Free Printable | Hand-Lettered “Mama Llama” Card

Free Printable "Mama Llama" Card by Pretty Peas Paperie

Ok, I’m a little late on this one, but we still have 1.5 days until Mother’s Day! Save a trip to the store and make this free printable card from the comfort and safety of your home. (And yes, you can tell her you “made” it.)

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. Tag us on Instagram with @prettypeaspaperie, #prettypeaspaperie.

Assembly is easy-peasy, 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. (Yep, you get a BONUS card just because I hate wasting paper.)

2. Using the solid trim lines on the PDF, cut out your cards, then fold.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mama Llamas!

If you’re interested in a STAMP of this design, you can now purchase it here on Etsy. Supplies are limited and it will probably sell out!

DIY Valentines for Snail Mail Lovers

DIY Valentines for Snail Mail Lovers | prettypeas.com

Hello, February!

To celebrate the re-opening of our shop, I designed a new, limited-edition “Love Letters” stamp set with this DIY Valentine in mind. With three simple cuts, you can create a mailbox that really opens!

DIY Valentines for Snail Mail Lovers | prettypeas.com

Supplies Needed:

  • 1 sheet of card stock for your base (4.25″ x 5.5″ per card)
  • 1 sheet of paper for the mailbox
  • 1 sheet of paper (or label paper) for the letters
  • Scissors (an X-Acto knife is helpful, too)
  • Craft glue or glue stick
  • The “Love Letters” stamp set and a stamp pad
    OR
    Printable PDF | “Love Letters” (click to download) and printer

Optional:

  • A2 envelope (my favorites are from Paper Source)
  • Heart-shaped hole punch and scrap paper bits
  • White gel pen

As always, the printable above is free for personal use only and may not be redistributed, copied, or sold. Please share the project with a link to this post. Tag us on Instagram with @prettypeaspaperie, #prettypeaspaperie.

DIY Valentines for Snail Mail Lovers | prettypeas.com

Instructions for Stamp Set:

  1. Cut your sheet of card stock into 4 pieces, each 4.25″ x 5.5″. (Or, use pre-made blank cards like these.)
  2. Using a high quality stamp pad, stamp your mailbox onto one of your sheets of paper, then cut it out. Make 3 slits in the mailbox door: left side, top, and right side. (Hint: an X-Acto knife and cutting mat make this much easier!)
  3. Glue the mailbox onto the card. (Don’t glue down the door!)
  4. Stamp your mini envelopes onto a separate piece of paper (or label paper, if you have it), then cut them out. Since each envelope is different, you can use a unique color for each one if you have multiple stamp pads.
  5. Glue or stick the mini envelopes onto your card.
  6. OPTIONAL: hole-punch hearts and glue ’em on, or add tiny white dots with your gel pen.
  7. Write a personal note on the back and mail to someone you love!

Instructions for Printable:

  1. Cut your sheet of card stock into 4 pieces, each 4.25″ x 5.5″. (Or, use pre-made blank cards like these.)
  2. Print the first page of the PDF—the one with the mailboxes—on a sheet of paper. Use your high quality (or photo quality) print setting for best results. Note :: Each 8.5″ x 11″ sheet fits 8 mailboxes plus 1 jumbo (BONUS!) mailbox. Cut out as many as you need. Make 3 slits in each mailbox door: left side, top, and right side. (Hint: an X-Acto knife and cutting mat make this much easier!)
  3. Glue the mailbox onto the card. (Don’t glue down the door!)
  4. Print the second page of the PDF—the one with the envelopes—onto a separate piece of paper (or label paper, if you have it), then cut out as many as you wantNote :: Each 8.5″ x 11″ sheet fits 56 mini envelopes and 6 jumbo envelopes.
  5. Glue or stick the mini envelopes onto your card.
  6. OPTIONAL: hole-punch hearts and glue ’em on, or add tiny white dots with your gel pen.
  7. Write a personal note on the back and mail to someone you love!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Christmas GIVEAWAY!

Pretty Peas Paperie CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY | Enter to win a wax seal stamp (and wax), a hand-lettered "handle with care" stamp, and an envelope liner kit!

Today marks 1 week until the stamp shop closes for Christmas, so I thought I’d end this amazing year with a GIVEAWAY!

The Prizes:

  1. A wax seal stamp (choose your favorite of 4 of my custom designs)
  2. 3 sticks of sealing wax (choose traditional wax or glue gun wax)
  3. A hand-lettered “handle with care” stamp
  4. An envelope liner template kit (so you can make use of our free printables)
Custom Wax Seal Stamps by Pretty Peas Paperie | Snail Mail, Cactus, Donut, Philodendron Leaf

The Rules:

  1. You must be a U.S. resident over the age of 18 to win.
  2. Winner will be notified via email and package will be sent via USPS First Class.
  3. The prize includes 1 wax seal stamp, 3 wax sticks, 1 clear stamp, and 1 envelope liner kit.
  4. Giveaway closes on December 15, 2017 at 11:59pm CST.
  5. Pretty Peas Paperie reserves the right to change or cancel this giveaway at any time.
  6. The prizes are not redeemable for cash or credit, but we are happy to transfer them to someone else if you’re feeling generous.
  7. Pretty Peas Paperie is not responsible if the prize package is lost, damaged, or delayed in the mail. Tracking information is not guaranteed.
  8. All members who purchased something during our Christmas Pop-Up (11/7/16-11/20/16) will automatically receive 1 entry.
  9. Limit 1 official entry form per person.

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By the way…how amazing is the donut seal?! I discovered that you can hole punch glue gun sealing wax. (!!!) Simply make your seal ahead of time, rather than apply it directly to your envelope. Squeeze the wax onto a non-stick pan, wax paper, or parchment paper…press your wax seal stamp down, and let dry. (It’s quick.) Then, use a standard hole-punch to make your donut hole!

wax-seal-donut

 

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! Thanks so much for your entries! We’ll notify the winner soon. :)

Free Printable | Envelope Liners

Envelope liners are the perfect way to spruce up your snail mail, and today I’m sharing 6 free designs that you can print from home!

Free Envelope Liner Printable + Wax Seal Giveaway | Pretty Peas Paperie | Philodendron, Tropical Leaf

This philodendron pattern paired with a coral envelope makes me want to go on vacation.

Download Green Philodendron Envelope Liner Download Pink Philodendron Envelope Liner

Free Envelope Liner Printable + Wax Seal Giveaway | Pretty Peas Paperie | SNAIL Mail

These little snails are doing a fine job of delivering their mail.

Download Snail Mail Envelope Liner

Free Envelope Liner Printable + Wax Seal Giveaway | Pretty Peas Paperie | Cacti

Cacti can look so sophisticated in black, white, and blush.

Download Cactus Envelope Liner

Free Envelope Liner Printable + Wax Seal Giveaway | Pretty Peas Paperie | Donut

Donut worry…I have an envelope liner (and wax seal) to satisfy your sweet tooth!

Download Donut Envelope Liner 1 Download Donut Envelope Liner 2

Supplies Needed:

  • Envelope Liner PDF (download above)
  • A printer
  • Matte photo paper or text-weight paper (1 8.5″ x 11″ sheet per liner)
  • Envelope Liner Templates to match your envelope (my favorites are from Paper Source)
  • Scissors
  • Double-Sided Tape

As always, these printables are free for personal use only and may not be redistributed, copied, or sold. Please share the project with a link to this post. Tag us on Instagram with @prettypeaspaperie, #prettypeaspaperie.

Assembly is easy-peasy, but here are some notes:

1. Print the liner of your choice on a sheet of matte photo paper or text-weight paper. (Super thick paper won’t fold very well.) Use your high quality (or photo quality) print setting for best results. Note :: Each 8.5″ x 11″ sheet fits 1 liner.

2. Using pencil, lightly trace around your envelope liner template.

3. Cut out the envelope liner.

4. Slide the liner inside the envelope and place it where you want it. Fold your envelope to crease the liner. NOW, remove the liner and put a small piece of double-sided tape near the top of it (on the back, of course). Slide the liner back in, make sure it’s placed correctly, then stick it! (I don’t recommend putting tape on the bottom portion of the liner because it will crinkle when you fold the envelope. A single piece of tape allows the liner to move a bit as the envelope is closed and sealed.)

Stick around because I’m about to post a GIVEAWAY!

PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIMBERLY CHAU

The Christmas Pop-Up is OPEN!

Flourished Hand Calligraphy Return Address Stamp

FLOURISHED HAND CALLIGRAPHY RETURN ADDRESS STAMP

 

My brain is melting, but the Christmas Pop-Up is officially open! Don’t worry, you don’t have to live in Houston to shop our new stamps…they’re all online in our Etsy shop! We’ve teamed up with calligrapher extraordinaire, Betty Ling, to once again offer limited edition, custom return address stamps that will impress alllll of your holiday card recipients.

Here’s a sneak peek:

CLEAR Hand Calligraphy Return Address Stamp | Pretty Peas Paperie featuring Betty Ling Calligraphy

CLASSIC HAND CALLIGRAPHY RETURN ADDRESS STAMP

CLEAR Hand Calligraphy Return Address Stamp | Pretty Peas Paperie featuring Betty Ling Calligraphy

MODERN HAND CALLIGRAPHY RETURN ADDRESS STAMP

CLEAR Brush Calligraphy Return Address Stamp | Pretty Peas Paperie featuring Betty Ling Calligraphy

BRUSH CALLIGRAPHY RETURN ADDRESS STAMP

Want to see my favorite ready-made Christmas stamp?

Christmas Camper Stamp | Pretty Peas Paperie

Eeeee, it’s a camper hauling a Christmas tree! :)

SHOP NOW! Supplies are limited.

ALL PHOTOGRAPHS BY KIMBERLY CHAU

 

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My Secret for Getting FULL Ink Coverage with Solid Stamps

My Secret for Fixing Missing "Ink Splotches" When Using Clear Stamps

DESIGN BY THREE HELLOS CREATIVE CO. | STAMP BY PRETTY PEAS PAPERIE

 

Tell me. Have you ever had this problem? You have a shiny new clear stamp, and every time you push down there are splotches left out of your design. Ahhhh, so frustrating!!! Well, after trying a few things, I have found the answer!

First, let’s talk quickly about WHY this happens. Unlike traditional wood-mounted stamps, clear stamps don’t have a foam cushion between the block and the rubber. (Photopolymer is also denser than red rubber.) When you have a big solid shape in your design, you have to get it perfectly mounted to the acrylic for it to have an even surface that will make full contact with your paper. Since our stamps are made by hand, there’s simply no way for me to push out all the bubbles and get a vacuum-tight fit every time. Inevitably, there are bubbles…and where there are bubbles, there are missing splotches.

TRY THIS FIRST :: Peel your stamp off the block. Then, slowly “roll” the stamp onto the block from one edge to the other. Carefully push down as you go, trying to squeeze out any air bubbles.

TRY THIS NEXT :: If that doesn’t do the trick, make sure you have the right INK. For solid designs like you see above, I’ve found that pigment inks work best. Try VersaFine for Fine Details or Colorbox. Both are high quality pigment inks, and they do a fantastic job with details. Thinner dye inks (or cheaper inks) may bleed into your paper a bit, filling the details of your design.

If you’re still having trouble, read on!

Ok, here is my stamp after it’s been inked. It’s pretty big (3″ x 3″). (I actually used my Memento Dye Ink Pad because I was lazy and it’s the fastest to use. But it still worked!)

My Secret for Fixing Missing "Ink Splotches" When Using Clear Stamps

This is what happened when I stamped my paper on a desk (i.e., a regular ol’ hard surface):

My Secret for Fixing Missing "Ink Splotches" When Using Clear Stamps

See the splotches? I want FULL, solid ink coverage. So, I’m going to slip this secret weapon under my paper…

My Secret for Fixing Missing "Ink Splotches" When Using Clear Stamps

(Hint :: it’s a dense foam pad.)

My Secret for Fixing Missing "Ink Splotches" When Using Clear Stamps

And…huzzah! Here are the results:

My Secret for Fixing Missing "Ink Splotches" When Using Clear Stamps

By using a foam pad, the parts of your stamp that didn’t touch the paper before can now touch the paper. Since the pad is dense, it doesn’t squish down and mess up your design…instead, it gives just enough to produce full, beautiful ink coverage.

Here’s the product I used (it’s only $5.40 on Amazon!):

My Secret for Fixing Missing "Ink Splotches" When Using Clear Stamps

I hope you found this post helpful! If you have additional tips and tricks, feel free to share below.

Want more stamping supply tips? Check out My Favorite Stamping Supplies.

Want to check out our clear stamps? Shop here.

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Stamp Pad Comparison | VersaFine vs. Memento

My two favorite black stamp pads are VersaFine Pigment Ink for Fine Details and Memento Fade-Resistant Dye Ink. I use both on a daily basis, depending on my project. If you’re trying to decide on a stamp pad, check out my comparison below!

Black Stamp Pad Comparison | VersaFine vs. Memento

VersaFine PROS (+):

  • Dark, solid ink coverage on almost all surfaces, including matte paper, card stock, watercolor paper, muslin bags, and more.
  • Works great for detailed and “inverted” designs (solid shapes that have text or designs subtracted from them).
  • Firm pad makes for a relatively neat process. (The squishy foam pads typical of other pigment inks tend to get ink on parts of your stamp that shouldn’t be inked.)

VersaFine CONS (-):

  • More expensive ($9-10).
  • Slightly sticky – you have to be a little more careful using this pad.
  • Ink may be harder to get off if you don’t clean your stamp after each use.

Memento PROS (+):

  • A great everyday stamp pad. Best for smooth, matte paper and card stock. I use this pad for stamping shipping labels.
  • Firm pad makes for a quick and neat process.
  • Easily washes off clear photopolymer and rubber stamps.

Memento CONS (-):

  • Coverage is not completely solid and tiny details may be lose definition. (If you want a vintage, textured look, this obviously isn’t a con.)
  • Ink will bleed on porous surfaces like fabric and wood.
  • Tuxedo Black has a slightly faded quality to it. (This isn’t noticeable unless you compare it directly with the Onyx Black of VersaFine.)
REGULAR OL’ COPY PAPER

Black Stamp Pad Comparison | Copy Paper

Black Stamp Pad Comparison | Copy Paper (Detail)

Notice the solid vs. textured appearance? Both are great – just depends on what you want!

WATERCOLOR PAPER

Black Stamp Pad Comparison | Watercolor Paper

Black Stamp Pad Comparison | Watercolor Paper (Detail)

The texture of the paper comes through even more with Memento ink in this example.

TINY TEXT + INVERTED DESIGN

Black Stamp Pad Comparison | Copy Paper (VersaFine is excellent for tiny text and solids!)

Black Stamp Pad Comparison | Tiny text and inverted designs (detail)

VersaFine tends to fill those tiny cracks more…making for a darker, more precise impression.

MUSLIN BAGS

Black Stamp Pad Comparison | Muslin Bags

Which stamp works best for muslin bags?

When it comes to stamping something super textured like a muslin bag, VersaFine is my fave. You really can’t beat that impression!

Want more stamping supply tips? Check out My Favorite Stamping Supplies.

Want to buy our Hand-Lettered Cheers stamp? Shop here.

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Free Printable | Hand-Lettered “Mama Bear” Card

Free Printable | Hand-Lettered "Mama Bear" Card for Mother's Day by Pretty Peas Paperie

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, and if you haven’t had a chance to pop in the store to grab a card, you’re in luck. Just download, cut, and fold: 3 easy steps to a hand-lettered card for your marvelous MAMA.

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. Tag us on Instagram with @prettypeaspaperie, #prettypeaspaperie.

Assembly is easy-peasy, 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. (Yep, you get a BONUS “Mama” card just because I hate wasting paper.)

2. Using the solid trim lines on the PDF, cut out your cards, then fold.

Happy Mother’s Day to my Mamas, new Mamas, and Mamas everywhere!

Shop our stamps on Brickyard Buffalo!

Clear custom stamps by Pretty Peas Paperie

We have some exciting news!!! You can now shop a small collection of our custom stamps at 25% OFF at BrickyardBuffalo.com! The sale starts today and ends May 1st (or until supplies run out).

These NEW designs are available only on BrickyardBuffalo.com:

Clear custom stamps by Pretty Peas Paperie

HAND-LETTERED “SENT BY SNAIL” RETURN ADDRESS STAMP

Clear custom stamps by Pretty Peas Paperie

FLORAL INITIAL RETURN ADDRESS STAMP

This design is one of my favorites. Each letter of the alphabet has been filled in with delicate, hand-drawn floral details.

Floral Typography by Akula Kreative

You can also shop our best-selling masking tape stamps like this one:

Clear custom stamps by Pretty Peas Paperie

HAND-LETTERED LOVE RETURN ADDRESS STAMP

Hurry, supplies are limited and you can’t beat this deal! Click here to shop now.

PHOTOS BY KIMBERLY CHAU

DIY Wood Slice Save the Date

DIY Wood Slice Save the Date using a custom rubber stamp | Pretty Peas Paperie

I’ve been meaning to try this for quite some time now, but I finally got around to making some wood Save the Dates with our custom stamp. Here’s a quick tutorial!

Supplies Needed:

I recommend mailing these in a padded bubble mailer. It will keep costs down but still protect the wood.

Instructions are pretty self-explanatory, but here are some tips:

  1. Wipe wood coaster with a damp cloth to clean the surface. Let dry.
  2. Blot stamp into ink pad several times until it is covered with ink, then stamp wood, applying even pressure. Let dry.
  3. I used acrylic paints to add some simple floral details around the edges. This is completely optional, but I like the effect!
PHOTO BY KIMBERLY CHAU

Design by Akula Kreative