Of course, the reason I haven’t finished the long project I’m working on for my sister’s birthday is that I’ve hardly been around. Four weekend trips in four consecutive weekends have left me playing catch-up.
I’ve been here:
Note: the Mike’s cap is just here for scale–tiny red efts were everywhere–but it was handy. It was that kind of weekend.
But I’m back, back at work on the many parts of this project. One of them warranted making some new hand-cut stamps, and those, in turn, seemed to warrant a little tutorial. So here goes.
Tiny Stamp Tutorial
What you need:
Small amounts of craft foam
Sharp scissors with a fine point
Stamp pad ink
Ordinary white school glue
A fine-tip marker that will show against the foam
Spare Scrabble tiles (easy to find on eBay, etsy, or at second-hand stores)
A sheet of white shipping labels
- Draw your designs, tile-sized or smaller, on the foam and cut them out. Simple designs work best. I’ve embellished some of mine by using a 1/8″ hole punch to create details
- Glue the foam pieces to the blank sides of the Scrabble tiles (it doesn’t really matter much which side you glue them on, but this way the letters on them won’t show in the finished stamp. Use the toothpick to clear away any excess glue, taking care to make sure any holes in the designs aren’t filled up with glue. Let dry for about 30 minutes.
- Using the stamp ink, stamp each design onto the sheet of mailing labels. Leave enough room between each one that you can cut around it and have it fit on the back of the tile.
- Then cut out each design, centering it in the middle of a tile-sized square (and orienting the label to correspond to the placement of the foam shape on the other side, and you’re done.