Thursday, July 25, 2013

How to Make Stamped Art Rocks for Your Garden

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Stampendous.
Rubber stamping was one of my first crafty loves. From the ages of 10-13, I was a regular at the rubber stamp boutique in my town. When I had an opportunity from Stampendous to play with some of their clear stamps, I was excited to get back to my roots. These rocks look great gathered in a bowl, on a picnic table or decorating your garden. PLUS Stampendous is generously giving away two sets of these stamps so you can make your own art rocks, too!

Supplies


Directions

Step 1: Match rocks and stamps
Select smooth stones that are an appropriate size for the stamps you'd like to use. For best results, choose rocks that have very little texture in the stamped area.

Step 2: Ink up!
Peel your chosen stamp up from it's backing sheet and adhere to a clear handle. Holding the clear handle, pounce the stamp the ink pad until all the detail lines are well inked.


Step 3: Peel it off
Being careful not to touch the inked area, carefully peel the stamp off the handle and hold it with the sticky side resting on your fingers.


Step 4: Stamp it
Carefully line the inked side of your stamp up on your rock and press down firmly, contouring the stamp to the rock's curves as needed but without rocking. Gently lift up and admire your work.

Optional: Seal them
If your rocks will be living outside, you may want to use a clear spray sealer to make the ink waterproof. Wait until the ink is completely dry before applying sealer. Some archival inks become permanent when heat set, so if your ink is this way you may be able to just heat it with a hair dryer or heat set tool instead of sealing it.

How to Do Lettering:
If you choose smooth, flat rocks for lettering, you can do lettering following a similar procedure as above but without removing the individual stamps from the handle. Simply line the letters up on the handle, ink and press.

Get Inspired

Here are some more of the rocks I made using these stamps:



Win it!

Want to win your own stamps so you can make these cute rocks for your home or garden? Enter below!
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You can still purchase the stamps used in this project online through Amazon or at your favorite rubber stamp supply store. Stamps used include:
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Disclosure: I was provided with free product and compensation for creating a project using Stampendous stamps. Project execution, thoughts and opinions are my own. See my full product review policy here.

15 comments :

  1. The rocks are so cute! I love butterflies and these stamps are beautiful. :)

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  2. Awesome Carissa! I love crafting with rocks and had never thought of this... thx for the idea!

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  3. Great result! I love those butterflies!

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  4. I would want to make them all. They are very cute!

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  5. This idea is perfect for the inspiration rocks we use in support groups! I need to start collecting super smooth rocks! Thanks!

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  6. Fun idea for my preschool class. Kids love rocks and stamping! I would make these for my garden!

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  7. what a great idea. my granddaughters are coming this weekend. this is a great project for them. first to find the rocks then to pick out what to stamp on them.

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  8. Brilliant ideas. Thanks for the tip about peeling the stamp off the block before trying to stamp.

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  9. I just read about you on the Stampendous blog and wanted to see how you stamped on the stones. This will be fun. Thanks

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  10. Hi Carissa,

    I just received your email notifying me of wining the stamps. I want to thank you and Stampendous for their generosity. In addition to being a coincidence that I was showing my grandson to stamp on rocks is the fact that his name is Sage too!

    Thanks so much again!

    Carmen L

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  11. You're welcome! These stamps are awesome. You're going to love them.

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  12. Love the rocks...I can just see them in my flower beds =) I'll be off on a rock hunt tonight!

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  13. I am surprised I didn't comment on this project back when you first posted it. This was my first introduction to your blog and I was (and am still) so enthralled with this idea. I didn't make any of these last summer, but maybe I can this year.

    I am revisiting this post for your Gender Prediction Giveaway and have pinned it: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/476114991828098348/
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

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