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Posted 4/5/2014 by looser in General Stamping

The Craft Curmudgeon

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Posted: 4/5/2014 12:32:56 PM
The theme of this month's Tag Swap is 'April Showers'. I wanted to do raindrops on my tag, so I went back to a stampmaking technique I came up in the mid-90s.

I used a handgrip punch on craftfoam & glued the shape to the wood end of an unsharpened pencil.

I received nice comments on my 'raindrops' & thot I'd share some tips & suggestions for those who might like to make their own 'pencil' stamps.

To make them (my way) you'll need the following items:
unsharpened pencils (with or without erasers)
craftfoam (I prefer foam that is at least an eighth inch thick).
Handgrip punches (Fiskars & McGill are my faves)
glue--lots of different ones will work.

1. Punch 1 or 2 of the shape. I punch 2 if the foam seems thin & glue them together to make my die.
2. Glue the foam punchout to the wooden end of the pencil. I find gluing to the wood easier than gluing to the eraser.
3. Ink & stamp in the usual way.

That's all there is to it.

Qusstions & comments are always welcome, of course!

Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 4/6/2014 9:37:58 AM
Great idea Daniel! I don't recall seeing any punches or dies small enough to try your method but I will keep my eyes open. Thanks for sharing!


Olympian Pea

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Posted: 4/6/2014 9:50:29 AM
Jan, how about trying pencils made for small children? They are much thicker so they can hold on to them.


The Craft Curmudgeon

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Posted: 4/6/2014 10:22:52 AM
Jan. All my shapes from handgrip punches (some folks call them 'ticket taker' punches) work on regular pencils. If a tiny bit of the foam extends beyond the pencil 'mount', it still stamps just fine. I have lots of shapes among my handgrips--stars, hearts, squares. triangles, ovals, teardrops, pine trees, etc.

Daria. The larger diameter pencils would be great. Thanks!

Daniel R. Boone


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Posted: 4/6/2014 11:41:21 AM
Thanks Daniel! I have some tiny punches that I got at a yard sale last year that would be perfect for this. I'm gonna have to try.
And good idea Daria about the larger pencils. That would be great to use for larger punches to make stamps.

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The Craft Curmudgeon

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Posted: 4/6/2014 12:26:32 PM
Good, Pug! I just finished up doing a project for my Face It challenge. I wanted to visually 'base' an element so I made 2 pencil stamps from my square punch. I used 2 different colored ink & did a checkerboard stamped pattern. By making 2 stamps I didn't have to clean the stamp between stampings.

Daniel R. Boone
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