Happy Snowy Wednesday from the midwest! Snow started falling (and sticking) at about 8pm last night. Today is day three of my Growing in Unity week, in which I am posting five consecutive days of posts sharing projects I have made using Unity Stamp Company's high-quality red rubber stamps.
I know Thanksgiving Day is tomorrow, but since it falls so late in November this year, many of us have already thinking about Christmas cards and gifts for some time. My first two projects are Christmas themed, as I have been working on Christmas for weeks already.
My first project uses a fun stamp kit called Impurr-fect Christmas. This set is designed by Angie Blom, and makes me smile, as we have cats at our house who enjoy our Christmas tree even more than we do.
I used my Original Misti to stamp this image and greeting simultaneously with embossing ink and heat embossed with antique gold before coloring my image with Copic Markers.
The next is such a simple way to decorate a hostess gift at holiday time. I used the sweet little scraggly holiday tree image from Small Stuff Christmas, also designed by Angie Blom. I love this little mini kit, and it gets used so much each year. There's something so humble about it, that this Charlie Brown-style tree is one of my all time favorite Christmas stamps.
Using my MISTI, I stamped it onto a skinny wine tag, in charcoal brown ink, then added just the few areas of color with Copic markers. After coloring, I re-stamped with embossing ink and heat embossed in clear. I added a strip of both glittered and striped washi tape to decorate the tail of the wine tag, and added a simple kraft sentiment strip above.
This is one of the sentiment kits, Special Wishes, designed by Lisa Arana.
I used the split floral image to make a very simple Thinking of You card by stamping the image and sentiment in black ink, and coloring with colored pencils.
As you can see, there are 18 separate stamps included in this kit. Once they are removed from their sheet of rubber, they can create quite a little pile at the bottom of their storage bag. In yesterday's post, I shared my storage solution for the large subscription kits. Storing those full kits vertically, with the stamps clung to the EZ Mount card makes them not only easy to find, they stand straight and take up minimal space in my crowded office.
Today, I'd like to show you how I store these smaller kits similarly.
Here is how I store them in a single layer, so they stand easily and take up much less room in my storage bin.
I'll show you how I do this, using this sentiment kit, that I still hadn't gotten around to finishing yet. This is the kit Girl Truly, also by Lisa Arana. It has a large floral cluster image, as well as 8 sentiment stamps.
I've removed it from the ziplock storage bag.
The first thing I will do is cut the lower folded flap from the paper insert with my Rototrim paper trimmer, (which is the absolute best paper cutter I've ever owned. No lie.).
Now I'm going to laminate the insert using these Scotch 5" x 7" Thermal Laminating Pouches.
I place the printed insert into one of the thermal pouches, with the seam at the bottom of the paper insert.
Then I feed the pouch, seam side first into my heated laminator. I use the 5mil heat setting.
The 5" x 7" thermal pouch doesn't completely cover the entire insert, but it does cover 90% of it, (with zero waste), and now the insert is both sturdy, and coated enough that the cling stamps will stick to it.
The fun part now, is peeling off all of the paper backings and making the stamps all fit! With many of the sentiment kits, it can be a bit of a challenge!
Now my sturdy stamp storage insert can slide right back into the storage bag, and get filed alphabetically into my bin!
This storage works great for me. The stamp kits take less room, stand tall in my double-sided fridge bins, and they are so easy to flip through to find the one I'm looking for!
That's all from me today. Again, thank you for stopping by, and spending a few minutes of your day with me. I'll be back again tomorrow with more things to share!
If you would like a chance to win a special prize pack of fabulous Unity red rubber stamps, please a comment on this, or on any or all of this week's Growing in Unity posts. TWO lucky winners will be randomly chosen from the list of commenters. Winners will be posted on this blog, as well as on the Unity Stamp Company Growing in Unity Facebook page after Dec 7th.
Have a wonderful day!