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 glitter...it 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.