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Hand Printed Wrapping Paper, Pt. 2

Saturday, I printed another roll of wrapping paper (check out my first two designs here) with the tree stamps I used on my first batch of Christmas cards. I used red, green and gold ink and created a geometric pattern. I really love the way this one turned out!

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Tomorrow is the big day! Does everyone have their gifts wrapped and under the tree? Mine are finally all done so today, I am going to lounge around, watch my favorite Christmas movies (Elf, Love Actually, Christmas Vacation…), maybe do some more baking, and wait impatiently until A Christmas Story comes on TBS at 8pm. Yes, I am one of those people who watch it 24 hours straight. It is my absolute favorite Christmas movie!

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas Eve and enjoys time spent with family and friends!

Stay Chic! …xo Alane

Hand Printed Wrapping Paper

Today was my first day of Christmas vacation (yay!) and I have been super busy finishing up my shopping and getting some presents wrapped. I decided this morning (last minute, of course) that I wanted to hand print my own wrapping paper this year. So I took a quick run to Walmart, bought 4 rolls of brown Kraft paper, and got straight to work!

At first, I was going to just roll out a length of the Kraft paper, but I didn’t know how long it would take the ink to dry, so I took my presents, measured out individual pieces and cut them down to the correct size. Once I had each piece of paper ready, I started printing! I used stamps that I previously made so that saved me quite a bit of time.

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When I finished printing, I made little gift tags and colored my own twine, and then wrapped up the presents!

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I’m so happy with the way they turned out and I love the homemade feel to them! I hope the person who receives these will be just as pleased!

I hope this post has given you some creative ideas for how to wrap your gifts this year!

P.S. I can’t believe Christmas is 4 days away!

Stay Curiously Chic! xo…Alane

Hand Printed Christmas Cards, Pt. 3

It was a very dreary, wintery day yesterday…the perfect day to leisurely wake up, get right into comfy, warm clothes, and work on some art projects while listening to Christmas music. My goal for the day was to print some more Christmas cards. I wanted to use the “Let it Snow” I drew last week and then make some snowflakes to go around the writing. I made a quick mock up of my idea in Photoshop. As you can see, I have the writing flipped because when I make the stamp, the writing needs to be reversed so that it prints the correct way.

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I took this print and placed it over my linoleum stamp, with transfer paper in between, and transferred the writing onto the stamp.

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Once it was transferred, I started carving.

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Next, I made my snowflake stamps.

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And finally it was time to print! I started with the “Let it Snow” stamp in red.

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Then, I added the snowflakes in white.

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I could have stopped here, but I wanted to use the glitter glue I bought last week at Michaels, so I added that on top of the snowflakes to give them some sparkle (the glitter is kind of hard to see in the photo).

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I printed 8 of these cards and I love how they turned out. I really like the way the white and red look on the brown card and I’m really glad I added glitter to the snowflakes.

I wanted to try one more design, so I went back to the Christmas light stamps I used for the gift tags. I loved the way the tags looked, so I decided to translate the same idea to a card. I used all the same colors and lined the lights along the bottom of the card.

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Then, I added a black line to connect the lights.

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They still didn’t seem quite complete, so I took the gold glitter glue and added small lines at the top of the lights.

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This might be one of my favorite cards so far! I love the different colors and the touch of gold glitter.

It’s probably time I start mailing some of these cards out…Christmas is only two weeks away!

Stay Curiously Chic! xo…Alane

Upcoming Workshop & New Doodles

Sunday, I am taking a Screen Printing Intensive at 3rd Ward in Brooklyn. After dabbling in stamping and stenciling, I’m really excited to try this method of printmaking. I’m not sure what to expect, so I’m going in with an open mind. It may be difficult or easy; I may love it or hate it. Either way, its something I’ve wanted to try so I’m finally taking the time to do it!

I need to bring in a design for the class, but I still haven’t settled on one. They suggest staying away from anything with really fine lines. I also have to keep in mind that the design will be printed in one color, just like when I did the stamping, so I think I may want to start out with something simple. I have been doing a lot of doodling lately, so I thought I would share some of those sketches with you.

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Available as an art print, stationary card, iPhone case, iPhone/iPad/Laptop skin on Society 6

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Page of doodles

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some geometric shapes with tribal influences

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old camera

Dreamcatcher

Dreamcatcher

Octopus

octopus doodles

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a happy elephant

I’ve also been coming up with some ideas for more Christmas cards:

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Christmas Bow

Ornaments

ornaments

Penguin

Christmas penguin

Reindeer

Reindeer I drew a few years ago…I thought he might be cute on a card

I also want to try stamping words on the front of a card:

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Before I make the stamp, however, I have to flip the writing so that it prints the correct way. If I made a stamp from the above image, it would print backwards on my card. So my stamp will look like this:

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It’s getting down to the wire and I really need to decide what I am going to print on Sunday. Please feel free to leave any and all feedback/suggestions in the comments! I’m open to everyone’s opinion 🙂

I hope you all have a great weekend! Enjoy the Christmas spirit that’s in the air!!

Stay Curious! xo…Alane

Hand Printed Christmas Gift Tags

Last week, my friend and I had a craft day and decided to stamp our own Christmas gift tags. As usual, we got distracted by food (Thanksgiving leftovers, yum!) and did not get nearly as much done as we thought we would. That being said, we still enjoyed ourselves and I  made one tag that I’m really happy with!

I had a bunch of card stock left over from my scrapbooking days so we cut some pieces down to 3” x 5” rectangles. We both really love the big, colorful Christmas lights, so we made three rubber stamps, each with a different size light.

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Once the stamps were made, we inked them up and started printing! Unfortunately, quite a few of my photos came out blurry, but I did get a couple good shots of my favorite tag:

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I stamped the lights in 4 different colors because I wanted them to resemble the really colorful, old Christmas lights. Once they were dry, I drew in the black strand to connect then. All that’s left to do is punch a hole in one end, add some ribbon, and write a note on the back! I think I may try this design on a card as well because I love how colorful it is!

I got distracted with my camera and all the paints on the table and then went a bit crazy editing them in Photoshop, so here are some extra shots of my printing supplies:

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Last night, I went to Michael’s to buy some tote bags, t-shirts, etc. for a screen-printing workshop I have on Sunday, but of course, left with more goodies than I originally intended! I got two packs of pre-made gift tags, two packs of cards, some glitter glue, gold and silver pens, and adhesive ribbon. I have some ideas brewing so I will be sure to share them all with you!

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Stay Curious! xo…Alane