Paper Designs

DIY Stamped Holiday Envelopes

Add a personal touch to your holiday cards by creating your own matching stamp . It's super easy with this tutorial..
I haven’t carved my own stamps since high school art class, but after ordering these awesome Christmas cards from the Minted holiday collection, I decided it would be fun to create a retro star stamp and decorate the envelopes to match the cards.

Add a personal touch to your holiday cards by creating your own matching stamp. It's super easy with this tutorial.
You only need a couple of items to make your own stamps for block printing:

  • Tracing paper
  • Carving tool and carving block (I purchased this set)
  • Exacto knife
  • Pencil
  • Glue and wooden shape for backing (optional)

Creating the Stamps

Add a personal touch to your holiday cards by creating your own matching stamp . It's super easy with this tutorial.

The first step is to draw the design for your stamp. Some could probably do this freehand, but I’m not the best at drawing so I used tracing paper to draw an outline of the star shape. I repeated this step for the outer circle.

Add a personal touch to your holiday cards by creating your own matching stamp . It's super easy with this tutorial.

I pressed the paper onto the rubber block to transfer the star outline onto the block and did the same for the circle. I used an Exacto knife to cut out the star shape and I used the carving tool to carve out the circle shape.

Add a personal touch to your holiday cards by creating your own matching stamp . It's super easy with this tutorial.

Once the rubber stamps were cut, I glued them to the wooden circles so that it would be easier to handle them and press them onto paper.

Add a personal touch to your holiday cards by creating your own matching stamp . It's super easy with this tutorial.

I experimented a bit with my stamps and stamp pads to determine what designs and color combinations I liked. The card design included the star against a circle, but I ended up liking the star without any background the best.

Decorating the EnvelopesAdd a personal touch to your holiday cards by creating your own matching stamp . It's super easy with this tutorial.

To decorate the envelopes, I started by inserting the Minted liners that I ordered with my cards into each of the envelopes. Next, I started stamping. I placed one star stamp on each envelope, but mixed up the placement, sometimes I stamped on the front, sometimes on the back.

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I love how the envelopes give a hint of the design inside:

Add a personal touch to your holiday cards by creating your own matching stamp . It's super easy with this tutorial.

Disclosure: Minted graciously provided my holiday cards in exchange for writing this post. All opinions are my own.

Marble Paper Napkin Rings

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Making my own marbled paper is something I’ve wanted to explore for awhile. I purchased a marbling paper kit for Jenna a couple of years ago and she absolutely loved it, but the primary colors included in the kit weren’t ideal for some of the decorative projects I had in mind.

After coming across a few posts about marbling with nail polish, I decided to experiment with marbling paper again. (more…)

Paper Ornament Garland

Create an easy paper ornament garland for the holidays

This weekend I made a really simple paper garland to serve as a backdrop for a cookie party.

Create an easy paper ornament garland for the holidays

I started by creating a large batch of paper circles using a 3-inch paper punch.

Create an easy paper ornament garland for the holidays

To make each paper ornament, I folded the circles in half and glued the halves together, using 5 circles for each ornament (4 to 6 circles work the best).

Create an easy paper ornament garland for the holidays

I left one side of the ornament unglued until all of the paper ornaments were created. Then, I attached the ornaments to twine by gluing the twine inside of the remaining two sides.

Create an easy paper ornament garland for the holidays

And once the garland was complete, I placed in along our kitchen windows, behind the table where I’ll set up the cookie display.

Create an easy paper ornament garland for the holidays

Photo Prop Valentine’s

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I finished Jenna’s watercolor set Valentine’s on Friday, and this weekend I moved on to Jason’s. Both of their schools no longer allow candy, so I had to come up with fun gift options of the non-sugary variety. Mustaches are hysterical to J+J these days, so when I saw these paper mustaches, I decided on a photo prop theme.

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Here are the templates that I used for the cards and eyebrows:

  • Cards (Print on 8 x 11 paper and cut into thirds)
  • Eyebrows (Print on 8 x 11 paper, cut out individually and attach eyes)

I purchased die-cut paper mustaches, but you could also print and cut these mustaches

Cardboard Gingerbread House Gift Tags

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We’ve purchased most of our gifts online this year, so boxes showing up at our house is almost a daily occurrence. The stack of boxes in the garage is getting pretty tall, so this weekend I decided to put some of the cardboard to use by making gingerbread house gift tags. I had planned to make them by myself – you know, so Jason and Jenna wouldn’t wonder why Santa was using our homemade gift tags – but Jenna can always tell when I’ve got something crafty going on in the office and it wasn’t long before she was in on the action. Since starting school, Jason has become much more interested in coloring and crafts, so of course, he joined in.

These are very easy to make and could be used as gift tags or ornaments. I started by cutting a few panels off of cardboard boxes (in areas that didn’t have any printing) and then made a couple of house patterns out of regular paper. I traced the patterns onto the cardboard and then cut the cardboard using a ruler and extacto knife. We used a white Galaxy Marker (which can be purchased at Hobby Lobby) and charcoal crayons to decorate the houses. Once the houses were complete, I used a hole punch at the top and then tied some silver twine through the hole.

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And now we have our very first present under the tree:

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Happy Friday and Free Halloween Printables

Instead of my usual Friday Favorites today, I’m sharing some Halloween labels that I made this week. Yes, it’s not even October but the Halloween season is well underway at our house. If you ask Jenna what we’re doing this weekend, she’ll probably tell you ‘baking pumpkin cookies.’ And she’d probably be right.

Happy Weekend!

See below for the links to download this series of 4 label designs.

Files

Tea Party Printables

Jenna’s birthday party is in a couple of weeks, and I finally finished (and mailed) the invitations. We’re keeping the party pretty small since we’ll be headed out on vacation the next week. The theme is Tea Party, which she chose based on her (current) love of Alice in Wonderland.

Here are the files:

Download the Invitation PSD File

Download the Thank You PSD File

Related Post:

An Alice in Wonderland Inspired Tea Party

Honest to Nod No.2: Washi Tape Journals

My daughter is rarely without a piece of paper and crayons in her hands. Drawing has definitely become one of her favorite activities, so I guess I should not have been surprised when she made her own book. Using a few scraps of card stock and pieces of Japanese washi tape (previously being used to display her drawings on the wall), she bound together a simple but adorable little book. That book is the inspiration for a project I’m sharing today on the Land of Nod’s blog, Honest to Nod. Be sure to check it out!

A Birthday Tea Party: Making Paper Flowers

Preparations for Jenna’s 4th birthday party are underway. Jenna has loved playing tea party for quite a while, and now that she’s become interested in the Alice in Wonderland story, it’s no surprise that she’s requested a tea party theme for her birthday. My plan is to keep it pretty simple – a table filled with children’s teacups, tiny cakes and oversized paper flowers in the backyard and, of course, a game of croquet.

I started working on the paper flowers this weekend. Wow, they are pretty time-intensive, and I’ve only finished two so far. I’m already thinking of how to best mix paper and real flowers.

I created two petal patterns (one large, one small). For each flower, I  cut out 10 large petals and 8 small petals in contrasting papers. For each petal, I glued two petal shapes together using decoupage glue and then coated the outer sides with glue to make them sturdier.

Once the petals were dry, I arranged the large petals into a flower shape and used floral tape to secure them on the bottom side. I repeated this step for the smaller petals.

I generously glued the area near the tape to make them sturdier and less floppy.

I cut a circle using a 1 1/2 inch paper punch and glued that to the center of the smaller petals.

Next, I glued the smaller petals to the larger set of petal to form the flower.

Once everything was dry, I attached a wooden dowel using tape. (Note: I started out trying to attach individual petals to the dowel but found that securing them first – as shown in step 2 – was much easier.)

I covered the entire dowel with floral tape.

And, finally, the paper flowers are done. Two of them, at least!