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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!



Cheers to small businesses everywhere! by Akula Kreative


This is my first attempt at gilding with a rubber stamp. It’s full of flaws (and somewhat illegible) buuut…isn’t it kind of beautiful? One of my favorite things about running a small biz is having the opportunity to learn something new EVERY day. I never would have pushed myself this hard in any of my previous jobs.

Stay tuned for a foil-stamping with rubber stamps tutorial once I figure out what I’m doing. Cheers to small business and creating a beautiful mess!

Custom Lego Portraits

Custom Lego Portraits by Akula Kreative (Nikki Mihalik)

Just sharing something fun…

Christmas of 2014 was all about LEGOS. For our Lego-fanatic friends (and family members), I designed custom portraits specific to their hair styles, hobbies, and wardrobes. Our Christmas postcard is below:

Custom Lego Christmas Card by Akula Kreative

Custom Lego Christmas Card by Akula Kreative

The portraits took quite a while to customize, but they were well worth it! On Christmas Eve, I heard my little cousin (a toddler) yell “LEGOOO MOVIE!!!” as he pointed to our card hanging on my aunt’s wall. :)

5 Days of Pop-Up *Stamp* Shop Prep


Polar Express Letters to Santa Rubber Stamp | "Please deliver to Santa by December 25"

Hand-cancel your Letters to Santa with this Polar Express rubber stamp.


Modern XO Gift Tag Stamp

Give your gifts some modern flair with this tag stamp suited for any occasion.


Giant Floral Holiday Gift Tag Stamp

Fall in LOVE with gift wrapping this year by using this giant floral gift tag stamp.


Calligraphy Thank You Stamp on Watercolor Stationery

Say THANK YOU for your gifts by making stationery with this Betty Ling Calligraphy stamp.


Merry Christmas Calligraphy Stamp | Polka-Dot Gift Wrap Ideas

DIY watercolor gift tags look amazing with “Merry Christmas” written in calligraphy! Finish it off with some chalk pen polka-dots.

Design by Akula Kreative