Make a Kid Stamp

16 Mar
My sweetheart’s goddaughter Avery turned 4 this weekend and we were lucky enough to score an invite to her birthday party at the zoo.  I’ve been trying to include some small homemade element in gifts I give to make them more personal, but I wasn’t sure what to make for Avery.  My usual go-to’s (liqueurs, bath salts, pouches) are either completely inappropriate for or totally boring to children, and I do realize from being a kid that often times those homemade gifts of sweaters or framed photos are things you look back on and treasure, but aren’t particularly exciting to you as a child.  We went to the toy store and got her normal 4 year old toys, but then I had an idea. Stamps!  Kids love stamps, I love stamps- it’s perfect.
I asked Avery’s mother to send Avery’s signature, which I planned to make into a stamp for Avery to use.  She went one step farther and added a self-portrait to the signature. It was so adorable I had to use it instead.
I printed the drawing, went over it with an inky marker, and pressed it onto the stamp.  I then filled it out a little and carved around the drawing. I’m so happy with it that I’m considering making another just for me.
Avery’s parents Mark and Amy report that she loved it and are considering letting Avery use to stamp to decorate her walls in the bedroom.  How great is that?  Can you imagine being four years old and having parents who allow you to stamp all over your walls?  I’m a little jealous of Avery because I’m pretty sure I couldn’t get Shawn to let me stamp all over our bedroom walls.  I hope they let her do it, and if they do, there will be more pictures to come.  Stay tuned!
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6 Responses to “Make a Kid Stamp”

  1. Katie Waller March 18, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

    I love this idea!!! Thanks so much for sharing it!

  2. Julie March 18, 2011 at 4:59 pm #

    Can’t wait for my son to a drawing I can recreate like this!

  3. Vicki K March 18, 2011 at 5:08 pm #

    This is genius! Such a nice way to preserve that stage of her life too. What are the tools you are using? I haven’t seen those particular ones before.

  4. mackeyda March 18, 2011 at 5:21 pm #

    They’re carving tools that I bought in a pack of three. You can find them at most art supply stores along with rubber blocks to carve into. You can also buy kits online: http://www.amazon.com/Speedball-Speedy-Carve-Basic-Stamp-making/dp/B000BYXF4S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1300468874&sr=8-1

    Here’s a great tutorial: http://www.atlasquest.com/tutorials/carving/carving.html

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