I love working in cardboard. For so many reasons. It’s free since I can dig it out of the recycling. I can almost always find more right when I need it. It’s sturdy. It takes paint like a pro. It’s a bit of a pain to cut but it’s so versatile that I overlook that part. So when I saw these stamps, I knew I had to try them.
I started by cutting out some shapes on the cardboard (after removing any tape). I did draw a heart on paper first so I could get it “perfect” before I put it on the cardboard.
Then removed the printed side. (I missed taking that picture.) For the handles, I cut out strips of cardboard (see the stripped pieces in the back).
Glue and tape (I liked using the tape so I didn’t have to wait).
Glue to the back of the stamps.
I did some experimenting. First, I made two heart stamps and one of them I left a lot of the backing on with hope it would give a distressed look. It does a little but not as much as I thought. Then I used my homemade stamp pads.
The result was interesting (the messy heart is the one I left extra paper on) but not great.
So I tried again with paint.
The end result was more dynamic but also more work between clean-up and everything. Either way, I had lots of fun and would definitely do this more. I did feel that all the shapes I cut out were unnecessary. The effect doesn’t really change a lot from stamp to stamp – it’s a series of lines. But I didn’t have a project in mind so that makes a difference. Maybe once I come up with something to make using these stamps I will feel different.