Back to School – Pretty Bookmarks!

August 24, 2009 at 8:05 pm Leave a comment

IAH-013_bookmark_heartsIAH-013_bookmark_beesLOS OSOS, CAMonday afternoon – One of my all-time favorite techniques is the look of embossing with glue and I LOVE my Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue for this project. It’s thick which is perfect for the dimension you need, but can easily be squeezed into a small line to create adorable projects like these bookmarks.  I thought since it was back-to-school time, a bookmark theme would be perfect for today, but of course this project can be made and enjoyed any time of the year. A perfect gift for your book club friends! Get Creative! Get Inspired!  >>Heidi

Embossing with Glue Bookmarks
by Heidi Borchers

Cardstock or lightweight cardboard – cut into 1½” x 7” strips
Hole punch
Aleene’s® Super Thick Tacky Glue
Scotch tape – ¾” to 1” wide
Spray paint – flat white (I use Rustoleum Flat white)
Decorator craft chalk – assorted colors
Brush – hard bristle (stencil type brush works great)
Paper towels
Spray fixative
Cording or tassel on cording


Using photo as guide, lightly trace your designs onto the bookmarks. Punch hole in corner.

Place a tape nozzle onto the bottle of glue. (see techniques)

(It is suggested that you practice this next step on waxed paper first.) Draw with glue along the pencil lines. Let dry completely.

Spray paint the bookmarks. Let paint dry.

To apply the chalk to the prepared (sprayed) surface, rub the hard bristle brush over the chalk. Then immediately brush chalk onto an embossed area. To change colors, carefully tap off excess chalk and wipe brush on dry paper towel before changing colors. Refill brush with next color and repeat until entire design is colored with the chalk.

Spray bookmark with fixative to protect/preserve the chalk coloring.

Heidi’s Designer Tip: Instead of flat white spray paint, acrylic paints can be used for a similar look. Just brush on two even coats of paint letting dry completely between coats and dry completely before applying chalk colors.


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