Showing posts with label rubber stamp. Show all posts
Showing posts with label rubber stamp. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Valentine Greeting Cards with Rubber Erasers

Here's another craft project that I made for the latest issue of Katha Magazine. Create a simple greeting card that you can give to your loved ones. You don’t need to buy stamps to decorate your card. Simply use the rubber eraser at the back of your pencil and voila!

Ink pad in different colors
Pencil with rubber eraser at the back
White card stock paper
Heart Cookie Cutter

On a piece of paper, trace the outline of the heart template with a pencil. You can use a heart shaped cookie cutter as a template or you can just draw the heart with your own hands. Cut it and tape it on the white card stock paper that you will be using as a greeting card.

Time to decorate! Press the pencil’s eraser on to the ink pad and start stamping on to the card stock paper. Make sure to use one color at a time so you won’t mix the colors on your eraser. I used pink, purple and red ink pads for this. If you do not have ink pads, you can lightly dip your eraser in poster paint instead. This will produce stronger shades.

If you don’t want to decorate your card with plain circles, you can carve your pencil eraser with a cutter into different shapes like triangles, hearts, or squares.

You can embellish your card some more with gold circles. I punched gold paper to create shiny circles, sprayed adhesive on the card stock, and sprinkled the circles all over.

When it’s completely dry, you may remove the heart template and you can write down your message with a pen or whatever medium that you want to use. To stick to the stamped theme, I used my alphabet stamp set to write down my message.

There is nothing more special and personal than a simple handmade gift to a loved one. Hope you enjoyed this! Have a great day! :) Read more articles in Katha Magazine.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Paper Neighborhood - Italianate Style Rubber Stamps

To all the rubber stamp fans and old architecture enthusiasts out there, this is a pretty sweet find. This box of Italianate Trappings endorsed by the Cincinnati Society of Rubber Architects is needed for the construction of a paper neighborhood.

With just a can containing 21 pieces of wood-mounted rubber stamps depicting Italianate style, you can design awesome buildings on paper. The set also include a stamp pad and an instruction manual.

Italianate Architecture is a style that was common in Cincinnati, Ohio during the 19th century. You can view such examples on the streets.

1735 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio:

1323 Main Street, Cincinnati, Ohio:

I really do want this for Christmas! Unfortunately it's sold out at the moment. You can get this set at Steam Whistle Letterpress and Design.

All photos by Steam Whistle Letterpress

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Stamped Sugar Cookies

Hi all! I'm so sorry for this late post. We've been quite busy in the office that's why I didn't have time to update my blog. But anyway, enough excuses. I'm going to share this famous cookie dough recipe by Cookie Monster. This recipe is found in the 1st volume of Sesame Street books. I have been using this recipe since I was 7 years old. And believe me, you can use it any way you want it. Cookie Monster has tons of ideas on how to use this cookie dough in the other volumes.

I thought of ways on how to personalize cookies so I did an experiment using my rubber stamps. It's easy to stamp on cookies with this kind of recipe since it holds its original shape and does not sink when you bake it. 

This is a great gift idea if you want to leave notes or messages on your cookies. My niece loved reading all the words and also loved eating them.

Anyway, here's the recipe:

3/4 cup unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

Soften the butter and combine with sugar in a large mixing bowl until well blended. Beat the eggs separately and pour over mixture. Add vanilla and blend everything well together. Gradually add in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well using a spatula or using your hands. Chill the dough for 1 hour.

After chilling, roll the dough to about 1/4" thick. Use a cookie cutter, or a drinking glass about 2-3" diameter to cut your dough. Chill them again for 15 minutes.

Clean your rubber stamps with warm soapy water. Dip each stamp in flour before using them. When your dough is firm enough, bring them out and stamp away. Bake in the oven at 350 F for 12 minutes.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Valentine Cards with Origami Paper

See how time flies? It's already February and it's the season of love. Do you already have plans for Valentines Day? I don't! Haha. Despite being dateless I made Valentine cards for my loved ones.

I remember I bought these cute origami paper from Muji (it's about 6" x 6") and decided to use them this season.

The materials for this craft project are: origami paper, alphabet rubber stamp, white cardstock paper, red paper, glue.

If you don't have these materials, you can substitute origami paper with an old wrapping paper, you can print your note or write them manually instead of using rubber stamp, you can use plain bond paper if there is no card stock.

I just cut out a box in the origami paper and used my rubber stamps to write down my note. If you have a heart shaped puncher, you can punch hearts on your origami paper and use red paper as backing. But if you don't have a craft punch them just fold the paper and cut hearts manually. 

Here I cut out a big circle in the middle of my origami paper and used kraft paper to write down my message.

And just glue everything together.

It's so quick and easy, even 4 year olds can do this.

I had leftover scraps from the previous two greeting cards and I did not put them to waste by cutting more hearts and bows for another set of cards!

Aren't these origami papers pretty? Japanese people are genius for inventing this paper.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

More Kraft Wrapping Paper Ideas

So I got these alphabet rubber stamps in Divisoria. They sell it online for P400.00. In Divisoria, they sell it for P250.00 But thanks to my Chinese officemate, she was able to haggle with the Chinese vendor and brought the price down to P150.00. Hooray for bargain!

I'll be doing two designs for Christmas gift wrap out of kraft paper and rubber stamps. I used both designs for my gift for Allie during out Secret Santa last week.

It also comes with a star, which I will be using later.

I cut a certain length of Kraft paper from my roll. Long enough to wrap my framed monograms with.

Same as my last post, my color scheme would be white and gold. I'll be using poster paint as "ink" for my rubber stamps.

Where in Manila can you buy stamp pads in gold and white and silver and pink, and all the colors of the rainbow??? I have no idea, I have yet to find out. For those who know, please advise me. Thanks!

Since I don't have a stamp pad, it's a long process for me. I paint on the rubber letters one by one. But I don't really mind if it's time consuming. I'm making it with love <3

So the words that I will be stamping in my kraft paper are: merry, christmas, happy, holidays. You may use other words like santa, snowflake, reindeer, mistletoe, etc.

First the gold paint,

then the white.

I used the rubber stamp star for another gift wrap design. Again, gold and white:

And so I got addicted to wrapping gifts with my handmade wrapping paper that I even asked my sister if I could wrap her gifts.

This is not over! I will still look for more ways on making your own wrapping paper before Christmas ends!

But until then, enjoy the Christmas season.

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