Hey, you. Leslie here. How are ya? If you’ve been following along with me on this fun adventure of being on the Sweet Stamp Shop Design Team, you’ve noticed that I like to stamp on just about anything. You name it, I’ve probably tried to stamp on it. lol. Well, I was walking by my kitchen calendar the other day and remembered that I needed to add something to it. When I popped the cap off the dry erase marker, my first thought was “Hmmm…. I wonder if I can color my stamps with these and stamp on the calendar…”
(weird… I know… that’s just how my brain works.)
Well, let me tell you, it didn’t work. lol! The dry erase ink wouldn’t stamp onto the board. Oh well, at least we all now know. BUT, today, I’m here to tell you that I found another solution! Did you know that you can buy Magnetic paper? Well, it’s not paper, it’s actually just a big sheet of magnet with a white paper film glued on it. But Magnetic paper sounds better. And guess what, you CAN stamp on it! Get where I’m going with this now? Yep, I decided to make my own calendar magnets.
Here’s what you need:
- Magnetic Paper (I purchased mine from the local hobby store. I’m sure you could probably find this stuff at an office supply store too.)
- StazOn Ink (I did try a regular black ink pad, but, since this magnet paper has a gloss to it, I would suggest sticking with StazOn.)
- Small Scissors to cut these out
- Sharpies in all the colors of the rainbow
- And the other usual suspects… LOTS of SWEET STAMPS!
Here’s what I did:
I knew I needed dates (numbers) for the calendar I had already. Luckily, my calendar already had the days of the week printed on it, but, you could totally start from scratch and create a Calendar using ONLY stamps! So, I decided to use the Alpha tabs stamps for this and placed all the numbers on the block at the same time. This makes for an even impression and since you are cutting them out, it’s ok to stamp them all together at one time.
NOTE: Now, I know when you stamp on paper, there isn’t a need for LOTS of pressure. BUT, interesting enough, with this magnet paper, you need to FIRMLY press. Here is an example of my regular stamping pressure compared to putting both hands on the block and pressing. See what I mean?
Once you get a good feel for how to stamp on this stuff, it’s a ball thinking of all the fun ways you can use your Sweet Stamp Stash on your calendar! I mean really, the sky is the limit!
After I stamped my images onto the magnet paper, I started to color them in and play with borders and such with my sharpie collection. There are many more stamps that I want to make into magnet and I’m sure my magnet collection will GROW as I build my Sweet Stamp inventory.
NOTE: If you don’t get a good enough impression the first time, no fret. You can always go back and touch it up with a black sharpie. No need to throw away that magnet paper!
Now that you have your images stamped, colored, and cut out… get them on the calendar! It’s super fun to decide what to use where. I found that the little banner flags were fun to point out special dates and the stars added just a fun little pop all over.
So, let me ask you… can you NAME all the different stamp sets I used? Take a guess! And then tell me what Sweet Stamp Set YOU think is PERFECT for this project!