Category Archives: Katrina Alana Products

Bird Air Mail and Fragile Nest Stamps

I’ve always wanted to make a custom stamp for our shop and a few months ago I started sketching some designs. We were using the air mail stickers from the post office and a generic self-inking stamp that says fragile. I fancied something that looked bespoke but functional so that our packages were infused with a bit more personality.

Sketch in progress

I’ve been very fond of sparrows lately, so I decided to base the design of the air mail stamp on that. I had also made a hand–carved stamp a few months ago which we used to decorate the notebooks that we gave away for our calligraphy workshops.

When I finished sketching the design, Lex pointed out that the sparrow holding a ribbon said fragile instead of air mail. I was so excited to start working on the next design that I mixed-up some of the design elements.

I wanted both the stamps to tie-in somehow so I decided to make the Fragile stamp a bird’s nest with eggs. I later scanned and digitized my design to prepare them for production.

We used self-inking stamps to infuse our packages with personality

We decided to have self-inking rubber stamps made as opposed to flash stamps since they provide a better quality imprint and they do not tend to bleed into the paper.

Self-inking stamps
- better imprint
- does not bleed
- more expensive

Flash stamp
- oil-based ink
- shorter production time
- cheaper

Overall I’m very pleased with these bird air mail and fragile nest stamps and how they turned out. If you would like to purchase these, they are now for sale individually at our online shop.

We’re on Straits Times Today

I was interviewed by Lisabel Ting for her column, Get Crafty, last week and I provided the steps on how to make a cake topper. The photos are courtesy of Lex under Photosaurus-Studio.com. Grab a copy of The Straits Times today, to see detailed instructions on we make our cake toppers.

NOTE: We will hold another workshop this month. Sign-up to our mailing list to get updates on our next schedule.

Get Craft by Lisabel Ting, Photo by Photosaurus-Studio.com

Posted: Custom Wax Seal

We’ve gotten orders for wax seal for personal branding from two photographers. I think it’s a lovely touch to receive your photos packaged in something so traditional and surprising. Amy Lynn is an amateur photographer from Indiana. You can visit her blog and Facebook page to see more of her work. The seal with triangles and circles is a personal seal for Stephen and third seal is for Spyke who is a photographer from Singapore.

Owl Plushies

We launched our new plushies at the Public Garden Flea Market this weekend. We got a lot of customers interested in buying the sewing pattern and complete sewing kit which we will be launching this month.

It was difficult to part with two of our plushies . I guess it is so easy to get attached to something you spend hours making. The lovely ladies from irui.com.sg gave our plushies a new home. We got one of them to pose for a quick photo.

Bought by the ladies from irui.com.sg