Eraser Stamp Tutorial

A few weeks ago I published a post about Mother's Day that was filled with home made cards and notes that touched me deeply.  If you missed the post, click here to read it.  

I promised a few fun and easy tutorials in that post to inspire you {and perhaps your family} to use home made notes, cards and personal touches more often.

This eraser stamp tutorial just might do the trick!

eraser turned stamp

Simple eraser ...

Carve eraser into stamp

A custom made stamp by you!!

Eraser stamps design

Don't know where to start? Sketch out a few simple lines, designs and shapes.

eraser stamp test

You will need a lino carving tool.  I used an exacto knife after carving a few shapes and realize that I could get cleaner lines with the knife.

Eraser Stamps

Here's a sample of a few of my stamps that I tested and re-tested a few times.  I also carved shapes on the backs of the stamps for variety and well ... I just got carried away!

"What do i do with these beauties?" you ask?!  

Here are a few ideas, but the possibilities are endless!

stamp gift tags

eraser stamp love notes

eraser stamp thank you notes

Home Made Stamps/stationary

How about creating a set of stationary for yourself and the next time you need to write the kids a quick note, send a thank you card or just write down your shopping list, use one of your own designs!  Let the creative energy flow.

Are you inspired by this post?! Show me what you came up with! I'd love to see what you create.

The Best Mother's Day Ever with a Must-do DIY!

This past Sunday was the best Mother's Day ever!!

As I relaxed in bed for the better part of the morning, it gave me time to enjoy one of my biggest blessings - my family!!

My day wasn't lavish at all.  It wasn't extravagant.  It was simple.  I was surrounded by loving messages, thoughtful gestures and lots of family time.

Each gift that I received was handmade, carefully delivered and made me cry.  Here's a little peak at my bedside table Sunday morning...

mothersday

These meaningful gifts of homemade cards, printed certificates, and even a mini-book, made me think about how technology and electronic messages can never really replace a handwritten, hand-decorated, note, card, or simple message from a loved one.

I'm sure if my daughter sent me a text or email with the same words that filled pages in my Mother's Day book, I wouldn't have reacted the same way, with such depth of emotion and deep love.  Of course, I would have loved and appreciated it no doubt, but I truly believe that these handwritten notes will always hold more value and genuine expressions of love than any text, private message or email ever can.  

Try it!

Write someone special a note expressing your heartfelt feelings and see what reaction it spawns!

As a result of this very big ah-ha moment, I've come up with a few DIYs that will inspire you to bust out the crafting supplies and make a card for a special someone, to embellish a special gift or add a personal touch that shows the receiver just how much they mean to you!  Over the next few weeks, I'll share an easy DIY with you that will inspire all those things and more!

The Best Mother's Day Ever with a Must-do DIY!

Fabric Feathers

To start off, here is a really fun and easy way to use up scraps of fabric and have fun making decorative feathers to embellish or add a personal touch to just about anything you choose!

 Here is where I found the fabulous idea to make fabric feathers and where you can download the template.

This is what you'll need:

supplies]

  • Scraps of fabric (I recycled fabric from old jeans and pants here too!)
  • Craft or floral wire stems
  • Glue stick
  • Feather template
  • Scissors
  • Your personalized touch!
  • fabric and template

You want to begin by gluing the wire stem between two pieces of fabric.  While you are waiting for the glue to dry, cut out the feathers from your paper template.

cut out feather

When the fabric is dry, hold the paper template on the fabric and carefully cut-out the shape from your fabric.

gold leaf

I used gold leaf to embellish a few of the darker feathers, which can be a bit tricky, but is worth it!

stampsI used markers and stamps to embellish a few others...

gift

...and voila! A personalized touch on a special gift, or ...

embellish

embellish your simple flower pots, or...

enjoyliven up your pencil holder!

Whatever you chose to use them for, they are meant to show a little extra love, create simple beauty, and inspire special moments.

If you liked this post, please share it with a friend and spread the inspiration!

Nicki

xx