Category Archives: My Projects

Hand-carved Rubber Stamps

I wanted to create a new look for the notebooks that we will be including in the calligraphy kit for the workshops this weekend since we will have some male participants. During the last workshop, I used the butterfly stamps that I got as a token from the organizers of the MT Tape workshop I conducted last year.

Took a quick photo using my old iPhone

I decided to carve these stamps using vintage sailor tattoos as inspiration. Sketching the design was pretty easy but I had a hard time deciding on which carving rubber to use. I ended up using a Japanese carving block that Lex bought me during one of his trips to Japan. Unfortunately I no longer had the packaging so I’m unable to mention the brand here.

Sailor Themed Stamps: Sparrows, Stars and Anchors

I used linocutters and a kraft knife to make the details. I’m pretty happy with the result. I’m looking forward to carving more designs for my collection as soon as I get more carving rubber.

Christmas Crafts and Calligraphy

I was able to make some rubber stamps this week for some Christmas crafts at the office. It took me about two hours to carve this reindeer stamp using the free printable gift tag designs for last year’s Christmas freebie here in our blog. I’m happy how it turned out.

Made some greeting cards using carving rubber and ink pads

As part of our holiday tradition, we usually make handmade wrapping paper to spend some quality time together and to save money. I do hope that that statement didn’t sound too pretentious. I make stuff because I enjoy crafty things.

Gift tags for my family written in my own hand using a Brause Nib

We usually wrap our presents before flying home but I don’t think we will have time to do that tomorrow before our flight on Sunday.  I’m glad I found some time to make some gift tags for my family and in-laws’ gifts so at least there will be a handmade touch to our presents.

Gift tags for my in-laws

What Christmas crafts are you doing for your loved ones?

Mavi’s Birthday Party

My godson’s first birthday party was last month and since I’m all the way here in Singapore, I was glad that I could contribute something to this special event. The theme for the party was Mustache Man and I made the custom graphics and cake topper just for Mavi.

Our Little Man, Mr. Mavi turned 1

My friend Melissa is a pastry chef based in General Santos City and she owns Mavilous Cakes and Pastries with her husband Meiji. She baked all these and styled the entire event. The tablescape has cheese blondies, cupcakes, cake pops and blueberry mousse.

Yummy yummy baked goods

Meliza made a lot of DIY for this event and planned the party months in advance. I just love the bottles with the googly eyes. Isn’t it adorable?

Custom goodie bags and giveaways

Credits:

Birth Poster

My goddaughter was baptized a few weeks ago and part of our gift for her was a birth poster which shows the baby’s birth statistics and birth information. Her mom saw something similar online and we collaborated to create a version specially for our little angel.

A gift for my goddaughter

NOTE: The details below have been changed to protect my goddaughter’s privacy.

Singapore Insider Guide Project

We’ve been planning to make an insider guide for tourists in Singapore so we can share our favorite things. We’re currently compiling pictures and making illustrations for this free pdf guide. Here are some badges that I’ve been working on for this project.

My badges: (left – right) Shop houses, double-decker bus, personal grocery shopping bag, drinks, food

If you’d like to contribute to our insider guide, get in touch with us via the contact form. We’d love to hear from you.

Apache Marriage Blessing Poem

I was commissioned to work on an Apache Marriage Blessing poem by Germaine for her friends who were getting married. She originally wanted to do the piece in Italics but decided on my version of Modern Calligraphy instead. The text is written using Aurora Black ink and gold gouache on parchment paper.

The work took a few days to finish. I usually start the process with a pencil sketch for the outline and drawing of the feather. Once that was approved, I ink the final piece.

Note: I currently offer Copperplate and Modern Calligraphy services. Please contact me via the contact form for any enquiries.

Mustache Man Birthday Party

My godchild Mavi is celebrating his first birthday party next month and we helped create the party decorations for the party. His mom Meliza has been a friend of mine since high school.

The theme is little gentleman and mustache. The colors for the party is blue, green and yellow.

We decided to create a custom cake topper to match the theme. I hand-painted the wooden cake topper and sealed with nontoxic sealant so that it will be safe to put on top of the cake.

We brainstormed the idea for the invitation and the gingham and other illustration were made specifically for this occasion.

Unfortunately we will not be able to fly over for the party so we will be sending our love and birthday wishes to Mavi from Singapore.

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Circus Theme Birthday Invitation

My cousin Venus asked me to design a circus themed birthday invitation for her that she can print at home. She had an inspiration photo from Martha Stewart.

Inspiration invite from Martha Stewart

I wanted to take the font type and use of paper accessories as inspiration for my original design. The vintage graphics are courtesy of The Graphics Fairy.

A Birthday Invitation for Venus

The set is composed of the main invitation which is wrapped in wax paper that is tied with twine. Two paper accessories are used to give the invitation a more vintage look. I designed a round sticker for the envelope so that there is continuity from the outside to the inside.

The Invitation Set

She was happy with the first draft so a printable PDF was sent to Venus. I gave her some instructions on what materials to use for the invitation.

We’re getting a few projects for digital copies of invitations and we are thinking of selling some of our designs. What do you think? Would you be interested in purchasing digital designs that you can print at home or email to invite your family and friends?