Last Christmas, my son got a Geocaching kit- and then last week, we learned about it’s cousin, Letterboxing. We decided that we would do BOTH as a family, so we needed to gather our supplies and tools. For Geocaching, you leave a little trinket in the box- but for Letterboxing, you need to have a personalized stamp to leave in the journal inside the Letterbox.
(SCREEEEETCH) That’s the sound of our preparations coming to a halt! I have only carved a stamp once, and at the time I worked at a facility that had tools and linocut materials on hand. So how could I carve a stamp at home, using what I’ve got? Well after a little research, I was convinced we could use a white eraser and an X-acto blade. But my real problem was artwork. What to put on our stamp, and how?
My kids decided that we needed a lion image- our trail name is “The Lion Rohrs”- but, my lovelies, I cannot draw a lion. Um, no. No. No way. But then it dawned on me- I have an amazing tool – the Cricut E2- and all I needed to do was cut an image from vinyl, transfer it to my stamp, and then carve. A-HA!
So… I found a cool lion graphic on the “French Manor” cart, and sized it to 2 inches. (And actually, I used the “card” function, because I liked the “half-face” look.) I cut it out of vinyl, and then applied it to my eraser.
Using a black Sharpie, I colored in the negative space. I removed the stencil, and carved away the black markings. TA-DA!! Instant stamp!
Now, I forgot that when you carve a stamp, you get a mirror image. So instead of my lion being on the right edge of the stamp, he’s on the right. Next time, I’ll flip the image using the controls on the machine. I also could have carved away the white portion of the stamp, making my lion’s face the “negative.” That would look cool, too!
Anyway, my point in sharing this idea with you is that if you love your Cricut images, you can make them into stamps, too. (I’ve also heard of folks cutting “Foamies” sheets & making stamps out of that. I’ll have to try that another time.)
So now we’ve got our stamp. We decided to use it to make zipper pulls for our Geocaching trinkets, too- so it’s a real two-fer, and we’ll leave our special brand with every box and cache we find.
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