Resin paper bookmarks

Making Bookmarks with Resin Paper

resin paper bookmarks

by Karen Bearse

Hello Resin Lovers, Karen Bearse back to share a tutorial on making book marks with resin paper. Today we will also experiment with colorants as I give you a few options to hold the page of your books in the right spot. I still am a diehard book reader who loves the feel of paper, turning the pages as I read. If you have gone electronic you may want to make a book mark for your planner, journal book or for an add-on to your scrapbook. Also these make great gifts think of teachers & back to school!

resin bookmarks DIY

This is what Resin Obsession playtime ended up looking like for me. I decided to play with Easy Cast Resin today, I like that it makes the resin paper more flexible with a plastic folder type feel. Also because it has doming properties it adheres to the paper beautifully and stays within the borders of your piece.

Supplies:
Easy Cast Resin
Resin Obsession Transparent Color Pigments: Teal, Yellow, Purple
• Ranger- Distress Inks, Archival Inks
Stamps by IndigoBlu- Shine Bright Set.
• Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap- Mélange, Ephemera, Clipping Stickers, Metallic Quotation stickers.
• Deli Wrap, Parchment Paper. * can be found at Costco or Amazon Online
• Americana Decoupage Glue
• Cropodile by WeR to punch holes.
• Book Paper, paper napkins *Homegoods, Pier One or Target
Gloves, stir stick, measure cups, timer.
• Random Washi tape, charms, beads, ribbon & colored cord.
*products without a link can be found at your local Scrapbook Store, Michael’s or your favorite online store.

ink samples

I did a few experiments as I wasn’t sure which ink would bleed or move with the resin. There are a few things that I learned which surprised me & I will talk about them as I go along.

Bookmark Tag#1

resin bookmark DIY

Let’s make a book mark out of a tag. First, dry brush acrylic paint on a light weight paper. Cut the paper in the shape of a tag. Next, do random background stamping with Distress Ink. I was not sure if this ink would stay fixed when the resin was applied because of the painted background. Acrylic is a plastic and normally a water based ink does not adhere well if you add other layers, especially wet ones. I was very pleasantly surprised at my results.

bookmarks made with resin

Once those layers are dry, adhere washi tape and decoupage glue on top. I usually do this with washi as it doesn’t always stick well. Some washi tapes also have a coating that repels the resin, which can causing beading. This can be a fun technique too, but not what I wanted on my tag. I was excited to discover the glue did seal the tape, letting the resin go on smoothly.

inks pads and ink

Time to add some stamped images! The title Shine Bright was stamped with Black Soot Distress Ink on a scrap piece of scrap book paper. Then the edges were distressed with the color Peacock Feathers & a bit of Twisted Citrus was rubbed in the middle. Next the light bulb was stamped on deli paper with Black Soot. I cut it out leaving a bit of an edge but ready to be put on the tag.

mixing resin

Let’s add the Resin!!! Full directions are included in the box of Easy Cast Resin. Basically pour equal amounts of resin + hardener into a plastic cup and stir using a stir stick for 2 minutes. Pour this mix into a clean plastic cup & using a clean stir stick, mix for 1 minute. Now it is ready to pour. Use a piece of parchment paper on a flat surface that you can leave undisturbed for 24 hours.

brushing resin onto paper

I always wear gloves as resin is sticky! Pour a quarter size dollop of resin on the back side of your tag & spread using a foam brush or piece of unused kitchen foam. I find using foam creates a nice thin layer that is great for making resin paper. Once the backside is completely covered peel it up & flip it over. Do a coat on the front side the same way. The idea is to get a nice thin layer that completely covers the paper. Don’t worry if you have resin spilling over the edges a bit.

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how to make resin bookmarks

Now add the embellishments. I learned from this experiment it is a good idea to put a thin coat of resin on the back side of the ephemera before you push it onto the background piece. It will adhere very easily this way.

resin bookmark how to

Add more resin on top to seal it. Once all your embellishments are adhered make sure you have an even coat across the entire piece. Let this sit on a flat surface for 24 hours to set. If you are worried about dust landing on your piece cover it with a protective lid or container. Once the time is up simply lift your tag off the parchment paper, it should come up cleanly but if it doesn’t simply trim excess resin. Finally punch a hole & add cording and beads, your book mark is ready to go!

Bookmark #2

resin and ink bookmark

I really like how this one turned out. I started with tissue wrap cut 3.5”x6.5”. I collected some fun ephemera & quote stickers figuring out where they would go before I poured my resin. Once I was pleased with the collage layout, I adhered the sticker quotes on the tissue wrap. The other pieces will be added during the resin phase.

colored resin for crafting

There is just one simple variation on this bookmark. I added colorant to my resin. After mixing my resin I poured it out into 4 separate cups & added 1 drop of transparent color to each of 3 cups (teal, yellow, purple), leaving 1 cup with plain resin. Next using the stir stick spread the resin one color at a time randomly on your tissue background. Wipe the stick with a paper towel in between applying colors. The colors are transparent so the background images still show through. You can see that I colored the butterfly more carefully.

resin bookmark detail

Now add in the ephemera the same way as bookmark #1. Swipe some resin on the back of the pieces first and add them to your background. Carefully add more resin on top. Try not to disturb the color too much but as you see on the top butterfly the teal blended on to it & looks really interesting. At this point you can also drop some sequin stars or shapes & using a tooth pick push them into the resin. Set this bookmark aside to cure as above. When the resin is set simply attached a folded piece of fabric with the Tiny Attacher or stapler at the top.

Book Mark #3

finished resin bookmark

Now that you have the hang of it this is a super simple way to use those project life or scrapbook pocket page papers. Just cover the paper on both sides with resin as above, add some sequin shapes- done. I have some of these cards handy, so if I have excess resin it does not go to waste. Once these cards are set, punch a hole in them using a Cropodile & add ribbon, cord & charms. Wow that was a long post!!

resin supplies

However you will find these resin paper bookmarks so easy & fun to make. Thanks for joining me today. Good Luck!!!

3 Comments

Patty

So, I’m confused. Do you paint the backside of the scrapbook paper and then immediately flip face down onto the deli or parchment paper? Then immediately coat the top side (working in the various stages)? You can peel the dried bookmark easily off of the deli or parchment paper? The rectangular etc., shape is easy to peel, even though you place the wet backside down on the parchment or deli paper? Thank you for clearing this up for me!

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Katherine Swift

Resin won’t stick to wax paper, freezer paper, etc. You can place it on the surface, allow it to cure, then peel it away. (Same thing happens with tape.)

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Patty

Thank you. I do use resin, but I use a plastic tray or silicon mats to set it on. I didn’t know deli paper or parchment paper would work, too!

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