How many quilters and crafters are like me: they see “something” that they can’t live without!
They purchase the “something”, and then, NEVER USE IT!
Sometime in the last five or six years, I purchased a pack of MAGIC STAMP(TM) I purchased mine from The Thread Studio in Perth.
What is Magic Stamp? It’s a thermoplastic foam which has some interesting properties:
*it can be cut with scissors or a craft knife.
*It can be sewn into by hand or machine , although I haven’t tried that yet
* heat doesn’t pass through it so it can be handled without danger of burns. My problem came from the heat gun I was using whilst holding the block in my hand!
Magic Stamps are approx. 3″ x 4″ and can be heated and molded to create your very own one of a kind stamp.
1. To begin, select something to mold and place it in front of you. This could be a pile of rubber bands, a rubber stamp, a clay molds, the bottom of your shoe or anything else that has a nice deep texture or design. I chose to use an assortment of buttons , a Christmas decoration that was like a string of silver beads, and a few sprays of Cordyline flower stems.
Molds from buttons
2. Set the Magic Stamp down and with a Heat Tool** heat the surface for approx. 1 minute – 1-1/2 minutes. It is important to keep the tool raised at least 1″ from the Magic Stamp and that you keep the tool moving to heat the surface evenly. Heating in one place for too long and too close may cause the block to scorch.
3. Stop heating and quickly lift and press the heated side of the block down onto what you are molding. Press firmly and lift after 15 seconds.
4. Check your design. If it looks like a nice impression you are ready to stamp. If it doesn’t look like much happened you can reheat and remold the Magic Stamp.
I actually used both sides of the foam block to make the molds.
Then I used an ink pad to load the stamp and, hey presto my stamped backgrounds were born!Later, I decided that I would have had better results using acrylic paints and a small roller. I haven’t had time to try that as yet.
And here are the completed post cards that are winging their way to new homes: