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We’re moving right along in this season’s Holiday Paper Wrap Up series—this time, we’re talking stamps. These crafty tools have been around for forever and for good reason. The reusable aspect makes them a dream for people who don’t have limitless storage and who love to embellish anything from little love notes to envelopes (guilty!). And today, we’re turning our attention to stamped holiday tags, because why on earth not??
- Pre-wrapped gift box
- 3-inch round hole punch
- 2-point tag hole punch
- Sheet of cardstock
- Holiday stamp (mine is from Terbear Collectibles featuring Laura Hooper Calligraphy)
First, grab your 3-inch hole punch and cut out a circle from your cardstock. I went with white paper to keep things nice and sleek, but you can mix yours up to match the particular wrapping paper that you choose to use beneath your own tag. Next, use a 2-point tag hole punch (I purchased mine from Michael’s craft store) to add double points for your yarn to slip through in a later step.
After that, it’s time to stamp. As I mentioned in the supplies list, my holiday stamp came from Terbear Collectibles with calligraphy by Laura Hooper. I’ve spent a large part of this holiday season finishing all kinds of tags with these pretty stamps (see my custom address stamp here), but for this project I chose my favorite—a berry embellished stamp with a simple cursive “happy holidays” sentiment written across the center.
To achieve your own perfect stamp, open a fresh pad of ink and gently push your stamp into the pigment. You don’t want to push too hard or else you risk getting ink on the sides of your stamp, which could mar your finished tag. Press the stamp onto the ink pad multiple times, shifting the stamp around to get all of the sides inked until you feel like you have it covered.
Lift the stamp to check that all of the raised edges are covered with color, and then gently press it onto your paper tag. If you want to practice beforehand, have a piece of scrap paper handy—I did several times before pressing my stamp onto the real deal.
To finish, cut a piece of yarn large enough to encircle your box twice, and then thread it through the double holes you made earlier in your paper tag. Bring the yarn and tag over to your box, set it on top and pull the yarn taut down the sides. Twist the yarn beneath the box and bring it up the opposite two sides. Thread one end of the yarn under your tag and shimmy the ends to the underside of the box to hide your knot.
I’ve been hinting about the happy news throughout the entire week, but I’m pleased to finally spill the beans that Terbear Collectibles and Laura Hooper Calligraphy are offering one DGD reader a custom address stamp of their own to use over and over again in the new year! Simply use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. Contest ends next Friday at midnight—good luck!