Visit Crafty Firefly’s blog for a link to KLEE and Clover’s etsy and madeit stores.
Definitely worth a browse if you are searching for unique handmade jewellery!
Craft Makes Me Happy using a stamp made by Firefly Stamps.
Stop by the customer gallery if you are looking for craft supplies and lovely handmade dolls, because Craft makes Me Happy has probably got what you are looking for!
We are currently unable to upload photos to our facebook album at Crafty Firefly so please view our full range of stamps via our madeit store if you have questions or would like to order a stamp email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
A lovely gift for a child, great to use on a reward chart or a practical gift for a teacher.
Choose the set of 3 animals you like the best. The stamp diameter is just under
2 cm, each stamp is mounted on a cute wooden handle. $15.00 for the set of 3 stamps and available in the Firefly Stamps madeit store.
A couple of posts ago I provided some ideas about creating simple and professional looking tags for your packaging and wrapping. Today I’m back with more tags! Ways to enhance your tags further and incorporate them into your existing packaging with only one or two simple extra steps. Today’s examples also focus more on colour.
My first example tag (left) and packaging uses a square stamped cream tag and a background strip of complementary decorative paper. The colour scheme and style of this packaging creates a classic look. I can imagine you’d find a hand dyed scarf or handmade soaps inside this package. You can easily change the look and feel of your packaging by using your own business logo, stamping on coloured card/paper and selecting an appropriate background stripe.
Change the look of the square tag by turning on an angle and using it as a diamond shape. In the next example (below right) I have added a larger backing in
bright green card which has an embossed 3D effect to it. With the matching ribbon this packaging looks energetic and fun.
Next, this cute little noodle box (left) has a tag with a matching Asian feel. The white stamped tag is backed with a larger multi coloured flower designed circle. I’ve added an extra detail to this tag with a self adhesive black pearl.
This heart shaped tag (below left) is my attempt at a freehand shape. I stamped the stamp onto the card first and then cut the shape around the stamp. It’s simple, but quite effective.
My final tag today (below right) is a slightly different take on a tag – it’s more of a rosette and ribbon. I selected a gorgeous backing paper and placed a complementary coloured stamped centre on it. Then I folded the ribbon and stapled it to hold the fold in place and sticky taped it to the back of the circle.
The hardest part of creating any of these tags and packaging ideas is going to be pulling the elements together in the first place. Once you have decided on the size, colour and shape of your tag and have your physical resources in place it might only take half an hour or so to create a batch of tags that you can have on hand ready to pack up your orders.
– Do you have an existing logo? What is its style? Does it utilise any colours? Your packaging will look better if it works well with any existing elements of your brand.
– Try a coloured card for your tag or stamping with coloured ink for a quick packaging pick-me-up.
– Try attaching your tag with something interesting: string, bakers twine, wool, embroidery thread, ribbon etc. It’s these small extra little touches that customers love when they receive a handmade product.
Resource links & inspiration:
Lots of sizes and colours to browse here:
Paper bags – brown, coloured, with and without handles:
Pre-made tags & stickers etc:
Manilla hang tags
Natural cardboard hang tags
A range of paper trimmers:
Bracket style tags in autumn colours
Kraft traditional tag shape
Tags with patterns:
Also see my last post which provides more tag creating ideas and links to resources, tools and inspiration.
Next week I’ll be back with a follow-up to last weeks post – more ideas for crafty business cards. Hope to catch you then.
The Crafty Firefly
Attention anyone in the Illawarra NSW who loves handmade markets!
I’m excited to be running my first market stall at the Coastal Crafts Handmade Market on Saturday 25th August 9am-2pm.
The address is: Lighthouse Auditorium 4/9 Durgadin Drive, Albion Park Rail
For more information about the Coastal Craft Handmade Markets and the stall holders for August visit the Coastal Crafts Handmade Market facebook page:
Come say hello and discuss any personalised stamp needs you might have.
Hope to see you there!
How effective do these business cards look???
A couple of months ago I was approached to make a business card stamp. I was really impressed by the end result of the stamp in combination with the unique approach to designing the cards taken by the customer. Jacqui is a Canberra based artist who creates sculptural ceramics and large drawings using pastels and charcoals. She wanted to create a business card for an upcoming exhibition and workshops which had character and also reflected something about her art. This is what Jacqui says about creating her business cards:
“With my Firefly stamp, I was able to create business cards that look handmade and individual, but still professional. I used sheets of business cards that you can buy for laser printers. My recent exhibition was of pastel drawings, so I used pastels in some of the colours prominent in the show to draw lines down the left hand side of the cards by hand (while they were still joined together), then stamped them with my name and contact details, and sprayed them with fixative to preserve the pastel. I used different colour combinations on different sheets, and then
mixed them up so each new card off the pile would look different. I can use the same approach to make other
unique stationery quickly and easily, including letterhead and envelopes.”
Including a business card or two when you send out a package can be a great way to have your business details passed along to your customer’s family and friends. So I got thinking about other ways to personalise your business cards giving them character and a “handmade” touch.
Obviously what you do will depend on how much time you have and how much money you want to spend. When
word of mouth plays such a crucial role in marketing for small online or market based businesses having your business details available in a striking, easy to distribute format could be a worthwhile investment of your time.
Using a personalised polymer stamp to create an impression on a business card has many advantages including:
– It is cost effective to purchase the stamp and you don’t need to pay for large numbers of pre-printed business cards you may not use
– Hand stamped cards have more character and complement “handmade” products
– You can embellish your business cards in a variety of ways to help develop your “brand” and build a consistent theme
– You can prepare as few or as many at a time as you like – it’s up to you
Hints & tips:
If you want your stamping to be more precise choose a transparent stamp and clear acrylic block over the traditional wood mounted stamp. Because you can see through your stamp and the mount, it is easy for you to stamp your impression exactly where you want it. You can see a transparent stamp and block in the picture of Jacqui’s materials.
I’m more of a crafty person than an arty person! Below are three suggestions for ways you can create your own handmade business cards using simple paper crafting techniques:
1) Cut coloured card to size and stamp using coloured ink to create your own brand or complement your logo. There are a number of good quality stamp inks available from craft and scrapbooking suppliers and paper craft stores which come in a wide range of colours and varying shades.
You should be able to find one to complement the colours in your logo. If you don’t already have a logo you can use this opportunity to start developing your brand with your choice of colour scheme. 2) Use a small craft punch to punch a shape out of the corner of your business card. Craft punches come in many shapes – you might be able to find one that aligns with your business or product. Alternatively use a corner shaper, edging punch or decorative edge scissors to add interest to the outline of your card. If you don’t have access to these craft tools you could create yourself a template you can use multiple times from a thick piece of cardboard.
3) All the ideas in point 2 could be further enhanced with a contrasting coloured sheet of card or paper placed behind them to create a really striking look.
Below I have included some links to provide you with some inspiration regarding materials, tools and resources:
– Visit Firefly Stamps on madeit or craftumi to view our range of personalised stamps
– Decorative Corner punches
– corner rounder
– Paper and card stock
– Ink pads
– A range of paper punches and decorative edging tools for tag cutting and decorative elements
– Blank business cards:
So many lovely options in this ebay store!
I hope you have found a little bit of inspiration to get creative and try making your own business cards ! If so, let me know how you go. Next week look out for more ideas for creating tags and incorporating them into your packaging, and keep a lookout for some more business card ideas which I plan to post in the next couple of weeks as well.
The Crafty Firefly