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Stylish Crafts for Bookworms: A Scan N Cut Tutorial

Stylish Crafts for Bookworms: A Scan N Cut Tutorial

Foiled bookmark tutorial

This Scan N Cut Tutorial from the creative Helen Kirkham is perfect if you’re an avid reader, or there’s a bookworm in your life you’d like to treat to a special hand-crafted treat! These stunning foiled bookmarks feature a trendy tassel plus gorgeous gold foiling, making them as pretty as anything you could buy in a bookshop… and the beauty is, you can make as many as you need, from the comfort of your own craft room!

You Will Need:

How to Make Your Bookmark Tassel:

Step 1:

Tassel Scan n Cut tutorial step
Cut the cardboard to 700 mm by 650 mm, then wrap the wool around it, approximately 40 times. The more times you wrap the wool around the cardboard, the chunkier the bookmark tassel will be.

Step 2:

Tassel Scan n Cut tutorial step
Loop a piece of wool around the top of the tassel and tie it off; this will be used to attach the tassel to the bookmark. Pull the tassel off the cardboard and tie a piece of wool around the top of the tassel, plus one piece a little further down the tassel.

Helen’s helpful hint: To help hold the tassel in place once you have removed it from the cardboard, add a pencil in the loop whilst you add the wool around it.

Step 3:

Tassel Scan n Cut tutorial step
Cut the loops at the bottom of the tassel.

Scan n Cut Tutorial – Polka dot Bookmark:

Step 1:

Polka dot bookmark Scan n Cut tutorial step

Add a rectangle from stored images to the digital mat and resize to 140 by 40 mm. Add a circle and resize one of the circles to 5 by 5mm, move to the top of the rectangle and centralise horizontally. Save the bookmark shape to the machine storage; this can then be used for each of the different bookmarks .

Step 2:

Polka dot bookmark Scan n Cut tutorial step

Add a circle to the digital mat and resize to 8 by 8mm. Duplicate sixty times. Add the bookmark shape from the machine’s memory and arrange the dots over the bookmark. Group all dots together and then delete the bookmark shape from the mat. Select the fill-in function to create the polka dot look.

Step 3:

Polka dot bookmark Scan n Cut tutorial step

Attach the faux leather paper to the Scan n Cut mat, then, using the washi tape, stick the gold foil over the top. Attach the ‘B’ adapter to the foil quill and plug the USB in to heat the quill up. Take the Scan n Cut blade from the carrier and put the foil quill in its place. Select ‘draw’ and change the draw speed to 3, and the pressure to 5. Once the quill has foiled the leather paper, remove the waste foil and add the bookmark shape back onto the digital mat over the polka dots. Delete the polka dots and cut the bookmark shape. Attach the wool tassel.

Scan n Cut Tutorial – Chevron Bookmark:

Step 1:

Chevron bookmark Scan n Cut tutorial step

Add the equilateral triangle from stored images to the digital mat and resize to 6 by 10 mm, duplicate it four times, move the four triangles in a line, centralise them horizontally and then group them together. Duplicate the line of triangles twenty-four times and move them one on top of the other. Centralise all the triangles horizontally, group them altogether and select the fill-in function.

Step 2:

Chevron bookmark Scan n Cut tutorial step

Attach the faux leather paper to the Scan n Cut mat, then, using the washi tape, stick the gold foil over the top. Attach the ‘B’ adapter to the foil quill and plug the USB in to heat the quill up. Take the Scan n Cut blade from the carrier and put the foil quill in its place. Select ‘draw’ and change the draw speed to 3, and the pressure to 5. Once the quill has foiled the leather paper, remove the waste foil and add the bookmark shape back onto the digital mat over the triangles. Delete the triangles and cut the bookmark shape. Attach the wool tassel.

Scan n Cut Tutorial – Lined Bookmark:

Step 1:

Lined bookmark Scan n Cut tutorial step

Add the line from stored images to the digital mat and resize to 145 mm and duplicate three times. Select all three and centralise vertically, then select the function to space the lines equally. Add another line and resize to 45 mm, change the angle by 90 degrees, and duplicate 12 times. Select all 12 and centralise horizontally, then select the function to space the lines equally.

Step 2:

Lined bookmark Scan n Cut tutorial step

Attach the faux leather paper to the Scan n Cut mat, then using the washi tape stick the gold foil over the top. Attach the ‘B’ adapter to the foil quill and plug the USB in to heat the quill up. Take the Scan n Cut blade from the carrier and put the foil quill in its place. Select ‘draw’ and change the draw speed to 3 and the pressure to 5. Once the quill has foiled the leather paper, remove the waste foil and add the bookmark shape back on to the digital mat over the lines. Delete the lines and cut the bookmark shape. Attach the wool tassel.

Finished bookmark

You can make one of each, or as many as you like, depending on how may book-lovers you’d like to treat, or how many awesome books you’ve yet to finish. And if you’re after somewhere cosy to read your next book, then check out this awesome reading pillow tutorial!

Three completed bookmarks

Which foiled pattern would you like to try first? Let us know in the comments!

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