With the Christmas coming right up, everyone is becoming more and more busy for the upcoming holiday. Decorating their home with wreaths, Christmas trees, and Christmas lights to make your home warm and festive. The kids are looking forward to Santa’s home visit this coming Christmas Eve. Christmas can be pretty cliche, but we all admit that even with it being cliche, people still look forward to this season. After all, this is a season that’s full of loving and giving. But wouldn’t it be better if you made your Christmas unique, with just rubber stamps?
Here are 3 things that you can tweak to make your Christmas unique from the rest of the people in your neighbourhood:
Add Personal Touch
Christmas is only a week away, and by now, you may have decorated your house, and adorned it with Christmas lights. You may have your Christmas tree, wreath, and even a mistletoe ready. However, if you want for your house to be unique this season, then I suggest you should do something to make your extra special. After all, it’s never too late to put on your Christmas decorations.
So, how you make your Christmas decorations unique? The answer is simple. You just need to be you, add your flair to your Christmas decorations. You don’t need to remove the decorations you have already put up, all you need to do is add some final touches.
Get your rubber stamp that you like the most. Then grab your card stock, cut it into a shape that you desire, then stamp it up. You can also mark your cut out card stocks with the values of Christmas. Or you can use a rubber stamp to imprint the name of your family members in the tree. Then have them colour or decorate their name. After doing so, punch a hole on the cardstock then attach a string in it, and put it up on your Christmas tree. You can also do this with your friends if you’re celebrating Christmas with them this year.
Create Personalised Cards
Another thing that can make your Christmas unique is Christmas Cards. You can buy them in your local stationary store and give them to the people you care about. However, if your goal is to make your Christmas unique, there’s no other way to personalise it than to make the cards yourself.
Making your Christmas card is not as difficult, or as time-consuming as you think, you need to think of how you want the outcome of your Christmas card to look. What is the stamp you’re using for the card? Do you want to order a rubber stamp that has characters in it? Or Would you rather buy a custom-made rubber stamp that you can use not only for this year’s holiday season— but throughout the entire Christmas season? You can even put up your favourite saying for Christmas, and stamp it up on your card. You can then handwrite the things you personally want to tell them. This will make your card more special and will be able to touch the heart of the person receiving your card.
Personalised Gift Wrapper
Adding your own personal flair for the holiday does not only apply to your Christmas decorations and your Christmas cards but can also be applied to your gift wrapper. Although you can easily buy a gift wrapper locally or online, nothing beats the gift you made you made yourself.
On the other hand, the person receiving the gift would be very much pleased because you took the liberty of time so that you can give them a present this Christmas. Wouldn’t it be better if you wrap your present in a wrapper that you created yourself? Using your rubber stamp, self-inking stamp, or any kind of stamp that you have, you can create a gift wrapper of your own. By using a wax paper, or any kind of paper you currently have, your stamp you can personalise your own gift wrapper.
You just have to lay the paper on the surface and using the stamp. You can create patterns across the entire surface of the paper. And if you can, you can put a special message, a word that you think best describes the person to whom you’re giving the present to at the centre of the wrapper. You can then tie your present up with ribbon that complements well with the colour of the wrapper you chose to stamp on.
Making your Christmas does not have to take so much time, and does not need a lot of cash. All you need to have are your good rubber stamp, an ink pad, and material to stamp on and your one of a kind Christmas will be coming right up. Just tweak your Christmas decors, handmade Christmas cards and your gift wrapper and you’re good to go.
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You know what rubber stamps from the UK are made for right? It’s made to make the lives of those from offices, schools, hospitals, and business owners a lot better. Stamps do not only help us manage and organise our stuff, but it also helps us to finish our jobs a lot faster.
Business Stamps and stock stamps are very handy when it comes to marking receipts and paid bills. Although stamps are not a part of the major operations for businesses, it does not change the fact the stamps make the minor tasks less time-consuming.
Stamps for teachers also works the same as a business stamp would. Lending a helping hand especially when it comes to grading the students quickly. However, are there are other ways that you can use rubber stamps aside from office use, school use, and other business uses? The answer to that is yes. There are a lot of ways you can use your personalised stamps aside from what I mentioned earlier.
Here are 3 creative ways that you can use with your personalised stamps:
People today have become too busy with work, school, social media and other stuff that they often forget to give themselves a time to relax and recover. This causes the people to feel tired and exhausted all the time. The lack of sleep can heavily affect a person’s emotions, energy levels as well as the outlook in life. A lot of people today are sensitive and can get pretty down easily.
One thing that can cheer people up is inspirational and motivational quotes. These quotes can come either from books, internet, cards, and even on walls, posted as a wall decoration. This is where custom-made rubber stamps from the UK comes in. You can design your own stamp, as well as the text that’s going to be in it, through an online stamp designer. You can pick up your favourite motivational quote and put it into stamps. Using your personalised rubber stamp, you can cheer not only yourself but also others.
Event Invitation Cards
Parties and Special Events needs to have guests, and how else are you going to have your desired guests to attend your event other if you don’t give them an event invitation. Sending out event invitations to your desired guests is a formal way to invite people. Although, you can just give your desired person a call or send them a message through social media. Sending out invitation cards to your guests makes the event invitation more formal (and professional).
So if you’re a business owner, an event organiser, or someone who is tasked to invite people in a formal event, give your desired guest an invitation, and might as well give them a call to let them know that their presence is highly appreciated.
You don’t have to spend a lot of cash on this. You can just use a cardstock, a date rubber stamp, an address stamp and if it is a company event, add in the company’s common seal. With a little bit of creativity, you will be able to give your desired guests a beautiful event invitation card.
Messages For Your Beloved
In this time and age, receiving a handwritten letter from the person dear to you is very rare. Especially with the rise of smartphones, and social media, communicating has never been easier. These days, however, the only letters that are being written and sent out are application letters, authorisation letters, and resignation letters. However, sending a handwritten message to your loved ones will no doubt make them very happy. Sending handwritten letters to the people you love signifies that you care for them so much that you took an effort of writing a letter for them.
You can spruce your letter up, through the use of stamps. Rubber stamps make your handwritten letters look unique. Think of it this way, stamping on your paper makes the paper one of a kind. Which makes personalising your letter by adding stamp impressions and accents makes your letter very personal. As if you’re pouring your whole intention on the paper. A handwritten letter is a private way of telling someone that you care deeply for them.
Using a simple stationary tool such as rubber stamps in the UK, and your creativity, you can inspire people and motivate them to keep doing what they love, you can formally invite people on the events you’re hosting, and spruce up your handwritten letters you’re sending to your loved ones.
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Ordering a personalised keychain can be costly, although you may get a discount. However, that is only possible if bulk buying. And not everyone who needs a customised keychain needs to buy it in bulk. This is where custom made rubber stamps come in. With a piece of shrink plastic and your rubber stamp, you’ll be able to create a keychain for yourself and for others.
So, How Can I Make Keychains Using Shrink Plastics and Rubber Stamps?
Materials You Need:
- Rubber Stamp
- Ink Pad (Archival Ink and Solvent Ink Pads)
- Shrink Plastic
- Jump Rings or Strings
- Wax Paper
- 1/4 inch puncher (or larger)
- 2 Untextured Flat Surfaces
Step #1: Prepare the Shrink Plastic
Although you can still make your own keychain without having to buff the shrink plastic with sandpaper. However, buffing the shrink plastic first makes the ink from your rubber stamp, stick to the plastic better. Inks by nature, are resistant to glossy materials at some point. This is why even if the ink is made to be able to stick with glossy materials, the plastic needs to have a texture.
Step #2: Prepare Your Rubber Stamp
Shrink Plastics are not the only thing that you’ll be buffing in this project. It is important that you buff your rubber stamp as well especially because you need the ink to be able to stick on the rubber plate of your stamp. A buffed rubber stamp, if applied over a buffed plastic creates a clear and vivid image. And that should be your goal if you’re creating keychains out of shrink plastics. Shrink plastics are able to shrink 45% from its initial size, which means the large images and texts from your rubber stamp are going to shrink together with the plastic as well. I highly advise for you to use large craft stamps, DIY rubber stamps, or personalised rubber stamps that have large bold texts and large images.
Step #3: Apply Ink On Your Rubber Stamp
Now that you’re done with preparing your shrink plastic, and your rubber stamp, it’s time that you apply the ink on the rubber stamp. Dab the ink of your choice into the rubber stamp. Make sure that every part of your stamp’s rubber plate is covered with ink. Just remember, you don’t want your impressions on your plastic to be too wet, or it’ll take a while to dry, and there’s a huge chance that the image on your plastic will smudge.
Step #4: Start Stamping
With the ink covering the rubber plate of your rubber stamp. You can now start making stamp impressions on your shrink plastic. You can make as many images as you want, just remember, you want your impressions to be big in order for the images to be clearly seen even if the plastic shrinks sizes. If the colour of the impressions on your shrink plastic starts to fade out, do Step #3 again, until you’re satisfied with the number of impressions you have made on your plastic.
Step #5: Wait For the Ink To Dry
You don’t want your fingerprints all over your stamped image and ruin your DIY project. So wait up for minutes or seconds until the image is all dry. While waiting for your ink to dry, it’s best if you clean your stamps up. You don’t want the ink to be sticking in your rubber stamps for a long time.
Step #6: Cut The Plastic
After having to dry your shrink plastic, it’s time to cut your shrink plastics into your desired shape. If your stamp has a personalised border, you can follow that line. However, you may want to start cutting outside of the lined border. Doing this makes the finished look of your keychain neat and clean. Another thing is that you must leave a space in cutting for your keychain hole. I highly suggest that you use a 1/4 inch puncher or something more significant. You’ll be having a hard time slipping the jump rings or string by the time the plastic shrinks.
Step #7: Prepare Your Tray
Before heating your plastic up. Line your tray with a parchment paper/ wax paper to prevent your plastic from sticking on your tray by the time the plastic is heated. Then place your plastics on the tray, remember to face the imprinted part up, or the ink will transfer to the wax paper.
Step #8: Heat Your Oven Up
After preparing your tray of shrink plastics, heat your oven up, preferably 325 °F or 165 °C. Place the tray inside the oven and wait for your shrink plastic to shrink.
Step #9: Cool it Down
If your plastics are done shrinking, take the plastics out from your over. Beware that the plastics are hot so you want to be careful with that. After the plastics have cooled down for a bit, smush it in between 2 flat objects. You have to make sure that the object where you’re putting your shrink plastics in between do not melt and does not have a texture. You want your shrink keychain to be looking neat and clean. This is the part where you insert the jump ring on the hole of your keychain. If you don’t have a jump ring, you can use threads instead.
Being able to create your own keychains makes organising better. You can label each key you use for your home, for your car, for your locker, or whatever keys you have. Personalising your own keychains does not mean you have to spend a lot of cash. You can just grab your own rubber stamp, get yourself a shrink plastic and a personalised keychain is on its way.
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With your custom made rubber stamp, you want to make sure you’ll be able to create high-quality stamp impressions. Now, you won’t be able to produce clean and vivid images from your stamp if the ink and your material are not compatible with each other.
Now, how do you know if the inks are compatible with your rubber stamp, or with the material you’ll be stamping on? Here are 4 factors that will help you determine the best ink for your stamping materials.
The first thing to consider after buying traditional rubber stamps is the ink you’re going to use. Most people who are using rubber stamps for the first time prefer fast drying stamps. This is because quick drying inks do not smudge over the materials being marked. Fast drying inks and ink pads include the chalk blended inks, permanent ink, solvent-based ink, and dye-based inks.
However, just because the mentioned inks are fast drying, it doesn’t mean it’s going to dry on every material it is applied to quickly. Take the permanent inks for example. Most of the time, permanent inks dry faster than pigment ink. However, when a permanent ink is used on a non-porous material or a glossy surface, it takes at least 3 – 4 minutes for the permanent ink to dry.
If your rubber stamp is to be used in your office, you may want the fast drying inks rather than the ones that take some time to dry.
There are 2 types of documents. The documents that need to be updated from time to time, and are kept for record keeping, and those very important documents that need to last for a very long time. Legal Documents for example, when stamped on, the ink from the stamp must not fade or else the authenticity of the document might be questioned. However, inks that last long can be quite costly. And you don’t want to spend too much for the stamp ink.
Archival Inks, as well as Permanent Inks, are some of the inks can last for a long time. For temporary documents, that you’ll only be using for a short period of time, it’s better to use rubber stamp inks that do not cost that much.
Which is why, if you’re sending a file or document to your client, it’s fine to use the cheaper ink for your rubber stamp. Cheap inks don’t mean you’re choosing the first ink you see that has the least price. You want to make sure that the ink is actually of good quality. It’s for your client after all. You don’t want your client to consider you as someone very desperate. Now, if you’re stamping for legal purposes such as common seals and contracts, use the ones that last longer. These are very important files after all.
Another thing that you should consider when choosing an ink for your rubber stamp is how easy it is to clean. Stamps need to be cleaned in order for it to last long and to be able to produce clean and sharp impressions on your material. You also want to consider the design of your rubber plate. If your stamp has intricate, delicate designs and a lot of details, the ink may get in between the small gaps of your stamp’s design. These are the very inks that you may find hard to wipe off.
If the inks on your rubber stamps are not wiped or cleaned, over time, the ink will accumulate and will give the impressions on your paper unclean lines. Inks that can be blended easily such as dye inks can be cleaned off using water alone. However, pigment inks, permanent inks, as well as archival inks are pretty stubborn to remove and will undoubtedly take up time.
So if you’re using a stamp on your office, I do not encourage you to use pigment inks, permanent inks, and archival inks as it may consume a lot of time for cleaning it.
The last thing to consider when it comes to choosing an ink for your rubber stamp is the materials you’re going to pair the ink and the stamp with. Not all inks are made to fit for all kinds of materials you’re going to stamp on. Dye inks for example, are ideal to be used on papers, being able to produce vivid and crisp impressions. But when stamped over glossy and silky surfaces, it may not produce good quality impressions.
Permanent inks can be applied to a variety of materials, and that includes glass. Blended inks, on the other hand, are like permanent inks in which you can use for stamping on shrink plastics, fabrics and of course on papers as well. Pigment inks are excellent ink to be used over polymer clay. You want to make sure you use the right ink for the material you’re going to be stamping on.
We all want to our numbering stamps, address stamps, date stamps, or whatever sort of stamp you have, to give us an impression of excellent quality. Which is why you should consider the materials you’re stamping on, how easy it is to clean, the quality if the ink you’re using as well as how fast the ink can dry, so you can have the best stamping experience.
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If you hear the word rubber stamps, what comes to your mind first? Arts and Crafts? Office Files and Documents? Card Making? Of course, that’s because most stamps are made for cards and papers. Now, how does stamping on fabrics sound to you? Possible— but not really worth trying.
Stamping on fabrics though is possible. All you need to have is a permanent ink or archival ink and a rubber stamp, and you’re good to go. Stamping on fabrics opens the doors for using stamps for mere papers. You can even use your rubber stamps in giving favours from your events as well as spreading brand awareness.
Here are 2 Reasons Why Rubber Stamping is Beneficial for Your Business
Personalised things are more expensive than its regular counterpart. A plain white canvas coin purse may cost a dollar, however, if it’s personalised, the price may double or even triple. If you’re personalising things for yourself, then this increase may not be a big deal. However, if your intention is to give it as event favour, the total cost may hurt your budget.
Giving event favours to your guests can boost their mood as well as give you and your business a positive impression. Event favours though, even if you’re ordering them in bulks, can be costly, mainly because your brand or your name needs to be imprinted in the event favour you’re giving to your guests.
So, what does this have to do with stamps?
As I have mentioned earlier, if you’re going to buy unprinted tote bags, coin purses, or anything that’s made up of fabric, it will not be as costly as it is personalised. This is where rubber stamps can be of help. With a custom-made rubber stamp and a permanent ink or an archival ink, you can easily put your brand on any fabrics. It will be advantageous if you already had a customised rubber stamp with your brand’s logo, or your name in it, this way you’ll only need to buy the ink.
Aside from event favours that you can give to your guests after business events, you can also stamps to spread brand awareness. You can use stamps on flyers and paper bills, but the thing is that almost everyone is doing this. In business, you need to stand out to be noticed. So, instead of handing out flyers, try buying a bulk of plain white canvas coin purse. Then, using your personalised rubber stamp and permanent ink, make an impression on the canvas.
There’s a lot of things you can do with your rubber stamp and your permanent ink. You can even incorporate this on your table napkin. This way, whenever your customers dine, they can see the name of your business.
I remember back then, my aunt used to sell strawberry jams. She and my mom were close so we frequently went to her place, and I would help her pack her jams. She had a lot of people that order from her back then because her jam was really delicious and she had a peculiar way of packing her jams. Yes, she still kept them in a bottle of a jar. However, she places a piece of light pink-coloured square cloth on the lid of the jar before she closes her bottle with the cap. My job was to put the cloth on the lid and then top it with the cap. Her square cloth though we’re not plain, she would write her name ‘Jamie’s Jams’ at the centre in each of the cloth. That was how she kept her business going.
If only back then she had custom made stamps or even a self-inking stamp for the fabrics she would put on top of her jar, she would be able to finish her task faster as well as let people know about her strawberry jams.
Rubber Stamps are not only for card making, scrapbooking, and another paper crafting. It can also be used on offices and businesses, not only for the files and documents but on fabrics. Widening the range of things you could do with it for your business.
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Custom Rubber stamps are commonly used as office stationery and/or in a craft whether it’s for organising documents, greeting cards, gift wrappers, embossing on fabric, or any other possibilities where self-inking date stamps are imprinted.
But, have you ever used your customised rubber stamps in making a pendant for your jewellery? Don’t miss out on the fun you can get from playing around with your rubber stamps. Plus, you can also save cash by making your own accessories instead of buying them.
It’s an easy activity, where you can unleash your creativity and resourcefulness by just using custom stamps. It’s that easy! Thinking about the cost of the materials? Don’t sweat it because this is a very cost-effective activity.
Making Your Own Jewelry
Oven-baked clay jewellery-making is a do-it-yourself activity, where clay is moulded into shapes and sizes, baked in an oven to harden, and is attached to a chain for a necklace, earrings or, for bracelets. But let’s not focus on the clay; the highlight is on what tool is used for designing the pendant. This is where you capitalise the use of your rubber stamps for this activity.
It’s okay if you have no experience in jewellery-making. No sweat, because anyone can do this activity. Moving on, here’s how you can use your seal stamp in making customised jewellery.
Step 1: Gather Your Materials
The very first thing you have to do is to gather all your materials together. Materials including polymer clay, blocks, your rubber stamps, cookie cutters, pick, jump rings, pearl powder, and thread or chain. You don’t have to specifically choose polymer clay, because any type of clay is applicable for baking. As for the blocks, it’s used to flatten the clay. Cookie cutters have different shapes and sizes; it’s used after the stamp is imprinted on the flattened clay. The pick’s utilised for the hole on the formed pendant, where the jump rings are connected.
Step 2: Prep the Clay
After you’ve gathered your materials together, start by loosening up the polymer clay. It depends on the size of what you’re gonna make. In this case, creating a pendant that’s the same size as a coin is a good start.
Take a little piece of the clay, about the size of a marble, and roll it around your hands. It’s quite hard as it needs to be worked and warmed up. But by continuously rotating it in your hands, it then starts loosening up as heat from your body will transfer on the clay. As we’re making a coin-shaped pendant, the next move is to flatten the clay.
Blocks or any hard surface is a good place to even out the clay. This is to compress its dimensions evenly and to avoid lumps in certain areas. So, when it comes out of the oven, there are no signs of unevenness.
Step 3: Stamping the Design
Now comes the greatest part! The stamping part! Place the evened-out clay on your front. Prepare the rubber stamp and position it facing downwards on the clay. Then, gently stamp it in position and press hard. You can also do it while standing up. It gives more pressure because you’re putting your body weight on it. Then, slowly pull up. And viola! You now have a hand-stamped clay pendant.
But, if you find the pendant too big or you suddenly want a new shape, manipulate the clay using the cookie cutter. It depends on the shape that you want, or where you want the centre of your pendant to be placed on the newly designed clay.
Step 4: Assembling the Jewelry
Pierce a hole on the upper part of the clay using a pick. This is where the jump rings are placed to connect the pendant to the chain. Though, make it bigger than what you’re imagining. Bead holes tend to shrink; if you’re not careful enough, the rings might not go through. To make the intricate design stand out, brush it with the perfect pearls powder; these are pigmented powders that are easy to use. But if you don’t have one, use pulverised makeups, especially eyeshadow ones. It gives the pendant shimmer.
Step 5: Baking the Product
For the final step, place the pendant on a pan and bake it for about 30 minutes at 275 degrees. Let it cool. Connect it to the chain, and you’re done! Your polymer clay jewellery is now ready for use.
There are a lot of designs you can find to incorporate for your pendant. Look for rubber stamps online, if you don’t own one yet. Or if you want something that has more of your personal touch, there are custom stamps online, where there’s a stamp designer to decorate your own.
Rubber stamps aren’t just made for stamping documents. You’ll be amazed at the numerous ways these stamps can be used. Mostly, rubber stamps in Auckland are used for decorating pages of scrapbooks, documents, or for postage. Though there are other surfaces, you can stamp on besides paper like wood, metal, fabric, and especially on clay – just like this activity. You’re collecting accessories but have no budget to buy new ones? Less splurging on expensive ones and make your very own personalised accessories now!
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