diy {business cards}

I’ve been needing to make more business cards, but wanted to do something different than I had before. I envisioned using tags (the ones that look like manila file folders and have the reinforced hole at the top) and having simple, black type. I played around on the computer, trying to design something using Word (publishing layout) but never got anything I loved. I thought about printing on labels, and then sticking the labels to the tags. But that idea never really got me excited. What I really wanted was a stamp. I love stamps. I thought having a stamp would be multi-functional. I could use it for business cards and tags and different branding. It’d be perfect. I browsed Etsy, looking at custom stamps, but they were a little out of my price range. And the idea of committing to one stamp was just too much for me. What if I wanted to change it? Or what about when my domain name changes (I’m in the process of getting a new website!)… a stamp seemed so… permanent. How’s that for over-thinking?

So I did a good, old fashioned Google image search (for custom stamp business card), hoping for another option, and sure enough, a Design Sponge post came up near the top. I had my answer.

Tristan came home for lunch, and instead of being a good wife and sharing lunch together, I dashed to Staples to pick up my supply. Yes. Supply. Singular. Just one thing. And it’s quite possibly my most favorite crafting supply of the moment.

It’s a custom stamp kit.

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The one online was still a little more money than I wanted to spend (my Craig’s List sales money is only so big) but I figured I’d go and see what I found. I was thrilled when it was nearly $10 cheaper in the store than online!

You use those tweezers to pick out each letter and put it on the stamp thing. The letters are pretty small (there are two sizes- small and smaller). It takes some time to put on the letters on and get them lined up, but it wasn’t nearly as tedious as I thought.

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I wrote out what I wanted to stamp. There are multiples of each letter, but I made sure I’d have enough to spell out what I wanted. I alternated sizes (bigger size on the first line, smaller next, bigger, smaller). You’re basically just spelling the words backwards.

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These are the larger letters. Or, as I said, small and smaller.

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You push them right onto the stamp thing. I centered mine. Or kind of centered it. The letters can kind of move once they’re on, so you can slide them around to get them lined up.

It comes with a stamp pad (in black) that worked really well. I did a couple test stamps on scrap paper and then went to town stamping my tags.

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Speaking of tags. You can find them at craft stores, but they’re cheaper at office supply stores. I think these were $5 for 100. Which is like 20 cents a business card. Totally doable.

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They’re called shipping tags and they’re great. A craft supply must have, if you ask me.

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They turned out even better than I imagined. I love them! The best way to get a clean, crisp stamp is to carefully put the stamp onto the paper (don’t let it shift around) and then give the top a nice little tap with your hand. Like a hammer.

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Aren’t they great?! I really love them. And the stamp in multi-functional! I’ll use it for tags and other crafts. The set also came with another stamp thing, so I can make another one! The ideas are just swirling around my head.

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I’m going to make a branch tree of sorts, to hang the tags from. For now they’re hanging from a jewelry hook hanger tree thing I got at thrift store and (shockingly) spray painted gold!

I’m so happy with my business cards. They’re easy to make and the stamp in multi-functional. And if I need to change it, I can! I have a feeling I’m going to be stamping a lot of things around here!

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perpetual birthday calendar {free printable!}

Last August, I wrote this post and offered a free {madebyrice} perpetual birthday calendar printable. All you had to do was email me or leave a comment, and I’d send you the pdf file. It was lots of fun to hear from you. I thought, since it’s the beginning of a new year (and readership has grown since the last offer), it’d be a nice time to give away the perpetual calendar again! It’s simple and functional, perfect for helping you remember those important dates, and best of all, you can keep it year after year! No more transferring birthdays and anniversaries to your new calendar every year. And if your family is expanding, it’s easy to add more birthdays and anniversaries! (I’ll be a nerd and admit that I kind of like writing in my new calendar each year… but this is still great!) Instead of emailing the file, it’s available right here in this post! I’d still love to hear from you guys. If you want to comment here, or send an email {ricedesignblog (at) gmail (dot) com} that’d be wonderful! You can even sign up on the left to receive notifications of new posts.

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I printed my calendar on brown paper (8.5×11), because I really like brown paper. But you can print yours on whatever you like! I do recommend card stock to make it more durable. The pdf is 6 pages. Once you print, just cut down the center of each page. Punch a hole in the top, loop some twine or string through it and you’re ready to go. Add your important dates and hang it up. I hope you enjoy your perpetual calendar! Click on the link below to get yours!

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I hope you enjoy your calendar! Don’t forget to say hi!

{This is for personal use only. Not for resale. All rights belong to RICE Designs.}

madebyRICE.. the oversized wreath

Just a quick post this morning to share something I’ve been working on…

Meet the oversized book wreath! (And please excuse the phone picture that was snapped in a hurry!)

It’s made from dictionary pages (a dictionary that was falling apart and in a pile at a thrift store).

This particular wreath was an experiment and will be hanging over our headboard (a headboard that was a DIY project and will be featured here, hopefully this afternoon).

I’m working out some production issues and will hopefully have the first large wreath for sale this afternoon!

Due to the size, shipping probably won’t be available. But if you’re interested and close by, please let me know!

changes…

You probably notice things look a bit different on the blog this morning! Please bear with me as I learn the ropes of this whole designing-a-blog thing. I might be crafty with paper and ¬†fabric and paint… but the internet-designing-thing (that’s the technical term) is a whole new (very unfamiliar) monster. It’ll probably be changing a bit in the next couple of days as I experiment with it!

Did you get your birthday calendar yet? The giveaway ends Wednesday night. You can email me at {ricedesignblog@gmail.com} or comment here to get your very own calendar!

Stay tuned for new goodies on Etsy and a new DIY post here!

Have a blessed Tuesday, friends!

madebyRICE just for YOU!

If you’re not local and are just dying to get your hands on some handmade RICE goodies, check out the new Etsy shop, madebyRICE!

I’m still working out some details for shipping the book page wreath, but in the meantime there will be some other fun little items for you to snatch.

Check back frequently for new listings!

If you don’t find just want you’re looking for, please email me at {ricedesignblog@gmail.com}. I love custom orders and would love to put something together that’s just what you need.

And local friends… remember…during the month of August THE LADY JANE shop in downtown will be selling our book pages wreaths and other handmade treasures! Stop by to check out our display!