Making your own stationery adds a personal touch to handwritten correspondence, and simple design elements can make all the difference. Create custom stationery using stamps, paper cut-outs and hole punches with a demonstration from a graphic designer and paper artist in this free video on paper crafts.
Hi, I'm Patricia Zapata. Today, I'll be teaching you how to make your own stationery. I'm going to be using very simple materials that you probably already have at home. In this, I'm going to give you simple examples, I just did a, use scrapoline paper and I paper punched in the shape of a flower, attached it to my sheet with a glue stick and just add it a little bit of a decorative leaves with the Sharpie. Very simple. The next option, it's again, a white piece of paper and I added two strips of colored paper to the bottom of the sheet and that's it. For the third option, these are little note cards that you can also use for thank yous and short messages. In this case, I cut out leaves and drew branches of my hand with the Sharpie. These leaves are made using the inside of security envelopes. These come in different patterns and they could be use for any shape that you'd like to decorate your stationery with. This other option is just, and again, another note card and all I did was di-cut some shapes; you could do any shapes that you'd like or paper hole punches in circles or leaves, trees, any thing, kind of shape that you'd like. For today's segment, we're going to be working on this option which is basically using a rubber stamp ink and my corner punch and just white paper and a color pencil. So, let's get started. The first step is to just take your white piece of paper and inking our stamp, that will be on the sheet. Make sure that it's nice, nice and covered. We'll take the stamp and you need to be on top of another scrap of paper so that you don't get messed up here and you press down. Here we go. We'll set this aside and wait it for, for it to dry for a minute and we'll do the same process for the envelopes, the matching envelope. Again, just put it over; we're going to do the front of the envelope; so, I'm going to do the bottom right hand corner and the flap will be towards the back. So again, we'll just stamp the envelope very simple. This is a stamp that I personally carved out, but, the market is flooded with many types of stamps that you can find different options for. In this case, if you'll I stamp the back of the envelope. So, it could just be either way, whichever you prefer. Now, for the next step, very easy; all I'm going to do is take my corner punch and just punch out the corners of my paper so that it gives it a little more custom look. And the last one, and here we go. And just for it, to add a little bit of contrasting colors, since this stamp has these little circles in the center, I'm just going to color a few with my colored pencil now that the ink is dry and I'm done. So, here's the, here's the envelope. In this case, if you'll notice, I wanted to show you the difference. This case, I use a colored pencil and this option, I, what I did was I used a paper punch and I cut out orange circles from orange paper and glue them on with glue stick. That's it. Very simple. I hope you like your project. Thanks. Bu-bye.