Timely bookmarks

watercolour bookmarks Heather Telford

This week the design team at Penny Black are sharing some book mark designs cut using the elegant ‘bookmark’ die. I guess it’s no surprise that I decided to cut my bookmarks out of watercoloured panels, the orange and green one shows a portion of the ‘Bejeweled’ image.

 orange flower bookmark Heather Telford

The pink and orange one below features ‘The Unfolding’ which just might be my favourite stamp from the last release.  I used distress stains for both images, inking with the lighter stains first, then the darker ones over the top. I sometimes add a spritz of water if the stains were not so juicy it helps the colours blend softly into each other. Once I have stamped the image I do further blending on the paper with a paintbrush. And of course there is the small matter of splatter added at the end if desired.

pink flower bookmark Heather Telford

The die punches the little hole for the cord so I twisted some matching colours of embroidery floss and threaded them through. A book mark project is quiet timely actually as I have stepped up my reading over the past few months. I have a few books on the go right now and am enjoying some audio books also.

Have you read or listened to any good books lately? Do you read more than one at a time? Do you reread favourites? I just finished reading ‘The Invention of Wings’ by Sue Monk Kidd and ‘A Homemade Life’ by Molly Wizenburg. I’m also rereading the Mitford series by Jan Karon.


Stamps: The Unfolding, Bejeweled (PB)
Dies: Bookmark (PB)
Inks: Mowed Lawn, Bundled Sage, Vintage photo, Mustard seed, Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, Dried Marigold distress Stains (Ranger)
Paint: Phthalo blue Dr Ph. Martin Hydrus
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: Embroidery thread

13 Comments on “Timely bookmarks”

  1. Laurie says:

    your book marks are really lovely, something I’d like to try. I usually have two books going at once, right now I’m 1/2 through Robert Galbreath’s “Silkworm” and Karen Welch’s “Katie Lost and Found”. Vastly different books, but enjoying them very much.

  2. Heather, these are beautiful. Donna, from the class at Crop a While has really worked on the brushstrokes technique and has done some beautiful work. Re books, I have read the Jan Karon series and just loved them. I too do a lot of reading – mostly fictional. I read a lot of Debbie Macomber books. – she is a good writer and there is nothing offensive in her books which is hard to do these days. Her Cedar Cove series was great and her single book called Changing Habits was a real standout for me. Bev

    Sent from my iPad


  3. Shaz in Oz.x says:

    Loving getting your posts again Heather, unsubscribed by default as email account they’re were going to died due to lack of use 🙂
    Adore this watercolour method don’t have stains but suspect my Tombows would work, had them since 1990 and learning again how great they are…
    Thanks so much for the inspiration,
    Shaz in Oz.x

  4. Pat says:

    I love these bookmarks Heather, just so pretty and the twisted embroidery thread to finish looks great too. I am reading a book called Lamentation by CJ Sansom which is the sixth book in a series of historical murder mysteries in the time of Henry VIII They have a central character who is a lawyer and they are well written and give a good flavour of life at court and in London in general at the time, and I have enjoyed them all and would definitely recommend them. x

  5. Bonnie says:

    These are both so beautiful, Heather! It would be tempting to gaze at the bookmark instead of reading!

  6. Marliese says:

    Love the bookmark die and your creative use of them. I’m a fan of Louise Penny. I’ve read all of her Ganache books and waiting anxiously for her new book which is being released in August. Was in Quebec recently and visited a lot of the sites mentioned in the books. Have also read all of the Jan Karon books.

  7. Jan Castle says:

    Beautiful book marks Heather…that die is on my wish list! Actually presently looking for a new author to read, so no suggestions for you. Was enjoying reading on my iPhone, but used up all the authors I knew about – LOL!
    Paper Hugs,

  8. Lindsey says:

    The bookmark die is beautiful, but of course, so are your bookmarks! I read all. the. time. 🙂

  9. cherylquilts says:

    Oh, Heather, I love this beautiful bookmark die and the beautiful bookmarks you’ve made! I totally agree that The Unfolding is my favorite (so far) of the new release. I have it and so want to play with it. You’ve really inspired me. As to new books, I am not a big book fan but do love my devotionals. I read The Quiet Place by Nancy Leigh DeMoss, and a friend gave me last year a wonderful book of one-minute devotionals, Faith’s Checkbook with readings from Charles H. Spurgeon. While they were written back in the 1800’s, they are still so timely and really move my heart! Thanks again for sharing your beautiful work! And I love the passages you’ve used in your photos!

  10. memalagene says:

    Beautiful bookmarks! I am reading the 4th book “Dawn’s Light” of “A Restoration Novel Series” by Terri Blackstock. Great series!

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