Cute, right? I know. Sure the message is very "newlyweds" but the composition is classic and, true to form, made me quickly expand the present list to include my aunt and grandparents. Duh.
The supplies are simple: one package of stamps, two acid-free ink pads, a piece of acid-free paper and a frame.
I chose serif, capital letters to really celebrate the traditional aspect of stamping. For the ink, I went with black and a metallic bronze to make the message pop and add a little pizazz. Again, make sure the ink is acid-free to avoid any future discoloration or yellowing. That would be gross.
I got all three frames from Ikea. I LOVE the RIBBA frames and found another adorable one with beaded trim for my grandparents. The modern shape helped balance the traditional stamped look, keeping the overall composition current yet timeless.
The hardest part was trying to measure the space between the rows of letters. This is the one and only reason why Ikea frames suck - they never, ever, EVER are the conventional sizes that can easily be divided into equal sections. I drew lines with a pencil, erasing after the page dried overnight. While the letters aren't exactly in a straight line and they initially drove me insane, I convinced myself to see the whole thing through and actually really liked the imperfections as a result. They made the whole piece feel casual, warm and even a tad whimsical.
The first - for my parents - was a welcome message. Ever since my family went cordless and telephones didn't need to be hung on the wall, my mom has had the hardest time finding something for the kitchen wall our corded phone once filled. Enter "Welcome to the Antoskes".
Finally, for my grandparents, it was something that will forever remind me of my grandma. Without a doubt, after every single phone call, when someone says "I love you" my grandma immediately responds "love you back". It's something I've grown to look forward to will always, always, ALWAYS make me smile.
After completing the stamping, I did a thorough cleaning of the glass and matte, framed and wrapped.
Boom. A meaningful, easy gift that can be given year round.