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  • 5 Elegant Ideas for Using a Rubber Ink Stamp

    5 Elegant Ideas for Using a Rubber Ink Stamp
    Rubber ink stamps are an easy and effective way of decorating paper and gifts, and we've found our top 5 favourite ways to use our rose design ink stamp to elevate your stationery and fabric gifts and gift wrapping.

    Using an ink stamp to decorate your gifts

    Firstly, I recommend using the Versafine ink stamps (please note as an Amazon associate I earn from qualifying purchases, but I only ever recommend products I buy and use myself). I use these ink pads for paper stamping and their fabric ink stamps too.

     5 Elegant Ideas for Using a Rubber Ink Stamp

    1. To make gift tags. You can either use the full design, or part of it like this. Then simply tie with a piece of ribbon or twine – here I’m using some of our bamboo silk twine and ribbon.

     5 Elegant Ideas for Using a Rubber Ink Stamp

    1. To decorate envelopes. Either on the front of your envelopes, or over the seal on the reverse.

     5 Elegant Ideas for Using a Rubber Ink Stamp

    1. To head your writing paper. This is on my own handmade paper too, so it’s extra personal to me, but it will work on any paper you choose.

     5 Elegant Ideas for Using a Rubber Ink Stamp

    1. To make your own wrapping paper. I use this wonderful handmade tissue paper which has almost fabric like qualities to it. You can stamp a pattern in rows, or offset, however is most pleasing to your eye.

     5 Elegant Ideas for Using a Rubber Ink Stamp

    1. Using the fabric ink to add as a motif to your bags or clothing. I’m adding it to one of my plant dyed make up bags.

     5 Elegant Ideas for Using a Rubber Ink Stamp

    I hope you’ve enjoyed discovering all the ways you can use our rose design ink stamps. Keep an eye out for new designs coming to the shop each season!

  • How To Get Good Results From Your Flower Press

    How To Get Good Results From Your Flower Press

    The Joy of Pressing Flowers

    A good flower press can last you a lifetime, even become a treasured heirloom that all generations can enjoy, passed down from grandmother to mother and to sons and daughters. I still treasure the huge one my Grandfather (a talented carpenter) created for my Grandmother, who adored her garden and had a lifetime's enjoyment from pressing flowers. It is this ungainly (but very effective) tool that was the basis for my design for The Gathered Room presses. Large enough to preserve those beautiful arcing sweet pea stems, as well as tiny daisies.

     

    Top Tips for Pressing Flowers

    1. Use fresh flowers. They will retain their colour and shape better if they come straight from the garden to the press.
    2. Pressing flowers is really a method of drying them, so, just like you would with hanging flowers to dry, make sure any excess moisture or raindrops have been blotted off as much as possible using kitchen paper.
    3. Ensure every part of the flower is well within the paper leaves you are pressing them between. If any peeps out it will not be preserved well as the air gets to them. 
    4. Make sure none of the flowers touch each other if you want to use them individually after pressing, otherwise they will become stuck together - of course this can be an art form in itself if you wish however!
    5. Tighten the screws as much as possible - it is the pressure you create that makes a successful end result. Make sure the pressure is even all the way around your press. We've used 6 bolts to aid this better rather than the often used 4.
    6. Keep your press in a warm, dry environment for around 2 weeks for the best results. Try not to be tempted to peek before the time is up! 

    Top Tips for Pressing FlowersTop Tips for Pressing Flowers

    Ideas for Using Pressed Flowers

    1. Frame your best stems, or create patterns with them. Transparent frames are perfect for this. 
    2. Glue them onto good quality card and make gift cards or bookmarks.
    3. Stick them in a nature journal and record the flowers in your garden - date them with when they were picked so you can look back at the seasons each year and notice the different flowering times.
    4. Make multi-media collages or use them in scrapbooking.
    5. Use them for decoupage on boxes or lampshades for example.

    However you use your pressed flowers, I'd love to see them - just use the hashtag #thegatheredroom on Instagram and I'll share my favourites with my followers!

    

    Buy your flower press here.

  • What can I create with walnut ink?

    What can I create with walnut ink?
    Walnut ink is a botanical ink made from the green (and then browning) husks around walnuts; not the actual walnuts or walnut shells themselves. When cooked up in water they give the most incredible dark brown colour, which has been used for ink in recent times and is particularly favoured by modern calligraphers, and especially adored by vegans as my version does not include shellac. 
  • Welcome to The Gathered Room

    Welcome to The Gathered Room
    It feels wonderful to be opening our virtual doors to you at last. I have been working hard on this new online shop for several months now, creating, searching, trialling and testing not only my own products, but also those of other soulful creatives that I know love the natural world as much as I do and all it has to offer us.