Corner Bookmarks and Cards Birthday Set

Greeting friends and followers! Today I am sharing two cute bookworm card and corner bookmark birthday sets using Dis Digi's adorable Book Worm Bear digital image.  They are for my two little bookworms who will be celebrating their birthday shortly after the New Year.  I usually start planning their birthday party around this time of year.  That way I don't get too stress out during this busy holidays season.

This plaid design set is for my little boy, who will be celebrating his 6th birthday. 

The 2nd set, the butterflies design, is for the big sister, Catherine, the "little artist."  She will be celebrating her 8th birthday a week after him. I made her bookmark 1/2-inch larger than his, at 3x3.

Here's the corner bookmarks.

The inside of my boy's card. The birthday sentiment was created in Microsoft Word. Print and adhesive to the card. Then I slip the corner bookmark to the card. The sentiment around the Book Worm Bear is a passage from one of Dr. Seuss' book. I first created it into a digi. Then pulled it behind the image, resize, print, colored with Copics and then die cut with a stitched circle frame.


digi image: Dis Digi Stamps' Book Worm Bear
Die cut: C.C. Designs' Stitched Circles, Lil' Inkers Dual Stitched Rectangle Frames
Dr. Seuss' circle sentiment digi - created by me, Christina (Memories Crafter)
Cardstock/Pattern Papers: from my stash
Copic Blending Paper
Copic Markers

This little Book Worm bear is so adorable!  But it wasn't easy trying to get him look all furry and cuddly.  I need some more practice.  The Copic markers combo I used on him for my boy's card was: E51, E53, E55 and E32.  For my daughter's card, I replaced the E32 with the E57 for a more golden color.

For the corner bookmark tutorial which include a tiger and T-Rex, please go HERE.

By the way, I am doing a giveaway which starts tomorrow, Tuesday December 1st until December 18th. Internationals are welcome. Please stop by on Tuesday for full detail. I'm linking both of my cards in the challenges below. Wishing you a lovely week.

Tutorial | Animal Corner Bookmarks

Greetings friends and followers. Today's tutorial is on how to make a 2.5 x 2.5 size corner bookmarks.  First, I will walk you through the basic steps. Then, I will show you how to create a tiger and a T-Rex. Now, my kiddos think the T-Rex looks more like a mean frog with big teeth!  Don't you agree?  LOL.  Anyway, let's get to the tutorial!

2.5 x 2.5 Basic Corner Bookmark 


Cardstock - 1 solid color of choice
optional - Pattern paper of choice - for decoration
Scoreboard & bone score (or ruler)
Adhesive (glue)

I also used the following supplies to create the stitched circle tag on the bookmark:

C.C. Designs' Stitched Circles
Dis Digi Stamps' Book Worm Bear image
I colored the image with Copic markers
Dr. Seuss' circle sentiment - created by me


Step 1 - To create the 2.50 x 2.50 size bookmark, cut the solid cardstock to 5 x 5.  For a 3x3 bookmark, cut the cardstock to 6x6 and so forth.  Just double the measurement for any size you have in mind.

Step 2 - Score at 2.50 mark all around, creating 4 equal squares, each measure 2.50 x 2.50. 

Step 3 - Trim off the top right square.  Leaving 3 squares (in an L- shape form).

Step 4 - For the top square and bottom right square, draw a diagonal line from top right corner to bottom left corner.  

Step 5 - Trim off on the diagonal lines. Now you got two right triangles with a square middle. Doesn't that look like an animal's head?  I call the two triangles "ears" and the middle square the "face."  

Step 6 - Fold in one of the triangle "ear"into the middle square, the "face". I started with the bottom right triangle.  But it doesn't matter.

Step 7 - Apply adhesive on all side of the triangle.  Now fold the other triangle "ear" over and seal the two together.

Step 7a - You got your 2.50 x 2.50 size corner bookmark.  Proceed to Step 8 for decoration.

Step 8 - To decorate the inside, take the pattern paper and cut it to 2 x 2 size, half size smaller than the finished bookmark measurement.  This rule applies to all bookmark size you want to create.  For example, if you're making a 3 x 3 size bookmark, cut the pattern paper to 2.50 x 2.50 size.

Step 9 (Final Step) - Apply adhesive to the back of the pattern paper and carefully slip it into the bookmark.  Align and press down to seal.

Tutorial: Tiger Corner Bookmark

Supplies:  In addition to the basic step supplies from above, you'll also need:

  • Orange cardstock 
  • Black cardstock - for black part of the eyes 
  • White cardstock - for eyes and teeth
  • Black marker - for stripes
  • Glue
  • Optional - Circle die cut or puncher (1.5-inch, 1-inch and 1/2 inch)


1. Follow Step 1-7a in the Basic Corner Bookmark above BUT using the ORANGE cardstock

2. Using scissor or a circle die cut/puncher, cut out:
  • 2 (1.5-inch) orange circles - for ears, trimming off a small piece at one end (see photo below)
  • 2 (1.5-inch) and 2 (1/2 inch) black circles - for black part of the eyes
  • 2 (1 inch) white circles - for the white part of the eyes
  • 2 white triangle -for teeth
3.  Glue the pieces to the bookmark.  Draw a tiny upside down triangle for the nose

4.  Add the black stripes by drawing wiggly lines all around the corner of the bookmark.  Go as long, short, thin or thick as you like.

Tutorial: T-Rex Corner Bookmark

 (or is it a mean frog?)

Supplies:  In addition to the basic step supplies from above, you'll also need:

  • green cardstock 
  • Black cardstock - for black part of the eyes 
  • White cardstock - for eyes and teeth
  • Black marker - for stripes
  • Glue
  • Optional - Circle die cut or puncher (1.5-inch, 1-inch and 1/2 inch)


1. Follow Step 1-7a in the Basic Corner Bookmark above BUT using the GREEN cardstock
2. Using scissor or a circle die cut/puncher, cut out:
  • 2 (1.5 inch) green circles - For the eye lids
  • 2 (1/2 inch) black circles - for black part of the eyes
  • 2 (1 inch) white circles - for the white part of the eyes
  • 4  white triangle -for teeth (tip - cut a 1.5-inch circle into 4 equal parts)
3.  Glue the pieces to the bookmark.  Draw two dots for the nose

I hope you enjoy these corner bookmarks tutorial. Now that you got the steps down, you can create any size (up to a 6x6 using a 12x12 cardstock) and any designs.  If you need more designs inspiration, there's a ton on Pinterest.   If you know anyone that would be interested in this tutorial, please send them over to my blog.  

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Easel Box Brayer Embossed Technique Tutorial + Guest DT at TTCRD

Happy Tuesday everyone! Thanks for stopping by. Today's tutorial is how to create a Brayer embossed technique Easel box, perfect to hold note cards as well goodies treats. But first, a happy news to share with you. Because I won a challenge a few weeks ago over at Through The Craft Room Door, I was invited to be their Guest Designer for this week Anything Goes Theme which runs through Monday November 16th. By the way, there is a blog hop going on with amazing prizes from wonderful sponsors to celebrate the 1st Anniversary of Cara Malmrose as owner of TTCRD Challenges blog and TTCRD Magazine. I hope you will come join me this week over at TTCRD and increase your chance of winning some amazing prizes by participating in both the challenge as well the blog hop.

For my tutorial demonstration piece, here is my GDT project which I have the joy of working with this beautiful image from the lovely sponsor, Sandi Samples calls Lady Kathleen. This easel box is a "Get-Well" treats gift box for an elderly neighbor of mine, Pam who is recovering from a recent fall. For details behind the inspiration of my design layout, please see below.

January 2016 Edition

I'm going to break the tutorial into two parts. Part 1: Brayer technique and Part 2: Create the easel box.

Part I: Brayered Technique Tutorial

Materials Used:
  • Cardstock - 2 white 4X5 size
  • Embossing folder - Sizzix Lattice 
  • Ink pad: Versa Magic's Pixie Dust 
  • Brayer: Speedball 
  • Cutting tool: paper trimmer 
  • machine: Sizzix Big Shot


Step 1: Open up the embossing folder

Step 2: Ink up the brayer very well.  Then roll onto the back of the folder's COVER until it covered in ink very well.

Step 3: Place a piece of the 4X5 cardstock on the base of the folder.  Carefully close the cover over the cardstock (my little boy is helping me here holding down the folder so I can snap a photo - what a big helper!)

Final Step: Emboss through the Big Shot machine. The end result. Repeat with the 2nd cardstock piece and set aside.  Time to create the box!

Part II: Create The Easel Box

Materials Used:

For the box
White Cardstock - 7X8 size
Black Cardstock - 4.25X11 size
Brayer's Embossed white cardstock - from Part 1 of the tutorial above
Cutting tool: paper trimmer 

For decoration
Die: Sizzix Framelits Die - Fancy Oval 
Adhesive: double side tearable tape, Liquid Applique, tombow liquid glue 
embellishment: StampinUp Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, clear rhinestones


Step 1: Place the 7X8 cardstock onto scoreboard and score at the 1.5-inch mark on all 4 sides. 

Next, score a diagonal line on each of the corners. Result as show in photo, leaving a 4X5 inner rectangle.

 Step 2:Trim off a right triangle from each of the corner.  Fold on all the scored lines.  

Step 3: Adhesive the corners inward. You now got a 4x5x1.5 size box bottom.

Step 4: Take the 4.25x11 black cardstock. Score and fold at 5.25", 6.875" and 9.75" (the easel part). 

This should be your result.  Don't adhesive to the box yet.  

Step 5: Decorate the outer box with the Brayer textured flat card from Part 1 of the tutorial above by cutting it into 2 stripes of 1.5"x5 and 1.5x4".

Step 6: Now adhesive the black cover to the box.  Then, place double-side tape only to the bottom of the lid as show.  This is the easel part of the lid.

Step 7: Trim off a small triangle in the middle on each side of the box to create the slot for the lid to stand in. Decorate the base layer of the lid with the second 4x5 brayer embossed flat card to the 4.25x5.25 black flat card. Then, carefully align the layer over the lid.

Step 8: Adhese the fancy oval frame with the image on. Add embellishments. You're done!

Inspiration behind the design layout

When I first saw the beautiful Lady Kathleen image with her fancy gown and big hat, immediately I thought of actress Audrey Hepburn in the horse racing scene from the "My Fair Lady" movie. I'm a big fan of this movie with "Breakfast At Tiffany" being second. So my design layout were inspired by the two movies.

I hope you enjoy my Brayered technique Easel box tutorial and hopefully it was easy to follow. This is my last "adult" crafting tutorial for this week. Tomorrow I will share an easy fun kids' Veteran's Day craft project that I did with my children. Hope you can come check it out.

I want to thanks Cara and the rest of the DT team for this wonderful opportunity. 

I am entering this Brayer's technique easel gift box of mine into the following challenges below.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today and perhaps share your thoughts, comments as well questions with me before you go. It's always a joy knowing you have stop by and I do appreciate the time you take to leave me your comments. 

Wishing you a lovely Tuesday.