Happy Tuesday friends! Do you every get in a rut of stamping the same ‘ol cards and maybe gift tags? Today I wanted to shake things up a bit and give you some new inspiration by sharing My Three Favorite “Non-Paper” Things to Stamp.
Stamped Coasters make a lovely gift for any occasion and you can make them with minimal supplies.
- 4 x 4 natural stone tiles, tumbled would be best since the edges will be soft and rounded. You can find these at any home improvement store for about $.25 apiece
- Permanent ink; StazOn works great. You can also use regular die ink but it can be tricky to seal.
- Modge Podge or a sealer made for natural stone.
- Felt or rubber “feet”
1. Clean the tiles with a damp paper towel, and let dry completely.
2. Ink up your stamp and press firmly to the tile. You can do multaiple layers like shown above, but be sure to let each layer dry completely.
3. Once the ink is dry, apply the sealer, following the product’s directions. You may want to do multiple coats.
4. Add the felt or rubber feet to the bottom of each tile.
5. Once your tiles are done, place in a pretty gift bag or just tie some fancy ribbon around the set, add a gift tag and your gift is ready to give!
How about an altered Composition Notebook with a matching pen? Most “big box stores” have these notebooks and they are often on sale for $.50 apiece. In this example, the paper is cut by tracing around the cover and then adhering to the front using Tombow Multi-purpose glue. You definitely want to use an adhesive that won't come apart. The notebook “spine” is not altered here, but you can cover it with paper or even ribbon. Mulberry paper also works well. The pen is an “RSVP” brand. Cut a piece of matching paper to fit inside the pen (usually 4″ x 2″ or so). Unscrew the barrel of the pen and insert the paper (you'll need to roll it up tightly). Take a roll of sticky tape and tightly wrap around the decorated part of the pen. Roll in clear micro beads. You will have to roll more than once to make sure entire surface is covered.
My last idea is to create a piece of framed art.
My camera wasn't cooperating today, but I think you get the idea. I incorporated lots of images from the Holiday Catalog, along with some of my retired favorites. I use a 12″ x 12″ display frame so that I can have 3D items, not just flat, stamped images. When you create framed art, make sure you allow for the edges around the frame when cutting your paper. One of my stamp clubs spent a day creating these and we had so much fun! Nothing better than crafting with friends!
I hope I've inspired you today by sharing My Three Favorite “Non-Paper” Things to Stamp.