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Special delivery stamp – would you like one personalised?

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There are so many ways you can use this stamp:

– stamp envelopes and packaging

– create tags

– make your own Christmas gift or greeting cards

– stamp your own wrapping paper

– use for scrapbooking or photo album embellishment

We can personalise these stamps too!  We’ll remove North Pole and 25 December and replace them with your name or business name eg. From Sarah & Patrick, From the Smiths, From Grandma & Grandpa or Firefly Stamps.

Personalised version of this stamp 5 x 7.5cm timber handle  – $27.95 plus $6.90 trackable postage within AUS

Stamp as is (Special delivery,North Pole, 25 December) 5 x 7.5 cm – $12.00 plus $6.90 trackable postage within AUS

If you’re interested send us an email to fireflystamps@gmail.com or visit our online stores madeit.com.au/fireflystamps or craftumi.com.au/fireflystamps

Cheers,

The Crafty Firefly

 

Personalised Chrissy Stamps – for small business packaging, wrapping handmade gifts or general gift giving

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Personalised Christmas stamps by Firefly Stamps.

Was hoping  to have these up earlier in the week – better late than never!

These personalised stamps are ideal for small business packaging giving your current or special festive packaging a personalised Christmas message and a place to attach further product or business details.  Some ‘handmade’ business owners offer gift wrapping at Christmas time just add a ‘To:’ and ‘From:’ to the back of your stamped tag for your customers to add a special message to their friend or loved one.  If you choose to have your stamp made as a transparent stamp on a clear acrylic block I will provide  small ‘To:’ and ‘From:’ stamps in a matching font so that you can create your gift tags quickly and easily.  (I am unable to provide these extra stamps free of charge with a wood mounted stamp).

Choose your favourite graphic and font from the options provided, add your own greeting and name and you have a truly personalised stamp you can use for many years to come.  Price $24.90 plus $6.90 trackable postage (AUD).

Available through my madeit or craftumi stores or alternatively send me a message through facebook.

Less than 3 months to Christmas!!!

Cheers,

The Crafty Firefly

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

More tags and packaging ideas!

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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.

Create tag by stamping image on to thin card. Place a decorative strip of paper behind the tag and wrap around top of bag, box, parcel, envelope etc.

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

Using a coloured and/or textured backing card can add an extra dimension to your tag. Tie the colour or texture to your product style/type or brand.

bright green card which has an embossed 3D effect to it.  With the matching ribbon this packaging looks energetic and fun.

Add a 3d element just as an adhesive pearl, crystal or button.

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.

Try a freehand shape and coloured card.

A simple thank you rosette would look cute attached to any packaging.

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.

Some considerations:

–          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:

Noodle boxes

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/15-SMALL-WHITE-NOODLE-BOXES-GIFT-WEDDING-BOMBONIERE-BOX-PARTY-FAVOURS-CRAFT-/120845500620?pt=AU_Party_Supplies&hash=item1c22f400cc

http://www.packagingproducts.com.au/shopping/shopdisplayproducts.asp?id=169

Pearl adhesives

Lots of sizes and colours to browse here:

http://www.ebay.com.au/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p3907.m570.l1313&_nkw=pearl+adhesives+scrapbooking&_sacat=See-All-Categories

Paper bags – brown, coloured, with and without handles:

http://www.createforless.com/search/paper+bags/a!3,p!0-inf-/results.aspx?SH=QT1wYXBlciBiYWdzfkI9cGFwZXIgYmFnc35DPTJ_RD0yMH5JPVByaWNlfks9NH5MPTF_TT0zfk49M34

http://www.packagingproducts.com.au/shopping/shopdisplayproducts.asp?id=167

http://www.packagingproducts.com.au/shopping/c-bags.asp

Cello bags:

http://www.packagingproducts.com.au/shopping/shopdisplayproducts.asp?page=2

Pre-made tags & stickers etc:

Manilla hang tags

http://www.ebay.com/itm/30-Manilla-Blank-Hang-Tags-3-3-4-X-1-7-8-95mm-x-48mm-for-Gifts-Scrapbooks-/370629027291?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item564b3625db

Natural cardboard hang tags

http://www.ebay.com/itm/25-Large-Blank-Shipping-Tags-Natural-Paper-Scrapbooking-Gift-Tags-Card-/380451617414?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5894aefa86

A range of paper trimmers:

http://www.createforless.com/search/results.aspx?txtSearch=x%20acto%20paper%20trimmer

Bracket style tags in autumn colours

http://www.ebay.com/itm/20-SQUARE-BRACKET-HAND-PUNCHED-BLANK-CARDSTOCK-DIE-CUT-HANG-TAG-/200789983565?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&var=&hash=item2ec004014d

Kraft traditional tag shape

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

Tags with patterns:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Calico-Hang-Tags-Gift-Tags-Blank-Tags-/110335177218?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19b07d3202

Scalloped edge:

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/shabby-chic-cottage-rustic-Round-SCALLOP-KRAFT-card-blank-HANG-Tags-shop-labels-/170882664638?pt=UK_Home_Garden_Celebrations_GiftWrapping_ET&var=&hash=item6d78edd183

Coloured:

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/30-recycled-card-MEDIUM-Scallop-DIY-swing-tag-labels-shop-price-tickets-wedding-/170889701227?pt=UK_Home_Garden_Celebrations_GiftWrapping_ET&var=&hash=item6d7950bb12

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.

Cheers,

The Crafty Firefly

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