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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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The Christmas Pop-Up is OPEN!

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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:

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Want to see my favorite ready-made Christmas stamp?

Christmas Camper Stamp | Pretty Peas Paperie

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

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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

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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.

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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!

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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

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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

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!

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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!

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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!

Design by Akula Kreative