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.
– better imprint
– does not bleed
– more expensive
– oil-based ink
– shorter production time
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.
Handmade gifts are always the best and to help you make your present to your love ones this year, I’ve created six different patterns for you to use in your personal projects. This is the first time I’ve designed a printable pattern based on what I think are the icons of Valentine’s Day. Hop over at Pretty Paper Things to download these goodies.
We will be launching new products on our store soon. We’re launching our very own line of rubber stamps. One of the upcoming stamps will be address stamps for envelopes, like the one we have here. Stay tuned!