As much as I’d like to fill my last 5 weeks of new things doing the big and exciting things I hadn’t got round to yet, some days are just too busy for anything other than an easy craft session. I’d spent today clearing and organising cupboards, and 8pm was here before I knew it. Luckily, I’m prepared for such occasions and had a “Make Your Own Stamp” kit hidden away in my cupboard, ready to go.
Stamps aren’t something I use very often, in fact, it’s probably 25 years since I last picked one up, but I thought designing my own would be a pretty cool thing to do. My kit contained 3 small ink pads, 2 large blocks of rubber, and a carving tool. I didn’t have a clue what to do at first, there were no instructions and the tool didn’t seem that straight forward, but with a bit of guidance from my husband, I managed to figure it out and was soon making my very own stamp.
I kept it simple to start with and made an inverted letter ‘H’, the first letter of my name. It was actually quite therapeutic to make, I liked the feel of running the carving tool through the rubber. I picked up another one to make and attempted a flower in the traditional raised style of a stamp. It was a bit more difficult, and definitely not as smooth, but I did end up with quite a funky design.
I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would, and whilst I can’t see myself using the kit, or the stamps I made, often, it’s still quite nice to have a play around with it.