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DIY Stationery From the Print Workshop Book

DIY Stationery

I'm excited to present a post from one of our favorite sites, Shelterpop!

Looking for stationery that's chic, unique and, yes, cheap enough to send to everyone you know? We've got the perfect DIY project for you.

Printing your own gift tags, stationery or postcards can be a great way to personalize your communication. After all, email is so very . . . cold. So here's one idea to get you started from Christine Schmidt's book "Print Workshop" with Pin-Prick Stationery.

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Pin-prick stationery is so easy — and so playful! Why not make some of your own? Fast and perfect for crafting dummies, this printing method gives cool relief texture to paper through embossing (pressing in) and debossing (pressing out). We even included a "Hello" and "Bon Voyage" template (see below) that you can enlarge or decrease to fit your stationery.


What you need:

  • Photocopy of a template or your own artwork
  • Pencil
  • Blank stationery cards and envelope
  • Cardboard
  • Pushpin

Continue reading for the steps!

Print these out (below).

How to do it:

  1. Hold the template or artwork copy up to a sunlit window and trace with pencil.
  2. Place the unfolded card face down on cardboard (A) and place the template, pencil-side up, on the card.
  3. Holding the pushpin with your thumb and pointer finger, press it through the lines in the template (B).
  4. Repeat until you have traced the template with pinholes.

Tip: If you find your template or card is moving around, secure it to the cardboard with drafting tape.

And you're done. Sophistication and savvy in less than an hour!

Pin-Prick Stationery reprinted from the book Print Workshop by Christine Schmidt. Copyright © 2010 by Christine Schmidt. Photographs copyright © 2010 by Douglas Adesko. Published by Potter Craft, a division of Random House, Inc.

Here are a few more of my favorite posts from Shelterpop lately:

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Julia-Millay-Walsh Julia-Millay-Walsh 6 years
It's amazing what you can do with a pushpin!
peachy-thing11 peachy-thing11 6 years
i've made popery bags using this technique. and they came out so nice
Elka-Karl Elka-Karl 6 years
What a great tutorial. I have a feeling this may be a project at my next Crafternoon!
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