Decipher Tool and Free Template

Encoding messages has been around since the time of Caesar. When researching how to make a decipher tool, I realized how much it is relevant today with encryption of our data transmissions on computers and phones. The inspiration for creating this fun tool, was from the Netflix movie, Enola Holmes.  It's set back in victorian times and Enola is the sister of Sherlock Holmes. The decipher tool that she uses to communicate with her mother is so cutely decorated, so I had to make one & share it with you! 

Here is the link to download the template that you can print, cut it out and decorate:

This is a fun game to include in your correspondence with friends or use it to hide your passwords for websites. Either way, it is a great process to challenge your mind and bring some vintage flair to written letters.

The decipher tool fits nicely onto a 3 inch x 4 inch pocket card. Pocket cards can be made from any paper. I like to use a corner rounder on mine because I think it makes it makes them look nicer. "Now, where to begin....(lol)

Print onto office paper or card stock (above), your choice. I tried both and the office paper looks fine (below).

Stamps used on the above decipher tool printed on office paper....Butterflies Pair Rubber StampsDaisy Bouquet Rubber StampFresh Picked Flowers Rubber StampEmo Girl Rubber Stamp and Create a Cameo Rubber Stamp Set

Instructions are included on the template. You only have to cut out the 3 circles, 1, 2, and 3.

Before you assemble the 3 circles, be sure to stamp a nice design onto the white circle. This is the top one that you will see the most. 

I chose to use our Dogwood Flowers Rubber Stamp with VersaFine Sepia color. I also added Distress Ink Walnut Stain along the edges to give it a vintage feel. I then used Copics to color in the Dogwood Flowers.

Once you're done decorating the center circle, layer the 3 circles on top of each other. There are guidelines to help line them up so they are even and allow for reading of the letters and numbers. Use a nail or the tips of your scissors to punch a hole into the center for the brad.

Above, the brads with the metal you open once through paper work best. Optionally, you could use an eyelet.

You can glue or use any adhesive dots to attach the decipher tool onto the 3" x 4" card. Place the circle on the lower half or in the middle of the pocket card. I decorated my pocket card with several stamps including Victorian Ladies Rubber Stamp SetFlourish with Leaves Rubber Stamp and 

Lace Flower Corner Rubber Stamp using Distress Oxide Ink in Abandoned Coral.

To practice, I created a coded message for you to decipher. I will reveal the answer in a few days, so check back after you have deciphered the message. Hint, it's a quote from the movie, but if you haven't seen it, you can still read it as it is a simple saying.

Using the key W2, like in the example on the template, decipher the message above. Have fun! and check back for the reveal later.

A2 Envelope Template

You already know how to make A2 sized cards out of an 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper. Well, here is a free, printable, A2 sized envelope template. Make envelopes out of your favorite papers! And you can create color coordinated cards and envelopes.
Link to the printable template, which includes the instructions.

Don't worry if your printer has margins, the parts that don't get printed are cut away anyway.

There's only a few cuts and folds to make and you'll see your envelope appear before your eyes!

Hint: use a ruler to fold the fold lines to get a perfect line.

Use a good strong glue for the bottom flap onto the side flaps.

Now the super fun part, stamp images onto your new envelope. Create a matching theme on the A2 card, too, the possibilities are endless! 

Above, our Springtime Sparrow Rubber Stamp fits nicely in an envelope corner.

The Dogwood Flowers Rubber Stamp are great to repeat stamp and create a background of flowers.

Make sure you leave room along the bottom of the front, top right (where postage stamps go) and for the return and to address areas.

Above, Rustic Birdhouse Rubber Stamp, nice for the front corner of the envelope.

Tip: You can also just use your printout template to trace around paper that you can't run through a printer.

Our friends at are inviting card makers to send in handmade cards with envelopes for their "Cards for Kindness" project in which they will distribute cards to hospitals, nursing homes, military, children's homes, and others. You can learn more about it here:

Stamped Tile Coasters How To

Make your own handmade coasters out of tile, cork, chipboard, wood.  Use reclaimed wood or any other flat surface. I'll show you how to make a coaster using a ceramic tile in this post.

Materials needed:
Ceramic Tile (4 inch x 4 inch used here)
Acrylic Gesso
StazOn stamping ink
Rubber Stamp(s)
Mod Podge or Polyacrylic (water based polyurethane)
White paper (optional)

To make the surface stamp-able, paint a coat of Acrylic Gesso on the shiny surface. Let dry (it dries fast, like seconds). You can use white acrylic paint if you don't have gesso.

For my tile, I choose to make it an airborne theme, so I used our ​Le Ballon Rubber Cling Stamp and Airship Rubber Cling Stamp.

I like the StazOn stamping ink because it dries super fast and is permanent.

I wanted the ​Airship stamp to stand out so I stamped it on white copy paper (as thin a paper as you have is best to keep a low profile on the tile). Cut out the stamped image.

Color in the design any way you wish. Here, I wanted a grayscale, vintage look to the coaster and used only grey Copics in several shades.

Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the back of the airship paper and place onto tile. Add any extra embellishments, but make sure they are flat. I added a little paper die cut I had of a mini baseball ticket.  Once dry, I applied Mod Podge to the entire surface. This will be sufficient for a coaster if you just use it for decor or coffee mugs.  To make the coaster durable to ice filled glasses, you must apply a water based polyurethane to seal the tile and its contents.

For the back of the coaster, I cut a piece of felt, slightly smaller than the tile and hot glued it on.

Apply hot glue to each corner area on the tile and then press the felt onto the glue allowing the glue to spread to the edges.

Choosing a border ribbon was the hardest part of this project! They all looked good, but I finally decided on a black and white weave ribbon and used hot glue to adhere it the edges. Having a fine point hot glue gun works best.

This tile is ready to place onto a coffee table and wow your guests when you tell them you made it.  We have so many rubber stamps that would make an awesome subject for a tile, especially, ​masculine themed stamps like the ​Vintage Biplane, any one of our Motorcycle stamps, car stamps, like the ​Classic Corvette.  Some other good stamps would be like ​Coconut Palms Rubber Stamp and ​Palm Tree Rubber Stamp if you make a set of tiles with similar themed designs. I could go on and on, LOL! I hope this inspires you to make a coaster or even a set. It is easier than you think!

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