakura Pigma Micron Pen after fussy cutting the stamped images out. I chose this particular marker because it would not bleed with Copic markers, which were what I was planning to use to colour the images (other popular markers/pens you could use with Copics include Paper Mate Flairs and Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Marker Pens).
Once the mirror images were done, I chose some appropriately coloured cardstock, and cut it to size (for the stamped hedgehog, the cardstock was cut such that it was about three times as tall as the hedgehog).
I then folded the cardstock into half, lightly traced the relevant stamped image onto it (with an extra flap) and fussy cut out the traced image.
After creating these matching cardstock components to both stamped images, I coloured the images in and then adhered them to the cardstock using a glue stick.
And once the bookmarks were assembled, I applied Protecto film (contact paper) to them for added durability (just to be clear, the film was also fussy cut, after its application, using the bookmark itself as a guide).
Finally, to finish off, I cut two small pieces of magnetic tape, and applied them to the inside of the bookmark.
And then, there you have it, magnetic bookmarks that have been made using Sweet stamps. While it is easiest to create these bookmarks using stamp sets with mirrored images, the technique I have outlined in this blog post means that essentially, you can create them from any stamp set you like.
So this is it from me for today. I hope you have enjoyed this post and if you do use Sweet stamps to create your own magnetic bookmarks, please don’t forget to tag us on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, because we would LOVE to see them. Have a great day and happy Sweet stamping!