Hello! It’s Rebecca with you today, taking on autumn-inspired packages and spotlighting some WRMK stamping tools, specifically the Mini Precision Press and the Mini Evolution Stamp, Die, and Emboss kit. I have a tutorial for you for the stamping portion of the gifts, along with a couple of tips to make your projects sail along smoothly.
My first tip: Read the directions!! I know, it seems so simple, but I often jump right into a thing without giving the directions a second thought, especially if it’s something I think I already know how to do, like stamping. If you’re working with either of the Precision Presses (Advanced or Mini) or the kit, it’s going to help you sort out all the products and use the presses correctly. Also, there are helpful tips in the directions, like stamping your lighter colored images first and using the perfect paper size.
I’m starting with the Celebrate tag. The components to create this pretty floral piece line up exactly with the pegs of the Mini Precision Press. These stamps will also work with plain clear acrylic blocks or the large Precision Press; likewise, the Mini Precision Press is a great tool for any of your smaller stamps, not just these.
Align the stamps to the press first, then position your cardstock. Tip: I recommend using a bit of washi tape to keep it in place. Rub a good quality white eraser over your stamps to remove oils or lint and smooth the clear stamp surface to absorb the ink. When you’re ready, ink up the stamp, and press to your cardstock.
You may get great coverage on your very first try, and you may not, which is why a stamping tool like the PP is nice to use. This is also why it’s good to use the washi to keep the paper in place. Stamp again if needed and then add the second part of the image–the leafy spray.
If you’re using this kit, and these particular images, you can run your paper through the Mini Evolution with the die cutting/embossing folder. It will create the tag you see here. I also made a tag from some DCWV patterned paper that I’ll use for my gift wrap.
The above stamps were coordinated and placed just-so, but what if you want to make your own design? That’s just as simple with the PP. On a different tag, I decided to use some of the other stamps in the kit. I love to create my own backgrounds and it’s difficult to mess up if you’re using a stamp guide. You’ll always know exactly where you’re stamping your images.
I taped my cardstock to the platform base again to keep it from moving since this design requires more placing/removing of the clear top piece. Place your stamps face down on your paper in the position and area you want them, press the top piece down to grab them, and lift off. When you put it back down with ink on the stamp, it will be right where you meant to stamp the image.
When I’m creating a design like this, I make sure to clean off my stamp between each round so I don’t get smudges on my paper. It’s an extra step if you’re using the same stamp over and over, but you know you’ll get great results each time. In the end, I have a pretty paper swatch, ready to be turned into a tag. Tip: You can use a different ink each time you stamp an image for an extra colorful design!
After my tags were created, it was time to make the packaging, which I did with my trusty 1-2-3 Punch Board. I chose an A7 size envelope box this time. It’s as easy to make as an envelope, but there’s an extra scored line on each rotation and you end up with a box that’s 3/4″ deep. (It’s a terrific way to package notecard sets!)
My papers are from DCWV Faded Floral paper stack. The colors and patterns are gorgeous and I’m excited to dip back into my favorite color palette, the autumn-inspired navy blue, coral pink, ochre/burnt orange, and gray.
I tied some ribbon around each box, attached my stamped tags, as well as a coordinating patterned paper tag, and then embellished with yarn pom-poms. Pom-poms on gift wrap is still a favorite of mine, and I made these with the Pom-Pom maker set.
Thank you so much for hanging out with me today. I hope you’ll give stamping with the Mini Precision Press a try!