I like the idea of sending thank you cards. It wasn’t something that I grew up with doing as a young person, but my wife did. It is now second nature. I think it is pretty wonderful to get a hand written note from someone and so I try to send them as often as I can. It’s easy now days to pick up a pack from the dollar store, but imagine how much more special the receiver feels when they know you personally made the card and took the time to send it. In this post, I’m going to show you a very simple way to make your own personalized stationery for basically no cost.
I like 5″ x 7″ cards. I sometimes print an image at Walgreens, glue it to the card and then find a quote that enhances it. I’ve been wanting to try something different, so I decided to make my own stamp.
I began with a block of scrap lumber, approximately 4″ x 6″ in size. I screwed a smaller block to the wood to give it a handle.
Next, I took a handful of rubberbands and created an interesting pattern. The handle actually helps create different designs on the underside.
As usual, patterns and designs pop up that I didn’t see before test printing. The star was a surprise!
I tried a few test prints and was very happy with the design. I tweaked a couple of the rubber bands to enhance a few lines.
I used tempera paint that I had on hand and a foam brush to dab it on the underside of the stamp. I found that I could actually make several ‘prints’ from one coating of paint. In fact, neat effects evolved with the decreasing amount of paint. I also experimented with turning the stamp different directions to see what would emerge.
I received a package earlier in the day and didn’t want to simply recycle the packing material.
After unrolling, I decided to make my own wrapping paper with the packing material. This was a lot of fun to try all sorts of different techniques.
This was a simple project and I think I would love to try it with students. We have tons of ‘scrap’ material left over from all sorts of projects. Add some rubber bands and you’ve made an instant stamp! It would be fun to see how students experiment lines and patterns as well. This would be a neat holiday gift for students to make!
I know I would appreciate getting a card like this. How about you? Do you have any suggestions for how to make this activity even more fun?