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Harry Potter Shadowbox

Welcome! I can’t seem to stay away from Harry Potter, not that I am complaining. Today, I have created a new project for all you Harry Potter fans – a tribute shadowbox. I am considering making these available for sale down the road. I am also working on a teacher appreciation shadow box which should be done soon.

Harry Potter Shadowbox

I created this project using my Silhouette Cameo and Silhouette Studio Design Edition Software. I used only white cardstock as my base and then a ton of different tools to create the different looks.

Out of the frame – Harry Potter Shadowbox

I wish I had taken a photo of my desk when I was done, it looked like a craft bomb had gone off. I did my best to write down all of the supplies and I will list those at the end. This was so much fun to create and I had way more ideas than would fit in this 8″x10″ frame. Hedwig is my very favorite.

Harry Potter Initials

I used a lot of misting sprays and embossing powders, distress ink, Glossy Accents and PearlEx powders to pull this Harry Potter Shadowbox together.

Dobby

I love how the Dobby element turned out. This was cut with my Silhouette Cameo and then the background was misted with a variety of Glimmer Mists from Tattered Angels.

Stag Patronus

I reused the stag shape I created for my Always Painting. The stage and back frame were colored with Distress Stain and the blue mat was colored with more color mists.

Hedwig

Above you can see Hedwig and a glimpse of the wand. Hedwig was my favorite element. I added a little Glossy Accents to her eyes.

Quote with Hogwarts

The Hogwarts quote panel was created with Distress Inks, Pearl Ex Powders and Distress Stain. The Harry panel was also created with Distress Stain, Distress Inks, and Distress Marker. The back mat was created with Embossing Powder. The Deathly Hallows Panel was done with Glimmer Mist and Silver Embossing Powder.

8″x10″ Harry Potter Shadowbox by Jennifer Miner

Overall I am happy with how this latest project turned out. I am looking forward to creating and sharing more! As always, thank you for your time!

Supplies

Glimmer Mist: Purple Rain, Granite, Jack Frost, Copper, Lavender Fields, Silver Sugar, Oriental Poppy, Penny, Money Bags, Key Lime Pie – Tattered Angels

Heidi Swapp Color Shine: Black Velvet & Teal

Distress Spray: Black Soot & Peacock Feathers – Ranger

Dylusions Ink Spray: Postbox Red & London Blue – Ranger

Perfect Pearls Mist: Perfect Pearl & Bronze – Ranger

Distress Stain: Rusty Hinge, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, & Walnut Stain – Ranger

Distress Paint: Brushed Pewter – Ranger

Embossing Powder: Gold, Red, & Copper Zing – American Crafts, Copper – My Sentiments Exactly, Sterling SIlver & Clear – Stampin’ Up

Distress Marker: Aged Mahogany – Ranger

Distress Ink: Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Weathered Wood, Antique Linen, Tumbled Glass, Black Soot, Fired Brick, Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, & Fossilized Amber – Ranger

Misc: Pearl Ex Powder – True Blue, VersaMark, Industrial Stamp – Stampendous, Glossy Accents – Ranger

Frame – Gunnabo – IKEA

When crafts combine!

Toothpick Dolls & Paper Crafting!

Hi All – Oh I have been so sick. In fact, I am still fighting a nasty cold. I can tell that my brain is not quite functioning at full power yet. Really this is a time where I am so grateful for Spell & Grammer Check. This entry would be unintelligible without it, and yes I spelled that wrong. Well,  I will muddle through for a quick post tonight.

Last week, my daughter had a playdate with a friend from school. They were in my studio and asked about the toothpick doll that I am currently working on. So, we broke out all the other dolls and the girls decided that they wanted to make one. So, I really tried to play it cool like, “Are you sure?” and “Oh yeah, we could probably do that.” On the inside, however, I was so excited to share one of my favorite crafts. The girls each made a doll with just a little help from me but we didn’t have time to complete the hair, so I did make the hair for each doll.

What hides inside this little matchbox?
What hides inside this little matchbox?

Well, this meant that I had a toothpick doll at my house that needed to get to school. I was afraid that if we just threw her in the backpack she would get obliterated or at the least, her arms would fall off. It was obvious that she needed a little box, something that was worth of the effort and time of a budding crafter, The Toothpick Doll Matchbox was born!

A special little matchbox
A special little matchbox

I made a quick box out of white cardstock, just large enough to hold the doll. Then I created the wrap. I cut a strip of teal cardstock the same height as my box and then marked where the fold should go using the actual box as a guide. You want the wrap to be just a tiny bit larger so the inner box will fit and slide easily.

Two crafts combine! Toothpick dolls and paper crafting.
Two crafts combine! Toothpick dolls and paper crafting.

Next, I decorated. I used the Spellbinders Label Four to cut the white label and then I used the QuicKutz Paige for the “E.” I glued the “E” on the label and gave it a coat of Dark Blue (aka purple) Stickles. I punched out two tiny pink flowers and added adhesive pearls.

This little doll was made by a next generation crafter, I couldn't be more proud.
This little doll was made by a next generation crafter, I couldn’t be more proud.

Next, I plopped the label on the box using foam tape and then glued on my pink flowers. The pink flowers were crying out for a coat of Diamond Stickles. I let the glitter glue and regular glue dry over night and she was just about ready to start her journey. I added a piece of Baker’s Twine around the box just to be sure that the doll wouldn’t fall out.

Doll out of her matchbox
Doll out of her matchbox

Just a quick and easy project which combines two of my crafting loves – toothpick dolls and paper crafting. I hope you enjoyed my little project for you tonight!

 

 

 

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

If you are like our family it has been a busy Halloweekend. We are all set to hit the streets and do some trick-or-treating this evening. It is hard to have Halloween on a weeknight since all the kids still have to go to school the next morning. Today, I am sharing an easy Halloween project I made for our front porch. There were a few moments where I wasn’t sure that it was going to turn out but in the end I think it turned out pretty cute.

Basic Craft Pumpkin Makeover!!
Basic Craft Pumpkin Makeover!!

This little black and white pumpkin started life as a black craft pumpkin. I had found a tutorial that gave directions on creating the stem which you can view here. I didn’t really like the blue part of it but loved the stem. I knew that I had some paper clay just hanging out that was dying to get used. Well, as it turns out that clay was about 90% dried out but in the vein of frugality I tried to make it work.

To start with the stem you make a base structure using foil and then cover that with paper clay. Well, as it turns out that clay doing nothing was about 90% dried out but in the vein of frugality I tried to make it work. Naturally, this wasn’t the best idea. The stem just didn’t look right. That’s what I get trying to use 10-year-old clay. So I broke down and bought a brand new package and what I had attributed to sub-par sculpting, was in fact, more related to working with an inferior product. I applied the new clay over the old clay which made the stem a little larger than I was initially planning, but these things happen.

Halloween Pumpkin
Halloween Pumpkin

Once I had my basic shape created, I added the lines using a few clay tools and toothpicks. I added a thin rope of clay and added the details with a clay tool. This was all set aside to dry for a few days. I live in a dry climate but it still took awhile for the clay to completely cure.

Next step was to paint my stem with brown craft paint. It took a few different paint brushes to  all of the paint the stem with the twisting and little crevices. Then came painting the body. I painted the white stripes first, again just using a white craft paint. It took about three coats to fully cover the paint. I then painted the spaces with black craft paint. I allowed the paint to dry between coats but I was able to get it painted in about a day. The craft paint dried very quickly.

Black & White striped  Halloween pumpkin
Black & White striped Halloween pumpkin

I then aged the body painting. To do this, I created a very basic wash by taking brown craft paint and mixing it with a lot of water. I would then brush on the wash and then using a paper towel wipe the excess away. I did this about three times over the whole pumpkin before I was happy with it.

Next, came the stem, I applied DecoArt® Metallic Lustre™ Wax Finish in Gold Rush. I just brushed it on with a stencil brush and then wiped any excess off with a paper towel. Once the whole pumpkin was dry I gave it two coats of Clear Finish in Matte. I used Matte because it was what I had on hand, although I think that I might go with a Gloss it I make another one. That was it! This was a really fun project. Here is our porch skeleton holding the pumpkin.

Skeleton holding painted pumpkin
Skeleton holding painted pumpkin

My daughter says that this skeleton is a girl just in case you were wondering. I am planning to have her hold our candy bowl when we are out trick or treating so the pumpkin will have to find a new home but until then I thought that this was fun.

The Hubby's Pumpkin
The Hubby’s Pumpkin

Just so you know that I am not the only creator in the family I am sharing the pumpkin my husband carved. I think it is perfect!

Have a wonderful and safe Halloween!

 

Victorian Lady Toothpick Doll

Howdy!

Whew, we’ve been busy in these parts. I don’t even really know how this all happens. Today, I’ll be sharing another toothpick doll. This one is inspired by the Victorian Era fashion. She has a bustle, buttons, and high collar. This little doll was a lot of fun to create and I worked up some new techniques to get everything looking right.

Victorian Lady by Jennifer Miner
Victorian Lady by Jennifer Miner

Here she is! Cuffs and collars, hair piled high and that iconic bustle. A lady of the Victorian Era.

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I find that one of the hardest things for me is trying not to get glue on the doll. The parts are small and it is so easy to get a little glue on your finger and then to transfer that to a part of the doll that was “just right.”

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

Her hair has been gathered into a loose bun with a few tendrils escaping.

Back View - Victorian Toothpick doll
Back View – Victorian Toothpick doll

Above you can see the bustle for this little gem. I had never really made something like this. You can get a better view of her hair. Again, the curls are created by wrapping wet/damp embroidery floss around a toothpick and then letting the hair dry. I have dolls from the early 1990s whose hair is still curly. wet

Side View - Victorian Toothpick Doll
Side View – Victorian Toothpick Doll

You can create different sizes of curls by using different sizes of toothpicks. I have used dowels, skewers and even a piece of wire.

Created with toothpicks & Embroidery Floss
Created with toothpicks & Embroidery Floss

I hope you are enjoying my dolls series this week! The next doll was inspired by a historic reimagining of Snow White and is one of my absolute favorite dolls.

Now, back to completing a card order, Halloween costume, and afghan! Never a dull moment.

Cheers

 

Paper Mermaid Crown

Birthday Crown for a Mermaid Birthday

Hiya!

In June, we helped celebrated a 3rd Birthday. The theme was “Mermaids” and since we had already done a mermaid party at our house we were able to lend decorations that I had made for our party. I had made a party crown for my daughter and while I still had it; I decided to create a new one for the birthday girl. I found a darling paper crown on Pinterest and thought, “I can do that.” Enter my handy dandy Silhouette machine.

Close-up of the glitter seahorse
Close-up of the glitter seahorse

I started by creating the purple crown base. For this I purchased the crown shape in the Silhouette Store. I tweaked the crown in my software because I wanted a slightly different shape. I cut this as large as I could on a piece of 12×12 glitter cardstock. While glitter cardstock can be a challenge to cut this wasn’t very sturdy so I cut another copy in plain cardstock. I used my QuickDry glue to adhere these together (as seen below).

Mermaid Crown - backside
Mermaid Crown – backside

My next step was to cut my little starfish. I basically did the same thing as the crown; one layer in glitter cardstock another in plain cardstock. I went ahead and glued these to my crown. You can see from the above photo that I sandwiched the crown between the two layers. This was just to give a little additional support.

Mermaid Crown - Created with Silhouette Cameo
Mermaid Crown – Created with Silhouette Cameo

Next, I cut out the rosette, this was another Silhouette Store purchase. this was cut out from Pearlescent  cardstock. Next I used my Tim Holtz Sand and Sea die to cut out the seahorse. I used glitter adhesive to cover it with teal glitter. In the photo the glitter seahorse is really close to the color of the rosette but in person they weren’t quiet as close. If I’d had a little more time I would have made it again in a different color.

Oh the glitter; a little girl's dream
Oh the glitter; a little girl’s dream

Next, I added the extra large eyelets for the ribbon. I had these in my stash but I really wanted to find silver and I absolutely no luck. I guess that they aren’t in vogue right now. I guess I should be glad that I had these.

Close-up of the gem border
Close-up of the gem border

Next, came the gems!! Thesecame straight from my craft stash. You can find big boxes of these coordinated by color at your local craft store. I used the QuickDry glue and also added some little pearls. I tied the crown about head size as I applied the gems and let them dry this way. The glue is pretty flexible but it made me feel better.

Large starfish detail
Large starfish detail

I also added a few silver details using my Stickles. My last step was to add the ribbon and that was it.  This was so much fun and I was happy to be taking on only a very small part of the party.

Have a wonderful Friday!

 

Painted Rock – Heart Motif

Heart Motif Painted Rock

Acrylic Paint and a Rock are all you need to create a fun art piece.

I am back for another of my sporadic summer posts. We took a quick trip to Seattle and it was absolutely wonderful. We saw and did so much but balanced that with time spent with our wonderful family, who lovingly allowed us to crash at their house.

I have a fun little project which was fun and it is something that you can totally do. The supplies are minimal and since I used acrylic paints it dried quickly while I was painting away. The story of this little painted rock is as follows: I had the neighbor girls over to do some tie-dye (which was a blast BTW) and the  youngest dyer was roaming around the yard and found a little rock I had painted before. This was a pretty basic rock but she loved it, she loved it so much that she wanted to take it home. In fact, there may have been some tears when she was told that she had to leave it. In that moment, I told her that I would paint her another rock. Thus the heart rock was born!

Rock painted with acrylic craft paint. Created by Jennifer Miner
Rock painted with acrylic craft paint. Created by Jennifer Miner

The good news is that the rock turned out pretty cute. The bad news is that I am now on the hook to paint another rock for my daughter, since this rock was deemed and I quote, “Nicer then all of the other rock I had painted, how could I even think of giving it away.” Or something to that effect.

A view of the side.
A view of the side.

To begin, I raided our landscaping for a rock. This rock actually turned out a little more textured then I would have really liked but I think was okay. If you want a smoother rock you can give it a few coats of gesso to make it more smooth. I first painted my rock black. I then drew my heart, leaves and swirls. Then I just jumped in and started painting.

Top of the Heart Rock
Top of the Heart Rock

As I mention in my intro, acrylic paint dries super fast which makes multiple coats really easy.  I just kept painting and doting and painting and painting until I was happy.

Lots of dots - painted rock
Lots of dots – painted rock

Other then the three main shapes I didn’t have a real plan so this evolved in an organic fashion. I have seen some amazing painted rocks and I am hoping that mine get better as I continue to make them. My dots are a little inconsistent and uneven. I used teeny tiny paint brushes, a toothpick and the back-ends of may paint brushes to create my different sizes of dots. Once, I had my design as I wanted it I coated it with three coats of high gloss varnish. I used Delta Creative Gloss Exterior/Interior Varnish. I did actually manage to both read and follow the directions. I used Americana Acrylic Paint and I would say that it worked perfect for this project.

Rock painted by Jennifer Miner
Rock painted by Jennifer Miner

I will be painting at least another one of these soon and I will share it here when it gets done.  I hope that you are all having a wonderful summer!

 

Thank you for visiting

 

 

Striped Floral Spring Wreath

Happy Mother’s Day!

I hope that you all had a nice day celebrating moms! We have had a very mellow day, which is just what I needed. Today, I am sharing my new spring wreath I made for our front door. You may remember my Christmas wreath I made last year. That was my first wreath I had made and so this is my second.  I really had so much fun making my first wreath that I really wanted to make another one, enter Pinterest. I found this darling wreath and I was hooked.

Here is my take on it:

Easy Striped Floral Wreath
Easy Striped Floral Wreath

I really wanted to add artificial succulents, like in the sample but my Michaels didn’t have a single succulent stem. So, I went with all flowers. This is an easy project, and if striped or black and white isn’t your thing you could easily pick different ribbon.

B&W Wreath-2

I started with an 18″ straw form and adhered my black and white ribbon using hot glue. I then wrapped the ribbon around my form, making sure to cover all of the straw and applying more glue every few wraps. I ended up using just under three ribbon spools for this wreath.

B&W Wreath-1

I had purchased one “bush” of large flowers and one bunch with a few small pink/coral flowers for this project.  I cut the flowers off of the stems and glued them right to my wreath. I had a few flowers from each bunch leftover.

B&W Wreath-5

I had to use a lot of hot glue to get my flowers glued down. Since this is an outdoor wreath I really wanted to be sure that they wouldn’t blow away in the first storm.

B&W Wreath-4

In the tutorial, it isn’t really clear how she was going to hang her wreath. If you make lots of wreaths it was probably clear but this was my first straw based wreath so I wasn’t totally certain.  After a little research I decided to add two Greening Pins to the back of the wreath and secure them with more hot glue. Greening Pins are U-shaped pins that you can find in the floral section. Once my glue had cooled, I threaded a length of extra ribbon through the pins and that was it, this wreath was “door ready.”

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Here is the wreath on our door. Between the items that were on sale (flowers were 50% off) and my 40% off coupon this wreath cost about $25. I was feeling the stripes this last week as you can see my Black, White & Damask card.

As always, thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful week!

Cheers!

 

Mandala Memorial Rock

Hello!

So we are still knee deep in puppy shenanigans over here but in a good way. Oliver is doing well but requires constant watching. So, still not getting as much done as I would like.

Three years ago, we gave our daughter two goldfish for her birthday. She named them Nemo and Dory and they have been a part of our family since. They quickly out grew their ten gallon tank and were upgraded to a 29 gallon beast. On Wednesday morning, I found that Nemo had died. It seems so silly to feel so sad at the lost of a fish but I felt like we had been through so much with him and it was just so sudden.

I wanted to create a little memorial for Nemo and picked up a rock and created a Mandala Memorial Rock to make where we placed him and to remind us of happier times.

Nemo - Rock-1

I started by finding a suitable rock and I then washed it and allowed it to dry. Once it was clean and dry, I gave it a few coats of black paint.

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Next, I painted a white oval in the center.

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Next, I created my palette for the yellow/orange dots.  I mixed up five shade of yellow/orange acrylic paint.

Nemo - Rock-5

Next, I used the back end of some paint brushes to create the dots. I started with the largest brush in orange on the outer edge and worked my way in. Once those had dried I came back over the dry dots and added smaller dots in the reverse shade order.

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I set my rock on a cup with water in it while I worked so I could rotate my rock without smudging. Once that second layer of dots was dry I added a tiny white dot in the center of each using a toothpick.

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Next, I added the name. To do this I printed out the name and then used graphite paper to transfer this to the surface of my rock.

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I then used black acrylic paint to paint “Nemo” on the rock. At this point I decided that I needed to add more dots. I added rows of blue dots in the same manner as the yellow. Then I decided that it still looked too plain and I added the white dots.

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I like working with acrylic paint for a project like this because the paint dries quickly and there is a tactile feel to the paint. The larger dots were created with the back of the paint brushes and the tiny dots were made with a toothpick.

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I let my rock dry overnight, mostly because I thought that I was done. Of course, I wasn’t done.

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I gave “Nemo” a few more coats of black and added the year and the heart. Once it is completely dry I will add a coat of varnish and we will put our rock in the yard. I really liked painting this rock and I think that we will do a few more this summer.

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Thanks for stopping by – more soon!

 

 

Riding Helmet “Tattoo”

Hi-ya!

I didn’t disappear! We made the decision to get a new puppy and so I drove out to Oklahoma to pick him up from the rescue organization. It was a crazy thing that we had kind of talked about for awhile and this little puppy came up and we decided he was the “one”. Course, I have spent the last few days managing his day and not getting anything done! We have two other dogs and a cat and overall things have been going well but puppies are like little kiddos; into everything!

So, just a quick project today.  If, you have watched my YouTube videos you may have noticed that I have a tattoo on my left wrist that says “Fearless.” It is a memorial tattoo that I share with quite a few people that I rode with and it means a lot to me. It has become a motto for the barn where I rode and many of the team sport “Team Fearless” apparel at shows in addition to tattoos. Some people are not into tattoos, and are looking for other ways to show their “Fearless” Spirit. This tattooed helmet is a project I created one of my un-inked friends.

It was created using my Silhouette Cameo and fabric paint. It was a fairly simple project but it made me really nervous since these helmets are pretty pricey and I was nervous to make a mistake. The best tip I found for stenciling was on the Silhouette America Blog. The author suggested that you dab a very light coat of paint for your first layer of paint and I think that this made all of the difference.

To create my stencil I opened my Silhouette Design Studio and created the text and then merged the word. On my practice run I found that the letter centers in “e” and “a” were really hard to position so I modified my shape by editing my points in the software to make the negative shapes bigger. While it sounds kind of scary it really isn’t too bad. For my project, I used regular vinyl since I was working on a curved shape I wanted to be sure that I was able to really stick that puppy down.

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I really worked that stencil down. Here you can see it in place. I then wanted to be sure that I didn’t get any paint smeared on the velvet I put masking take around that vinyl. I think that I would have use painters tape but the regular masking tape worked well.

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Here you can see the light application of the first layer of paint. I ended up doing about three very light coats of fabric paint. I had a little glitter fabric paint laying around and for my last layer I mixed a little into the purple. It is very subtle but you can totally tell.

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I am not sure what was going on with my camera (operator error maybe) but I just didn’t have a great photo of the finished project. I gave the project a full 48 hours to dry just to be sure but it seemed pretty dry after 24. I really want to stencil more things now! I would highly recommend making a test project first. This was really helpful. I tried very hard to go slow and take my time with everything. The recipient of the helmet was very happy with the final product which is all that really matters to me!

I am hoping to get back into the swing of things this week! Thanks for stopping by!

Metal Stamping

Howdy!

Well it has certainly been a week here. I have been baking and decorating cookies like mad. I made 130 iced sugar & gingerbread cookies to give out as gifts this year. I will admit it got a little out of hand but once you get started you can’t just quit. I will be getting the ones that need mailed out today. I am hopeful that the cookie breakage is minimal. I have plans to do a tutorial one of these days but if you are interested in making awesome iced cookies I highly recommend the Craftsy class by Mallory Mae of Butterwinks. It was so super helpful and I really like how she organized the class.

Between all the baking/decorating, a snow day, kiddo sick day and class party yesterday I have not really been able to post this week. Have no fear I have something fun and different for today.

I don’t think that I have mentioned this before but I have two horses. Unfortunately, they both had to be retired this year but they are loving the retired life. When you have horses you have horse blankets and sometimes they get mixed up. Permanent marker isn’t always permanent especially when the blankets get muddy. In the past I have used dog tags that I made at the pet store but when you need six of these at $7 a pop it adds up. Well, you know me and naturally I thought , “I can do that.” Enter the magic of Pinterest. I pinned a few metal stamping tutorials and purchased my supplies.

The hardest part about metal stamping is getting everything lined up. I think that like most things the trick is just practice. I photographed my process to share. Now that I have the supplies I stamped a tag for our French Bulldog, Bella.

Basic Metal Stamping Supplies
Basic Metal Stamping Supplies

All of my supplies are from ImpressArt. Pictured here you can see the steel block that acts like an anvil, the ergo-angle hammer, metal stamp alphabet sets in uppercase and lowercase (Bridgette) and then the metal blanks.

Prepping the tag for stamping
Prepping the tag for stamping

I selected my aluminum blank and placed it on the steel block. I used a piece of masking tape to secure the tag in place and to help align my stamping. You can see in the photo where I marked the spaces where to place the letters. I find that it is helpful to start with the center letter and then work my way out. This was I don’t accidentally run out of room or have funny spacing. Which kind of happens anyway but at least I am trying to make everything more evenly spaced.

Stamped tag
Stamped tag

So I started with my first “L” and then stamped. It takes about two solid hits on of the hammer to get a deep impression. You want to be sure that once you have your stamp where you want it that you hit the stamp evenly and straight on. I stamp partially on the tape and partially off because I feel like the texture of the tape helps hold my letter where I place it. This is something that works for me but you may prefer to line up with the bottom of the tape.

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Once you have your tag you want to color in your impressions so that it will be readable. You can purchase enamel to do this but I found that a lot of people just use a Sharpie. I will probably try the enamel down the road and I will let you know how that works. In this method you simply color over the letters with your marker, making sure to cover all the letters, then you use rubbing alcohol to remove the excess.

Completed Metal Stamped Tag
Completed Metal Stamped Tag

Voila – you have a completed tag. I can see that I didn’t get my “B” as deep as the lowercase letters and they aren’t quiet as straight as I would really like but it will certainly work for my needs. I really like this process and even with purchasing supplies I will still spend less then I would have purchasing these. I can also use these to embellish my cards.

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Above you can see one of the tags for the horse blankets.  On this one the alignment is better and the depth is more consistent. I purchased split rings to attach these to the horse blankets and we will see how well they hold up to the elements. I really liked the metal stamping and it reminded me a lot of leather stamping which I did a little bit when I was a kid.

I hope this inspires you to try a new craft!