Are you planning a baby shower? Your baby shower card is one of the most important detail of this highly anticipated event. These are the invitations you send to your family, relatives, friends, and people whom you are close with; to let them know the addition of a new family member in the near future. You have two options- either you order them, or you make them by yourself.
It can be created in multiple ways. But the simplest way is downloading a copy of a template you found from the internet, then printing it on blank cards. If you’re not the “computer-savvy” type, but you love doing DIY projects, then you can make the invites yourself!
In six easy steps, here’s how you can make your own ‘onesie’ baby shower invitation using your customised rubber stamps!
You can model your card from objects such as onesies, baby bottles, safety pins, or even baby diapers. But for this guide, we’ll help you create a onesie baby invitation. So, prepare these following materials:
In creating the card, you’ll need:
- Scrapbooking paper or any cardstock
- Glue or any adhesive you have
- Hole punch
- Jute Twine
- Customised rubber stamps
If you don’t own any, you can order a rubber stamp online. It’ll be highly convenient for the later part. And don’t worry, it’s okay if you’re not a master at stamping. You’ll do well without breaking a sweat. So, let’s get started!
After you’ve prepared all the materials, the first thing to do is to line your scrapbook paper or cardstock using the pencil and the ruler into sheets of twelve inches (12”) length and a four point five inches (4.5”) width. Then, cut them using the scissors and fold it in half to get a six by four point five inches (6” x 45”) card.
Now, determine the center of the folded line. After you’ve found the center part of the line, use your round hole punch to create a “neck opening” for your onesie.
Since you already have a “neck opening,” it’s time to create the “leg openings” of the onesie. To make the “leg openings,” use the scissors to cut two three-quarters-sized circles for each corner of the bottom part of the card.
It’s time to create the sleeves, so below the folded line, use the ruler to measure about one point five inches (1.5”) distance. Then, using the pencil, draw a one point twenty-five inches (1.25”) straight line long from the outer part to the center of the card. From the inner edge of this line, use your pencil to draw an oblique line up until the upper edge of the leg opening, creating a triangular form. Using the scissors, cut the triangle part to see the complete look of the onesie. You can use this completed onesie as the guide for your other cards.
After finishing the structure of the card, you can start designing. Start with the content of your invitation. You don’t have to get frustrated if you’re not that good at calligraphy or handwriting, you have your trusted rubber stamps to save you! It’s possible to customise the text of your stamp design for your invitation like, “You are invited to the baby shower of…” or “We are delighted to invite you to the baby shower of…” for an easier, faster, and quality emboss on the card. As for the front part, you have to indicate the important information such as, who’s hosting the baby shower (that is you), the date, time and the venue.
The very last thing you can do is to decorate and style the outer part of the card. Utilise the use of your rubber stamps with different colors of ink. It makes the process easier and you can save both time and effort. You can create a border made out of stamp prints or a cute seamless background. After stamping, let it dry. You can start designing the other cards, while you’re waiting for the finished ones to dry. Use the jute twine to tie around the whole invitation card, and you’re done!
As for other decorations, you can also use stickers, die-cuts, embellishments, glitters, ribbons or jute twine, and buttons. You don’t really have to use all of them, what’s important is you can use your rubber stamps in absence of these decorations. You can use the stamp design of baby bottles, safety pins, flowers, or anything related to infancy. Once you’re done with all of the invitations, you can send them off to your selected guests.
In any way, we hope this guide has helped you create one of the most important aspects of celebrating baby showers. The best part is you’ve put your heart and effort in creating a personalised card for your guests. It lets you to freely express your creativity in the form of being hands-on in creating one of your most special events. Are you thinking of creating more? Free your imagination and get creative!
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Starting a takeaway business may seem like a simple thing. All you need to have is the location, the product, the people to man the business and you’re good to go. Although you can start your business with just these three— you need to make your business stay afloat. How are your going to do that? Simple, all you need is a good paper, a business ink stamp, with a good marketing strategy and your business will stay for a long time.
You may be wondering why a takeaway business owner like you needs to have a stamp. So, we have listed 3 reasons why business ink stamps are essential to take away businesses owners like you.
Cutting Cost Without Ruining the Quality
One of the things you need to prepare when it comes to owning a takeaway business is the packaging. Because take away business is mostly made up of businesses that involve food, it is important that you constantly fill the container of your food wraps or packaging. The packaging is one of the factors that can grab people’s attention, not to mention they base the quality of your product through its packaging. After all, there’s a reason why many people would advise their friends not to judge a book based on the cover— this is because people tend to do just this. People judge the content through how it looks externally. Which is why if you don’t put an effort of putting up a good packaging, there’s a huge chance that your takeaway product will not get sold.
Now, you must know at this point that personalised packaging is never cheap. Especially if you buy in huge bulks. Which is why if you’re someone who’s just got into the business recently, the cost for each custom-made packaging may hurt your budget. But there’s a way for you to be able to put your product in a suitable packaging through papers and custom-made rubber stamps.
You can personalise a stamp with your brand’s logo. Now, order a plain paper packaging. Say, for example, a paper cup sleeve. The cost for the plain one from the personalised one has a huge gap. But if you use your personalised stamp on your plain paper cup, it will look a hundred times better. Especially if the logo of your brand is straightforward and minimalistic, this will go well with a paper cup sleeve very well. Which means you don’t have to call for someone else to do your product’s packaging, with a rubber stamp, an ink pad, and a plain paper packaging, you can create your own packaging.
Loyalty Scheme for Your Takeaway Business
Once your takeaway business is already operating, you may notice some customers come back more often than others. These are your regular customers, and it is essential that you will take care of them, and nurture them. And one way to do this is through a loyalty scheme. The loyalty scheme is when you encourage your customers to buy more through the means of a reward system. Loyalty schemes use a loyalty card and stamps most of the time, especially if you’re using the punch card reward system. This is where you give your customer a card with a number of empty slots that can only be filled through certain conditions. After the customer is able to completely fill the empty slots with your seal stamp, the customers can then get a reward.
This kind of loyalty scheme works best with small businesses as well as small takeaway business that caters only a small scale of customers. Now you don’t have to go big with the reward. You can use your product as a reward for them, people by nature loves freebies, and they won’t think twice to grab the opportunity to get a freebie. It’s a win-win situation for both you and your customer. You get the returns (and the customer), and your customer gets the freebie.
Gives Value To Your Customers
One thing that makes your customer return to your takeaway business is their experience they get to have with your business. If your customer had a great customer experience with your business, they wouldn’t think twice in coming back for more. So, how can you provide a great customer experience? The first thing is how your employees deal with your customers. The second is being able to present them their orders.
Say, for example, your customer orders a 100 pieces of your double cheeseburger, 60 pieces of your all meat burger and 50 pieces of your diet burger. With different quantities of different kinds of the burgers being ordered, a mixup could happen, or the customer may have to peek through the packaging of the burger to be able to know what kind of burger is which. So you labelled which kind of burger is contained in what packaging using your rubber ink stamp. You may be wondering why should you use a rubber ink stamp rather than use pens when labelling. The reason for this is, rubber ink stamps impression looks more professional rather than that of an ink pen.
Customers like it when you present them their order in an orderly manner. And you’ll be surprised, the next time that they need a huge amount of takeaways, they will give your business a call.
The formula for a successful takeaway business is excellent customer service, good relationship with the customers and of course excellent products. Excellent packaging and loyalty schemes are only a bonus, and if you’re able to give them to your customers, there is no doubt that they will continue to love your brand. A simple stationary tool such as rubber stamps can go a long way for your takeaway business. Which is why if you don’t have a stamp on your business I strongly suggest that you order a rubber stamp online.
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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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