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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Hot Glue Gun Stamps Tutorial

Cathy Calamas, one of our Paper Traders Moderators,
recently posted this tutorial on her blog 
and is sharing it here today.


What do you do when you have piles
of rubber stamps but you don't 
have the one that you need?

Make one!

I needed a nest for a Paper Traders ATC swap
that I am participating in but I didn't have one.
I had plenty of birds but no nests.
I had seen this somewhere in the art blog world
but I had never done it before.

I cut out a square of thick cardboard,
heated up the glue gun and Voila
I had a nest.
(really , it is)

Here I used it on the ATC's:
I rotated the stamp and after re-inking, re-stamped it
several times to get the nest nice and thick.

Added some little cut out eggs.

I then wanted to try a bigger one here:

Tip: before the glue gets completely cool and hard,
press a plastic lid on top of it to get the surface
flat and less bumpy. 
It will take the stamp ink better.

I placed a paper circle in the center
so that I would have an empty place
to paint the eggs.

I have to work a bit on my eggs though.
Those darn things are hard to draw
without them looking pointy at both ends.
I then filled in the white areas with some
brown water color paint to flesh it out.

After posting this on my blog,
I decided to make a few more hot glue gun stamps
and this is what I came up with.

 This is the card that I created them,
embellishing it with some black ink outlines.

Leaf or feather? Could be used either way, I think.

I made an ATC background with it as a leaf.

Completed ATC.

The stamps you can make are as
endless as your imagination.
I hope you will try this out.

Leave us a link, in the comments below,
to your blog if you give this a try
as we would love to see your creative spin on this.

1 comment:

Krisha said...

Clever idea Cathy, and they all turned of great. LOVE the flowers.