DIY Stamps From Children’s Drawings
Calling all crafting moms!! you just have to check out this nifty method of converting your children’s drawings into really cool DIY stamps.
Creating DIY Stamps was a cinch using Silhouette Portrait and their Stamping Starter Kit – I created this stamp of one of Molly’s drawings in about 15 minutes, a first quick bit of experimenting with my new craft room toy! Cool eh!
The steps were pretty straight forward – I first scanned Molly’s drawing, converted it to flat black and simplified it down in Illustrator, ie filling in the finer detail. I then saved the illustration for import into the Silhouette software.
When imported I clicked around until I found where to select the material, size etc. It was pretty intuitive and I loved how it advised what height to set the cutting blade to depending on the thickness of the material being cut, no crazy guru craft or technical skills required :)
I then loaded the cutting mat with the stamp material into the Silhouette and clicked ‘start’ and off it took – I was transfixed watching the busy little blade do it’s little dance across the stamp material and see the design take shape.
After the Silhouette was finished cutting I unloaded the mat and very gently peeled the stamp material away onto the clear acrylic stamp block.
And voila!! the stamp was ready, just like that!!
Molly is delighted to see her drawings come to life in a new way and has been busy since stamping her journal and notes to friends – and designing new stamps!
More fun and simple Silhouette projects are on the way so stay tuned :)
What did I learn along the way: well first the drawing I picked to convert was too complicated – any little isolated pieces like nostrils and mouths prove problematic and eventually get lost on the floor. Keep your stamp designs simple where all the elements are joined together.
The stamp material could do with being a little thicker so you can really press it down on the stamp pad to get a good rich colour without too much ink getting on the backing block – although I love that you can just peel the stamp off the block when your finished with it rinse and dry it and the block and re-use again and again at will.
Also it’s important when stamping that you press ‘straight’ down on the flat surface of whatever you’re stamping to avoid the material shifting.
This post was kindly sponsored by Silhouette, all opinions about their service, the choice to support them, and the project itself are my own.