Monday, August 30, 2010
This set of bookplates is one of my favorite items in the August release from Amber INK. There are two bookplates featuring the cutest owls that were so much fun to color! The round design says "From the Library of" and there is room on the book the owl is carrying to put a name. The larger rectangular design says "Ex Libris" which is Latin meaning "of the books" or in more modern terms, from the library of! There is a dotted line on which you can put your name. I thought it would be a good idea to have my name and email address. Also, since I love reading fantasy and science fiction, I saw no reason why I needed to stick with reality when coloring these book loving owls! I was a girl in the 70's and part of me has retained that love of hot pink, orange, lime green and bright turquoise blue, colors that were so popular back in the day!
I really adore the owls on the branch and I wanted the versatility to use it for more than a book plate. I was working with the digital version of this set (it is also available in clear stamps) so I saved a copy of the file and ever so carefully erased the Ex Libris words and the dotted line. The only tricky part was where the loop of the B crossed the branch, and I just zoomed in close and went slow. This gave me a version I could add my own words to, such as the top image above where I put "A book is a present you can open again and again." I plan to use this version on a gift card holder for a bookstore gift card; how much more perfect can you get? On the card below, I used the version I saved with no words at all - love that too!
On the "For You!" card, I used my wonderful new pink ATG gun to adhere the page from an old dictionary to my card front. I then sponged around the very edges with Distress Ink in Worn Lipstick (pink) ink and in a bit more with Scattered Straw (pale gold). I then mounted my bright image, colored with Copic markers, to a piece of black card that I had decorated with a Martha Stewart border punch of loops. I cut three lengths of double-faced satin ribbon, and edged the orange with hot pink and the green with a deeper lime color. I love doing this with my Copic markers!
I had such fun coloring these whimsical owls! My favorite detail is the eyes of the middle owl, who is actually a much more vibrant hot pink and orange than it appears here! I wrote my sentiment on white card with a Multiliner pen, then colored the paper gold with a Copic marker before punching it out. I layered it on a black punch out and adhered it to the card with dimensional foam mounting tape. This card makes me smile every time I look at it!
Here is a closeup of the rectangular bookplate. This is the image as you receive it from Amber INK. I just added my name above the dottted line and my email below it.
Here is the round bookplate with the flying owl.
I hope you enjoyed my various bookplate projects! Of course I am going to enter it in the new Amber Ink 21-day INKredible challenge, as the theme for this month's challenge is BOOKS!
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