When I got married almost two years ago (has it really been almost two years?!?), I made my own invitations. I bought silver border cards and printed the invitations and RSVP cards on them. Of course, I bought way more than I needed so I have tons of extra cards (at least 50 of each size!). They have been sitting in my craft cabinet since then, just waiting to be used. How I didn’t think of this before is beyond me. After seeing countless gold and silver foil DIY stationary tutorials on Pinterest, I decided to try my hand at it. With just a few supplies, you can make a stack of cards perfect for those times you want to say hello!
To make these, I could buy the stamp or make my own, so I opted to make my own! I’ve been wanting to try my hand at stamp making ever since I got the stamp kit from Darby Smart. I first printed out the word and then wrote over the letters using pencil. Then I placed the paper on the rubber and rubbed the paper lightly to transfer the lead to the rubber. The letters didn’t transfer perfectly, so I had to use the pencil directly on the stamp to make sure it was all readable. Then it was time for the carving!
Initially I used a straight edge razor blade along the edges to make sure the lines were straight and crisp. Then I used the Speedball carving tool to carve out the rest of the rubber around the letters. I occasionally stamped it into scratch paper in order to see which places needed more carving. And that’s it! As you can see, it’s not perfectly straight so I need to cut it down a bit to make it easier to stamp straight, but besides that I’m really happy with it.
The best part about this, is that you can really do anything you want. I chose to do “hello” because I can see myself getting a lot of use out of it. But for my next stamp, I may be a design to decorate envelopes. This technique can also be used to make stamps for fabric just by switching out the ink pad for fabric paint, acrylic tray and brayer. The possibilities really are endless and I’m excited to make more stamps for other projects.