I am co-hosting a bestie's baby shower, and was put in charge of the invites. After the design was chosen and ordered, I eagerly waited for the shipment to arrive at my doorstep. I knew the envelopes would be white, and wanted to incorporate the design into them. As you can see below, the theme is so super adorable ...
The "Ahoy, It's a Boy" theme is so darling. And how cute is the whale?! I knew he had to be what I incorporated, so that the cuteness happens as soon as the envelope is held in the invitee's hands. I came up with the idea of a stamp, and so my adventure began.
I of course visited Michaels in hopes of finding a whale stamp to match the invites. Not only did I not find a whale that resembles my friendly guy above, but I didn't find any sort of whale. I decided I would recreate the cutie pie, and here is the process:
What you'll need:
Carving Kit (Includes rubber block, wooden handle, and two carving tips)
Ink Pad – in your color of choice
I began with cutting the rubber block in half. It was much bigger than I needed, and now I can make a whole second stamp later on. I then drew my guy onto the rubber with pencil. He is a very simple design, so this process was very easy.
With a Sex in the City marathon playing in the background, I sat down and therapeutically carved away at the rubber. Starting with the fine carving tip, I carved out my drawn design:
In my opinion, this was the most difficult step. One wrong push of the tip, and I could have easily lost my guy's tail. After the initial carving was complete, I switched to the square carving tip which covers much more area and speeds up the process. Even on rubber I just think he is so stinkin cute!
Once your carving is complete, you can begin to stamp! I highly recommend practicing lots before stamping anything that is intended to be used. As you can see below, I ended up cutting around my design with scissors. The stamp began square and then continued to get smaller and smaller after each practice stamp. I was getting small pieces of surrounding rubber showing up in the stamp - so to play it safe I just cut it all away.
You may notice some blue fingertips in my photos. This is because I tried to skip a step and not add a back to my stamp. That doesn't leave much to work with when it comes to areas to grab and hold. I recommend purchasing a stamp block that would be similiar to these. They ensure accuracy and ... cleaner hands.
And finally, the finished product:
Making this stamp was such a fun way to get creative, but I also think it adds a personal touch to the invites. I hope it brings a smile to Mama's face the day that she finds it in her mailbox.