With all the plastic pollution and talk on reducing I like to do my bit.
I was feeling guilty on not doing more but someone pointed out even one step can help if everyone takes one step it can reduce the effect massively so although I continue to buy and use non eco things I change a few things.
One of the things I wanted was to send my items in a nice pretty way so I have opted for paper bags. There’s nothing nicer than feeling like you’re getting a little present even if you are expecting the parcel.
I have been unable to find bigger bags so decided to make some which has been a trial in itself so here is a tutorial on the bag and a little review on some stamping items.
I will talk about the paper in a moment but for now you will need a template. This is the size of mine:
I started off with a 49.5 x 21 cm square (random I know but I drew it all bit by bit first go then drew it from a square. From the right side measure in 1.5 cm (this is your overlap) then 12 cm (this makes the 13.5 cm) then 24 then another 12 cm and draw lines vertically.
I then marked off 2.5 cm at the top and 1.5 cm at the bottom then as can see I cut out the 2 side bits at bottom and middle bit at top.
My slant at top is 1.5 cm in but this depends on how you wish yours to look as long as you end up with this approx shape. The slanted sections are in two halves so be sure to draw the slants the right way.
Fold at the sides (1). Then bring these two sides together and glue the overlap.(2) This completes your back join.Then fold up the bottom flap and glue in place to complete your bag.(3).
This is a great size for bigger items and ready to use ones are great for my smaller items. Beauty of these is you can custom make any size for any item or use the paper to wrap something nicely instead.
Now onto the paper. I wanted to use brown paper and white stamps in circle shapes. Mu business is Red Spotty so although I didn’t want to use red spots I did want spots.
I ordered kraft paper I was under impression this is what I needed. It was wrong stuff I then did hours of research and ended up with …. exactly the same stuff!!! This is a cheaper brown paper great for packaging and pattern drawing or using as scribble paper (4). It however is not overly nice looking and certainly not suitable for my bags.
In the end I went to a local post office and got thinner nicer stuff that has lines through it as can see in other images.
Next up came the stamping (well I actually did it before the bag) I bought a Dovecraft stamp and various types of stamps. As can see the circles in white look really nice on the brown (6,7) and the stamps I have I can mix up how I want them to look.
I have Artemio Mini Clear Stamps Dotted Circles and an acrylic block. They are individual stamps with no mount so you can mix and match how you want the order to look or use one at once.
My problem came with the ink. As can see in image 5 it isn’t overly a clear image and looks a bit too inky. Image 8 shows the back of the back and the clear almost greasy marks it creates is off putting. This was taken when it was slightly wet but since the stains are still there.
I had an old Versacraft ink pad I tried out as can see in image 9 it is a much clearer stamp and it doesn’t stain the other side. Only issue is its an off white as its so old so I need a new one.
Overly I need practise its been many years since I did stamping. A clean stamp, good ink pad and a firm surface all help. It is easier to put the ink on the stamp rather than place stamp on the pad.
I’m not used to these types of stamps and they have less depth to them but so far I’m please with how I wanted it look.