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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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