We are back, I hope you all had a great Christmas and are ready to dive back into the New Year bring on 2018! I woke up News Years day with lots of awesome plans for the year ahead, don't you just love that one day different and you feel like you get to start over? Well I did until we were hit by those extreme cold temps here in the North East and suddenly my 'take care of yourself' goals had to be paused a moment while I had four kids home from school for an extra 5 days. We made the best of it, ice skating, fort building and lots of hot coco and crafting.
These easy stamps are one of the crafts we did when the weather outside was frightful. They were fun to make and a great reuse for some of those elastic bands you get tied around your broccoli. For some reason I can never throw them out because 'they might be useful' so now I have lots.
What you will need:
Small pieces of cardboard - they don't have to be circles
Elastic bands - ours came off our veggies but if you buy some the thicker the better
Ink pads or paint for printing
Draw the shape or picture you want to create onto your cardboard cut out. Then begin to cut the elastic bands to fit it. If you need them long and skinny and only have these super recycled thick ones then you can cut them lengthwise.
Paint a layer of glue over the cardboard using a brush. Then begin to stick your elastic bands down. You can see here my daughter using lots of little pieces to create the curve in her heart - if the pieces are too long and you are trying to bend them into a curve they can curl up as they dry.
Leave your stamp to dry. Once dry break out the ink pads and get printing. If you don't have ink pads try paint on a sponge so the stamp doesn't get swamped in paint as you go to make a print.
Have fun, can you build a picture using your new stamps? Maybe you could create a stamp and print your own thank you cards or invitations. Or what about coming up with your own custom collage paper?