Monday, August 5, 2013

Fun with Hangers and a Rubber Stamp

I consider myself a novice when it comes to creating anything with a rubber stamp.  My collection includes eight stamps and two ink pads that spend most of their time buried away in a little drawer.  They may be out of sight and lonely, but I know where to find them when inspiration hits.

I've been wanting to do something with my unmarked wooden hangers, so out came the
 paint and my favorite stamp. 

I found this large Stampendous Carte Postale rubber stamp at Michaels several months ago and bought it just because I liked it, not because I had any plans for it.

I painted the hangers, distressed them just a little, then stamped both sides using different areas of the stamp.  A coat of matte acrylic sealer makes the stamping pop out and also helps to protect clothing.

When I decided to change out my jewelry cards a few months ago, the Carte Postale stamp came to the rescue.  I wanted a little pattern on the cards, but not something that would overwhelm the earrings.  I used a paper cutter to cut dozens of strips of card stock, folded them in just the right places, trimmed them, then stamped away.  It took a little time, but it was a good way to get the exact size I needed and to keep my costs down.  Schmancy bags for customer jewelry purchases can get real expensive, so I just use this stamp and a few others
to decorate plain lunch bags.

This is another project I've been wanting to try using hangers and old sewing patterns.  I tore the pattern pieces into small strips and simply decoupaged them on with matte Mod Podge.  When the hangers were dry, I brushed on one more coat of Mod Podge for protection.

For another hanger transformation using wire hangers and old linens, you can click here to see my post and tutorial from July 2011.

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36 comments:

  1. Hi Betsy I'm loving each one of these!! I especially like how you used the patterns to make the plain hangers look so authentic. I so love your creative-ideas...keep them coming!!
    Loretta

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  2. Love this idea, Betsy!!!!! I am having one of those V8 moments, DUH, why didn't I think of that?!?!?! LOL

    xoxo

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  3. Why pay for schmancy, when you can make your own. They look great, Betsy. I love stamping. I don't do it as much as I should. I have tons of them.

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  4. Very nice! Love both hanger ideas! That's a great stamp...it looks wonderful on the jewelry cards!

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  5. Perfect! Up to now I only go after the hangers with place names but now I'm going to be on the hunt for plain ones. Thank you for sharing!

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  6. SO lovely!! Love the stamped things! And love those pretty earrings!! :) xo Holly

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  7. These are all wonderful, Betsy! The stamp is the perfect background for your earrings too!

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  8. Too fun!! I love them all...but especially the graphics on the mod podge ones :)

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  9. Wow, Betsy. These are fabulous ideas. I love the stamped hangers, but I especially love the way you used the old patterns. The earrings look great on your stamped cards.

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  10. The hangers and your jewelry cards turned out just great, Betsy! The stamp is wonderful on each of your projects. Love the pastel colors you used for the hangers.
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  11. Love the bakers rack transformation and now old hangers! FUN and very creative!
    Warmly,
    deb

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  12. These are just wonderful! I have a closetful of wood hangers just like these and you have definitely inspired me get out my rubber stamps and give this a try. Love the earring holders too!!
    Jane

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  13. More great ideas. Especially like the earring cards and saving on the bags.
    Enjoy your evening.

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  14. How very clever of you dear. I adore each of your hangers stamped and pattern tissue decoupaged. I also adore your linens on wire hangers. Your earring cards are perfect. Just the right touch of personality yet not to detract from your gorgeous jewelry. Brilliant Dear...

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  15. Love that stamp and how you have used it in several ways. Also the decoupage hangers are a great idea. Always fun to see what you are up too!

    Linda

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  16. Great idea and if only those dress shops and boutiques would see, they will either copy or contact you for these.

    Have a great week Betsy!

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  17. Hi Betsy,
    I love the hangers, great idea to stamp and cover them with pattern strips. Have a Blessed week, Trisha

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  18. That's really a neat idea! I'd like those for 'guest' to hang their coats on in the winter. Very cute!
    Gina @ Gina's Craft Corner
    http://ginascraftcorner.blogspot.com

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  19. So nice to stop by to visit with you this evening and peruse many of your posts! So much creativity and great projects!

    Kindly, Lorraine

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  20. I love this! I've got to do this with my hangers for sure. You are so clever, now why didn't I think of that?!
    Thanks so much for sharing with us.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  21. Love your ideas. thanks for the inspiration!

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  22. Inspired! I thought you stamped those last ones too... never would have guessed you Mod Podged them! (I need to try that stuff...)

    LOVE the post card stamp; what a perfect background for your lovely jewelry and the subtle touch on your painted hangers! So lovely Betsy.

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  23. Marvelous, do~able ideas--many thanks!

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  24. Great idea. My wooden hangers have my late grandmother's hand knitted covers on them. If they ever rot off, stamping the wood would be fun.

    Gonna have to remember the jewelry card for sure. Pinning both.
    TFS!

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  25. These look fantastic! So clever :)
    Susan

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  26. Betsy, you always have THE BEST ideas, I love them all and I remember the fabric hangers...Girlfriend, I could steal ideas from you all day!

    Carol

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  27. Both your ideas turned out great and are very cool and stylish.

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  28. These turned out wonderful, Betsy! Love them all! So easy, too - my favorite part! You always have the best ideas. Hugs, xo

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  29. Love the idea of using the pattern pieces on these!

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  30. These are so creative and fun! Love the patterns on the hangers and those earring cards are awesome! Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend!

    Hugs,
    Deborah

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  31. I love your jewelry and these cards really make them shine! Very nice!

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  32. sooo super cute, Betsy!!!! I really need to see if Michael's still has that stamp! ;) You know it would be perfect for my stuff! I just picked up several hangers like the ones you have here, and I may just need to embellish them a bit before my next show. Your cubbies are awesome- great purchase!

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  33. The coat hangers are fabulous..I love all your ideas. The earring cards are just perfect.

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  34. I love these hangers and those cool drawer card catalog pieces in an earlier post!

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