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Noah's Ark Stamps

Use Noah's Ark-inspired animal stamps to dress up plain wrapping paper or make hanging artwork for the kids' room.


  • Templates
  • Pencil or pen
  • Adhesive-backed craft foam
  • Craft knife or scissors
  • 1/4-inch foam board
  • Block-printing ink
  • Palette knife
  • Piece of glass or Plexiglas
  • Brayer
  • Paper


  1. Step 1

    Download, print, and cut out desired templates.

  2. Step 2

    Trace pairs of animals onto paper side of adhesive-backed craft foam.

  3. Step 3

    With a craft knife or scissors, carefully cut out each animal.

  4. Step 4

    To make stamp, remove paper backing from foam and affix each animal pair to an appropriately sized piece of 1/4-inch foam board.

  5. Step 5

    Squeeze ink onto piece of glass or Plexiglas; mix and spread with palette knife.

  6. Step 6

    Roll brayer through ink until completely coated.

  7. Step 7

    Roll ink onto stamp until foam animals are adequately covered, being sure to ink only the raised foam portion of the stamp and not the foam-core base.

  8. Step 8

    To start printing, place stamp face down in desired position on paper and press evenly with hands. Rolling a clean brayer across the stamp also works.

  9. Step 9

    Carefully remove stamp from paper to reveal design.

  10. Step 10

    Re-ink stamp and continue printing on paper, alternating colors of ink and different pairs of animals as desired. (Tip: Use stamps to create festive gift wrap and cards, or even beautiful wall art.)

The Martha Stewart Show, December 2011