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


Henna Hands by Kids

Henna Hands by Kids

There is a fad brewing in our house. My daughter and her friend, both 11, came downstairs the other day and showed me their hands. OMG, so beautiful! They had both created the coolest designs on each other with gel pens. Wow!

kids can create henna hands for their friends with washable neon markers

kids can create henna hands for their friends with washable neon markers

They called them “henna hands”, named after the Indian tradition of painting on your body with henna dye. She is now a self-proclaimed pro. All of the little girls at art camp have been waiting patiently for their turn with the henna girl.

She uses these super duper neon gel pens. They don’t smudge when dry, but wash off instantly with water. And they are scented! So your hand smells fruity and delicious.

kids can create henna hands for their friends with washable neon markers

I tweeted the company who makes these cute little gel pens, and they assured me that YES they are non-toxic. Phew, because the henna hands have been the perfect summer craft in our house for the last two weeks. I love when my kids tap into their own creativity and go with it!

xo, Bar


Etsy Finds for a Shared Space

Etsy Finds for a Shared Space

I’ve been on Etsy a lot lately because I’m trying to solve a space problem in my house. We have a room that is a shared space…half living room, half art area. I don’t want it to look too kid-ish since it’s my living room, but I still want it to be fun and playful. Here are ten of my favorite things that I found.

bohemiam kilim rug on Etsy

one: For the floor, this bohemian kilim rug by Water and Jewel is so super cool.

artwork on Etsy

two: For the walls, this banner by Jimmy Marble is just the kind or artwork required to set the mood.

pencil holder on Etsy

three: This pencil holder by Less and More is a must-have for the craft table.

wind chime garland on Etsy

four: This tiny wind chime garland by Irona Works is so pretty.

ice cream cone cookie cutter on Etsy

five: I am so digging this cutest-ever cookie cutter by Libimova, and she has others! Essential for playdough time.

natural soy candles on Etsy

six: I can’t wait to try these natural soy candles by The Neon Cactus.

marquee light on Etsy

seven: These hand-made marquee light letters by Saddle Shoe Signs are the BOMB! So vintage and unique.

industrial wall light on Etsy

eight: This industrial wall light by Southern Lights is just the thing to give the room a little edge.

banner on Etsy

nine: Every room needs a cheer banner…this orange one from Betawife is perfect.

canvas basket on Etsy

ten: This geometric canvas basket by Love Joy Create is mandatory to throw stuff in last minute when company arrives!

And in my research, I also came across the perfect table and stools from Ikea.

I love the idea of having a shared space because…well honestly, the kids just want to be where you are anyway. And now they can make art and create while the grownups relax with their wine! At least that’s what’s happening in my dreams.

xo, Bar

{I found many of these shops on Poppytalk’s curated Etsy Collection}