- Toy Vending Machine capsules
- hot glue gun
- tissue paper
- Acrylic paint
Time needed: 30 minutes for making and stamping, drying may take overnight.
Skill Level: Pretty easy
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Step 1: Come Up With a Design
For starters, come up with the design of the stamp you want. If it is for Christmas, you could make a snowflake, like mine. If it is for a Birthday, you could make a cake image. Draw what you want to make on a piece of paper as a guide. Then, lightly sketch onto the lid of the container your design.
Step 2: Glue Your Design On!
Next, take your hot glue gun and trace over your design in hot glue. Make sure to squeeze slowly in long, thick lines. Thin lines won't turn out as well. Set aside for a few moments to dry. Then snap the lid back onto the rest of the container.
Your stamp is done! You may stop here and just make more interchangable lids/stampheads, then store them away. Or, proceed to the next step to learn how the stamping works, specifically on tissue paper for gifts!
Step 3: The Stamping
First, squirt out some paint. I used Acrylic paint. Push your stamp into the paint lightly, just so it gets a small covering of paint on it. Press onto the tissue paper, or whatever you may be stamping on, and hold for a second before lifting up. Stamp a few more times before redipping in the paint. Continue scattering the snowflakes about, or whatever pattern you may be stamping. After you are done, set the tissue paper aside to dry.
Step 4: Wash and Store
After you are done stamping, and your freshly stamped tissue paper or other thing that was stamped is drying, you should wash your stamp(s). Just rinse with water in the sink. The paint will come off in seconds. Don't let it dry overnight because then you may not be able to get the paint off and the design may be ruined. So, right after you finish stamping, go to the sink and wash and dry your stamp. Take care of your homemade stamp.
You may choose to store your stampheads separate from your handle, in a nice little box. Don't store them where it is too hot (like next to an oven or something, which is pretty obvious, since the hot glue or plastic could melt and ruin the design). You can pretty much store them anywhere otherwise.
Step 5: Put Under the Tree!
After your tissue paper has dried, stick it in a bag, and slide the present under the tree. Watch as the person-you-gave-it-to's eyes light up as they see the beautiful tissue paper you made sticking out of their awesome present! You may even, after stamping the snowflake or image onto the tissue paper, decide to shake on some sparkles for extra awesomeness. Congrats on making your own stamp set and very own personalized tissue paper! You are done!