I promise, I will show you what I put in the box really soon! :) I will also get to the full tag tutorial after I take just a minute to give you my thoughts on these metal stamps.
This is what ImpressArt sent me. This font is a really fun one called Scarlett’s Signature. They actually have a pretty amazing selection of fonts and design stamps… the horseshoe is perfect for the Colts fan that lives in my household. ;)
Now, you may recall my post a while back on metal stamping for beginners. I advocated picking a basic font to make sure you enjoy stamping, before you invest a lot of money into extra fonts and frills.
If you did – the next step is to play with new fonts and some designs! They can be a little more tricky to work with – especially the more elaborate design stamps. But it’s the next thing you want to do to take your stamping to the next level.
I just cut into my can, and cut some strips. I wasn’t terribly concerned about uniform size, and you can trim up the edges later, too.
You may want to use a jewelry file on those sharp edges. Your call.
I didn’t photograph myself stamping here – but if you want a referesher – visit my beginners’ tutorial. Stamping on thin aluminum like this is very different from other metals – it’s much softer. You won’t need that same firm tap – try doing 2 or 3 very soft taps on the stamp to get your impression.
After I stamped my message, I trimmed up the tag and rounded the edges slightly. I have a set of pliers that lets me pop a hole in most metal blanks, so I punched holes on the sides to tie my tag on. Since the scissors didn’t struggle with the aluminum, my guess is that a very small diameter paper punch would probably also do the trick (though I can’t say with certainty, since I didn’t try it).
I had to try a couple methods of making the letters contrast here. It turned out that you can NOT use a sharpie to darken your letters, unless it’s a super fine tip and you don’t get any ink outside the letter impression. It stains the aluminum. So what I did instead was to fill it in with acrylic paint, and wipe off the excess with a damp paper towel. Which was actually pretty cool, because then I could make it any color I wanted!
Then, I filled the box with this… for my Colts fan. ;) This is just an aluminum jewelry blank on a leather cuff. I attached it by using my hole punch on the blank and on the cuff, and using tiny brads from the scrapbook department. You’ll notice that I haven’t quite mastered the steady hand that design stamps require… the horseshoe has quite a bit of detail. But the good news is that I can keep practicing!
But I liked the design so well, I made a similar one for myself!
A stamped gift tag is a really great way to finish off a stamped gift inside!
Thanks for dropping by today, and for sticking with me through this whole post. ;) I’m going to introduce the fantastic sponsors for Monday’s giveaway tomorrow, so please show these great businesses and bloggers some love by coming back to comment and thank them.
Disclosure – I received supplies from ImpressArt Metal Stamps for the purpose of this review. The opinions in this post are my own.
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