Stamping: Attempt Number 1

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As far as crafting goes, I have stayed away from stamping. It has always intimidated me. Not sure why, but it has. Then I got my Erin Condren planner in July and got sucked into the MANY MANY Facebook groups and Instagram accounts about decorating them. There was washi tape, stickers, and stamping goodies EVERYWHERE. I embraced the washi and stickers with open arms, but I just couldn’t do it with the stamps.

Christmas 2014

Flash forward to Christmas 2014. My brother asked me what I wanted for Christmas and I said fun stationary. Along with the EC planner addiction a stationary, note pad, and pen addiction had developed…I’m currently seeking help.

Well low and behold for Christmas Jimmy and Steph (his girlfriend) got me a bunch of stamping goodies!

WAHOOOO!! Merry Christmas to me from my brother and Steph!!! #AVeryMeeksVacation

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It was awesome! They said that they originally were going to make me some stationary with the goodies they bought and then give me the leftovers, but decided that would be silly so they just gave me everything! I was so excited (but scared) to try new things!

What Do I Do?

I was a total noob and had no clue how to use these new fangled clear stamps. It took some tweeting, Pinteresting, and Googling, but I figured it out. Attach this to that, dip it in ink and go! So, here you go!

And Away We Go

So Jimmy and Steph got me full sheets of paper to stamp on, but I thought I would save the good quality stuff for when I knew what I was doing. I was recently at Joann’s and they had a TON of goodies on clearance including washi, hole punches, and THESE! How perfect is this pack of plain white cards and envelopes…for $0.67! I grabbed two.   Stamping: Attempt Number 1 - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeainted - www.crunchycrafty.com I decided that I was going to try and make some thank you cards because I have been meaning to send some out (like to Zoo Atlanta for their help earlier this week). One of the sets of stamps was all coffee and tea themed and is perfect for these! Stamping: Attempt Number 1 - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeainted - www.crunchycrafty.comBefore peeling my stamp off of the clear backing I inspected it for a minute. Stamps are just cool. All of those little nooks and cranies…you know, like and English Muffin! 😉   Stamping: Attempt Number 1 - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeainted - www.crunchycrafty.comStamping 3Apparently the trick with these clear stamps is to use a clear acrylic block to do the stamping! I picked this one up on that same Joann’s shopping trip…also $0.67! (I may need clearance craft supply rehab) They did get me the Fiskars Easy Stamp Press, but I’m not going to lie…I am going to need a tutorial to use it properly! Stamping: Attempt Number 1 - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeainted - www.crunchycrafty.com Stamping: Attempt Number 1 - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeainted - www.crunchycrafty.comIt took me a few tries to figure out HOW MUCH ink to put on my stamps…and whether wiping the ink on or pressing the stamp down was better. In the end, I realized it is a matter of luck for me! HA!   Stamping: Attempt Number 1 - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeainted - www.crunchycrafty.com   Stamping: Attempt Number 1 - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeainted - www.crunchycrafty.com Using only words seemed so plain, so I chose a teabag stamp to spice it up. I think it came out nice!

Stamping: Attempt Number 1 - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeainted - www.crunchycrafty.comAn Addiction is Formed

I can feel it coming on. Seriously. From there I was a stamping maniac! Each notecard came out a little different…and I think better and better.   Stamping: Attempt Number 1 - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeainted - www.crunchycrafty.com Stamping: Attempt Number 1 - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeainted - www.crunchycrafty.com I did make sure to clean off my stamps between each use to keep them nice. Baby Wipes worked AMAZING, but then again Baby Wipes are magical and can clean anything.

A Dab of Color

I wanted to add a bit of color to my cards, and my silver and gold inks weren’t showing up the way I wanted so I pulled out my handy dandy Ultra Fine Point Sharpies. They come in SO MANY awesome colors and I love writing and drawing with them. Stamping: Attempt Number 1 - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeainted - www.crunchycrafty.comToday I used them to give my stamps a little bit of accent color and I think they came out great! Stamping: Attempt Number 1 - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeainted - www.crunchycrafty.com Stamping: Attempt Number 1 - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeainted - www.crunchycrafty.com Stamping: Attempt Number 1 - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeainted - www.crunchycrafty.com

There You Have It

And that, my friends, was my first adventure into stamping! I absolutely see some followup posts in my future! Do you stamp? Do you have any tips for me going forward? Stamping: Attempt Number 1 - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeainted - www.crunchycrafty.com

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15 Comments

  1. The Mad Mommy

    I haven’t seen stamping like that before! It is pretty cool!

    • mrsdmeeks

      It is awesome, but going to take a lot of practice to get good at it 🙂

  2. Becka @ Probably Crafting

    These are neat! I love the thin tip Sharpies and the colors you used. 🙂 Super Cute! I also vouch for the magical qualities of Baby Wipes and agree they are perfect for ANY cleaning situation! 🙂

    • mrsdmeeks

      I am pretty sure that with Sharpies and Baby Wipes I could rule the world 😉

      Thanks for stopping by!!

  3. mommyinsports

    what a GREAT idea – I would LOVE doing this! Maybe I’ll be organized next year and do my cards in October! Pinning!

    • mrsdmeeks

      Organized…what’s that? 😉 I just love trying all sort of new crafts! Now I need to get my thank you cards in the mail!

  4. Lauren

    Those are adorable! You did a great job. I’ve never tried stamping… I’m thinking I better not start or I’ll want to buy out the entire aisle at Hobby Lobby 😉

    • mrsdmeeks

      That is my problem!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE all sorts of crafting goodies 🙂 I can never have enough!

      Have an amazing weekend!

  5. Savanna Rose

    Super cute!! I feel like I need some stamps for my planner… Could be a new addiction.

    • mrsdmeeks

      I’ve yet to brave putting them in my planner, but I would LOVE to!! I’m just nervous of messing up! LOL

  6. herchelscruggs

    These came out great! I am intimidated by those stamps too lol. You made it look so easy but I don’t know that mine would turn out quite so good.

    • mrsdmeeks

      Thank you!! I think that this was the perfect “starter” project and anyone could do it…now I just need to get some more inks to try out!!

  7. Everlasting Serendipity

    I love this post! I just recently started stamping too!! I learned that when you use your stamps for the first time, it’s good to do the first stamp on scratch paper before actually stamping on the card and it actually comes out a lot better. Happy Stamping!

    • mrsdmeeks

      Oh my gosh that is AWESOME to know!! I still haven’t “played” with most of them, but I can absolutely see how that is helpful! Thanks so much for sharing!

      have a great weekend!

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