4 Ways To Use Rae Dunn's Heritage Stamps


We're highlighting one of our favorite items in the new Rae Dunn Heritage Collection, 
Made of wood with brass letters, these are perfect for any craft lover in your life.
These stamps go beyond the everyday scrapbooking and journaling projects. They are also useful for labeling kitchen items, making gift tags and much more! Sense they come in a light-weight linen drawstring bag, it helps these little pieces stay organized as well as providing easy storage. 
 
Here are just a few fun examples of how we incorporated these unique signature pieces for the holidays.  

Label Kitchen Items

We love the idea of labeling your kitchen items with the intention of displaying them. We used simple glass canisters and added a custom label with string to create a minimal, farmhouse feel. 

 

Personalized Gift Wrap

Personalize your gifts with the Imprint Alphabet Stamp set. We stamped them right on the paper, but customizing gift tags would be fun too! This allows you to choose the right phrase all year round! From Happy Birthday to Merry Christmas, we got you covered. 

 

 

Custom Place Cards

One of our favorite ways to use the new Rae Dunn Imprint Alphabet Stamp Set, is making custom place cards for Holiday gatherings, weddings, dinner parties, and even brunch. Each time you stamp a letter it comes out differently making each and every one you make feel unique and imperfect in the best way! 

Journaling + Sketching 

Demonstrated by Rae herself, these stamps add a compelling visual component to your journaling or sketching. Stamp the date or other important numbers that will jump off the page. Use the stamps as your personal signature or easily pack them on your next adventure and spell out your locations while traveling.

 

Tips and Tricks

Here are some tips on how to use, take care, and store your own Imprint Alphabet and Numbers stamps.

 

The best way to keep your stamp set in pristine condition is to clean the stamps after use so the linen pouch doesn’t get covered in residual ink. You can easily clean them by using a mild counter cleaner or using a non abrasive dish soap and a paper towel to take away the remaining ink. Let them dry and take them to your next wine and craft night. 

Stamping sounds pretty self explanatory but it can take a few tries before getting the hang of it and having a clean, crisp finish. First things first, less ink is more. To successfully use your stamps without having too many redos, We recommend using the stamp with your dominant hand holding the ink pad in your non-dominant hand or placing it on a table or sturdy surface. Once you feel as though you have a good grip on your stamp lightly pat the stamp against the ink pad from one edge, moving horizontally to the opposite edge. This allows for the ink to evenly cover the whole imprint. If you need to take some excess ink off your stamp you can try pressing the stamp down hard on a piece of scrap paper and trying the inking process again but with much lighter pressure. 

Once you have your stamp inked properly, flip over your stamp, and lower your stamp evenly onto your surface. Lowering your stamp at an angle may result in a smudged image. Apply even pressure, and press your stamp onto the surface once. Pressing the stamp too much might make the edges not as clean and a bit messy (unless you are going for this type of aesthetic). Many first time stamp users make the mistake of rocking the stamp before lifting this causing smudging as well. Finally, press the stamp with medium pressure and lift straight up for a crisp, perfect finish... and Voila! you've got a perfect stamped image! 

For perfect alignment stamp your first letter, then move your head down to paper level so you can eyeball how much space there is between letters before stamping your next one. We recommend using a ruler and a pencil then erasing the lines once the stamping is complete. 

For present stamping we stamped the paper ahead of time on a hard surface, let it take a second to dry, then wrapped the actual gift. Depending on what box you use, the surface might move or cave in when trying to properly label. 

Wow! Who would have thought there was such a technique to stamping? Now you are the ultimate stamp goddess (or god) and can print endless personal place cards, letters, and gift-tags.

The Artist 

The artist behind this fun concept is Rae Dunn. You may know her from her iconic STEM Print collection however, we love Heritage for its usage in contrasting materials as well as using her unique pieces as a way to create your own story in your home. 

 

Rae is a Bay Area based artist that specializes in ceramics, painting, and is even an author as well. Her inspiration derives from world traveling, nature, and her ever so sweet dog Wilma. 

 

Need your own personal journal to practice stamping in? We asked Rae a while back what her favorite piece was within the Heritage Collection and this was her response: “I’m very excited about my new heritage line. I value objects that have a history and that can tell a story. I feel that this line truly represents my own personal lifestyle; which is simple, utilitarian, and straightforward. One of my favorite new items from this collection is the Leather Journal. I am a notetaker, a sketcher, and an observer who is never without a notebook on hand. I love that these are refillable and that the leather will just keep getting better and better with age."

 

You can find Rae’s favorite piece within the Heritage Collection for the perfect stamp and journal duo.

We found it quite fitting to include that Rae Dunn’s ultimate guest list for her own dinner party included, Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin, Gregory Peck (for a little eye candy), Pablo Picasso and Lump (his dog), her four grandparents, Freda Kahlo, Kelly Rippa, and Anaïs Nin.

Now that’s a lot of stamping...  

 

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