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Spiffyhink
« on: April 16, 2009 05:54:31 AM »

Made out of craft foam, then hot glued onto flat-bottomed marbles. The craft foam isn't nearly as detailed as a rubber eraser or carving block, but it makes stamps much, much quicker--it took me about 45 min. to do all these (I'm usually a very slow crafter). Since they're put together quickly, they make good gifts, and I'm thinking about giving most of these away to friends and family.

Does anybody know where I might find lots of small, cheap, inkpads? If it's too expensive I'll just skip them.



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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2009 06:36:05 AM »

I like the rapid way you can turn oiut the stamps. They look spontaneous, which is fantastic.

The spiral one is my favourite.
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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2009 06:37:31 AM »

OMG!!!!!!!  if I was in a Harry Potter swap, I would so steal this idea!  I say that because I have tons of gold and red marbles.  Gryffindor colors.  I my just have to bookmark this.

absolutely loving this idea!
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« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2009 07:57:06 AM »

This is completely brilliant, and just simple enough for me to actually do! I LOVE looking at everyone else's carved stamps, so now i'll just have to make my own.

Seriously, seriously amazing.
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« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2009 08:44:50 AM »

these are fun, i may steal your idea (could i?)

and so i think if you don't find cheap stamp pads, you could send dollar-store water-based marker sets with them.  they could color the stamp with the marker and quickly stamp it (or stamp on damp paper).
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« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2009 09:33:13 AM »

AC Moore usually has $1 ink pads.  I don't know how good they are; I get them for my daughter and they seem to run out quickly to me, but she uses them A LOT.  It's a start at least....
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« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2009 11:51:45 AM »

Thanks for all the compliments, craftsers! I totally don't mind if you steal the idea for anything--just a fair warning: they get to be quite addictive. Once you start a few, the ideas for more of them keep coming and they DON'T STOP. THE IDEAS DON'T STOP COMING! Sure is fun, though.

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and so i think if you don't find cheap stamp pads, you could send dollar-store water-based marker sets with them.  they could color the stamp with the marker and quickly stamp it (or stamp on damp paper).

I didn't think about using markers, since I usually don't use them that way myself, but that is a good idea. I'll see if I can't find some!

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AC Moore usually has $1 ink pads.  I don't know how good they are; I get them for my daughter and they seem to run out quickly to me, but she uses them A LOT.  It's a start at least....

I think Hobby Lobby has some for a dollar too, but I didn't know how they worked. I'm keeping this one in the back of my head until I've looked at all my other options. Thanks!
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« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2009 01:06:08 PM »

A.C. Moore.  great.  my closest one is an hour and a half away.  maybe I'll look around at Jo-Ann when I go just to see what they have.  hey, I may not be in an HP swap, but maybe I could use this for my other swaps (since I also have some blue and clear marbles).  oh I'm so glad I have time left for them all.  I need all the ideas I can get!
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« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2009 11:08:17 AM »

I have to try this! I tried my hand at carving stamps from wine corks, and I suck at it. This should be easier. You just cut the shapes out and glue them on, right? I bought a couple of the $1 AC Moore stamp pads, but I haven't used them enough to know how long they last.
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« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2009 11:22:45 AM »

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You just cut the shapes out and glue them on, right?

Yup, I just used regular scissors. On some of the smaller bits I used an exacto knife, but that's just because I'm anal. In fact, since you're gluing them down, you probably don't even have to worry about islands or anything. Just cut through the middle of the shape and then put it back together when you glue it onto the marble. Good luck making yours!
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« Reply #10 on: April 19, 2009 02:03:07 PM »

plus you can get the sticky-already foam.
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« Reply #11 on: April 19, 2009 02:59:30 PM »

I made the whole alphabet! My foam wasn't as thick as I thought it was, but it works. I could barely wait for the glue to dry to try them out. The Xacto knife was definitely the way to go. I used Aleene's glue...I wasn't sure how well it works on glass but I guess I'll find out. Thanks for the inspiration!
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« Reply #12 on: April 19, 2009 11:29:02 PM »

This is a great way to get an alphabet...especially if you want to experiment with different fonts while you're at it.
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« Reply #13 on: April 26, 2009 09:14:55 PM »

brilliant! I'm going to borrow this idea, mmk?  Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: April 26, 2009 09:55:49 PM »

Go ahead, Belladune. Be sure to post the results when you're done!
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« Reply #16 on: September 25, 2010 07:17:04 PM »

This is a really cute idea Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: December 12, 2010 10:10:06 PM »

What a great idea! I have loads leftover from jewelry projects and loads of craft foam leftover from a costume... and it's easy? Awesome!

I use cheap stamp pads and super-cheap ink refill bottles, the Office Max or Office Depot ones for self-inking stamps... works just as well for me as the expensive pad I bought did.
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« Reply #18 on: December 25, 2010 01:23:58 AM »

I bought 6 different colors of 1 inch pads at Michael's in their dollar deal section. Each was a dollar, clearly.
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« Reply #19 on: April 22, 2011 07:50:52 PM »

I never thought of using marbles; great idea!
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« Reply #20 on: April 23, 2011 07:18:27 PM »

Cool! I've found fairly cheap ink pads at several different craft stores (JoAnn's and Michaels among them). Even Wal-mart or some place like that might have something. They're not going to be the high quality stuff, but your gift recipients can always upgrade later if that's important to them!
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« Reply #21 on: November 16, 2011 09:02:40 PM »

Very cool! I am going to try this asap Cheesy
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