How to Make a Good Impression

Jenn MasonSometimes you have to get a little extreme to really make an impression. Sometimes it takes a hammer. After getting some new tools and supplies into the office, I couldn't wait to try them out. We have brass blanks (pre-cut brass shapes) from Vintaj and Letter Punches in our store that play so nicely together that I just had to tape a little How-to video for you. 

If you've ever created mixed-media jewelry, I bet you are already coming up with terrific ways to use these stamped blanks in your next piece of personal adornment. The blanks come already pierced with a small hole so you can just pop a jump ring on and dangle it off your next project–be it an art journal, an ornament, earrings, assemblage, or collage.

You can further embellish these blanks with alcohol inks and re-inkers. Pair them with fabric or paper and you have a winning design.

Artist and contributor Sue Pelletier used a similar technique in her article in the current March/April issue of Cloth Paper Scissors (see art below). Instead of these brass blanks, Sue used metal tape and ink–ingenious.sue pelletier

The only difficult part of this project is thinking up what word you want to stamp and how you want to use the altered blanks. I plan on putting my feet up and flipping through the pages of Stringing magazine for some bead-jeweled inspiration. Perhaps I'll try this stamped blank on a new asymmetrical necklace with my stash of vintage flower and leaf-shaped beads.

I've also put together a list of words to get you started:

Oft used:

  • Believe
  • Hope
  • Dream
  • Love
  • Create 
  • Breathe
  • Live 

Calls to Action

  • Try
  • Think
  • Resist
  • Dare
  • Be 


  • Lucky
  • Good
  • Bad
  • Dangerous
  • Sweet
  • Colorful
  • Different
  • Coy
  • Shy

Short phrases:

  • Be free
  • Give
  • Don't Do It
  • Carpe Diem
  • Hello There
  • Try Again 


Do you have another idea to add to my list of words? Great, let's hear it! Send out a tweet (see the link to follow us below) to @CPSMagazine with your 3 word (or less) statement. I'll pick a winner on Friday, April 23rd and send a stamped blank with the winning suggestion. Creativity counts!


Editor, Cloth Paper Scissors





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