This is a fantastic Valentine’s Day craft but also a general “send mail” craft. And as I mentioned, a lot of my V-Day craft ideas went down the toilet with the whole being engaged thing, so this is what I’ve got for you. Good thing it’s pretty fun + versatile, eh?
If you hadn’t guessed, I LOVE mail. Getting, giving, making, decorating, and spending my entire trust fund on postage [because COME ON USPS]. Also, LOL trust fund. That was a joke. I have a rapidly emptying checking account just like other normal Americans.
Um but back to the craft. This one is super easy and if any of you are like scared of carving or making stamps from scratch because it’s hard (it can be difficult), THIS one is for you. It’s super simple and really hard to mess up, because it’s basically just a square with some corners cut off + a circle on one side. It’s a gift tag! As a stamp! Fun!
Things not listed in the pic that you might need: a pencil or stencil to trace. I free-handed this jank, but if you want to get fancy or exact, an actual gift tag would be perfect. And an ink pad. I recommend ColorBox because it’s archival quality + doesn’t try out quickly + comes in a million shades.
Step 1: Trace / draw shape. I traced the mounting block so I’d know how big to make my stamp so it would fit on the block. You should note the size of whatever you’re going to mount the stamp on so it’s not too big.
Step 2: Carve. I used the flat blade in the speedball set, and the Xacto knife to be precise. The circle took some patience.
Step 3: Glue rubber stamp onto mounting block. Make sure block is cleaned + free of dirt or sawdust. Craft stores sell mounting blocks pre-shaped + glossed, but mine is just a piece of balsa wood sanded smooth. This is not The House of Fancy Crafts or Martha Stewart.
Step 4: DONE. Have a stamping party! Note: you DO actually need to wait for the ink to dry before writing on it. Also note, some pens might not work too well on top of the ink, especially if it’s not 100% dry.
Also, it might be obvious but I’ll go ahead and say it: if you are using a dark pen, black ink will not work. You need a lighter color (like white – pictured!). I did try black ink with a white gel pen and the results were questionable. Have fun experimenting with that one.
The “Please Deliver To” stamp shown is from the every-talented Emily @ Em Dash Paper Co. I got a couple of her stamps for myself for Christmas + use them to decorate every piece of mail I send now. Except bills. Ok fine, sometimes bills.
You can sort of see when I tried using the skinny black pen shown, it didn’t work well, so I had to switch to my #1 favorite blue Le Pen, which worked beautifully. And yes this is a real piece of mail! Not a prop! Someone I know is getting this jank in the mail soon. Or possibly already has! Hashtag Mysterious!
This USPS Vintage Seed Packet postage is my #1 favorite ever. Anyone who gets mail from me in the next 2 years will probably see these, because I bulk bought them before the price went up a couple weeks ago + now have 300 stamps in my possession. I AM RICH WITH POSTAGE.
NOW for the fun part. Any of you going to attempt this? Anyone love decorating your mail? Any fun V-Day plans for the weekend? Let’s hear it!
I’m finishing up what has probably been an awesome road trip with Man-Piece right now, and I can’t wait to NOT celebrate Valentine’s Day tomorrow. But if I do give him a card, you can be sure this gift tag stamp will be on it.