Gift Tags

Rubber Stamping // Gift Tags

Rubber Stamping // Gift Tags

Rubber stamping is one of my many obsessions. It all started when I was 16 and my High School art teacher taught us how to carve stamps out of erasers. I was fascinated with the patterns I could create by just repeating the stamp on paper and fabric. Thanks to Mrs. Thornton, patterns and textiles became my life’s work… I am always daydreaming about patterns, patterns, patterns.

This past year I have been creating my own rubber stamps. I eventually want to print fabric with them, but for now I’m just fooling around on paper to see what I can come up with. These gift tags were easy and so fun to make (for me, at least).

Here’s what you need:

Rubber stamps (Paper Source has some good ones)

Ink pads (by Colorbox)


Hole punch

Corner rounder

Ribbon (see sources below)

The key to a good pattern is all in the cropping. With a more organic shaped stamp, make sure to turn the stamp in different directions. It’s ok to overlap colors. With a geometric stamp you could either do a random pattern or try something more structured. When the ink is dry, use scissors or a cutting board to crop the sides. It’s amazing how the pattern comes to life after you chop off the sides. It tricks your eye into thinking it’s part of a larger pattern. So cool!

Thread ribbon from the back, then through the loop and tighten. I find my ribbon from many places: Sundance, Etsy, and wholesale at May Arts and Renaissance Ribbon.

I went a bit crazy with this project so I decided to make little packets of tags for hostess & teacher gifts. I’m glad I stocked up on glassine bags and labels!

Go ahead…try it!


Teacher Gift Tags

Teacher Gift Tags

I made these over the weekend and thought I’d try offering them as free printables! I’ve never done this before, so I hope I’m doing it right.

I bought some cardstock on Amazon that went through my printer (65 lb. weight). Then I cut them out by hand, punched a hole and put in a string. I also added a heart rubber stamp just to give it a little pizzaz, and because I love our teachers!

There are three different quotes to chose from:

A teacher takes a hand…

They may forget what you said…

A teacher is a compass…

Tip: I left enough space at the top so that you can write in a teacher’s name for a more personal touch.

Gift Tags from Paint Chips

Gift Tags from Paint Chips

It’s about that time of year: I need to start thinking about teacher gifts. Usually, I like to do a little homemade something-something. I have an inkling of what I’m going to do this year (maybe not homemade, but I’m OK with that). These photos are from last year. Here’s how it went down…

I went to the paint store and got some paint chips. I glued them to white paper, then cut them into squares. Then I took colored sharpies and sketched some flowers. I punched a hole, put in some ribbon, and sealed them in a glassine envelope with a sticker. A little time consuming, but not hard…and quite fun for me since I got to doodle!

Tip: If you don’t have the time to doodle, don’t worry…just hand the little squares to your kiddos and let them at it. The end result will be even more charming.

Warning: Rubber stamps do NOT work on paint chips. I tried it. The paint chips are coated and the ink will not dry, like, ever.