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Luxe DIY Packaging using Rubber Stamps

DIY Packaging with Rubber Stamps | Pretty Peas Paperie

Hello, crafters! Today I’m going to share with you a DIY packaging project using our new, vintage-inspired, custom rubber stamp. I just LOVE the simplicity of this one…it’s a perfect example that luxury packaging can be achieved without a big budget!

DIY Packaging with Rubber Stamps | Pretty Peas Paperie

Supplies Needed:

DIY Packaging with Rubber Stamps | Pretty Peas Paperie

1. If you like the look of a deckled edge, start by carefully tearing your paper into 3.5″ by 2″ tags (the size of a standard U.S. business card). I did this by folding my paper, wetting the edges with water, then tearing. (This works best with thick cotton or watercolor paper.)

DIY Packaging with Rubber Stamps | Pretty Peas Paperie

2. The type of ink you use is very important. Since this stamp has really small text, the VersaFine for Fine Details pad is perfect. It does a great job of keeping the ink on the surface of the paper and not seeping/smearing/smudging. Blot your stamp into the pad until the design is covered with ink. Press gently and evenly onto the paper.

DIY Packaging with Rubber Stamps | Pretty Peas Paperie

3. I bought this eyelet setter set on sale YEARS ago at Michaels. It comes with 4 setting tips, 3 punching tips, and a setting mat packed inside a small, easy-to-store box. Place your stamped tag on the setting mat. (A durable cutting mat works, too.)

DIY Packaging with Rubber Stamps | Pretty Peas Paperie

Here’s what the tip looks like. (I’m not sure what it’s called, but it’s the one that fits 1/8″ eyelets. These eyelets are very small and will not work with anything thicker than twine. Feel free to use a bigger eyelet depending on your needs.)

DIY Packaging with Rubber Stamps | Pretty Peas Paperie

After punching a hole on either side of the tag, insert the eyelet, turn the tag over, and punch down with the setter.

DIY Packaging with Rubber Stamps | Pretty Peas Paperie

Once your eyelets are in, thread your twine.

DIY Packaging with Rubber Stamps | Pretty Peas Paperie

4. Tie your tag around the box and you’re done! Isn’t is pretty?!

DIY Packaging with Rubber Stamps | Pretty Peas Paperie

Hope you enjoyed this little packaging tutorial! Follow me on Instagram for sneak peeks and stamp giveaways!

TAKE ME TO THE STAMP SHOP!

 

Free Printable | Modern Cactus-Themed Valentine’s Day Cards

Free Printable | Modern Cactus-Themed Valentine's Day Cards by Pretty Peas Paperie

Can you believe February is right around the corner?! Plan ahead for Valentine’s Day this year with my cactus cards!

If you follow Akula Kreative (my design studio) on Instagram, you might recognize the prickly plants from several posts back. “Draw cacti” had been on my Do-When-You-Have-Time List for months until I fiiinally had a chance over Christmas to make it happen. Originally, I wanted to use the cactus pattern to make custom fabric for our house—which I still might do—but for now, they work perfectly for printable cards.

These small cards are super easy to make: just print, cut, and fold! They fit inside a standard A2 envelope and measure about 4″ x  5.125″ when folded. The best part is, you have two versions of each design to choose from: one is fully designed and ready to go (top row in the photo below), and the other is plain and ready for stamping (bottom row in the photo below).

Free Printable | Cactus-Themed Valentine's Day Cards by Pretty Peas Paperie

Supplies Needed:

Optional:

As always, this printable is free for personal use only and may not be redistributed, copied, or sold. Please share the project with a link to this post.

Free Printable | "I love [cact]us." Valentine's Day Card by Pretty Peas Paperie

Assembly is pretty self-explanatory, but here are some notes:

1. Print the PDF on a sheet of matte photo paper or card stock. Use your high quality (or photo quality) print setting for best results. Note :: Each 8.5″ x 11″ sheet fits 2 cards. The PDF is composed of 3 pages: page 1 is “I love [cact]us,” page 2 is “chicks before pricks,” and page 3 is “let’s cuddle.”

2. Using the solid trim lines on the PDF, cut out your cards. If you plan on stamping, I recommend doing that before folding.

3. On the samples, I used Paper Source text weight paper in Luxe Blush and stamped with a Versafine ink pad. (Remember that the more textured your paper is, the harder it will be for detail to come through. Luxe blush paper has a textured, cotton-like finish, so if you use that you might notice some loss in detail with your stamps.)

Free Printable | "Chicks before pricks" Valentine's Day Card by Pretty Peas Paperie

I had SO much fun making these…from the hand-lettered cactus puns to the limited edition stamp set! Oh, and speaking of stamps, I only made a handful of these cactus cuties so you better grab ’em while you can. The set of 3 is $50 and comes with a BONUS stamp! Click here to shop the Etsy Pop-Up.

Have fun and hope you enjoy my cacti!

P.S. Follow me on Instagram for coupon codes!

Free Printable | "Let's cuddle" Cactus Valentine's Day Card by Pretty Peas Paperie

Stamped Calligraphy Ribbon + Merry Christmas!

Custom Calligraphy Ribbon using a Giant Rubber Stamp | Pretty Peas Paperie

Before we officially sign off for Christmas, I thought I’d leave you with my favorite stamping project this month :: Merry Christmas ribbon! It works beautifully on garland, trees, and even gifts. If you have some stamps and want to give it a try, here are some tips:

  • Cotton ribbon with a tight weave works best. (I found this ribbon at Michaels.)
  • I tried two types of ink: StazOn and Versafine. Both work, but the Versafine came out darker.
  • To make stamping easier, use a clear stamp so you can line up your design. (If you only have smaller stamps, try a pattern.)

I will re-open the stamp shop sometime in January or February with NEW, love-inspired designs. To sign up for free membership, click here.

Merry Christmas + THANK YOU for a wonderful year!

CALLIGRAPHY BY BETTY LING / PHOTOS BY KIMBERLY CHAU

Last day to shop our handmade stamps!

FREE PRIORITY SHIPPING until 2:00pm CST today on all of our stamps!

Sorry for my lack of posts this season, but the stamp shop has kept me BUSY! This is the last day we’ll be open in 2015, so we’re offering FREE PRIORITY SHIPPING within the U.S. with code “LASTDAY.” Hurry…the offer expires at 2:00pm CST today.

Thank you for all of your support – we sold out of our new Christmas stamps within a few days! Oh, and don’t forget to follow our new Instagram account for the latest and greatest.

Click here to head over to our Etsy shop!

How to Make an EASY, No-Carve, Mini Minion Pumpkin

Make an EASY, no-carve Minion pumpkin in just a few steps: paint the head (whole pumpkin), hair (stem), eye, and mouth, then glue elastic trim to the lid of a favor tin or jar. You'll save tons of time by choosing a small pumpkin and only decorating the head. :)

We don’t have kids yet, but I LOVE animated films. Every time we walk out of the theater I have to pretend that the sad scene didn’t just almost make me cry. (Remember the “Married Life” montage in UP? Yeah…)

Anyway, if you don’t feel like carving anything this year, delight your neighbors with some mini Minion pumpkin heads!

Supplies Needed:

  • A small pumpkin
  • Acrylic or craft paint in yellow, black, and white. Optional: brown (I didn’t have brown paint, so I mixed black, white, gold, and red.) *If you want to speed up the process, get a small can of yellow spray paint.
  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue or a hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Black elastic trim (available in the ribbon or fabric aisle at craft stores)
  • A small favor tin, jar lid, pie plate, or cardboard and tin foil (see step 6)
  1. Paint the entire pumpkin yellow. It took me about 5 coats to properly cover the orange, so if you don’t have that kind of time, I recommend using spray paint or a super opaque yellow.
  2. Paint the stem black for the hair. (I’ve seen a lot of people use black pipe cleaner for hair, too.)
  3. Paint a white circle for the eye. (I traced around my favor tin to get the right size.)
  4. After the white is dry, paint the iris, then the pupil.
  5. Paint the mouth.
  6. To make the goggle, I used the lid of a favor tin I had stored in a box labeled Someday I will find a use for this stuff. If you don’t have a favor tin lying around, you can use a jar lid (the kind that separates into two pieces). You can also cut a circle out of a pie plate or make a goggle out of cardboard and tin foil. Get creative! After measuring the circumference of your pumpkin, cut a piece of black elastic trim and glue the ends to your goggle. Slide the goggle around your minion head and you’re done!

Hope you have fun decorating your pumpkins! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

How I Turned My Instagram Photos into Business Cards

How I Turned My Instagram Photos into Business Cards

Makers and Instagram Lovers, rejoice! If you don’t know about Moo’s Printfinity, you’re missing out. Moo offers beautiful, affordable business cards with an incredible format for showcasing creative work.

WHAT IS IT?

Printfinity is a business card format in which you can print up to 50 unique images on the backs of your business cards. It’s perfect for photographers, artists, and makers who want to share a body of work.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

First, you choose your business card size. Then, you choose your design option.

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To design your own using Moo’s layouts and editing tool, click “Make.”

To upload your complete design in .gif, .png, .jpg, or .pdf format, click “Upload.” (See top left card above for the design I uploaded.)

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On the front, you lay out your contact info. (This stays the same for your entire pack.) On the back, you can upload up to FIFTY (50!) different images.

If you post regularly to Instagram, then guess what…you already have a portfolio! All you have to do is save the images at the highest resolution to your computer, then upload them to Moo. (I use the somewhat archaic method of emailing myself 2-3 photos at a time because my phone is old.)

Here’s what I love about these business cards:

  1. THE FORMAT.
    • I have the opportunity to highlight new designs and give customers ideas for how to use my products. (The more useful your business card is, the more likely someone is to keep it.)
    • I can capture the variety of products I make and share my process.
    • My pack of cards doubles as a mini, portable portfolio.
  2. THE QUALITY.
    • Paper selection is minimal—you can only choose between “Moo Original Paper” and “Moo Green Paper”—but it’s nice. (I work with a LOT of expensive paper, and I honestly really like this stuff. Even the recycled “Green” option is great. It’s smooth, with enough weight to give it that high quality feel.)
    • Moo does a fine job with the digital printing. My images came out clean and crisp.
  3. THE PRICE.
    • Moo business cards start at $19.99 for 50 cards ($0.40 each). It’s not the cheapest option around, but it’s affordable. It’s all about finding the best quality at the best price for your brand and the products/services you sell.

Give customers a reason to hold on to your card and look forward to their next purchase! You can even start a frenzy and encourage them to Collect Them All!

Moo is offering 25% off EVERYTHING until tonight. (That’s why I’m writing this post now. BTW, I haven’t been paid to say this. I just really like their product and want to share it with you because it’s a great resource for creatives.)

If you miss the sale, you can use my referral discount of 10% below. (Pssst. You can save more if you sign up for their email list and wait for a bigger discount!)

10% OFF coupon for Moo Business Cards

 

I hope this was helpful! For the latest and greatest, follow me on Instagram!

 

Shop our stamp collection at Renegade Craft Fair Austin!

Shop our rubber stamp collection at Renegade Craft Fair Austin! May 16-17, 2015 | Pretty Peas Paperie

I just realized I hadn’t made an official announcement about this yet…

I know people are getting antsy about the next Pop-Up Stamp Shop, so I’m excited to say we’ll be selling at Renegade Craft Fair Austin May 16 and 17! This is the first time EVER you’ll be able to shop our rubber stamps in person, AND we’ll be debuting a ton of new designs—including the critters you see above.

FAQs ABOUT OUR RENEGADE POP-UP

 

WHERE is Renegade Craft Fair Austin?

Fair Market (in east Austin) | 1100 East 5th Street, Austin, TX

WHEN is Renegade, exactly?

Saturday, May 16 and Sunday May 17 (2015) from 11:00am to 6:00pm

Do I have to pay to attend?

Nope! Renegade is free to attend.

I live outside of Texas. Will I be able to order online?

Yes! We will open our online Pop-Up the week of Renegade and ship orders worldwide. To be notified of our opening, please sign up for our email list here.

Are there any perks to buying stamps in person?

You bet! We’ll have a bunch of stamps out so you can try ’em before you buy ’em. We’ll also be selling stamps at lower prices at the Fair (close to the same prices members will pay online). We may even do a giveaway or two at the table. Look for us on the map under Pretty Peas Paperie (booth 44).

Can I order a CUSTOM STAMP at Renegade?

Yes! We will have order forms for custom orders. Stamps will take the usual 2 weeks or so to make, then we’ll make them available for pick-up at CRAFT (at which point we will email you). If you prefer the stamp(s) to be shipped to you, we’ll charge you a small fee to cover postage.

How can I see the new designs you’ll be debuting at the Fair?

We’ll show a sneak peek here and there…if you’re interested, please follow this blog (specifically, the Rubber Stamping category) or our Instagram account.

Who else will be selling goods at Renegade?

I am SO excited about all of the participants this year. Check out the Austin roster here!

If you have any more questions, please feel free to email us at hello@prettypeas.com or on social media!

Design by Akula Kreative