Thursday, February 21, 2013

Making Styrofoam stamps

Hello there!

I'm on a crapting roll, so I figured I'd upload two posts today.

As you can see, I'm still working on my greeting card designs for the upcoming craft show.  Here's my newest attempt at crapting stamps:

These are the materials that I used:
- Scissors
- Craft knife
- Pencil
- Tacky glue
- Cardboard
- Styrofoam (I used one that originally held ground beef-- I know... gross when you think about it, but I promise I washed it really well)

To make these crapty beauties, I used a pencil to sketch out my designs onto the Styrofoam.  Then, I used my scissors and craft knife to cut out the different pieces.  Then, I used tacky glue to attach them to pieces of cardboard.  Once the Styrofoam was stuck on tight, I trimmed the cardboard so that it was slightly bigger than my stamp.

Instead of making a sponge ink pad, this time I used a paintbrush and painted a thin layer of craft paint onto each stamp before each use.   Here are my results:

Look!  My lettering came out the right way.  Hooray!

These stamps were fun to crapt... and I feel like I'm moving in the right direction... but I definitely have a ways to go if I want to make cards that are good enough to sell.

So currently I'm going back to the drawing board and channeling the mantra of Chuck's favorite book character:  "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can..."


  1. I'm not a crafter or a crapter, so forgive me if you've considered and discarded these ideas, but:

    What about modeling clay?
    Or floam?
    Or wine bottle corks?

    Just some thoughts.

    1. Thanks MB. You've sparked a new idea... bottle caps? I'll post photos as I try different things out. Eeek. only 2 weeks left till the craft fair...

    2. Also, and this might be crazy, but I'm wondering if you used a different medium, say caligrapher's ink rather than craft paint...?

    3. hey mb, those are great ideas. i visited the craft store today and let's just say... i succumbed and bought a bunch of new materials (including stamp pads and special stamp markers). yikes. i forgot how expensive craft materials are. (that's probably why i like crapting so much.) hopefully one of my new materials work out... .*crosses fingers* i'll keep uploading all my trials (and hopefully successes.)

  2. Oh, I hope you post your cards! I can see you being really talented at that :)

    1. Thanks Lisa. I'll just keep posting photos of my trials. Hopefully everything can come together before the fair. :)


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