Ah, the last minute rush is on to purchase, pack and put your parcels beneath the tree or send off in the Post! I am unfortunately wrapping paper challenged, seriously, I have absolutely no aptitude for wrapping with paper, it’s downright dangerous for this paper cut inclined lady, so when Michelle mentioned she was painting her gift boxes I was duly intrigued.Of course, it’s de rigeur for a blogger to document ones DIY and this is no exception. It passes our criteria that it be easy and look aces. Michelle chose to use two colors a white and a hand mixed perfect pale blush (her fave). There is no real ‘painting’ rules here, even if you can’t paint (which I think is preferable to achieve that naive look that is oh, so popular right now). Just interpret a classic pattern like a stripe or polka dot onto your kraft boxes using acrylic paints and a brush, Michelle said that dry time was not long at all (maybe 15 minutes) which makes this craft good for the impatiently inclined as well. This could even work with the kiddo’s if you give a little guidance. My girl is a little too young to try this without eating the paintbrush but maybe next year!
photos by michelle p.
We received a lot of emails wanting more questions answered on the home printing front, we thought it’d be easier to answer them here than individually. If you have more questions let us know and we’ll try to add the answers to this post. Below are some of the most asked questions on home printing:
What home printer can I print heavier cardstock with?
This is not an easy one to answer, most home printers are not made to handle heavier than 120# cardstock. I have had the most success with printers that load paper/cardstock upright in the back, you can feed the cardstock through. When I had my very first Etsy stationery company, I would painstakingly do this one card at a time, it was torture! Another printer that has a completely different finish (uses wax for the inks) and supposedly can take heavier stock is the Xerox Phaser. The finish is very unique and not for everyone, I liked it even though I prefer a matte finish, it’s definitely worth getting a sample print from the company. I worked with a small invite company that loved hers and used heavier stocks through her Phaser. For extra heavy stock I would suggest paper mounting, but that would be a topic for another post!
What printer can I use to print on fabric?
Again, I would suggest a printer that is loaded upright in the back. There’s so many ways to do this but Karen from the Graphics Fairy has an excellent tutorial!
Even with my screen calibrated my prints come out different, how can I fix this?
If you calibrated and set up the color profiles and still no luck–test print, test print, test print (in smaller versions of your original)! Michelle had addressed this briefly here. When I was trying to match colors for my stationery company I would print various boxes of the color in different tones to see how my printer would print and choose the one closest to my vision (which may have looked completely different on screen). Yes, printing at home has it’s pros (control) but some of the cons can make you pull your hair out (no control).
I want to print on shipping tags or other things that aren’t a standard paper size, how can I do that?
When I want to print on something that is not a typical size I will use artist tape (it doesn’t rip your paper when you remove it) to tape down my item that I intend to print onto a standard letter size paper and then run it through. The BEST tutorial on this is by Catherine of Design Editor and you can find it here, it’s a printing game changer!
Want to print on more atypical items? Here’s a small list:
This seems to be the most requested tutorial here, I understand the desire especially if you have been dipping your toes in the hand lettering pool and now want to be able to showcase your work to the world! I hope I have rounded up enough tutorials to thoroughly get you through this process. Some of these tutorials will be step-by-step, others videos, of course some may be better than others but they all have great information to glean and I hope you find this post to be a useful future resource. If you have any questions please let us know!
//FREE DIGITIZING LETTERING TUTORIALS//
Hand lettering in Illustrator (this is great for learning about the Wacom tablet settings)
*Note her tutorial reads to save as a ‘gif’, but I always save as either a .png or .jpeg for web unless the graphic is animated then I use the .gif file format
//PAID DIGITIZING LETTERING CLASSES/TUTORIALS//
These are some of the tools that you will need or read about in the tutorials that will help make your digitizing life a whole lot easier.
Wacom tablet (there’s entry level versions that are affordable)
P.S. That awesome font ‘lettering’ is in is available here
Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. She lives in sunny Seattle with her handsome husband, wonderful baby girl and two pups. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.
This class mention is bittersweet for me. I am a fan of the very talented artist Kal Barteski (she created the iconic ‘link with love’ button you often see on blogs), so much so when I was 8 months pregnant and discovered she had an on line class I bought it within seconds and waited with bated breath to get my access key to start. I knew with the baby coming soon I wouldn’t be able to do much lettering or class taking and after being so sick it seemed like the perfect opportunity. Unfortunately, I received an email the next day with a refund (insert sad face here), Kal had taken her class down and was going to revamp it, it never happened before I welcomed my little one and it seems like it will be forever before I can do any lettering again*. But you my friends can take Kal’s revamped class and I am sure it will be so, so good! Kal teamed up with the wonderful folks at Studio Calico and the class looks like it’s going to be an amazing one! I do hope you take it and report back to me and if you end up getting hooked on the Studio Califco goodies in their shop, I would love to see what you create! Take the Kal Barteski life scripted class here!
P.S. Studio Calico makes it even easier to take the class by allowing you to buy the supplies straight from their site. I LOVE this idea, no fumbling with inadequate supplies or roaming the art store aimlessly, just one click and you are ready to roll!
*Okay, so I am in enrolled now, it may be a little ambitious, perhaps, just maybe, but Alisa Burke has inspired me to create with baby, wish me luck!!!
Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. She recently lives in sunny Seattle with her handsome husband, wonderful baby girl and two pups. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.