Monday, May 5, 2008

Impressive Crafts - These Pressing Methods create tons of fun and wonderful crafts

Wonderful crafts can be made using many different ways of pressing, rubbing, tracing images etc.

Make your own stamps

Potato Printer Stamp

Amaze your kids by turning a pantry staple into a great potato printer stamp! They can use the stamp to transform ordinary paper into decorative gift wrap, book covers, or stationery.

The Potato Printer Stamp is easy and fun!
Potato Printer Stamp

What You'll Need:

Ballpoint pen
Poster paints
Clean foam food tray (from fruits or vegetables only)
Drawing or brown mailing paper
How to Make a Pattern Printer Stamp:

Step 1: Cover your work surface with newspaper. Clean a potato, and help kids cut it in half.

Step 2: Draw a shape on the cut surface with a pen. Assist kids by cutting away the edges so that the shape stands out.

Step 3: Place some poster paint on a clean foam food tray. Dip the potato shape in the paint, and then press it on a piece of paper.

Step 4: Continue stamping the paper until you've created a pattern you like. Let the paint dry.

Craft Foam Stampers

These craft foam stampers are ideal for making holiday greeting cards or invitations to your kids' birthday parties.

What You'll Need:

Craft foam (available at craft stores)
Blunt scissors
Fabric glue
Blocks of wood
Poster paints or stamp pads

How to Make Craft Foam Stampers:

Step 1: Cut out shapes from craft foam. Glue each shape on a block of wood.

Step 2: Use poster paints or stamp pads to ink your stampers. Wash your stamps after each use.

You can make 1 large stamp to decorate the front of a birthday card or small stamps to create repeating shapes on wrapping paper or gift bags.

Combine 2 or 3 small shapes on a single block of wood to make interesting repeating patterns. Try hearts, circles, squares, or stars.

You can also make letter or word stamps. Cut out letters or words that you want to print, and glue them to a block in a mirror image.

Custom Stencil Pillowcase
Custom Stencil Pillowcase

Turn a plain pillowcase into a special custom stencil pillowcase for your child's room. Design and paint your own floral border!

Dress up any bed with the Custom Stencil Pillowcase.

What You'll Need:

Plastic coffee can lids
Plain pillowcase
Plastic garbage bag
Binder clips
Acrylic paints
Paper plates
Stencil brush

How to Make a Custom Stencil Pillowcase:

Step 1: Draw a flower shape on one plastic coffee can lid. Draw leaf shapes on another coffee can lid. Help kids cut the shapes out to create a flower stencil and a leaf stencil.

Step 2: Put the plain pillowcase flat on your work surface, and place a plastic garbage bag inside the pillowcase. Place the flower stencil on the edge of the pillowcase, and secure it with a binder clip.

Step 3: Pour some acrylic paint on a paper plate. Dip a stencil brush in the paint, and dab off the excess paint on a piece of paper. Dab the brush inside the stencil shape until it is filled in.

Step 4: Continue stenciling the flower design along the edge of the pillowcase to make a border.

Step 5: Once the paint has dried, repeat the stenciling process using the leaf stencil and a different color paint. Let the paint dry.

If you want, stencil the same border on the bed's dust ruffle or curtains to match your child's bedroom.

Cookie Cutter Stamps
This is a great way to make stamped bags, stationery and greeting cards.

You will need:

Acrylic Paint:
Assorted Cookie Cutters
1" Styrofoam sheet
Black permanent pen
Assorted paper bags, cards, and envelopes
A new pencil with a new eraser
Decorative Scissors


Press cookie cutters into Styrofoam to cut out shape. If some Styrofoam bits remain around the design, remove them with a plastic knife rubbed with an old candle.
Dip Styrofoam shape into a fresh puddle of paint that has been poured onto a paper plate and stamp onto surface. Once stamping of design is completed, let all paint dry. Use your imagination and have fun creating cool designs.
Here are some shapes you can use:
The following colors were used with the following shapes:
Moon, Stars,Flowers, Leaves, Butterflies, Apples etc.

You could also dip a pencil eraser into a vibrant and contrasting paint and then use it to stamp dots on flowers. Add smaller dots using a paintbrush handle or a toothpick.
With this method you could add details to your colourful butterflies or ladybugs. After all dots have dried, add outlines and curly vines with the black pen.

(Optional) Tie with colored ribbons and fill with assorted tissue papers to make festive designs. Use paper edgers and corner edgers on cards to create pretty designs.

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