It’s spring break here and of course after some AMAZING weather last week, this week has been all dreary and rainy.  Today we had fun making bookmarks, so at least we’re doing a few fun things.

To start I used the letterpress feature of my Epic 6 from Lifestyle Crafts.  (SPOILER ALERT – there’s a great deal at the bottom of this post, so keep reading)  It’s super fun and makes it look I can do super fancy things – but it’s so easy!  Basically instead of using a die cut to cut out an image, it uses a plate thing and just presses the image into thick paper.  It’s called embossing.  But then I covered the embossing plate with ink so while it pressed the image in it also prints the ink onto it.

What I used:

Inking it up:

Rolling it through:

See – looks awesome, right?!?

Then I also cut some paper with the boarders strips that I have.  Loading up the machine – you put the dies on first, then paper over them:

 Then a clear cutting mat on top:

 Then just hand crank the whole sandwich through the machine:

So then we used some of the border dies, and cut the letterpressed paper into strips, and had fun creating:

 Here’s a glimpse of what we came up with:

Then I ran them through the laminating machine I am borrowing from my mom – it makes me want to laminate everything in sight (including a drawing by my 3 year old – didn’t he do great?!)!

And now they’re ready to use!!

 I’m a little late to inform you, but those border dies that we used – – they’re on sale!! til Sunday, so hurry…

 They’re on sale for 20% off, then if you use the code SUGARBEE you get another 20% off – so 40% off – that’s an incredible deal!!  Check out the Border Dies!! They have so much potential!

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