Paper Sweeties September Release Countdown!

Monday, September 14, 2015

As promised, I've got a fun project to share with you today, featuring another Paper Sweeties New Release stamp set. Homegrown is a set of four fruit stamps, which pairs nicely with the Mason Jar stamps and dies I used yesterday, and with their distinct lines and large open areas, they are perfect for simple watercoloring, which I've been enjoying lately!

Since the Homegrown set is all about fruit, I had fruit on the brain, so to speak, and was reminded of Galatians 5:22-23 and the Fruit of the Spirit:
"But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control." Gal. 5:22-23 NLT
Now, I wasn't up for making an individual card for each of the nine attributes, but I really wanted to make a set of something. Then, I noticed the huge stack of books in my family room that I'm trying to read through, and immediately started die cutting bookmarks out of heavy watercolor paper. I can use them to keep my place in books, and to remind me to keep these attributes in my life.

On each bookmark, I heat embossed the fruit images with gold embossing powder, then got out my Koi watercolors and Color Bursts to add lots of color. For the text, I used Fancy Monograms (Patience), die cut (Joy), Silhouette cut (Kindness), hand lettering with a Spica pen (Gentleness), and hand lettering with a Versamark pen and gold embossing (Peace). I tried to make each bookmark unique with the word and image placement and fonts, and I am very pleased with how they turned out. I added Paper Sweeties Seam Binding, in various colors, to the top of each bookmark, and tied each one with a Licorice twine bow. I've included photos of each of the bookmarks individually, below. (The color looks a little different in the group versus the individual pics. The group photo is closer to how the colors look in person.)   

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I wish you could see the beautiful gold embossing on the images. It's just so darn hard to get that in photos! Tomorrow, I'll share more bookmarks, as well as decorative storage for them--Fruit of the Spirit, Part II. ;~)

There's always yummy goodness to be had when you visit the Paper Sweeties Design Team! You don't want to miss even one!

Tomorrow is Paper Sweeties' Release Party, when all the newest stamps and dies will be released! And, for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Sweeties' boutique, play along with us in this month's Paper Sweeties Inspiration Challenge


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Jill Norwood said...

These are such wonderful bookmarks Cheryl!!! I love that bible verse too! I bet that gold embossing is gorgeous IRL! And I love the water coloring! I swear photos are the hardest part of the design process!!!! At least for me!!! :)

Maria said...

Absolutely fabulous "fruit of the spirit" bookmarks!!! What a brilliant idea, Cheryl! Wonderful water coloring and pretty colors! Thank you so much for the inspiration! I just might have to case this one...well done!!!

artful-notions said...

Love your beautiful fruits bookmarks! Must CASE these!

Nancy Thomas said...

Your fruitful bookmarks are beautiful. I love that bible verse too. Thank you for linking up to The Cat's Pajamas TCP Tuesday challenge,

The Craft Princess said...

I love your bookmarks...what a great idea. And I LOVE the Fruit of the Spirit inspiration!!! :) Hugs...Janie

Lin said...

Fun tags, Cheryl! The gold embossing makes them extra elegant! Thanks for sharing these with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

What a beautiful and thoughtful idea with these gorgeous bookmarks! Just love them!

Lisa said...

These are beautiful!

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, how cute! I'll bet that gold embossing does look wonderful in real life. The photography process can be so time consuming and frustrating. Love the watercoloring, and your hand lettering is as good as any of the rest!

Mynn xx said...

These are all gorgeous, Cheryl! I LOVE your use of different fonts! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

Bettina L. said...

Such fab tafs. Love the fruits and colours. Thanks for playing at 613 Avenue Create and good luck. Hope to see you back tomorrow for a new challenge. Bettina DT Member 613 Avenue Create xx