Ward Jenkins Rubber Stamps

My love for illustration with a retro or mid-century feel seemingly knows no bounds, and I’m so excited that more and more illustrators are making their work available in different mediums. Ward Jenkins, a Portland based illustrator whose blog, The Ward-o-Matic, features lots of great little behind the scenes tidbits and sketches of his work, is a must see if you’re interested in illustration and the process.

I was pretty jazzed to find out that Ward has recently released a collection of holiday themed rubbers stamps with Rubber Soul. The stamps are awesome, and rubber stamps, in general, are great because they can be used in so many different types of projects. You can use stamps to create custom holiday cards, gift wrap, and gift tags. Or you can incorporate them into scrapbooking layouts and use them to embellish envelopes. The possibilities are limitless! Oh, and, of course, rubber stamps make fantastic stocking stuffers for paper crafter friends and family. Check out the entire collection of Ward Jenkins’ rubber stamps at Rubber Soul.

Ward Jenkins Rubber Stamps


Ward Jenkins Rubber Stamps

images from Ward Jenkins/Rubber Soul

A Letterpress Christmas 2009 : Elum

A Letterpress Christmas 2009


Elum Letterpress Holiday Cards

I’m so excited about the elum letterpress holiday card collection, and I’m loving the gift wrap designs that they’ve created, too! So many great cards, but I think that my favorite has to be Cornucopia (above), a card that is made up of 10 unique punch out gift tags that the recipient can use for their own gift giving. It’s a card and a little extra gift, all rolled into one! More eye candy from elum’s holiday collection:

Elum Letterpress Holiday Cards


Elum Letterpress Holiday Cards


Elum Letterpress Holiday Cards


Elum Letterpress Holiday Cards

Super cool gift wrap:

Elum Letterpress Holiday Cards

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Gifts for Paper Lovers 2009 : Gift Wrap

Now that you’ve gotten all of those craveable paper gifts, you may find yourself in the market for lovely wrappings and embellishments. Half the fun of giving a gift, at least for me, is in the wrapping. What paper will I use? What ribbon? What tags and/or embellishments? Is there something that I can use in an unexpected way for an extra special touch? I’ll also be the first to admit that I have asked for and received gift wrap as the gift itself, and I loved it!

Gift Wrap Holiday Gift Guide

Clockwise, from top left: Birchwood Snowflake Ornaments at Kate’s Paperie; Urban Greetings Gift Wrap at Paper Source; Divine Twine by Whisker Graphics; Partridge of Joy and Bird of Peace Decorative Tapes at TapeSwell; eieio Bali Gift Wrap at Luxe Paperie; a rainbow of Washi Tape at Tinted Mint; Letterpress Noel Tags by Duet Letterpress; Twelve Days of Christmas Gift Wrap by Caroline Gardner; Christmas Gift Wrap by Darling Clementine

Gift Wrap Holiday Gift Guide

Clockwise, from top left: Vintage Metal Thread at Kate’s Paperie; Moose Gift Tags by Linda & Harriett; Urban Greetings Stickers at Paper Source; Shimmery Striped Washi Tapes at Pretty Tape; Cheers letterpress gift tags by Parrott Design Studio; Barn Swallow Ornaments by Hammerpress; Bird Gift Tags by Vale Design; Midori Ribbon at Beau Coup; Merry Wine Tags from Saddle Stitch Studio; Round Bird letterpress gift tags by Satsuma Press and Skinny LaMinx; Snow & Graham Mistletoe Gift Wrap at Luxe Paperie; Egg Press Blip Gift Wrap at Luxe Paperie

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Holiday Card Roundup, Part 2

If you missed part one of the roundup, then you can check it out right here! Here’s part two, filled with many, many more festive lovelies:

Holiday Greeting Cards

Clockwise, from top left: Christmas cards featuring watercolor illustrations by Irisz Agocs; Giving by The Light Garden; Mod Holiday Wreath by Feterie; Festive Friends by Peagreen at MoMa; Hostess Silhouette holiday card by Hope Wallace for Cardstore.com; Victorian Christmas Tree in black and blue by Hhop

Holiday Greeting Cards

Clockwise, from top left: Santa Paws screen printed card from Two Trick Pony; Raccoon Ornament card by Night Owl Paper Goods; Happy Holidays Mistletoe letterpress cards by Dutch Door Press; Feathers Christmas card by Red Cap Cards; Penguin holiday cards by Jenn Ski; Rainbow Snowman cards from 3 Boy Design; Merry Mixmas by Heatherjeany; Rudolph by Miro Chun; Stay Warm by Anke Weckmann for Red Cap Cards

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