Name Stamps for Card Making + Free Printables

Name Stamps for Card Making + Free Printables

We’ve had these name stamps for years. I make my kids new ones all the time. It never occurred to me to share this source until we made a stamp for my daughter’s friend for her birthday and the mom flipped over it!! We included a stack of notecards, too. It really was the cutest gift!! This would also make a great teacher gift. Similar to the teacher gifts my kids made last year, but this time their teacher would have a stamp that they can use on anything!

our fave name stamps :: your kids can make their own stationery ~ or make as a gift for their friends or teachers {free printable included}

Here’s how I create the names, which I then upload to a website that makes the stamps:

~ You can create the name in Photoshop, or any other design software you might have.

~ Choose your fonts. I used Veneer for “Ava”, Tire Shop for “Grace”, and Black Dog for “Nate”. All of these fonts can be found on MyFonts.

~ Make sure to work in black. Type your name. Your font height should be 3/8″ high. The length will vary depending on the name.

~ Save your name, making the page size (or canvas size in Photoshop) just slightly bigger than the name, by just a few millimeters.

~ Your file format should be jpg, gif, bmp or gnp.

Here’s how to upload the file to the stamp making website:

~ Go to Go to the tab on the left “Custom Stamps” and then scroll down to “Self Inking”.

~ For my kids’ three names, I chose the second stamp down which measures 1 1/2″ x 9/16″ and costs $11.95. If your child’s name is longer, then you will need to go up in size otherwise their name will get too small. For the name “Annabelle”, I chose the 1 7/8″ x 3/4″ stamp for $13.95.

~ Click on “Customize and Order”.

~ Click on the “Choose File” tab which is in the first beige box on the left. tutorial

~ Once you’ve added your file, it will show up in the preview. Make sure it fits. It should look like this (above). If your name shows up really teeny, then your canvas is too big (the white space around your name). Just go back into the file and make sure you trim the canvas so that it’s just the name.

~ There are tons of confusing things to click. Don’t worry about any of them. If you want your stamp to be in a color, then scroll to the bottom. You will see another preview of your name. Just above that, to the right, you will see a button that allows you to chose your color. When you’ve selected your color, hit “Add to Cart”.

~ If you just want black ink, then ignore all of the other junk and just click “Add to Cart”.

That’s it, you’re done!

our fave name stamps :: your kids can make their own stationery ~ or make as a gift for their friends or teachers {free printable included}

Here are the files to download for the notecards. The cards come four on a page, you have to cut them up. Use a lightweight card stock. Choose the borderless setting in your printer’s dialogue box.

traditional notebook lined cards

red diamond lined cards

black triangle lined cards

Kids loooooove using their stamps. Who doesn’t get a thrill out of seeing their name over and over again? It becomes addictive! My kids even stamp their arms (it comes off with water) and think they are pretty cool.

These stamps are cheap and have so many applications other than notecards. I use them on brown paper to wrap gifts for them, or on their lunch bags (if their lunch boxes are gross and in the laundry), or on notes in their lunchbox. You can also stamp the back of their art to remember who did what (and then I always add the date).

Let me know if you need any help!

xo, Bar


DIY Cake Topper {with template}

DIY Cake Topper {with template}

I think this is the fastest turn-around post I’ve ever done! We had my daughter’s 12th birthday party this weekend and now here I am writing about it. It usually takes me a week or a month or more to sort through photos and write something. But seriously, isn’t this the cutest cake topper? I really wanted to share because it’s pretty easy to make and just so colorful and happy. You only need a few supplies that hopefully you have lying around your house. I also am providing you with the banner templates. You’re welcome! Here we go…

simple cake topper with an artsy flair

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~ Templates (Ava template here, Ellie template here) I provided a few sizes depending on the length of your child’s name.

~ Alphabet rubber stamps / I have some old ones from High School, if you can believe it, but you can buy cool ones on Etsy or Amazon.

~ Ink pads / I love Colorbox or Versacolor

~ Two paint brushes, or skewers

~ Baker’s twine, or any yarn

~ Colored tapes or washi tape

~ Scissors and scotch tape

rubber stamped cake topper

Making your cake topper:

~ Print out your template and choose which size banner will work best with the length of your child’s name.

~ Rubber stamp their name. I have lots of color ink pads, but this would also look really cool with just black. Or…you can just write their name in freehand. Or paint it, use colored pencils or just black sharpie. Whatever is easiest!

~ Cut out the banner a little bit outside of the gray line.

~ Flip the banner over and scotch tape the two paintbrushes (or skewers) to the back. Try and point the bottoms inward just a little bit.

simple cake topper with an artsy flair

~ Make your garland by cutting off a two foot piece of twine or yarn. Starting in a few inches, fold a piece of colored tape over the string. Fold about three or four pieces in a row, depending on the length of the name. Leave a little space and then repeat with the folded tape. Make three sections of tape. You may have to cut off the end of the string, but leave a tail of about three inches.

~ Use the scissors to cut the tape into triangle flags.

~ Starting at the top of one of the paintbrushes, wrap the string around the brush a few times, then drape it over to the other side and wrap it again around the other brush. Swag it one more time (three times total) back to the other paint brush. At this point you will want to take a teeny piece of scotch tape and tape the string to the back of the brush. Cut the string at the end if needed.

~ Put the cake topper on the cake by pushing the paint brushes in about an inch.

simple cake topper with an artsy flair

simple cake topper with an artsy flair

My daughter celebrated one of her birthday parties with her dear friend, hence the two cake toppers here. I love toppers because they are just so happy and make the birthday kid feel so special. You don’t even need a very extravagant party if you just have an awesome cake topper and some cool gifts…and a sentimental, loving card. I’ve had those birthdays in the past and they rule!

xo, Bar


14 Amazing DIY Painted Leaves

14 Amazing DIY Painted Leaves

Are you ready for Fall? Here on the East Coast, we had an absolutely beautiful summer. The most gorgeous, perfect weather that I can ever remember. It was one of those summers that made me feel like I was living in California, not Connecticut. Absolute heaven. Needless to say, nobody is ready for the cold weather to come. Which is why I needed to do this round-up. I needed something beautiful to look at to get me ready for Fall (normally my favorite season). I think I succeeded! I am officially accepting that seasons come and go, and I am ready for the final chapter of the year. Hello gorgeous leaves!

beautiful + simple ideas to paint leaves this fall

1. Leaves colored by my kids with water-soluble crayons, see the whole post here.

2. These gold-leafed leaves are so gorgeous! I couldn’t find the source but had to include them just for inspiration.

beautiful + simple ideas to paint leaves this fall

3. Leaf fish! I just love these. So clever, by Hazel Terry.

4. These leaves by Elena Nuez have a super cool Aztec vibe. I’m digging the little white dots, so simple.

beautiful + simple ideas to paint leaves this fall

5. These stacked animals are the bomb. I love the eyes. By Katya Enseling.

6. The delicate drawings on these leaves are pure art. I couldn’t find a source for these either. Grrrr…

beautiful + simple ideas to paint leaves this fall

7. Coolest ladybugs I’ve ever seen! By Terry Hazel.

8. Slightly obsessed with this simple treatment by A Subtle Revelry. So pretty.

beautiful + simple ideas to paint leaves this fall

9. Alisa Burke is a genius. That’s all I have to say. See two of her stunning leaf DIYs here

10. …and here.

beautiful + simple ideas to paint leaves this fall

11. Completely madly in love with this leaf. I can’t stop staring. The geometric pattern is perfect. by Gabee Meyer.

12. More two-toned leaves. I can’t get enough! By Emily Isabella.

beautiful + simple ideas to paint leaves this fall

13. I love these doodles with a metallic sharpie made by kids. Jean Van’t Hul from The Artful Parent also shares how to preserve leaves. Brilliant!

14. These leaf animals are freakin’ charming!! More photos on Babble.

Are you feeling the Fall vibe? I can’t believe that I’m saying this, but…I can’t wait!

xo, Bar