- Step 1: Select cardstock and marker colors
Select colored cardstock for your card blank and a coordinating
color of cardstock for the bookmark. For this card choose a medium
tone cardstock for the card blank and a coordinating colored marker
that can be seen when drawn on the cardstock. Two warm colors,
orange and light brown, are
used in the sample card. For more
color combination ideas refer to the
color wheel concepts in the
Paper Weaving Card tutorial.
Tips: When using colored card blanks it is important to use contrasting
colors. The easiest way to do this is to use white cardstock as a
major element of the card. Dark colored card blanks require special
consideration since standard markers and rubberstamps aren't very
visible on the dark background; however, gel pens and metallic
markers can be used to good effect. For messages inside a dark card,
a liner of white paper is used.
Step 2: Cut cardstock
For the card blank, cut a full sheet of letter size cardstock in half to make two 8½″ by 5½″ card blanks.
Fold the card blank in half to make a 4¼″ by 5½″ card.
For the bookmark, cut a 2¼" by 5" strip from colored
cardstock and a 2" by 4½" strip from white cardstock.
For attaching the bookmark to the card two photo corners are
needed. Cut two ½" by 2" strips of colored cardstock to
make your own color coordinated photo corners.
Step 3: Make bookmark
Since the bookmark is the major design element on the card,
make it first. Using rubberstamps, stamp images on the white
cardstock. Let some of the stamped images go off the edge of the
Color the stamped images using markers or colored pencils. Be
sure the colors coordinate with the cardstock colors. In the
sample card, a splash of blue, orange's complimentary, is used to
liven up the card.
Glue the white cardstock strip to the colored cardstock
strip. Punch a hole at the top for the ribbon. Cut a 12 to 15
inch length of ribbon and fold in half. Poke the fold through
the punched hole, front to back, and thread the tail through the
Step 4: Decorate the card
Decide where to place the bookmark on the card front—to
the left, the right or in the center. Using the marker draw simple decorations on the card front.
For the sample card, squiggled lines with dots were drawn from
the left side and the right side using the brush tip of the
marker. The spaces between the lines were filled with small and
large circles drawn with a fine point. A darker marker was used
to draw every other row of circles. A message was stamped in the
blank space where the bookmark will be attached.
Step 5: Attach bookmark
Two photo corners are used to mount the bookmark on the card
front. Slip one photo corner on the upper right corner of the
bookmark and another on the opposite corner. With the two photo
corners on the bookmark, press the bookmark and photo corners in place on the card front.
Tip: To make photo corners, fold both sides
of the ½" by 2" strip on 45° angles to form a corner.
Trim the tails. Apply glue or double-sided tape to the back of the
corners. Use them to attach the bookmark to the card as described
- Step 6: Finishing touches
Decorate the reverse side of the bookmark with markers and
rubberstamps, punches, stencils or decorative paper.
Add a message to the inside of the card using black and colored
markers or a printed verse that is matted in a coordinating color of