Going along with making homemade ink, I tried my hand at making homemade stamps! I went to Joann Fabrics and bought a sheet of foam and used some plexiglass I had on hand.
We didn't score the plexiglass very straight, it isn't that hard to do but we were impatient. Here is what I started with...
(See my amazing table I painted a while back!?!? Absolutely love it!)
Ok back on subject, I used Cricut Craft Room to arrange the images in a pattern I liked. With the dots, it was easy to make it precise due to the grids on the virtual mat.
I used Cricut Essentials and Give a Hoot cartridges. Here are the stamps themselves...
A deep cut blade is needed for this project (positioned at 5). The cut settings were speed 4, pressure 5, multi-cut 1.
I placed the paper side down on the mat and cut. The blade didn't actually cut the paper backing which worked out really well.
To place the border patterns I kept the images and the surrounding foam together and cut around the other stamps. Then I placed the rectangle of foam onto the plexiglass and took the extra pieces off after the pattern was stuck on.
I learned to do that half way through the lattice border piece. It helps to keep the image from distorting when pulling off the extras.
As I mentioned before the plexiglass is not cut straight but they still work just fine.
I wanted to show you how well these work so I did a sample of each.
The border stamps are a bit speckled because I did not have my sponge loaded enough. I fixed that and the others came out nicely!
And yes, this is my homemade ink in a nice muted gray :)
I would love to hear your thoughts on this project, leave a comment below!