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Monday, 22 April 2013

Homemade Stamps for Earthday


To celebrate earthday and in an effort to try to keep my impact on the planet minimal I decided to make stamps that can be used again and again to make any number of different projects. They are simple to make and very effective.  

Make a negative space roller stamp by cutting down a sheet of craft foam so that it fits exactly around a tin can.  Draw your design on the craft foam with a marker or use exsisting stamps to mark where you will cut out your pattern.  Use a craft knife to cut out your design and remove the shapes.  I think that large chunky shapes work best but if you have mad craft knife skills feel free to go wild.  You can use your craft sheet as a stencil for sprays at this point if you so desire.  

In order to glue your craft sheet to your tin can you will need some pretty impressive glue.  Beacon 3-in-1 advanced craft glue worked really well for me.  Be sure to get glue all over the back of your craft foam focussing on the edges. Remember to cover your work area with something you don't mind getting glue all over.  Press the foam firmly around the can until you are sure it is good and stuck.  Glue your cut outs to things like bottle caps and old peanut butter lids to use them as positive image stamps.  

One of the main things to keep in mind when making stamps is to keep the surface of the stamp level so it will stamp the entire image properly.  The blue peanut butter lid pictured here has a slight lip around the edge that is even with the craft foam star so it stamps an image of a star inside a circle.  That was a lucky accident.  Even your junk can be artful, if used creatively.  

Ink your newly created stamps with acrylic paint (craft paint works fine) grab some old paper bags and cereal box card and stamp up some fun wrapping paper with matching tag.  

Thank you for stopping by.  Have fun hopping Leslierahye's Earthday blog hop.