Here in Northern California, the air is turning crisp and cool, and at last it’s beginning to genuinely feel like the holidays are near. I’m starting to think about upcoming celebrations and family gatherings, holiday correspondence and gift ideas. It’s a busy but wonderful time of year offering many opportunities for adding a handcrafted touch to everything!
A shipment of my new Christmas rubber stamps from Inkadinkado just arrived on our doorstep, and I was so excited to do some crafting with them. Here are some of the results...
This large-scale Christmas Postcard stamp (3.5 x 5”) was inspired by Victorian correspondence. I wanted to add lots of soft color, so I did a little spot inking using ColorBox Pigment Brush Pads (red, green, gold and blue). Then I used a Quickie Glue Pen and fine glitter to add some delicate sparkle to the border, tree and holly.
The medallion (left) was made using the Seasons Greetings Postmark stamp, and makes a festive focal point for a gift topper. The card (right) uses the Christmas Wishes stamp in gold ink, with red and gold glitter highlights. A few adhesive gems and pearls add three-dimensional sparkly fun.
I used black Versacolor ink to stamp Celebrate the Season on this muslin bag. I really like the vintage effect of stamping on fabric, and I was delighted to see such a crisp impression. (Regular inks are fine for fabric that won’t be washed). This technique works best on finely woven fabrics.
The Special Delivery tag makes it easy to add a handmade touch to every gift. Since this gift was wrapped in faux birch paper, I wanted a chalkboard look for the tag, so I used Versamark ink and Opaque White Embossing Powder. I really like the rustic look it adds to the package.
The six individual stamps, including the Dear Santa Letter stamp (lower left) are available online and at craft stores nationwide. These high quality wood mounted stamps, made by Inkadinkado, are easy to use and (with proper care) will last a very long time. They capture a remarkable amount of detail in every impression. Happy Holiday crafting!