Hello Scrappy Friends !!!
It’s been awhile since Ive shared one on my DIY tricks or projects so today I am sharing how I made my own stamping tool , I do have a MISTI and love it and I really wanted an extra one for travel ( I would cry if I lost the MISTI or if it got broken , a backup is always nice ) I could not really find any step by step help on this so I made one and it was surprisingly easy so maybe that is why no step by step tutorials , but it’s always nice to have a guide to go by so let’s get started : )
It all started with a family trip to Ikea ( about an hour from me )
in Ikea is section 19 you will find the most awesome from opening frame called Hemmingsbo its 8.5″ by 11″ , sadly this can not be ordered online but you will be happy to know they are only 4.99 , very reasonable , I got two one for me and one for a friend
this is what it looks like compared to my MISTI
I flip over the frame to the back and pry off the frame kickstand and add a strong double sided tape , I am going to finish off the back so it looks nice and wont scratch surfaces , see the hanger hooks on the back we don’t want to see that
now we are going to cut down a sheet of 3 MM fun foam and insert it into the indent on the back , now you have a nice finished back side …
inside I add an 8.5″ x 11′ sheet of adhesive magnet ( this is from Oriental Trading ) but Hobby Lobby has and so does Home Depot as vent covers , you can add your own glue if you cant find some with it on already , now you can use magnets to help hold your paper in place , you can also use washi tape
next I add a vinyl templet grid sheet from Dritz Quilting , this is so I can stamp my word on it to make sure its lined up and straight , you can wipe it clean after you stamp on it , you will also see I added a A2 size pc of fun foam until I get to the store for an *.5 ” by 11 ” sheet , you will need this when stamping with clear stamps , it raises the stamping surface and allows for cushioned stamping and we all know you get a better stamp image this way , by the way the clear tabs came on the frame I left them on as they help hold your paper in place
and the last step is to replace that plastic from with a piece of plexi -glass , I have my hardware store cut this to exact size for me and this ran bout 6 bucks , you can glue in with E6000 or just use prongs to hold it in , this will not sit flush to top door but that is okay you want that for you foam mounted rubber stamps
so as you can see I added links to products so you could see exactly what I used when making this , hope you found it helpful , please share this post with others because we all want cheaper ways of doing things right : ) leave me some feedback with question or if you found this helpful ,
my stamping tool ran me about $60 dollars this DIY version ran me about $13 to $15 I had several things at home already.
UPDATE >> I found a pack of ten magnets on ebay , this is the cheapest i found , you wont need 10 , just two so share with a friend so you only spend $2 bucks .. magnets