Hello Sweet Stampers! It’s Meredith, here to share with you a lightbulb moment I had recently with my stamps. Every year my kids beg me to sign up to help out with their classroom Halloween parties at school, and every year it seems that I get designated as the person in charge of face painting! Don’t get me wrong, I love crafting, but I am by no means qualified to be categorized as an illustrator or painter of any sort, even if it is on the faces of eight-year-olds! And most kiddos I’ve encountered don’t really want their faces painted anyway, (the tickle factor is too much for some little ones to stand) and they end up having their hands painted instead. Which then gets itchy… Which then gets smeared… Which they then want to wipe off… You see where this is going. So this year I had an epiphany — what if, instead of trying to freehand images that the kids wouldn’t look at and say, “What’s that orange blob?” when it’s clear to me that it is, in fact, a pumpkin, I used my Sweet Stamp Shop stamps to create the cute images for me!
This is a great way to make the kids happy because they can pick the exact image they want and it will consistently look great every time (because all you have to do is stamp!), plus it’s super quick, so no one is waiting forever in line for their turn! It’s a win-win! Here’s what you’ll need to get making those kiddos look fancy…
- Sweet Stamp Shop stamp sets of your choice (I find that the larger images are easiest to color in, and my kids love the Super Boy and Girl Power stamp sets)
- Skin safe ink pads (These tattoo inks are made specifically for stamping on skin!)
- Ultra Washable markers for coloring in your stamped images (These will wash off easily…parents will thank you!)
It’s incredibly easy to get started! Stamping on skin is really like stamping the way you normally would on paper…the only thing you’ll need to do differently is leave the stamp mounted on the acetate sheet it comes with, rather than mounting it on an acrylic block. That will make the stamp nice and flexible when you press it onto the skin, giving you the clearest image possible.
And that’s it! Super easy, and the combinations of stamps and colors are endless! The kids will love that they get to choose a fun image, and you’ll love that it was just as simple as stamping and coloring on paper…and the results look waaaaay more amazing than that blobby orange pumpkin! 😉
So go ahead and sign up to help out at your kids’ parties with confidence, knowing that you can quickly and easily create super fun, colorful customized images they’ll love. But don’t be surprised if you get volunteered for face painting again next year! 😉 Be sure to tag Sweet Stamp Shop on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook if you try this out so we can see your colorfully stamped kiddos!