How to Make Stunning Bookmarks Using Ancient Dynasty Coins


By Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Make oriental theme bookmarks by distressing paper with Walnut Inks, stamping and embossing with Gold Mboss Embossing Powder and adding a Ancient Dynasty Coins that holds a tassel.

Skill: Intermediate

Time: 1 Hour



Step 1

Place a few Walnut Ink Crystals on a piece of natural color card stock and spray with some water. Dilute the crystals and dry well.


Step 2

Cut 8×1.5″ pieces of the card stock.



Step 3

Score 1″ from the top.



Step 4

Stamp with the leaves stamp and the VersaMark ink pad, cover with Mboss Gold Embossing Powder and heat set.



Step 5

Stamp with letters stamp and the VersaFine CLAIR ink pads.



Step 6

Distress the edges of the paper with VersaColor Black ink.



Step 7

Place an Ancient Dynasty Coin to the score, leaving the hole of the coin above it, and mark around the coin to the long side. Cut around the marked half circle and the scoring line (only to the part of the long side of the bookmark).



Step 8

Cover with Creative MEDIUM clear to protect the paper.



Step 9

Turn the bookmark backside and add Tear It! Tape on the short only part of it and glue on the long one.



Step 10

Add the Ancient Dynasty Coin on the gap and tie a tassel.


Art Supplies


• Ancient Dynasty Coins – Prosperity

• VersaFine CLAIR – Glamorous, Warm Breeze, Tulip Red

• VersaMark Ink Pad

• VersaColor Black

• Mboss – Gold

• Creative MEDIUM – Clear

• Walnut Ink Crystals

• Tear It! Tape

• Sponge Dauber

• Palette Knife

Other materials

Card stock natural

Moking travel stamp – Forest Whispers

Kaisercraft stamp set – Lush


Water sprayer

Heat tool


Learn How to Make a Set of Retro Style Bookmarks

by Elina Stromberg

Digitalization has changed my life in so many positive ways, but books I prefer having and reading in the old traditional format. My book-lover’s opinion is that one can never have too many books nor bookmarks. Any scrap piece of paper would, of course, serve as a marker that keeps the reader’s place in the book and enables the reader to return to it with ease. But in my opinion, a good book deserves to be accompanied by a beautiful bookmark. Especially if it’s hand-made.

Bookmarks are great gifts, too: A paperback book transforms easily into a festive gift when a hand-made bookmark is slipped between the pages. I’m sure that beautiful bookmarks will make their receivers happy; just like great books will do.

Skill: Beginner/Intermediate
Time: 45 minutes


Step 1

Trim a strip of light patterned paper, and secure on crafting mat with a few pieces of masking tape. Attach stamp on an acrylic stamping block, turn upside down with the stamp facing the paper. Center stamp on the paper strip, and position stamping tool accordingly. Leaving stamping tool in place, turn the stamping block around. Color a few details of the stamp with Memento markers. Stamp colored details on a paper strip and leave stamping tool in place.

Step 2

Ink the entire stamp with a lighter VersaFine Clair ink color. Stamp again on the same position.

Step 3

Heat-emboss the stamped pattern using clear embossing ink. Trim the bookmark to size and mat on a piece of matching colored or patterned paper.

Step 4

Create a few bookmarks on the same go. Play with different color combinations and patterns. For this multicolor technique, you can use any patterned stamp that has some simple details suitable for highlighting. Both rubber and clear stamps will work fine.




  • Stamps – Paper Artsy Eclectica by Tracy Scott (sets 18 & 19)
  • Cardstock – Light grey patterned
  • Heat gun
  • Paper trimmer
  • Double-sided tape