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Want to stamp on fabric? A useful comparison of stamp pads

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Want to stamp on fabric?  Many of the people who want me to create a stamp for them also wish to use their stamp on fabric to create tags and stamp their fabric products.  I don’t have a lot of experience stamping on fabric however I do know that some stamp pads claim to work on a variety of surfaces including fabric.  So this week I decided to do a bit of research to find out which stamp pad might work best on fabric.

Image from: crafttestdummies.com

 

I found this great article on crafttestdummies.com which compares a whole range of craft stamp pads commonly available in crafting and scrapbooking/paper craft shops and of course online.  All the stamp pads were stamped on fabric, ironed to set them and then washed.  You can read the article here:

http://www.crafttestdummies.com/craft-product-reviews/comparison-of-stamp-pad-inks-on-fabric/

 

There also seems to be a new stamp pad available which is specifically for stamping fabric.  I haven’t yet been able to find anyone who has “tested” it and reported back on how well they work.  Scribbles Fabric Stamp Pads claim to be permanent, machine washable and non-toxic.  You can see the colour range and buy them online at Createforless and other online craft stores:

 

http://www.createforless.com/Scribbles+Fabric+Stamp+Pad/plid15970.aspx

 

Good luck with your stamping on fabric!  I’d love to hear your views on which stamp pad you find works best on fabric.

Cheers,

Crafty Firefly

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Thinking about Christmas wrapping? Firefly’s Personalised Christmas Stamps

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Is anyone starting to think about how to add a festive touch to their Christmas orders, or considering offering free gift wrapping with their products this year?  Use a personalised Christmas stamp to create your own Christmas tags and wrapping paper.

Add your business name and they will be perfect for wrapping business orders, or choose a stamp and personalise it for home use.

Here are a few cheap and cheerful ways to utilse a personalised Christmas stamp:

1)      Tags, tags, tags – add a Christmas tag and incorporate your business contact details on the reverse side, alternatively provide a To: and From:  on the reverse side, so your customer can write a message to their gift recipient.

Red ink stamped on white card, then attached to a larger red background.

Go all out with a Christmas theme, or alternatively keep it low key by adding a tag in colours that complement your business colours and/or logo.

2)      Stamp and wrap it – stamp brown paper in an organised or random pattern.  Once wrapped in the stamped paper you can leave your package as is, or add a matching ribbon depending on your budget.

Red ink stamped on brown paper.

3)      After wrapping your product in tissue paper, stamp a strip of contrasting paper with your stamp and place this around your package.  I’ve used brown paper in this example.  I love the look of brown paper and it is so cheap and versatile!

4)      I’ve recycled the cardboard backing of a notebook to create this rustic looking tag.  The box has been wrapped in plain dark green paper, wrapped multiple times with natural jute string and finally the tag was attached.

Firefly Stamp’s Christmas range will be a mix and match set of Christmas graphics and fonts.  I hope to have them listed in our craftumi & madeit stores as well as on facebook by the beginning of next week, please stop back to take a look.

Cheers,

Crafty Firefly

Quick fix for markets!

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Thanks to everyone who came to visit my market stall on Saturday.  I will be in touch with proofs for those people who placed orders very shortly, and will get your orders out as quickly as I can.

We also sold $84 worth of Madagascar charity cards (also available in my madeit store) and I will be depositing these funds into the fundraising account in the next couple of days.  Thanks to all those people who chose to purchase a ‘Salama’ Greetings for Madagascar card.   All proceeds from the sale of these cards go to Azafady, all materials and photographs have been donated by Artist Jacqui Malins and all madeit listing fees have been covered by Firefly Stamps.  $7 gets you an amazing greeting card with a high quality photograph of the people and environment of Madagascar and includes postage to you within Australia.  These cards will only be available for a short time, so if you are interested please hurry to purchase yours!

I thought I’d share some of my quick tips for market stall preparation with you today including my business cards.  I put these together in a bit of a rush.  I have grand plans for very creative business cards, but I have been finding it hard to get the time to create them, so with limited time to prepare for the market stall I decided to create some with a combination of printing and hand stamping.  I simply used a snapshot of my store banner to create the background for the cards which I printed on to ink jet/laser printer business cards and then hand stamped my business details over the top.

I also ran out of time to order my brown paper bags for placing customer purchases in.  So, my solution on Friday was to duck into the supermarket to grab some brown paper “lunch” bags.  I used a decorative edge punch to give the bags a bit of embellishment and stamped each one with one of my stamps.    These will look a lot better when I use proper packaging bags, but for a quick, short term fix, they did the job!

Here you can see my market stall setup.  I was quite happy, over all, with the look of the stall as I only decided to go ahead with the market a couple of weeks before it was scheduled.  I decided simple was the way to go, but having said that it was still a lot of work to get it all organised in time. It was an interesting challenge coming up with a way to market my predominantly custom order based business effectively in a market stall situation.  If anyone else is in a similar situation and has has suggestions for how this can be done effectively I’d love to hear your ideas.  Please leave me a comment below.

Next week I’ll be back with a follow-on from my previous business card post, ways to further enhance your business cards using a variety of embellishments.  See you then.

Cheers,

The Crafty Firefly

Create your own business cards with character – they’re cost effective too!

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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:

Materials used to make Jacqui’s 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

A very simple business card using red ink on a white pre-purchased laser/inkjet printer business card, given a decorative edge with a craft edging punch. In this instance I have used red ink so that it shows clearly in the photograph, but many lovely in pad colours are available through craft supply stores

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

Classic black ink on olive green card. The corners have been rounded using a craft corner rounder punch, but prior to purchasing my punch I used to use the base of a glue container to draw the rounded corners and cut them out with scissors.

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

White stamped card with red backing sheet and heart punches.

–          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:

Combine the elements: contrasting blue card, rounded corners on inner piece of card and a hole punched through to contrasting blue card.

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

www.craftumi.com.au/fireflystamps

www.madeit.com.au/fireflystamps

–          Decorative Corner punches

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

–          corner rounder

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

–          Paper and card stock

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

–          Ink pads

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

–         A range of paper punches and decorative edging tools for tag cutting and decorative elements

http://www.createforless.com/search/scrapbooking+and+paper+crafts+punches/a!3,p!0-inf-/results.aspx?SH=QT1zY3JhcGJvb2tpbmcgYW5kIHBhcGVyIGNyYWZ0cyBwdW5jaGVzfkI9c2NyYXB

ib29raW5nIGFuZCBwYXBlciBjcmFmdHMgcHVuY2hlc35DPTF_RD0yMH5JPVByaWNlfks9NH5MPTF_TT00Nn5OPTJ_

http://www.ebay.com/itm/MINI-Size-Paper-Punches-13-Brand-NEW-Shapes-To-Choose-From-by-Punch-Bunch-/380401954274?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&var=&hash=item5891b92de2

–      Blank business cards:

So many lovely options in this ebay store!

http://stores.ebay.com/rikyandnina/_i.html?_fsub=2118600014

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.

Cheers,

The Crafty Firefly