If you’ve been reading our challenge blog, The Copy+Paste Project, you might have spotted that, earlier this month, fellow DT member Julie and I undertook a Banana Frog-inspired swap. As well as a couple of stamp sets, we each filled a box with creative scraps and goodies, before mailing them across the UK to their new homes. Julie filled her end of the bargain with so many amazing things – from paper, stickers and chipboard shapes to ribbons, lace and fabric – that, for a few days, I really had no idea where to begin. But, after a couple of false starts, I eventually decided the only thing for it was to tip the whole lot onto the table and get stuck in. The result, partly inspired by one of the two new-to-me stamp sets included in the parcel, was a set of super-useful gift tags.
As well as providing the very welcome opportunity to use as many new supplies as I could without worrying about clashing colours or mis-matched materials, they were also a great way to experiment and use the stamps (Tag It and Fireworks) in different ways.
Some of the tags started out as blanks, and others were just trimmed scraps of card with holes punched in the top. I also added eyelets to reinforce them and give a smarter finish.
As far as stamping techniques go, smaller projects like this are a great way to experiment with different styles or ideas. I tried out:
:: stamping off the edge of pieces
:: framing small sections of stamps with upper and lower case letter ‘o’ stickers
:: adding extra detail to patterned paper with a complementary stamp design
:: using an oval-shaped frame stamp as a retro-style flower
:: stitching over the top of stamped lines
:: stamping on to shrink plastic to create handmade buttons
And the finished tags? They’re gathered together on a binder ring, ready and waiting to be glued to a greeting card, added to a layout or fixed to a birthday present as the perfect finishing touch. I’m not sure I’ve ever been so organised.
If you want to try making a set for yourself and could do with a little extra help, head on over to Copy+Paste for the chance to win a set of thoroughly inspiring Banana Frog stamps.
Until next month, lovely Froglets.