diy screen printed tags

I have always wanted my handmade items to showcase a tag of my brand.  I had embroidered tags sewn to the lining of purses, sure, but I also wanted something that could be showcased  outside each purse. This was a goal that took a long time to come to fruition, alas. This was due to several factors, including:

1. I didn’t want the tag to show the brand name, THIMBLECAP. That’s just a tad too long for a purse.

2. I wanted the tag on cotton. No company in our city offers tag embroidery on cotton ribbon or similar material.

3. Embroidered tags cost a pretty penny.

4. We asked a printer friend how much they’d charge for printing logo tags for us. They never gave us a number and we got tired making inquiries.

So we went the DIY route:


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commissions and such

These days, commissions involve sharp knives and ink.

I have started accepting stamp commissions.  I made a THANK YOU and a brand name for a lovely lady who also sells handmade. She wanted the words to have a freehand calligraphy look.  I got carried away and wrote other things, ranging from inane to inspirational.


The boyfriend’s sister also hired me to papercut angel wings. Fifty pieces! Oh, the aches my wrists and back complained about! But it’s all good, the wings turned out super adorable.


Right now, we are preparing for a 30-pc screenprinted coin purse commission. The design will feature this little lady wearing her high school uniform.


Fact: Most high schools in the Philippines require their students to wear a uniform. Mine was a sky blue skirt with white short-sleeved button down blouse and a bow by the neckline. On Wednesdays, we wore a pink version. It was not an ode to Mean Girls, alas. We wore pink on Wednesdays to celebrate women and homemaking.


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tutorial: ombre papercut frame backing

I have found out that watercolor wash is the perfect backing for papercutting pieces. This is a scientific discovery brought about by rigorous scrutiny of Instagram photos hashtagged #papercutting. In conclusion, it’s a pretty solid assertion.

Here is my latest papercutting piece. The backing is watercolor in an ombre style.

Here is the very simple process to achieving said watercolor backing style:


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