By Recycled Crafts Contributor, Anitra from the blog “Coffee Pot People”.
I’m a Janie-come-lately to stamping, and quickly learning to love it after several recent sessions making tags, decorated envelopes, and ATCs (Artist Trading Cards). I’ve taken to haunting the aisles and websites where rubber stamps may be found, and am intrigued by the possibilities, especially of stamped words.
One thing I’ve noticed, though, is that the words I might want often aren’t available, and if they are they’re sometimes the wrong size or font.
The other day, I ran across a whole aisle full of foam rubber shapes and alphabet letters. Letters? Letters are what you use to make words, and rubber is what rubber stamps are made of! Talk about a light bulb coming on. My options as to size and font might still be limited, but I suddenly had at my disposal any word I wanted.
Here’s how you can build your stamp vocabulary. Start with:
The first step is to figure out what word(s) you want to put together. With Halloween coming up, I wanted to do a few that would be good for Halloween cards and tags—Boo, Eek, Yikes. I also wanted a stand-alone “Happy”, something I could put in front of any holiday, occasion, or thing I wanted.
Once you’ve chosen your word, there’s one very important thing to remember: You have to apply the word to the foundation piece backwards, and the letters themselves also have to be backwards. If you don’t do that, you’ll be stamping backwards words and letters.
A note on the foundation for your stamp: You don’t have to use something see-through for it, but if you do, you’ll be able to see exactly where you’re stamping when you use it.
The easiest way to do that is to lay out the letters the way you want the word to appear, on a piece you won’t be using for that particular stamp. Lay the actual foundation piece on top of your word, making a ‘word sandwich’, pick everything up, and carefully flip it over and lay it down. (It’s rather like turning a molded salad out onto a plate, you know?)
Glue the letters down. When the glue is thoroughly dry, you can peel the paper backing off the letter stickers. (Remember, you turned the letters over because they had to be backwards.)Your stamp will be assembled, but it will be sticky. Don’t worry about that. A trip or two to the ink pad will take all that away, or you can give them a light dusting of powder, which will also de-stickify them.
That’s it! You made a word stamp!
Here are some of my words:
Just a few more bits:
- Some letters are reversible. Take advantage of that, and just stick them down as usual.
- Foam letters are very flexible and malleable. Take advantage of that, too.
- I didn’t find any lower case letters, but judging from past experience there are very few you can’t make with a few judicious snips to the upper case ones.
- The word ‘OH’ is also ‘HO’ if you turn the stamp upside down, useful for Santa’s “HO HO HO” later! ‘XO’ for making ‘XOXO’ is also ‘OX’ when turned upside down…Well, you probably won’t ever use that, though.
- The bits of foam from inside the circle of the ‘O’, ‘B’, ‘P’, etc. can be used to make a paw stamp, polka dots, and…?
I’d love to hear what words you decide to make!