One happy result of cleaning out my craft room/office is that I surfaced a whole pile of blank cards and individual sheets of watercolour paper and cardstock. Given that you’re never too young or too male to have a monogrammed stationery kit, I set about making Harry a set of embossed cards and notelets which can be adorned with drawings or wobbly cursive script and sent as thank-you notes for the myriad of parties which identify his social life as already being far more exciting than ours. (That mildly depressing moment when you look at the calendar and see it filled with party invitations, none of which are for you).
I’m something of a latecomer to embossing, which transforms ordinary rubber-stamping into glossy, raised embossed motifs worthy of a high-end paper store. For those who have yet to discover the delights of combining embossing powder and heat, here’s how you do it;
- Choose a rubber stamp and ink it before pressing firmly onto your card
- Sprinkle liberally immediately with embossing powder and leave to dry for a minute (it’s important you do this whilst the ink is still wet so it sticks)
- Shake off the excess powder and tip it back into the pot (I’ve learned to make a paper funnel to channel it all back in, after crunching my way grittily around the office for far too long…)
- Hold a heat tool (details of supplies at the bottom) a few inches away from the print and watch as the embossing powder melts and transforms magically into a raised motif.
You can add them to envelopes too as I did here; the tonal colours work really well and add a spark of interest to the otherwise plain exterior…
I made my envelopes to fit the disparate sizes of paper I had, using envelope templates from Paper Source; they were surprisingly simple to make and I loved the flexibility of being able to choose whatever colours I had to hand instead of buying packs of envelopes in a shop.
So now Harry has a range of monogrammed stationery to fit each occasion, whether a large drawing or a laboured message of thanks is required. I added buttons as envelope seals and sequins to punctuate the monograms – again, a case of whatever sparkly leftovers we had to hand. Job done!
If you fancy having a go yourself (or making these as a gift – they’d be lovely), here’s what I used. it was very much a case of what I had to hand; all of these things will be available in good craft stores, from a variety of brands.
- Monogram stamp and envelope template set from Paper Source
- Ink pad is the ombre ‘seascape’ pad by Colorbox
- I like Papermania clear embossing powder – but once you’ve mastered that, try sparkly iridescent embossing powders and experiment with different colour combinations
- For the cards I used a variety of paper off-cuts and odd sheets, but for the envelopes I used a 12″ square pad of Papermania coloured sheets – I use these a lot in projects.
- To melt the embossing powder, you’ll need a heat tool like this one.
Have a great weekend when it comes!