Saturday, September 8, 2012

Bookmarks XIII: The Mage Wars

This week's challenge at Simon Says Stamp & Show is to "Read All About It": make something using text or books, or inspired by them.

I pretty much always make bookmarks when I papercraft, and that seems pretty book-related to me, but I figured that was rather less effort than the challenge designers were expecting. So I made some bookmarks specifically to go with a trilogy of books.

Let me just repeat a picture from my last post to show the book covers:

And here are the finished bookmarks:

That was my first try at reverse stamping, with the black gryphon. I quickly realized I wasn't going to become a master of reverse stamping in a half an hour (hah!), but since I was embossing, I just filled in all the less-than-perfect parts with an embossing pen... fake mastery!

I ended up tying the bookmarks together stylistically, smudging gradient backgrounds based on each cover and then stamping and embossing a gryphon of the title's color on a circle of fancy cardstock. Each bookmark is also splattered with mist flicked from the end of the tube: gold & silver with the black gryphon, gold with the white gryphon, and silver with the silver gryphon, which also helps tie them together. (I'm so glad I came across The Artistic Stamper's Splatters and Speckles Challenge; I wouldn't have thought of doing this otherwise and I love the effect.) Usually I tie bookmark duos together using colors and/or stamps, so doing it mostly with techniques here was new and fun.

In The Silver Gryphon, the gryphon protagonist Tadrith has a twin brother. My Tad has a twin too, the result of an attempt to make the yellow-green paper fit the blue-green of the bookmark better. I liked the green I got by covering it with ink, but alas! Tad #1 was unable to completely resist the ink and became a very dull little silver gryphon. I decided I wanted shiny silver more than I wanted better-coordinated paper.

(Tadrith in the book isn't actually a silver-colored gryphon; he's a member of a scout group called the Silver Gryphons. But just like the cover artist, Jody Lee, I rather skipped that nuance. SHINY GRYPHON IS SHINY.)

I'm entering this bookmark trio in the following challenges:

I'm also linking it up to DL.ART's 1000-post Linky Party.



  1. Hi! Thanks for stopping by twocraftingsisters and for your very kind comments about my card! I too like to visit at least a few other SSS challengers, but school just started up again, so I am falling behind on that. Cute bookmarks -always good to have on hand.

  2. These are so adorable!!! I am so going to have to buy this set and try that out, thanks for the inspiration and thanks for playing with us this week over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

  3. The colors are a beautiful replica of the books. Love the embossed images. Wonderful technique. Glad you joined us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

  4. Thankyou so much for joining us for STAMPtember at Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog with your wonderful creation. Good luck with all of the blog hop prizes xxx