I am of the opinion you can never have too many tote bags. I use them for hauling groceries, carrying books from the library or just as a purse. They are so versatile! Here's how I made this hand-stamped quote bag:
1. Supplies: blank tote bag, leather strips (mine were 1"x23"), scissors or a seam ripper, letter stamps, and fabric paint. 2. Remove the existing straps with a seam ripper or pair of scissors. Sew the cut leather strips onto the outside with a sewing machine. 3. Choose a favorite quote—mine is a quote from Marilyn Monroe. Write it out so you have a reference. Brush the paint onto the stamps and begin stamping your quote. I ended up using smaller stamps than I originally intended since my quote was pretty long. 4. Let the paint dry and you're all done!
Happy stamping! xo. Katie
I love making my own prints, especially with stamps! Lately, my home decor ideas have been taking over all my journals so I decided to make a special book just for home dreams. If you want to make house stamps just like mine, download this template- (HOUSE STAMP TEMPLATE)
1. Supplies Needed:Speedball Stamp Making Kit, pen, acrylic paint, small paintbrush, wood block, wood glue and a surface to stamp (I chose a plain white journal from Michael's). 2. Trace your wood block (this is what you will be mounting your stamps on) so that you make sure your stamps are smaller than the wooden surface they'll adhere to. 3-4. Draw a design on your carving block and carve it. Your kit will come with different sized carving blades. I always start with the small blade, carving the fine details. Next, use the larger blade to remove any excess area (like I did around the house) use scissors to cut closely around your design. This will help you get a cleaner impression. 5. Use wood glue to adhere your stamp(s) to your wood block. 6. Brush acrylic paint on your stamp. 7. Press your stamp onto your surface. Be sure to press all four edges to get the best possible image. 8. Allow the paint to dry completely before stamping the back cover.
I painted a quick label on the spine of my new journal. ♥
I love my new journal! This will be a great way for me to organize our ideas and inspirations in the coming season. After that, I think it will make a sweet keepsake to remember this year with.
Do you want a peek inside?
Here's a look inside my journal. Just wait a couple week and it will be packed full! My mind is exploding with ideas. Have fun stamping! xo. elsie
I've been inspired by the idea of using natural objects as stamps. One afternoon, Kinsey and I did a little experimenting in the studio with different fruits and veggies. Here are the results-
The technique could not be more simple, you chop fruits and veggies and then use them as stamps. We used acrylic paint and a brayer to roll paint on to our stamps. I've wanted to make an apple stamped pillow set (think Autumn decor) or possibly even a dress for a while and I was really pleased with how the prints looked using small granny smith apples.
We chopped the seed area out to define the shape more.
We tried making a flower stamp with an artichoke, but I wasn't blown away by the results (the imprint was very weak). Next, we tried the same concept with the leftover celery stock and it worked really well.
I liked the simple, geometric repeat pattern that this piece of celery created.
Potatoes can be used to create almost any simple shape. I like these natural patterns.
After experimenting with different produce and colors I wanted to make a wearable project. I chose the celery because I liked the small and simple design. I used gold Martha Stewart all surface craft paint with fabric medium mixed in. Here's the final product...
That was fun! Have you tried any other natural stamping methods that you loved? I would like to try a version with dye instead of paint next time. xo, elsie
We created this simple, tribal-inspired table runner for Emma's home. With a technique similar to our Heart Blanket DIY, see what different pieces you can create by choosing different colors and shapes! Enjoy...
1.Supplies: Table runner, paint, paintbrush, cardboard, cork, scissors and glue. 2. Begin by cutting out a shape with the cardboard. To create a design similar to ours, one side of your stamp should be a straight line (to be placed against the edge of the table runner). This will be your stamp! 3. Next glue the cardboard onto a cork, creating a handle to make the stamping easy. Allow it to dry completely. 4. Begin stamping all along the edge of the runner, filling in any splotchy parts with a paintbrush. Allow to dry completely before displaying your new table runner (check your paint bottle for dry times).This project is super easy and can be completed in an afternoon! We'll be back soon with a few snap shoots from Hawaii.... XO. Elsie