Hi, it is Wan back on the blog and today, I am going to chat about how you can get more mileage out of your Sweet stamps.
Now I don’t know about you, but I started off as a planner girl who wanted to try her hand at stamping. And as some of you would know, I fell in love with using stamps in my planner. That led me to want to try stamping outside my planner (i.e. papercrafting, like make cards, etc), but I didn’t want to invest in a ton of other stamps, just in case I discovered that I was bad at it or was not interested enough to continue. For that reason, I decided that I would use my planner stamps to craft, and see where that took me. So today, I am going to share with you just that….some of the crafting I do with my planner stamps. They are all possibilities that you can explore, no matter whether you are like me, who want to try out some crafting outside your planner, but don’t know whether it is for you yet, or whether you are just someone who wants to stretch your planner stamps further.
First up is DIY washi tape. I took some paper tape (stencil tape and masking tape would both work), and chose the stamp I wanted to use. In this case, it was the small heart stamp from Plan to Eat. Next, I chose the colours I wanted to use, Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate (pigment ink), Brilliance Pearlescent Beige (pigment ink), Versamagic Pink Petunia (chalk ink) and Versacolour Cardinal (pigment ink). Then, I just stamped away in a random manner to emulate the washi tape you can buy.
As you can see, you don’t need any special ink to stamp the tape, just those you probably already have for your planner. And once I have stamped as much washi tape as I wanted/needed, I let it dry before wrapping it round an expired card for storage (you can see the other washi I have made using other planner stamps on the card too…for these, I used the star from Plan to Eat and the envelope stamp from Plan to Work).
As a side note, if you are using an expired card, make sure you use one which doesn’t have raised numbers or it would be difficult to wind the DIY washi tape around it without it not aligning and crinkling.
Next up are gift tags. For this, I used Blocked Alpha and Versafine Vintage Sepia ink to stamp the sentiment I wanted (in this particular example, it is ‘Congrats’) on ready made Kraft tags.
I then completed the tag by using the balloon from Plan Everyday to stamp a background for the tag (I thought the balloon was a nice complementary illustration to the sentiment). As you can see, I used similar colours/inks to those I used for the hearts DIY washi tape because I was planning to to use them together.
And then finally, a simple card to go with the DIY washi tape and the gift tag. First, I used the banner flags from Tags to stamp on some sticker paper folded into half (you will see why I did that later). Once again, I used the same colours/inks as those in the DIY washi and the tag.
I then punched them out using my 1.5 inch banner punch, making sure that the top edge wasn’t punched through. As you can see from the picture, that was done by ensuring that there was a very slight gap between the top edge of the paper and the top edge of the punch.
Punching the flags out this way meant that I ended up with flags like the ones in the next picture.
I then ‘hung’ them them on a length of baker’s twine (this was why I stamped on sticker paper that was folded over, so that I could ‘hang’ them).
After doing that, I laid the string of banner flags aside and moved on to stamp my sentiment on some cardstock, again using Blocked Alpha. I also used a pen to complete the sentiment with exclamation marks.
Once that was done, I glued down my string of banner flags to complete my card.
So there you have it, I now have all I need to send out some happy mail/give a little gift ~ DIY washi, a gift tag and a simple card ~ all done with planner stamps.
And this is it from me for today. I hope that you have enjoyed this post, and that it has given you some ideas on how to stretch your planner stamps. Do remember to tag us on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, if you use Sweet planner stamps to craft outside your planner, because we would LOVE to see them. Have a great day and happy Sweet stamping!