[private commission] A date to remember – 2

 

MbM_wedding-commission_4Another commissioned work for this custom-made wall art that bears the significant date of their Big Day. The template (fonts and layout) was designed and hand cut to create a stencil. The numerals were then hand-stamped using a rich brushed metallic gold pigment ink on heavyweight cotton paper after which the lettering was handwritten in gold ink to finish it all off. I chose to frame the print in a simple white box frame where it was sat proud by 5mm off the backing card to create that lovely depth.

This is one of my favourite pieces I enjoy working on, so if you are looking to get something similar done, then just drop me a line via the Contacts Page. xxx

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[DIY Tutorial] Hand-stamped Napkins for the table!

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Okay folks, so this week’s tutorial is ridiculously simple and I’m excited to share it. I’ve actually been meaning to do these personalised napkins aaaaages back when I had some friends over for lunch (and another time for dinner) but in both instances, I end up completely forgetting about it despite being on my list of things-to-do (my mind is like a sieve these days, I tell you!!) So, I’ve finally got round to them and even remembered to take some shots to make it into a tutorial! Seriously, it takes like 15minutes of your time!!

MATERIALS:

  1. Ink Stamp or Fabric Paint (sorry, I realised I got the wrong ink pad in the photo below but it’s the FABRIC one you need)
  2. Rubber stamps of all the alphabets
  3. Plain white or plain coloured linen napkins (of course, you can do them on paper ones too)

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INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Think of a few ‘food’ or ‘eating’ related phrases and pick out your letters for them. Take one letter at a time and dab it onto your ink pad. Do make sure you check to see if you don’t have a lot of excess ink around the edges before stamping your napkins as you don’t want big outline edges around your letters. If you do, just use facial or baby wipes to clean and give the outer edges of the stamp a quick wipe.
  2. Once ready, place it carefully onto your napkin and ever so gently press down for a couple of seconds before lifting it up to reveal your first letter!
  3. Continue on until all your napkins are stamped. Do remember to think first how long the phrase will be and the placement of it.
  4. Once they are all done, leave it aside for 5-10 minutes until it dries properly. And then run a hot iron over it on the reverse side, i.e don’t iron directly on the inked area and please turn the steam OFF. Ironing, will set the ink a bit more so that it lasts a good few washes!

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And there you have it folks! Some pretty effective napkins with a personalised, handmade touch. It will be perfect for out door dining and all those picnics and BBQs you’ll be having this summer! You can have colourful bold inks on plain neutral coloured napkins to make it even more summery or vice versa. And of course, they’d also look AMAZING for a rustic barn weddings or garden parties…..where you can double them up as place names! And because it’s so quick, simple and effective, it won’t be overly time consuming if you want to do them in large numbers! Oooh…you can even opt for lots of bold coloured shapes across the entire napkin.

Anyway, go crazy and have fun! The choices are endless. If you give this ago, please do share them on my Facebook page or Twitter so I can revel in all your creativeness!!! Just remember to hashtag it with #CraftwithMolu, if you do!

Have a wonderful week guys!! xxMbM_DIY-TUTORIAL_STAMPED-NAPKINS_2[Image credit: Made by Molu]

[D.I.Y.] Hand-stamped business cards!

I’ve been playing around with my business cards earlier in the year determined to make them myself using rubber stamps with the Made by Molu logos I designed a while back to use for labels and packaging. All the contact details had initially been written by hand (I was clearly bonkers to patiently write it all out) until I decided a month ago that it was about time I had them professionally made courtesy of  The English Stamp Company seeing as I needed to churn out more to take with me to events as well as parcel up with my gifts and commissioned work! So here’s a peek at what it looked like in the early months of this year and after revising the designs again (some of you may have seen these already!). I used plain recycled grey card stock (2mm thick) which I hand cut down to the standard dimensions of a business card; 85mm x 55mm and then hand-stamped my Made by Molu logos (in my all time favourite Magenta colour) on the front and the contact details on the back. All in all it’s pretty simple but it’s exactly the handmade yet professional look I was after!  Just have to make sure I have enough of these at hand especially as I’m out more meeting new people in the creative industry – and this Sunday’s Blognic is my next meeting-up event! :D So what do you think? IMG_6927 WEB

and the brand spanking new cards fresh off the press today…DSC_2813-WEB DSC_2819-WEB DSC_2829-WEB DSC_2841-WEB DSC_2872b-WEB DSC_2880-web IMG_6931-WEB

 Anyway folks – hope you have a fabulous weekend where ever you are! If you’re in the UK – then I hope you’re rooting for good weather as much as I am!! xx