While this is a fairly normal practice in elementary school, I have yet to stop even now in high school. But now I like to make these cards with stamps, which makes them look a little more professionally done.
I have always been into collecting rubber stamps, but I never knew what I could make with them. The only practical application I knew of them was to stamp homework, but that wasn't really something I could do as a high school student. So I started making hand-stamped cards.
Because I don't have very many stamp pads, I generally still use felt-tipped markers to stamp. Although it takes longer to do each stamp, it enables me to use more than one color on each stamp, which is nice.
Time: approx. 5 min/card + 5 min to set up and clean up
- Paper, any size
- Several rubber stamps (medium to large-sized stamps are best)
- Stamp pads or felt-tipped markers (Crayola ones work great!)
- Fold paper in half to desired size.
- With stamps absent of ink, create your design by arranging stamps over paper. This step may be skipped if design has been pre-arranged.
- Fill stamps with ink, either with a stamp pad or by coloring desired regions with markers. Apply stamps to paper.
- To clean up, rinse off all stamps with warm water and rub off any extra ink with a paper towel.
I have found that if you are making these cards in "bulk" (i.e. doing 12-15 sets of each design card), it is faster to do one stamp at a time: ink and apply one stamp for all fifteen cards, and then move on to the next stamp.