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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The price for personalised items is always higher than the regular ones. Personalised items are special because 1) it can be used to make presents extra special 2) it can be used for event favours 3) it can be a reward for your customers. However, because personalising items are expensive, it may not be very wise to do it all the time, especially if you’re short on cash. Although, you can personalise your handkerchief using only simple stamp supplies such as rubber stamps and fabric inks.
Why Should I Stamp On Handkerchief?
You can use your handkerchief as event favours. Either it’s for your newly opened business, birthdays, or any kind of events where you can give away favours. Although you can order personalised handkerchief online. Personalising them your own is a lot better especially because you can cut the total cost to half. You’ll only be needing the ink, and the rubber stamp, then you’re stamping project is good to go.
Gift and Presents
What’s more special than a personalised present. Giving your friend, family, or special someone you did yourself makes your gift a whole lot better. Yes better than expensive gifts. Getting your own custom-made rubber stamp does not cost that much. So, if you want to write the name of the person you want to give the present to— you can use your personalised rubber stamp for your handkerchief.
A Reward for Loyal Customers
You can also use a personalised handkerchief as a reward for your loyal customers, who have been with you for a certain period. Through a stamp creator online you can customise your stamps, with your business’ name. Not only will this be useful for your other parts of your business such as the labelling and the packaging, but it is can also be used for the handkerchief you’re giving away. You can stamp your brand in the middle of the handkerchief or on one of the corners of your handkerchief.
How to Stamp on Handkerchief?
- Rubber Stamp
- Fabric Ink
- Felt Cloth
- A Plate or Any Plastic Container with A Large Opening
- Clothes Iron
Step #1: Prepare Your Rubber Stamp
You want to make sure your rubber stamp is ready before you start making impressions on the handkerchief. It works very well with rubber stamps with large and straightforward texts on rubber plates. So if your rubber plate as small letters, you may want to use another one with large and bold text for better results.
Step #2: Prepare Your Ink
After you had your rubber stamp prepared, the next thing you’d have to prepare is the ink. The ink you’re going to use plays a huge role in this project. Mainly because not all ink used for stamping papers, sticks to the fabric after washing the fabric. For this one, you must use a fabric ink, any colours will do.
In preparing the ink, you need to have:
- Fabric Ink
- A plate or any plastic container that can hold your fabric ink ink
- Felt Cloth
- Lay your container in the surface. You want to make sure that the container’s opening is large enough for the stamp you’re going to use.
- Pour in a liberal amount of ink on your container.
- Place the felt cloth over the container. Lightly press the felt cloth in a manner that will allow the fabric ink to bleed through the felt cloth.
Step #3: Apply Ink On Your Rubber Stamp
Now that you have prepared your rubber stamp, as well as the ink you will use, it’s time for you to apply ink to your stamp. Press your rubber stamp against the part of the felt cloth where the ink is bleeding through. Apply pressure, enough to fully cover the elevated surface of your rubber plate with fabric ink. You want to make sure that the ink on the rubber stamp is just enough as to avoid the stamp from smudging.
Step #4: Start Stamping
With the fabric ink on your rubber stamp, you can now proceed to stamp your handkerchief. Press your rubber stamp against the handkerchief for a few seconds. You want to make sure that the ink from your rubber stamp is absorbed by the handkerchief.
Tip: Lift the stamp upwards and not diagonally to make sure none of the side of the rubber stamp imprints on your handkerchief.
Step #5: Let It Dry
Once you’re satisfied with the prints on your handkerchief, it’s time that you let it dry.
Step #6: Iron Your Handkerchief
After drying the ink from the fabric, you now must iron your handkerchief, to make sure that the fabric ink sticks on your handkerchief for a long time.
Personalising a handkerchief shouldn’t be expensive. You can use your trusty rubber stamp, or you can have one made online through a rubber stamp creator. You can use it for yourself, or you can give to others as an event favour, or as a reward for loyal customers. Start stamping on handkerchief now!
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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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