Free Printable | Christmas Snail Mail Coloring Sheets

Santa's Snail Mail Bag | Alternative to Wrapping Paper | DIY Reusable Mini Gift Bag | Pretty Peas Paperie

Happy December! Is it just me or does your Christmas shopping list double once you have a kid? Our adults-only list has suddenly grown to include entire families, friends' babies, godchildren, and furbabies. I was trying to think of some fun stocking-stuffer-type trinkets to tie to gift cards, and came up with this idea as I was styling a photo for one of our Christmas stamps. (I'm 100% sure someone else has probably done this, but I made you a free printable to make it easier!)

Here it is :: a mini coloring kit!

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Supplies Needed:

There are so many fun things you can fit in these things—baby sunglasses, a whistle, candy, erasers, jewelry, gift cards—why not skip the paper wrapping altogether and gift your tiny items in a cute, reusable bag!

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DIY Valentines for Snail Mail Lovers

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
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
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!

Pretty Peas Paperie Stamp Coupon
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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

5 Days of Pop-Up *Stamp* Shop Prep

MONDAY

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.

TUESDAY

Modern XO Gift Tag Stamp

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

WEDNESDAY

Giant Floral Holiday Gift Tag Stamp

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

THURSDAY

Calligraphy Thank You Stamp on Watercolor Stationery

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

FRIDAY

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.

DIY Stamped Wood Tags

Hand-Stamped Wood Tags How cute and classy is this wood tag stamped with love? It's the perfect accoutrement to gifts, favors, and yes! beverages.

Our next Pop-Up Shop will feature a variety of clear stamps (pre-made and custom) as well as some wonderful wood tags, labels, and cards cut to order by Keeper Goods. Check out our post on Akula Kreative for more info and inspiration!