Paper Stitching

Time: 25 minutes
Materials: stitch piercer, sew easy floss, needle, paper

Paper Stitching | The Crafted Life
*note- I couldn’t get the heart attachment to punch holes all the way through.

Paper Stitching | The Crafted Life

Score your lines with the stitch piercer. You’ll need to press down relatively hard, so it’s best to work on a cutting board.

Paper Stitching | The Crafted Life

Thread your needle and begin stitching. I started and finished by tying off a knot on the inside of the card.

Paper Stitching | The Crafted Life

Paper Stitching | The Crafted Life

DIY Envelope Liners

Time: 45 minutes
Materials: plain white paper, paint (I used watercolors), brush/q-tip/eraser

DIY Envelope Liners | The Crafted Life

Lining your envelopes is a quick way to add a personal touch to a letter, but buying printed paper can get expensive. Here are some quick tips and tricks to making your own envelope liners.

DIY Envelope Liners | The Crafted Life

 

Paint basic stripes! Don’t worry about making the lines straight– painterly lines provide more of a handmade feel.

DIY Envelope Liners | The Crafted Life
Q-Tips will give you a textured and imperfect polka dot

DIY Envelope Liners | The Crafted Life
For a cleaner line, draw your design with water color pencils then go over with a wet brush.

DIY Envelope Liners | The Crafted Life
*Don’t feel afraid to experiment! Once you’re done, you can choose the ones you like the best.

DIY Envelope Liners | The Crafted Life

Once you’re done designing, trace your temple and cut out. Put inside your envelope and secure with double-sided tape or a tape runner.

DIY Envelope Liners | The Crafted Life

DIY Envelope Liners | The Crafted Life

Cork Stamps

Time: 30 minutes
Materials: champagne cork, ink, carving tool

DIY Cork Stamps | The Crafted Life

Cork stamps may not give you the perfect shape, but they have a unique texture you can’t find in rubber or acrylic stamps.

DIY Cork Stamps | The Crafted Life
1. Draw your image on to the cork. It’s best to stay with easy shapes since cork is somewhat of a tricky material to carve.

DIY Cork Stamps | The Crafted Life
2. *Tip* Once you have enough surface area carved away, it helps to color over your shape to get an idea of how your work will stamp.

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DIY Cork Stamps | The Crafted Life

DIY Cork Stamps | The Crafted Life