I took a bit of a break from card making to make a bookmark. I love to read, and I'm forever looking for a bookmark. I thought I should remedy that, and here's the result of that effort.
Using a brass stencil (Dreamweaver's, I think) I applied a layer of embossing paste to a piece of glossy black card stock and let it dry. Then I replaced the stencil, and used an Essential Glue Pad to tap glue over the design. After carefully removing the stencil, and dropping it into a bowl of water (which I also did after using the embossing paste), I laid a piece of gold/red gold leaf over the design and, using a soft brush, gently brushed away the excess. Easy peasy.
I matted the finished stenciled piece with gold card stock, and adhered it to a bookmark I cut from another piece of glassy black. Actually I cut two bookmarks and layered them together to make it very sturdy. I plan on giving this little guy a workout! Anyway, I added a brass eyelet, a golden tassel (JudiKins carries those little cuties) and finished it off by adding random green gems.
I love how it turned out. It's kind of fun to do something out of the ordinary, don't you think?