I’ve just seen this amazing idea on create and creativity. Checkout the tic tac boxes and see how you can reuse them for your scraps of ribbon! Love this idea.
- Cream or White card stock (Letter or A4)
- Your stamp collection
- Optional scraps of paper/glue
How to make the zine
1. This is just one example of a zine. Take your card stock and fold it length wise and width wise. Then fold the bottom edge into the middle, and then the top edge into the middle. You need to create eight sections. If you look at the picture and think panel 1, 2, 3, 4 across the top, and panel 5, 6, 7, 8 across the bottom.
2. Cut in between panels 2/3 and 6/7. Now fold the zine in half so you see four panels all in a row. Push the two edges together as shown.
3. Apply pressure to each fold to make crisp edges.
If you google 8 page zine you get a lot of instructions on how to do this.
How to make the stamp zine
1. I prefered to stamp onto coloured paper, cut out the images and glue onto the zine.
2. You can do this all in one go, if you don’t have too many stamps, or as I suggested in my previous blog, keep on adding stamps when you use them, or maybe target a box at a time.
I was given an interesting challenge by a friend of mine. If you have lots and lots of rubber stamps how can you keep track of what you have, especially when it may be buried in the bottom of a box. So here’s my solution: A rubber stamp zine. Most of you are aware that a zine is a small magazine, only a couple of pages long. This one is 8 pages. The idea is that you make a zine and store it with your stamps. (For those of you with large collections you may want to have several themed stamp zines). When you use your stamp, either stamp it in the book, or stamp on some extra paper and glue the paper into the zine. I’ll post the instructions next.
- cream cardstock
- Your favourite rubber stamp
- Your favourite coloured ink.
- Template for a box
How to make the box
I use plastic templates from oriental trading company, however you can find a lot of free templates on the internet. You can even find instructions on how to make boxes too!
1. Draw around your template onto the card stock.
2. Cut out the card stock. Note: I tried two different ways here, I rubber stamped the paper before I cut it out, and then I cut the card out then rubber stamped. I found the last technique worked better.
3. Score the lines that need to be scored, and fold the box into it’s shape, then unfold and lay flat on your work surface with the outer surface facing up.
How to stamp the box.
1. Using your rubber stamp, stamp the first image in the centre of the bottom of the box.
2. Then moving right (if you are right handed or left if you are left), work your way to the tip of the triangle, or to the outer edge of the box. Place a scrap piece of paper underneath your box so that you can stamp the edges without getting ink on your work surface!
3. When you get to the edge, turn the box, so that you can again work from the middle to the edge. I found this a lot easier.
4. Glue the tabs of the box together. With the triangle box I left one triangle unglued so that I could place my present inside.
5. Optional – you can punch holes into the tops of the triangles and add a bow.
- Light coloured cardstock
- Rubber stamps with a design. Here I have six circular rubber stamps
- Different coloured inks.
- Wet-wipes (to clean rubber stamps)
- (Optional) metal eyelets
- Twine (you can substitute ribbon instead)
- Pencil, Scissors, hole punch, object that’s 2 inches or 2.5 inches round.
How to make the tags
1. Start with the card stock. Draw round the circular object, and cut out the round card stock circles. Some people have circular cutters however even if you do this by hand, if the circular isn’t perfect it’s not noticeable when the stamps are applied.
2. Place a scrap piece of paper under the circles. Take the rubber stamps and using different inks stamp the card stock. I like to have the patterns close together rather than overlap, but experiment here to see what you like.
TIP: If you are using the same stamp across multiple different inks, use the wet-wipe to clean the rubber stamp.
3. Let the ink dry. This is an important step, because often you want to finish the project, however the ink will smudge and you will have to start over.
4. Once the ink is dry, punch a single hole and thread the ribbon or twine to finish off the tag. Alternatively if you have an eyelet tool, add the eyelet at this stage. (See Materials for suggestions on eyelet tools).
You now have a nice tag for your gift.