One of the gifts I received for my birthday was a metal stamping kit. I’ve wanted to try my hand at stamping for sometime. Let me tell you, it is so much fun!! I love the special touch it adds to items around the house. I love this little “love” spoon that our guests use to stir their coffee.
Here’s a simple tutorial on how I do metal stamping.
- Stamping set (mine are from Harbor Freight)
- Hammer (Metal hammers work better.)
- Hard surface (I use a marble block)
- black marker
- rubbing alcohol
- silverware, or item for stamping (I prefer stamping silver-plated silverware. It seems easier to me. I usually find mine at flea markets or estate sales. I love the look of old silverware.)
1.1.The first thing I do is measure the width of the item I’m stamping. I, then, measure for the middle. For example, I measure the spoon and mark the width on a piece of tape. I mark the middle with a dot. The dot is my point of reference of where to begin stamping.
2. Put the tape on the spoon or whatever you are stamping. Make sure you put the tape in a straight line, it will help you stamp the letters in a straight line. Once you have the middle marked, you can begin stamping your letters.
3. I stamp from the middle out. For example, when I stamped “LOVE”, I started with “O”, “V”, then “L”. and “E.”
I personally don’t care if the letters are perfect as long as they are centered. I like the irregular look.
4.Color the letters in with a permanent marker, if you want to make the letters stand out better.
5. Wipe the marker off with rubbing alcohol.
If you want to make plant markers, flatten the spoon before you stamp them.
I think it would be so cute to make plant marker spoons and wrap with seed packets as a gift idea. You can also stamp knives, cheese spreaders, and spatulas. The possibilities are endless!linking up to: Making the World Cuter, It’s so Very Cheri, Tweak It Tuesdays, Transformed Tuesdays, Twelveoeight, Creatively Tuesday, Green Willow Pond