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Project

Valentine Rolling Stamp

Introduction

This Valentine's Day, you can personalize an envelope, enhance a blank greeting card, or even design your own stationery with a customized rolling stamp. As stylist Helen Quinn demonstrates, with some self-adhesive foam, colored ink, kraft paper, and a little creativity, the process is easy and sure to yield memorable holiday greetings.

Tools and Materials
1 1/4-inch wooden dowel
2 two-inch screws
Self-adhesive foam
Inkpad
Low-tack tape
Kraft paper, cards, and/or envelopes
Rubber or latex gloves

Valentine Rolling Stamp How-To
1. Cut the dowel to a length of 1 to 3 inches, stand it on one end, and drill a hole slightly smaller than the diameter of the screws into the center. Repeat for the other side. Insert the two screws, leaving 1 inch protruding from the handle on each end.

2. Cut out a design, such as a heart, from the self-adhesive foam. You may find it easier to draw it first on the back of the foam. If you want to make letters, draw them on the back, and place them in reverse order on the roller. Remember to cover as much of the roller as you can; don't leave large gaps.

3. Lay the kraft paper, card, or envelope down on a smooth surface, and tape it down using the low-tack tape. Roll the foam-covered roller on an inkpad until it's thoroughly coated. Wear gloves to prevent the ink from staining your fingers. Roll the inked roller across the paper, card, or envelope from one edge to the other. Re-ink, re-roll, and then allow it to dry. The roller can be washed with soap and water; allow it to dry before printing again or using a different color.

Resources
We used a design-a-stamp 1/16-inch soft rubber adhesive back from Dick Blick Art Materials. The fadeless duet art and craft paper was from Bemiss-Jason. Cards and envelopes were from Kate's Paperie.

Source
Martha Stewart Living Television

Reviews (18)

  • lleschper 14 Feb, 2009

    I bought the adhesive foam at Michael's in the kids' craft section. They sell it in packages (for like $8) or by the sheet (for $0.99 each, although when I went one color was on sale for $0.49 each). Also, I don't have anything to cut the dowel into pieces (I'm in college), so I just bought a little 3x5 wood plaque for $0.59 instead of making a rolling stamp. A wine cork would probably work too.

  • InquisitiveMom 9 Feb, 2009

    Martha looks so prettty, she looks twenty years younger!

  • stampingintherain 9 Feb, 2009

    Although this is a cute Idea, I think it would be too much of a bother to reink and get some consistency. I'll just use my rolling stamp with the reinker attached to it.

  • 1Toffy 8 Feb, 2009

    I think this would be great for a table runner in fabric. Many different ways to use this idea. Placemats, tablecloth,napkins, very cute idea.

  • mizwiz 8 Feb, 2009

    Just as easy, a rolling pin from 2nd hand store? Also foam stickers from craft store. Good project for kids.

  • beachcrafter 8 Feb, 2009

    It could be from a very early edition of the magazine - most of these ideas are old ones the pull up from archives so while she might not have been 29 in the picture it could have been 10 to 15 years ago.

  • homespunthreads 8 Feb, 2009

    I wonder what eye cream she uses? Plus, this is a really cute idea!

  • bethilyssa 8 Feb, 2009

    pas_non, i was just thining the same thing!

  • pas_non 8 Feb, 2009

    I just want to comment that Martha looks younger than ME in that picture - and I'm 29!

  • czlorene 8 Feb, 2009

    What about adhering the foam to an old rolling pin. They can be found at tag sales for next to nothing.

  • monkeymama 8 Feb, 2009

    This project is great. I did it with my class of 3rd graders. We used toilet tubes and those sticky backed foam shapes that are precut out. They arranged them on the tube, stuffed the tube full of paper to make it more solid, put their fingers inside the tube ends, and rolled. Easy with a great outcome!!!

  • DotK 8 Feb, 2009

    Instruction # 2 tells you to cut out the various designs and attach them to the roller, covering as much of the roller as possible to avoid gaps...it even stipulates putting the words in reverse order when you attach them so that they will print correctly on the envelope. The re-roll would have to be extremely accurate to not have a shadowy effect. I would protect the surface that you attach the project to...or use a pane of glass that's larger so it can be washed clean.

  • wnish56 8 Feb, 2009

    huh?!?! I totally agree...vague. This seems like a really neat project, but I don't get the instructions. How thick does the foam have to be? When you cut the foam, will you end up having pieces that you then have to arrange on the dowel? or are you "carving" on the foam to keep it as one piece? Maybe a video would be nice...

  • Velvetinna 8 Feb, 2009

    You attach the foam using self adhesive foam, which is part of the materials. If you don't have one, you can always use double sided tape or just glue the foam onto the dowel. The screws on either end of the dowel are for you to hold onto when you're rolling the stamp onto the paper.

  • chefguy56 8 Feb, 2009

    The instructions for this are vague. It does not say how to attach the foam to the dowel or what the purpose of the screws are. It seems that the piece of foam should be as long as the circumference of the dowel but I am guessing since the instructions do not say how to attach it.

  • hofhine68 8 Feb, 2009

    It looks like [filtered word] Blick doesn't carry this product anymore - do you think the colored self-adhesive foam in the kids crafts section would work?

  • Dragonclayer 8 Feb, 2009

    For a faster, temporary roller, use a paper towel or WC roll tube. You can put a dowel inside of it to give it more strength. You could also recycle the foam used to pack food or other products for the design.

  • Vigdis 8 Feb, 2009

    This look interesting... Can I use this stamp on fabric?