Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Handmade Stamps

Looking for a fun Summer project? Grab some craft foam and wooden blocks and make your own stamps! This project is easy and can be a great way to spend an afternoon, with kids, or with friends! Use these handmade stamps to make cards, scrapbook, or make gifts.
For your handmade stamps you will need:
Craft Foam
Wooden blocks (can use old toy blocks)
Foam brush
Wave silly scissors
Regular scissors
I made a few different stamps including waves, a circle for the sun, a thin triangle for the sun ray, and a starfish. To make the first stamp, take the silly scissors and cut out 2 lines of waves from the craft foam. Using white glue (like mod podge), attach the waves to an old wooden toy block.
Once the stamp has dried for a few hours, you can use the stamp to ink the image on white paper. Cut out the image and glue it to the other side of the stamp. Coat the whole side of the block with the mod podge or white glue to seal the image. This completes your stamp!
For the sun stamps, cut a circle and a thin triangle from craft foam. Glue each piece to their own blocks. Repeat steps from above to attach the stamp designs to the other sides of the blocks.
For the starfish stamp, cut out a star shape from craft foam. I chose not to cut out a perfect star, so that it looks like it is in movement. To add texture to the stamp, use a flat pin head. You can push the pin into a pencil eraser to hold it, and then press dots into the star. These pressed dots or holes leave white (or negative spaces) in the stamped image.
Here are the finished stamps. I had a lot of fun making this project. The possibilities are truly endless!
The last thing to do is grab some ink pads and start stamping! 
Have fun using your beach stamps to make artwork, note cards, scrapbook embellishments and more!

1 comment:

~julee~ said...

Stinkin' cute! I love the little starfish. :)