DIY + Book Giveaway: Monogram Card from Put Your Stamp On It


The folks at Chronicle Books have sent over a lovely DIY - perfect for a last minute Mother's Day Card Idea an excerpt Meagan Lewis' book, Put Your Stamp On It!  As Lewis explains in the little video clip (below), people may not realize how easy it is to make your own stamp.  So with that said, she's offering us her instructions to hand-carve an adorable monogram stamp and then alos how to emboss it while you're at it!  And then afterwards, enter (by leaving a comment here) to win a copy of the book!  Good luck!

Embossed Monogram Stationery Set

Personalized stationery makes a thoughtful and useful gift. Use a monogram from the template provided or create your own. This project requires embossing—a fun and relatively easy way to give cards or envelopes an elegant and polished look. Similar in effect to thermographic printing and engraving, embossing is accessible and inexpensive, and requires relatively few materials. The embossing powder is heated and transforms the stamped design into a raised and shiny print.

Materials
• Basic carving materials (artist carving rubber, linoleum cutting tool, scissors, craft knife, cutting mat, metal ruler, graphite pencil (6B), bone folder, paper)
• Double-stick tape
• Clear embossing (a.k.a. “watermark”) ink pad or pigment ink pad
• Cards and envelopes, a solid color other than white
• Scrap paper
• Embossing powder, white
• Fine-point tweezers
• Embossing heat gun
• Monogram Template - click here to download

Step 1
Choose the size and number of letters for your monogram. For a monogram 11⁄3 in/35 mm tall, set your copier to enlarge the template by approximately 150 percent. For a two- or three-letter monogram, make an enlarged copy of the template and cut out the letters. With double-stick tape, mount the cut-out letters onto a new piece of paper. Make sure the letters are straight and spaced evenly apart. Create a new copy so that you have a single sheet from which to trace and transfer the design to the rubber.

Step 2
Apply ink to your stamp with the clear embossing ink pad and print onto the card. Because timing is critical when embossing, stamp only one card at a time, and complete the following steps before repeating the process.

Step 3
Place a piece of scrap paper underneath the stamped card, then pour the embossing powder onto the wet print. Cover the print completely and generously. You can shake it ever so lightly to ensure the powder sticks to the print.

Step 4
Gently tap the card over the scrap paper to get the excess powder off. You will see that the powder has stuck to your printed monogram. Any remaining powder can be carefully wiped away with your finger (or, for pieces stuck in isolated areas, removed with fine-point tweezers). Any powder on the card will melt and stick to your card, so you want to make sure you get all the unwanted powder off! Excess powder can be poured back into the jar of embossing powder.

Step 5
Hold the embossing heat gun at an angle to the card, away from you and the hand that is holding the card in place. Turn the heat gun on and move the nozzle around to distribute the heat around the print. You want to have the heat gun about a finger’s length from the print. The powder will take 20 to 30 seconds to melt and seal. Once you see one area of powder melt, move the heat gun to any other areas that have not yet melted. Turn off the heat gun and leave to cool once the entire print has melted. Your print is now permanently sealed to the card. Set the card aside and allow it to dry. Repeat steps 2 through 5 for each card.

Extra hints: embossing colors
In this project we used a white embossing powder. It turns opaque when embossed so the color of ink underneath will not show through. If you would like the ink color to show, you can purchase clear embossing powder and print with a colored pigment ink pad. When embossed, the clear powder will melt and the color of the ink will show through and appear shiny and raised.




Please enter to win a copy of Put Your Stamp On It, by Meagan Lewis by commenting below.  We will announce a winner Tuesday, May 14th!  Deadline to enter - 6pm Monday, May 13/13. Good Luck!

Put Your Stamp On It
20 Adorable Projects Plus Instructions for Hand-Carving Beautiful Stamps
By Meagan Lewis
ISBN 9781452115719

Update:  We have a winner! Congrats to Julia Marchionna! Please contact us for details!  Jan

Jan Halvarson

58 comments:

Lucy Smith said...

Great giveaway, I hope I win!

Jessica Thiessen said...

I've always wanted to try my hand at this!

Megan Lane said...

Would love to learn how to carve stamps.

Dani Weishoff said...

such an awesome giveaway...i would love to learn how to do all of this!

CJG said...

I would love to win a copy of this book! I've tried stamp carving in the past, but I can never get them to look good. This book could be the answer!

Heather said...

Looks like a great book! I've used rubber stamps in the past but have never hand carved them.

Anonymous said...

Such a great idea and the book looks like just the thing I am looking for to inspire my creativity!

shayna.oppenheim said...

Such a great idea and the book looks like just the thing I am looking for to inspire my creativity!

Paeonia Drop said...

always thought of buying but never making my own stamps. Sounds like something wonderful to try

beautyinsimplicity said...

This book looks packed with great projects. Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway.

Alex P. said...

Oh how fun! Count me in! Thanks!

Lauren said...

So fun! I love this idea!

Rachel Rusticus said...

Great tutorial! I love the white ink against the bright colors.

violet said...

So pretty! <3

Ik voelspriet said...

Pick me! Please!

chelsea said...

Oh this would be such a great resource for me! Fingers crossed!

Pretty Nice said...

Love it!

Eligonma said...

I'd love to win!

Allie said...

love the idea!!! plus it's so pretty :)

ellunnnnn said...

very very nice!

Jane said...

Ooh, Jan! Thanks so much for the chance. I've wanted to learn how to carve stamps for ages. Fingers crossed! J x

Suite Henry said...

I love stamps and this project is a pretty nice modern take on the medium

Nancy Carr said...

This DIY book would be a great learning tool for me. Hope to win. Blessings nancythedove@aol.com

Dale said...

This is right up my alley!

squirrelbread said...

Beautiful craftsmanship!

mie said...

I love stamps self-made .. Hiep hiep hoi! greetings, Mieke

Erin said...

Sounds like a lot of fun! I've got my fingers crossed!

Yolande LaBrasseur said...

oh my goodness, I would so love to win this inspiring book!

Lena Okuneva said...

Oh! This is an amazing giveaway! Thank you so much!

Micky Griffin said...

Fantastic! Would love to give this a go

theashtonalternative said...

This book is on my Amazon wish list - I'd love to win it!!
Great tutorial too.

Meg and Midge said...

This book looks great with amazing projects! Fingers crossed for the giveaway!

miplused design said...

great giveaway, I would love to get this book!

Nikki Ooi said...

Oh gosh this is exactly what I need! I want to get into stamping! Thanks for the giveaway

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Becca Keim said...

cute! Hope I win ^_^

Lindsay Hunt said...

Love it! :)

Christine08 said...

Looks like a lot of fun!

Julia Marchionna said...

This is awesome! Would love to use this to craft!

Rachel said...

Fun giveaway! Looks like a crafter's must-have book!

Wanda Torres said...

Great book! I hope I win!

Jessica Walker said...

What an awesome giveaway!

Esther said...

Oh, I really like the cover and I'm sure that the rest of the book is even better. Maybe I`ll be the lucky winner?

Greetings

Laura said...

My mom and I used to stamp together when I was in early elementary school. I think it's a hobby she would love to pick back up. What a great way to help her jump start it! I didn't even know there were stamping books out there.

SarahC said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Looks like a fun book!

Amanda said...

so unique and cute! I'd love to win this!

Suzanne said...

Thanks for the giveaway!!

Cherish said...

I would love to win!

Jen said...

So cool! It would be a great way to create graduation party invites...

Mandy Cowley said...

Lovely! I'd love to win

Jan Halvarson said...

Anon commenters - don't forget to leave a contact!

AMY said...

Great giveaway! Here's hoping!! :)
(amywrightdesign@gmail.com)

MaLo said...

It looks absolutely adorable - would love to get the book and try myself!

Jessica said...

Would love to try this out!

Rosa @ Flutter Flutter said...

Great giveaway Jan! Fingers crossed!

Nymph711 said...

Wow! What a lovely giveaway! I'm a huge penpaller so this would be a lovely bit of knowledge to have! :)

Anonymous said...

I love stamping!! This looks great :)

Alibé Made said...

I would love to learn embossing and carving stamps, awesome giveaway! Thanks!

Becca Gilgan said...

Oh no! I don't think my comment ever went through.. I was having some trouble with posting, but I thought it was just awaiting moderation! Shucks!!

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