Give your products a professional edge – hand stamped tags

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Simple stamped tag ideas using Firefly Stamps

Today I’m hoping to inspire you with the easiest of tags you can create cheaply and quickly to dress up your product packaging or gift wrapping.    Hand stamped tags allow you to create professional, personalised tags at a fraction of the cost of having tags printed professionally.  Use your business logo or have a pre designed tag stamp personalised with your details.  This is one of the simplest ways of creating gorgeous looking product packaging in only minutes.

Tags may be used to provide your customers with reminders of your business name,  logo, contact details, blog address and product information.  They can also be used to highlight the nature of your products whether they be handcrafted, recycled etc.  More and more craftspeople are packaging their items with a thank you or other messages and tags are the perfect place for them.

Starting with the white rectangular tag (on the left in photo), I created this tag in a matter of seconds. It is the ultimate in speed and simplicity as far as tag making goes.  Stamped in classic black ink on white card, the card is actually a laser/inkjet printer business card that you buy from office supplies and stationery stores and normally feed through your printer.

Simply stamp the business card in the desired location.  Punch a hole using a single holepunch at the top and thread through your choice of thread, ribbon or string. Voila! Your tag is finished!

Tag 2 (running clockwise) is one of my favourites as my penchant for recycling comes to the fore here.  I created this tag from the cardboard backing of an old notepad.  I traced the shape of a rectangular stamping mount I had close at hand and rounded the corners using a craft corner rounder, which you can buy from paper crafting stores.  In keeping with the rustic feel of the cardboard I used a piece of jute string through the hole of this one.  If your handmade goods are created from recycled materials it makes sense that the environmental integrity of your product is followed through to your packaging.  If you are running a small business on a shoe-string like many of us, then being creative and using recycled materials in your packaging also makes perfect sense.  Some of the most gorgeous packaging I have seen when purchasing handmade goods online has involved some aspect of recycling.

The next tag looks a little bit more decorative, but is actually quite simple.  I used a craft cutting template and knife to cut out the shape, then I stamped it, punched the hole then threaded a lovely piece of lace which complements the tag’s decorative edge.

The final tag has been created using cream card and black ink.  This time the card is circular in shape.  To create the circle locate an appropriate shaped object to trace around and then cut out. If you prefer a more perfectly cut circle you might want to invest in a craft cutter or punch.  This makes the task very quick indeed and each circle is cut exactly.  For this tag I have utilised a black ribbon which I think creates a more formal and rich looking tag compared with the first.

Some considerations:

–          Tags that look effective are usually quite simple and unfussy.

–          Keep them as cost effective as possible.

–          Their style and colour should be in-keeping with your product/brand.

–          Craft tools can be handy, but expensive.  Find a household object you can trace around or search the internet for a good tag shape and   create yourself a traceable template out of thick card.  Invest in more expensive craft tools only when you are confident with the look and design of the packaging/element, or if you know you will need to create a large number.

–          Try creating your tag shape free hand – imperfections add to the sense of character and authenticity of handmade objects.

Materials and tools:

Below are some links to materials and tools for creating your own tags.  They allow me to show you the types of tools and materials I have used to create my tags, and some materials/resources that I hope you might find inspiring. I find lots of my supplies online via ebay and online stores. I find this opens up different options and a wider selection of items.

–         Visit Firefly Stamps on madeit or craftumi to view our range of personalised stamps

–          corner rounders in a variety of sizes:

http://www.createforless.com/search/results.aspx?txtSearch=corner%20rounder

–          Single hole punch – I got mine at K-Mart recently for $2

–          A range of paper and card stock:

http://www.createforless.com/search/results.aspx?txtSearch=Papers

–          Ink pads:

A range of good quality basic ink pads available at www.craftumi.com.au/fireflystamps

Craft quality ink pads in a wide variety of colours:

http://www.createforless.com/search/ink+pads/a!3,p!0-inf-/results.aspx?SH=QT1pbmsgcGFkc35CPWluayBwYWRzfkM9Mn5EPTIwfkk9UHJpY2V_Sz00fkw9MX5NPTh_Tj0zfg

–          Some lovely examples of string/twine:

http://www.createforless.com/search/results.aspx?txtSearch=doodlebug%20doodle%20twine

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Jute-string-twine-9-colours-10m-for-99p-craft-twine-/261069767277?pt=UK_Crafts_Cardmaking_Scrapbooking_Ribbons_Fibres_EH&var=&hash=item3cc8f8826d

http://www.ebay.com/itm/10-yard-Baby-Pink-Blue-Twist-Twine-Cord-Trim-5mm-Braid-Trim-String-T60-Pastel-/270956104918?pt=Sewing_Trims&hash=item3f163e0cd6

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Natural-Twine-Strong-Packaging-String-about-39YD-36m-/290629141784?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item43aad8c518

–          large size tag punch:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/MERCHANDISE-SHIPPING-TAG-Extra-Giga-Clever-Lever-Paper-Punch-Uchida-Marvy-/330699369221?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4cff37eb05

–          Blank business cards:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/50-ribbed-brown-kraft-manilla-mini-business-card-TAGS-blank-do-it-yourself-label-/170882526598?pt=UK_BOI_Office_Office_Supplies_Stationery_ET&hash=item27c9646d86

http://www.ebay.com/itm/your-custom-mix-100-business-recycled-COLOR-KRAFT-cards-blank-DIY-custom-stamp-/200788990388?pt=UK_BOI_Office_Office_Supplies_Stationery_ET&hash=item2ebff4d9b4

–          Pre-cut tags:

Lots of gorgeous pre-made tag blanks in this ebay shop:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/your-custom-mix-100-business-recycled-COLOR-KRAFT-cards-blank-DIY-custom-stamp-/200788990388?pt=UK_BOI_Office_Office_Supplies_Stationery_ET&hash=item2ebff4d9b4

http://www.ebay.com/itm/50-Large-Tags-Blank-Primitive-Vintage-inspired-Old-World-Aged-Rustic-prestrung-/230830818623?pt=Folk_Art&hash=item35be96c53f

http://www.ebay.com/itm/50-Blank-Kraft-Tags-Punched-Hole-Gift-Tags-Craft-Supply-Holidays-/360415665183?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item53ea729c1f

Next week join me to see how effective hand stamped business cards can look.  And also coming soon, ways to take your tags and packaging up one more notch.  You will be surprised how easy this is!

In the mean time post me a comment to let me know what you think about my tags.  Let me know if you make your own. If you have any great hints and tips be sure to include them.

Cheers,

The Crafty Firefly

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