This Kimono Bookmark & Holder set was such fun to create and makes a great little gift anytime! I want to give credit to the tutorial that I used for creating this Kimono Bookmark Holder. The author of the tutorial is Lynda from Lynda's Quiet Time blog, and here is her link: http://stampingdoc.blogspot.com/2008/09/eastern-blooms-kimono-bookmark-card.html
DIMENSIONS: 4.25X11”, folded in half
STAMP SETS USED: Clear Dollar Stamps Asian Plants
CARDSTOCK AND PAPERS: White Paper Trey Cardstock, K&Co. Blue Patterned Designer Paper
INKPADS: Stazon Black Ink, Ranger Gold Embossing Powder
MARKERS: Krylon Gold Leafing Pen
ACCESSORIES AND EMBELLISHMENTS: Heat Gun, Karen Foster Click-It Hole Punch, Making Memories Grommet, Sandylion Floral Stickers, Wright’s Tassel, Prismacolor Pencils, Odorless Mineral Spirits, Blending Stumps
COLORING MEDIUM: Prismacoloring with Mineral SpiritsSPECIAL TECHNIQUES: Basic Stamping, Background Stamping, Heat Embossing
Paper Trey White Cardstock was cut to 4.25"x11". Then folded in half, Lynda suggests that it is helpful to have a cutter/scorer to do this project. I didn't. : ( With the card folded in half, slide both thicknesses of the cardstock into the cutter and cut 1-1/6" from both sides, 2" down from the folded edge top, to create the kimono sleeves. The nectk is then cut at the fold from 1-1/6" to 3-3/16" (which is where the sleeves end). Unfold the card, cut down the neck approximately 1.75" inches. Fold the back and the front part below the kimono seeves forward. Tape the back folds to the card front so that the bookmark will slide inside easily without getting stuck. Score and fold the collar out as shown.
After folding and cutting, I stamped over all the kimono using Stazon Black ink and then colored each flower spray with Prismacolor Pencils and blending with mineral spirits and a blending stump. I cut a 1"x5.5" piece of K&Co. Blue Patterned designer paper to create the obi sash, and another smaller piece measuring .75"x5.5" piece of pink patterned scrapbook paper (it is a scrap, and so old that I can't remember the brand), to fnish the obi sash. Both pieces were wrapped around the kimono (separately). Lynda wisely warns us not to glue them together and then wrap, as they will buckle, but to instead, wrap individually around the kimono and secure with glue with finished. To adorn the kimono obi sash, I added a ready made Sandylion floral "sticker".
I edged the kimono collar and sleeves using a Krylon Gold Leafing pen and then created a little gold border out of scrap white cardstock, and "painting" gold with the Krylon Gold Leafing Pen. After drying for a half hour, I glued that to the hem of the kimono for interest.
The bookmark was cut from a matching piece of K&CO. Blue Patterned designer paper to 1.75"x5.5" size and then stamped with Versamark Watermark Ink the floral sprays that match the kimono stamping. I embossed with Gold Embossing Powder and a heat gun. After allowing that to thoroughly dry, I punched a hole and attached a Making Memories Black Grommet/Jumbo Eyelet to the back of the bookmark, adding a gold tassel for adornment. To finish, I added 2 more Sandylion ready-made floral stickers to coordinate the gift ensemble.