Quick, simple & fun way to make pretty bedtime stories bookmarks! Head on below for some painting + #cricutairexplore2 playtime. Seriously, what more can a #craftgal ask for?
If you’re often visiting here, then you’ve probably learnt that I love painting and my new cricut explore air 2 by now. I’ve accidentally combined the two in one fairly quick and simple DIY project a.k.a the bedtime stories bookmarks DIY. And not to mention fun! Angela and I used this cut-out-letters style when making our cousin’s gift photo album & loved how it looked.
Then later on, I cut the word “stories” cause I needed it to use in a photo shoot (for the phone wallpapers on Instagram, which, as of a while ago can also be found on Pinterest too!). I used the actual letters for the picture, and when I saw the piece of paper with the letters removed from it, I knew it was gonna be a bookmark. Look at me, talking about this as if I’ve found a way to time-travel safely or some shit. Nah, but it’s the little things, no?
Anyways, it was a fun little project these bookmarks, and I love how each letter looks totally different than all the others. Different brush strokes, different colors, shades, just love it! Now I’mma quit rambling and just get to the diy tutorial! Below!
Abstract Letters Bookmarks DIY Tutorial.
– White Card Stock Paper (1.5 or 2 x A4 or a little bigger sheets)
– Acrylic Paints in colors of your own choosing (if you don’t have acrylic, you can use watercolor or tempera)
– Painting Tools (I used painting knife, but if you like, you can use brushes; water jar.. those things)
– Cricut Explore Air 2
These bookmarks are 22 cm x 4 cm
Time Needed | around 30 minutes with approx 2 hours waiting for the paint to dry out
1. Take a larger piece of paper (like A4) and start painting. The thing with abstract is that it really isn’t hard at all. And it can give just amazing results. So, choose several of your favorite colors (I’m currently crazy about this particular color combo) and just start painting. Once done, let it dry (I used Martha’s satin acrylics and it took around 2 hours for it to completely dry).
If you’re feeling a little uncertain or intimidated by painting, you’re new to it or just don’t do it that often… Put the paints on a palette, take you painting knife or a brush, whatever’s more comfortable, and start with one color. Apply the first color on several areas of your sheet, somewhere more, somewhere less… Then start adding the second color/shade; you can apply a stroke right next to the one you’ve already applied, you can cover parts of it, or apply it to an opposite side… The do the same with the third… And don’t worry, if you don’t like how it looks, try to cover it with some paints, or you can always start again. Just relax and have some fun!
2. On your Cricut Design Space write something you love, or you can write bedtime stories if you like it obviously! Adjust the size, the font… If you’re making two different words to go on each side of the bookmark, then make sure they’re center-aligned. This is so that later when your bookmarks are done (make more than one now, and later gift a friend or someone who loves reading!), both sides look even. Set everything and let the machine do the rest.
3. Once cricut’s done its part, remove the letters from the paper, and glue each of the words onto the abstract painted (but dried out!) paper. Cut each of the glued words around all sides, and you can either use them like that or do as I did. I glued “bedtime” on “stories”, so that I can use it and turn it to change things when I feel like it. And the other one to use for photos and stuff.
There! Easy-peasy, isn’t it? If you try making these bookmarks, and I so warmly encourage you to, then by all means share it I’d love to see what you made! Do that by using the #artysdiylife on social media so I can find you!