A Scrappy Bookmark

Inspired by Jennifer McGuire’s shadow box card technique, I made this collapsible bookmark using “scraps” of Dura-lar paintings.

This was an experiment with scraps of Dura-lar that were gel plate printed, painted with alcohol inks and cut using dies.

The base and the top are both made from Grafix Dura-lar, a heat-resistant polyester film that is a mix of acetate and mylar. I love its translucency and durability for both gel plate printing and alcohol ink play.

The word “believe” is part of my affirmation words printed on copy paper using my home printer.

The shadow box technique is perfect for collapsible bookmarks

The base of the bookmark (with the deep pinks) is part of an alcohol ink painting. The top is a gel plate print in diffused colors made with pastels and acrylic paint. The die cut butterflies (Sizzix) are from the same alcohol ink painiting used to create the base of the bookmark. The die cut flower (Spellbinders) is also from scraps of an alcohol ink painting I had done for my nightlight project. And the “window” is part of the Sizzix framelits collection.

I’ve recently purchased a crop-a-dile so I can reinforce the punch holes but given that Dura-lar is non-tearable (is that a word?), I don’t fear any damage. The bookmark lays flat inside a book and is really lightweight.

Love how the 3-D flower appears like it is floating

I love how, when you look through, the flower almost appears to be floating 🥰

I hope this inspires you to watch Jennifer’s videos, use your scraps and create something beautiful today!

See you next time!

Published by mansimakes

Hi there, I am Mansi, a self-taught artist based in Silicon Valley. I was a full-time communications professional for two decades, with a desk job and a six-figure salary until I decided to become a mom. Motherhood, as many will attest, can be extremely exhausting, especially in those first years. Art became my quiet place. It restored my sense of self. It gave me renewed energy. It helped me become a better mom. I was led down the path of creation by instinct and “discovered“ in early 2019 by a fellow kindred spirit at one of my art pop-ups who asked me to join her entrepreneurial venture. While I immersed myself full time in the role of CFO and co-founder of this women-led venture supporting local women makers, I missed experimenting with mixed-media. So, in 2021, I've decided to focus my energies full time in finessing my craft, producing more online tutorials and offering in-person art workshops for both adults and children. Thank you for joining me on this adventure as I experiment, learn and continue creating custom pieces of joy.

2 thoughts on “A Scrappy Bookmark

  1. Fabulous bookmark Mansi.I love that it is a shadow box!
    I don’t know the material you used, Dura-lar but it looks great and I think you can do more with this than acetate only.
    I love Jennifer’s videos, she comes up everytime with great techniques to use your supplies more than in one way. I’v been following her for years, I think she was the first blog I followed.
    Thank you so much for sharing, stay safe and have a wonderful day.

    1. Thanks, Henriëtte. Yes, Dura-lar is a fantastic, durable substrate to work with! I have really enjoyed using it in many of my alcohol ink and gel plate printing works. And Jennifer is a powerhouse of information and kindness. So glad she does what she does…she has impacted so many people positively through her kindness and talents.

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