Thursday, May 7, 2009

Marvelous mini mushroom stamp

Check out this cute wrap I made.......and then make some yourself!



I needed a mushroom stamp awhile back for a swap I was in.
Just a little one, something cute and simple. I went to the 2 stores in this town where you can find stamps and guess what? I didn't find one. No surprise there.

So, I made one ...using a pencil eraser.
Long before Martha made it 'a good thing' I was making stamps from pencil erasers. Yes, I am THAT old.

If you would like to make your own itty bitty stamp, read on.

Supplies:

1. pencils with new erasers. Go cheap pencils here guys, it won't matter. Just make sure the erasers aren't those super stiff ones. Give them a feel. Can't you just see a sales girl asking you why you are fondling the erasers on ISLE 1? HA!
2. straight blade or exacto knife or....if you are like me and can't find what you need when you want it, go to the kitchen drawer and grab a paring knife.
3. pen to draw your design on the eraser
4. paper, ribbon, etc to stamp on
5. variety of stamp pads or magic marker

So, you have your pencil and knife.

Now, take your pen and draw the lines of what you need to cut away. In this case, you are only drawing 4 teeny lines...simple, huh!


Then, cut in simple strokes. Be careful here because you are holding the pencil and don't want the knife to slip and cut your hand. I go all the way through the eraser because I like the way it looks but you don't really have to.


After you've made all 4 cuts, put some ink on it and check it out, so cute!




Then, double check your design by stamping a piece of scrap paper with it. If you need to, adjust the cut.


If you are happy with it, start stamping! Here is some ribbon I made.



Think of the cute stamps you could create if you used those gigantic kids pencils...fun!

For those of you who are REALLY into this, here is a link to Martha's.

13 comments:

NadineC said...

Oh, your wrap is so fabulous! And so easy! Thanks for sharing :-)

Heather - Dollar Store Crafts said...

So cute & simple! I'll be sharing this at Dollar Store Crafts.com tomorrow!

Heather

Rannyjean said...

I just love it!

Songbirdtiff said...

Too cute! I'm visiting from $ store crafts and had to tell you what a great idea this is!

Jenny S said...

WHat a beautiful apron in the back!! Sooo pretty! Someone special must have picked that out for you...hehehe!! I love these type of stamps!!

kawaii crafter said...

so clever and so cute, I'm going to submit this to "One Pretty Thing"

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

That is ADORABLE! You have so many great projects here, I'm so grateful to ZakkaLife who let me know about your gorgeous blog. I've love to link to some of your projects if you don't mind.

Nesa said...

Thanks, this is a great idea! A pencil as the stamp holder is so brilliant.

Christy said...

wow, that's so cute! gotta try that now. thank you for your cute idea! xoxo

Anonymous said...

Thanks! This idea looks achievable for someone like me who has limited carving skills.
Deb.

susan said...

too too cute
and thanks for the wee tute!! haha
i rhymed!
i may just need to make myself some of those

Sangeetha Narender said...

i just love it... its so sweet and cute and lovely and.... wish i had more words coming :)
can i have your permission to take content of this post along with a picture to repost on my blog? i shall link it back to yours...
also would you mind sharing your email id with me, i wish to discuss something with you....
Thanks alot
Sangy, India
http://diva-fo-ever.blogspot.com

disa said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.

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