Stamped Star Shoes

Independence Day is almost here, and why not celebrate Will Smith saving the planet (I kid) in full on patriotic style! I can't think of much more patriotic than red shoes with white stars and star laces unless you are wearing them to a BBQ that ends in fireworks.

This is a simple DIY that is basically white paint and a star stamp.  

You'll need
Canvas Shoes (these are from Target)
Star Rubber Stamp
Piece of Felt
Paint Brush
White Acrylic Paint

Since you are using acrylic paint you need to make your own "ink pad" using a piece of felt. Brush your paint onto the felt and make sure to put enough that it goes into the felt. You want the painted area to be about the size of your stamp.

Stamp the star into your new ink pad, getting an even coating of white on the stamp. While holding the inside of the shoe for support firmly and evenly press the stamp onto the surface of the shoe. 

Be sure to re-ink your stamp before every impression to ensure the stars are all the same even color. 

Continue this process of holding the inside of the shoe for support while you stamp filling your shoes with stars! 

Let them dry and have a fun and safe Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Stamping!


Hand Stamped Handkerchiefs

Father’s Day is coming up June 18th! And I originally did this post two years ago, but it has been so popular I wanted to reshare it. These handkerchiefs I made are still being carried around. I hung onto one of them, and it still looks great after lots of washes and living in my purse.  

This DIY is sure to put a smile on Dad's face. It is a special (and practical) gift that he can carry with him. These hand stamped handkerchiefs are simple enough for even the little ones to get involved.

You'll need:
Cotton Handkerchiefs
Ink for Fabric (I use VersaCraft)
An Iron

Now for the fun part! I stamped the imaged in a random pattern for some (wax seal and glasses) and in a half-brick for the others (see the crawfish and streetcar). You can use lots of colors with one stamp or several different stamps on one handkerchief. It's about having fun while making something Dad will enjoy. 

Once you have finished stamping the ink will need to be heat set. VersaCraft recommends that the “cotton” or “high” temperature setting be used for at least 15 seconds. I would also throw them in the dryer for a few minutes (just to be sure). 

Now you have a memorable and personal gift. Fold them into neat little squares, add a bit of butcher's twine and you are ready for Father's Day. 

You can do it, Go Team!

Stamped Spring Flower Pot

Last year I stamped this pot and I loved it so much I wanted to reshare it with you today! This pot is a great present for mother's day or for your spring container garden.

You'll need:
Butterfly Rubber Stamp
VersaCraft Ink Pads
Flower Pot
Flowers (these are Verbena)

The technique to stamp on a curved surface like a flower pot is to gently and slowly roll the stamp on the surface so all the edges stamp onto the pot.

Start with one color and stamp all over the pot leaving room for the second color of butterflies. 

Now stamp with the second color! The best ink colors to use on terra cotta are ones that have a white base. Here I used white and baby pink. Other good colors to use are baby blue and pale lilac. The white in the ink stands out on the dark terra cotta.

Allow the ink to completely dry and then plant your flowers!

Happy (early) Mother's Day to my mom and yours!