Scrapbusting Laser Cutting Materials

I’ve been making a lot of laser cut projects in the past couple of years, accumulating all sorts of leftovers from projects. Like all good crafters, I like to use my supplies to the last scrap, so today I’m sharing 5 projects that use small pieces of wood or acrylic.

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These Star Designs: Filled with Love

Every project makes me feel excited and giddy for a customer, but this particular package for Donna of These Star Designs truly felt like sending a bag of my favourite pick & mix sweets to a friend.

Donna’s heart design was cut in a variety of colours and sizes from mirrored acrylic. We also engraved and cut a set of earring stands to show off the beautiful earring designs.

You can pop by These Star Designs on Instagram as well as the Etsy shop where you’ll find a gorgeous range of polymer clay jewellery, with a generous helping of glitter and colour. You’ll no doubt start seeing the acrylic hearts popping up on the shop soon! 🙂

The Paper Lobster: Embracing Colour!

Calling my stationery and washi tape buddies; I’ve found rainbow washi heaven!

I’ve never been one for muted colours and subtlety; I absolutely believe that we should live as loud and as bright as we feel. Colette, of The Paper Lobster, is the embodiment of this, with her fabulous shop filled with colourful enamel pins, stickers and, more recently, a new washi tape subscription club.

Over the past few months, we schemed, we giggled and – eventually – we produced a collection of washi tape cutters that fit her brand so beautifully. Washi cutters have a straight edge you can use to tear your washi tape to get a clean line without having to rummage around to find scissors.

Colette designed a glittery red lobster claw, an eye-catching iridescent rainbow and some funky Hello badges for those who want to wear their washi tape addiction proudly.

You can find The Paper Lobster on Instagram and you can grab your own basketful of rainbow goodies on the website.

Prickle People: Because life needs rainbows and dinosaurs

A year or two ago, I discovered an Instagram account that was so colourful and joyful, it felt like home. There were rainbow dinosaurs, cute little hedgehogs and sushi earrings, where one ear was the nigiri and the other the little soy sauce fish-shaped bottle. (mmm sushi… but I digress…)

Behind this colourful business is Amy Quinn, aka Prickle People. She’s got sass and style, and sells the sweetest statement jewellery.

Once we decided to work together, I can’t really describe the glee I felt to see the iconic iridescent dinosaurs multiply before my eyes! (Laugh all you like, but I felt a bit star-struck!)

Take a look at this Instagram reel to see the laser in action, engraving the funky dinos. They’re all wrapped up in the safety of the masking paper to allow them to get their cool paint job before they’re revealed to the world. Or visit her Etsy shop and pick up a few colourful goodies for yourself.

Here’s to all the adults who’ve chosen not to grow up too much and keep a bit of bonkers in their life!

Wrangling My Washi Tape Collection with a Tangerine Stand

My collection of washi tapes has grown just a wee bit out of control since I started packing parcels; New colours of tape appear every time I utter the excuse “Won’t it make my packages look nice!”

As a challenge, I decided to design a Tangerine Jukebox themed stand so that my favourite rolls could be within easy reach without littering my desk.

I doodled the fruits in Procreate on my iPad, the most comfortable app to draw naturally. I popped the image into my design software to add a tab at the bottom and create the foot. A few cut tests later, the tottering tower of tangy tangerines was born!

If you dream of designing your own fun products, I’d love to help you make it happen!

Stencil Sets and Bespoke Stencil Cutting Service

Creating textures on recycled paper is a craft and activity I thoroughly enjoy; The result is so tactile, even if you had no plan in mind as you layered colours and shapes.

Designing and cutting my own stencils allows me to get the exact patterns I want to put to paper. I can get my iPad out and doodle organic shapes, then take them to Dorothy – our laser cutter – and in mere moments, I can turn these doodles into real stencils!

I use 190gsm Mylar stencil sheets for cutting stencils, so they’re reusable and resilient to the intense dabbing and paint layering that happens when inspiration hits. They’re also compatible with polymer clay, ceramic clay and so much more.

If you’re interested in a set of 6 texture stencils like the ones above, I can cut them on demand (£13 + postage), get in touch on hello@tangerinejukebox.com. Alternatively, if you’d like to have your own designs cut or a larger batch made, drop me a line for a quick chat and a quote.

Here’s a closer look at some of the painted papers created with these stencils.

“Handmade with love” labels for knits and gifts

There’s such a joy to giving a handknit blanket, hat or pair of mittens to someone, where every stitch was made thinking of them.

These custom labels use real vegetable tanned leather. Using paints and sealants specifically designed for leather, they’re then laser engraved and cut, with holes to stitch them onto the project. Adding a little label or tag to the finished item is like giving it one last infusion of love before handing it to the recipient.

Get in touch if you’d like to have your own selection of custom labels for your projects; We can create a branded design, a fold-over tag for the brim of hats or mitten cuffs, on plain or painted leather.