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Black Cat Bookmarks with Cricut

May 31, 2017

Have you seen animal shaped paperclips? It got me thinking, I could make my own. So I gave it a try. We are cat people so black silhouettes of cats it was going to be. I think they would work well together as a group or just as a single. They work as a bookmark, journal clips or just a regular paperclip. They would also make cute gifts. 
 

cats

I cut out silhouettes of cats on my Cricut Air 2 (thanks to Cricut for the machine). For this project, I needed each shape twice, one regular, and one mirror image. A front and a back if you will. Here is the free svg file I created if you are interested in doing the exact same project.  [SVG file]

If you need to know how to upload an SVG into Cricut's Design Space 3, here is a Youtube video showing how-to do that.


 

xyron

The next step, I ran each piece through my Xyron sticker maker to attach adhesive to the backs of them.
 

stickers
Here they all are as stickers.
 

paperclip

I wanted to use black paperclips but we couldn't find them. So, I made them. Easy enough, using a permanent black marker, I covered the paperclip in black.
It took two coats to get a really good coverage. Make sure to check the sides.
 

paper

Place the cats together sandwiching the paperclip inside. Push around all sides to adhere, rub off any excess adhesive. You'll notice a bit of gray sticking out on mine. I used two sided cardstock that was black on one side and gray on the other. If I were to do it again, I would use solid black. So I touched up the gray with my permanent black marker.
 

nailpolish

I wanted to try a few different products and cover the cats for a more permanent lifespan. The first product I tried was black nail polish. Which I liked but I wasn't thrilled with the shine from the polish. The cardstock also absorbs a lot of nail polish, so don't use expensive polish.
 

modpodge

Next, I tried matte Mod Podge. I just applied it with my finger tip making sure not to have too much on either side. Just make sure to check it. When I ran my finger over one side, it would build up more around the edges on the opposite side. I liked the look of the matte surface. The Mod Podge made the cat rather rubbery. 
 

finished

Finished!

Materials:

  • black card stock
  • Personal cutting machine (Cricut Air 2)
  • free SVG file
  • Xyron sticker maker with adhesive
  • Large paper clips
  • black permanent marker (Sharpie)
  • matte Mod Podge
  • black Nail Polish

I was generously provided the materials by Cricut in order to write this post. This post contains affiliate links

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So cute! :)

I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

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These are adorable! What a great idea.

What a cute gift idea for a book lover! Thanks for sharing with us at #overthemoon link party I've pinned and shared. See you at next week's link up.
Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

Would be a really cute idea for Halloween books.

Love these! So cute and would make great party favors for Halloween!

That is a really cool craft idea. I have some family members who would love these bookmarks.



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