This is an old project but we thought it might be of interest to Tim Holtz fans. It was made for a bookmark swap on the Crafttelly forum. I wanted to make something a little different to the usual flat bookmark but something that could still be used for its intended function.
The bookmark is made from Tim Holtz Grungeboard for durability and the 3D element at the top is made using Tim's Caged Bird Sizzix die. I cut two cages out of grungeboard and bowed them a little, grungeboard is great for this as it is very flexible and cuts nice and cleanly with the Sizzix steel rule dies. These were treated to various colours of embossing powder on both sides to create a gilded look. They were fixed to the flat part of the bookmark using simple brads covered up with some gems. The edges of the cage were then glued together giving the impression of a circular cage.
The bird was stamped with Creative Expressions Rubber Stamp Textures and slotted through the cage so it pokes out front and back. The main part of the bookmark was then distressed, stamped with Creative Expressions Rubber Stamp Textures and some embossed swirls added. Oh, and the letter L was added for the lady the bookmark was made for :-)