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Create-Your-Own Stamps

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Supplies
  • Paper
  • Paint in a Tray / Ink Pad
  • Markers / Crayons
  • One of the Following Sets:
    • Paper Tubes & Scissors
    • Styrofoam & Pencil
    • Potato & Knife
Instructions:
  1. With the help of an adult, cut a design for your stamp in your chosen material.
  2. A Few Things to Remember:

    • Paper Tubes & Scissors: Easy to make but works better with paint than with ink pads.
    • Styrofoam & Pencil: Works best with large designs. Letters will come out backwards when stamped if they are etched forwards into the Styrofoam.
    • Potato & Knife: Trickiest to make but produces the best results.
  3. Press your stamp gently into a thin layer of paint or onto your ink pad.
  4. Press your stamp onto your paper to create a design. Reapply ink or paint as needed.
  5. Decorate your stamped designs with markers or crayons if you would like.

Did You Know?

Stamping is an ancient art form. It began as a method of communication and artistic expression as early as 5,000 BC in Mesopotamia!


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