we’ve been in love with the work of artist/illustrator/educator ed emberley for as long as we can remember. as kids we spent hours bent over his “how-to” books learning to draw all sorts of adorable little creatures. so this year we looked to ed for inspiration in crafting our holiday gift tags, like the thumbprint owl seen above. and since we had our stamp pad out we decided to whip up a couple more delightfully simple ideas. just click here for the full post, more photos (mushroom and tree tags!) and instructions.
happy holiday crafting!
–derek & lauren
Here’s what you’ll need:
-Cardstock or hang tags from the office supply store
-A stamp pad
-A pencil with an eraser
-An X-acto blade
1. Even though he describes himself as an “old grandpa kind of a guy”, Ed has a pretty awesome website where you can download lots of fun stuff. Head over to edemberley.com for instructions on how to draw your very own thumbprint owl.
1. Draw your bare tree branch either freehand or with a ruler. Ink your pencil eraser on the stamp pad and add as many ornaments in as many colors as you like.
1. Use an X-acto blade to carefully cut your pencil eraser into a semicircle. Ink the eraser on the stamp pad and dot your gift tag with darling little mushroom tops. Draw in the stems with a pen.