Friday, May 7, 2010

{project: stamp}

When I have free time, I enjoy making crafts. I love being creative and seeing the outcome after working on a project. Anything from sewing something for my daughter to building a nightstand to making handmade cards. As I have stated in the past, I follow A LOT of blog and several of them are craft blogs. I see a lot of things that inspire me and I think about how I can incorporate them into weddings.

For quite a while, I have been researching custom stamps. I wanted to get a portion of my logo made into a stamp so I could make anything I wanted with it {not sure what it would be, but still I wanted one}. I came across a several blogs that showed you how to make your own stamp, so I thought I would try.

This is my logo. I want to get a stamp of just the little guy below the words.

I blew it up into several different sizes. I found one that suited the project I had in mind.

Here are the supplies I used:

Design for the stamp

Mod Podge

1 sheet of 3mm foam

1 stamp pad

X-acto knife {not pictured}

Ultra Fine point Sharpie

Cut the design from the paper with the X-acto knife {sorry I didn't get a picture of that}.

Cut a piece of foam a little bigger than the design. Trace the design onto the foam with the sharpie as best you can.

Using the X-acto knife, cut your design out of the foam. This took me quite a while to do. It would be easier with a simplier design. :)

Next, cut two more pieces of foam bigger than your design. This will be used as your base to hold the stamp. I couldn't think of anything else to mount it to, but I am definitely open to suggestions if you have any. :)

Using your Mod Podge and stick it all together. I put a little Mod Podge on all the foam pieces to make them stick better. You will have a little bit of time to adjust your design if needed. For me, I made sure the spacing was the same in the design as best as I could. Then, let it dry completely.

Then get your ink pad and stamp away!! Here is my finished design. I think it came out pretty well for the first time making a stamp.

On a semi-related note, I was looking at stamp pads colors and my daughter asked for one. So I got her a little small square stamp with princess designs on it {she is so into Disney princesses it is crazy!}. The ink pad that it came with was pretty lousy so I gave her a red one I had on hand. I ran upstairs to grab my design off the printer and I heard her say, "Mommy, I need you." I said "Ok, I'll be right there. What happened?" She responded, "My hands are pink!" I came downstairs and found this:

At least she had a good time! It washed off so it was not a big deal and she had a ton of fun.

My goal is to try to do a project posting once a week...hopefully I will be able to keep up with it!

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Mod Podge Amy said...

Love your stamp with the use of Mod Podge!