Monday, January 26, 2009

The Historian Bookmark

A few posts ago I gave a rather disappointed review of The Historian which was the last book for the book club that I am part of. The sad thing is that it was one of my selections. I had heard such good things about it and it had been on my To Be Read pile forever so I thought that the long book (December and January pick) would be the perfect time to read the book. Well, no time was perfect to read this book in my opinion. Please see my review for further information about the book.

Since the book was my selection I am hosting the gathering. The only requirement we have for the host is that they need to have a bookmark as a door prize. We can make dinner or eat out, buy our bookmarks or make them.

I got the idea for this bookmark about 300 pages into the novel. The main character, and some of the minor ones, all receive a book with a woodcutting in the center of a dragon. All the pages are blank and the outsides are various designs and textures. So I decided to make my own representation of the book for the door prize bookmark.

To start I made some Twinkling H2O paper in various shades of browns, a bit of black and some vanilla bean. Once that dried I used a crackle background stamp and glittered the crackles all over the bookmark, using a bronze really is a fabulous effect. I was trying to make the bookmark look a bit like leather, and of course leather in my world would be glittery.

For the inside I lined the bookmark with some "old" looking paper, not white in other words, I can't imagine really old books having white paper.

On the extra Twinkling H2O paper I stamped the dragon with dark brown ink and then covered the entire image with clear embossing powder to make it a bit sturdier. I trimmed this closely and mounted it on the inside so that it pops up with you open the bookmark.

As a finishing touch I attached a brown satin ribbon to hold the bookmark closed. There is a gold swirl embellishment that holds the ribbons, but still allows you to open the bookmark. It is a nice addition and it is flat so it will still work as a bookmark.

This is a close up image of the dragon. It was very hard to get a good photograph of him but I thought he was so great and perfect as a representative of the book that I had to include him.

1 comment:

Miz Bella said...

What a fabulous bookmark!