At the risk of dating myself my sisters and I used to play with embossed label makers when we were kids. With the new “improved” models and computers that came out in the 90s, manual embossing label makers all but disappeared from use.
I saw this Dymo retro embossing label maker while walking through the crafts department at Wal*Mart. I just had to have it, not quite sure at the time what I’d do with it.
Recently I put it to use when writing thank you notes for Elise’s baby gifts. I love how they turned out, such a simple yet personal sentiment with a cheeky, throwback edge.
Step-by-step tutorial and supplies for the retro embossed thank yous after the jump –>>>
- Retro embossing label maker
- A4 size cards, flat or folded (I used white)
- A4 size envelopes (I used yellow)
Use your label maker to spell out your thank you message in raised, tactile letters. Peel off the back adhesive and stick onto the front of the card.
I’m a fan of placing the words so they’re not aligned; I think it looks more handmade and energetic. Write a personal note inside and add a colorful envelope. Long live the 80s!
COPYRIGHT NOTE: You’re more than welcome to use this project and pattern template for your own personal use. Please post a comment below or email me if you use this project so I can smile when I see that it’s being used. Craft and pass it on!
Wednesday 7th of December 2011
These are beautiful labels. Thank you for providing them. I make jam from donated fruit from local people with excess in their back yard and these will make them beautiful Thanks!
Thursday 8th of December 2011
Isabelle, glad that you like them and can use them! Great idea to make jam - do you make canned or freezer jam? I have always wondered if they taste different?
Friday 19th of August 2011
Do you know if there also is an automatic Dymo retro embossing label maker? I need a lot of black retro labels which takes to long if I have to do it by hand.
Sunday 21st of August 2011
Huh, I don't know. I do know there is a font that looks like a black retro label - it's called Impact Label Reversed. Not sure if that will help you but you might be able to print it on glossy paper and then cut with Xacto knife? Let me know what you find!
Tuesday 23rd of February 2010
What a cute idea and so simple (and I mean that in a good way). I bought one of these awhile back and I enjoy using it. However, I would always look wherever it was sold to see if the manufacturer had added any fun new colors of tape. It was always no, no, no until recently. I found a baby pink with a baby blue and white together in a package. I was wondering when they would get smart and do this. Don't they know what suckers we crafty people are for colors. Well, maybe they are smart and I am just now discovering what other people have known for awhile. It wouldn't be the first time. :)
Tuesday 8th of December 2009
I'm so proud of you that you're still crafting and posting, even with your new arrival! Love it! Hope you and Elise are well. Happy holidays & first Christmas! :)