Easy DIY Block Stamps + A Watercolor Gift

easy-diy-block-stampOne of the things I’m most excited about for our trip to the East Coast this weekend is the chance to meet my dear friend’s daughter Lucy, who is turning one this week! One…and this will be my first time meeting her! How does time go by so quickly?!

lucybear-framed-art0713Anyhow…a few months ago my friend asked if I would illustrate Lucy’s party invitations (such an honor), and since I couldn’t exactly arrive for her big day empty-handed, I decided to watercolor a sweet baby bear that could double as both a gift and the invite illustration.

lucybear-art-detail713 I first sketched the design in pencil, applied watercolor, and then finished the piece by adding a bit of a gilded touch (my latest obsession) using my favorite gold paint pen.

When the painting was done, I decided that I wanted the gift presentation to have an extra special touch, and stamped up some wrapping paper to coordinate with the stars on my watercolor. I quickly photographed and listed the steps in a slideshow below so you can create your own easy DIY Block Stamps next time you’re in the mood for something crafty.

You will need:

  • Plain Gift Wrap | I only tested my stamps on non-glossy paper, purchased at Michael’s and Target…so I can’t vouch for how well they would work on standard glossy paper
  • 2mm Thick Sticky Back Foam Sheets | These are available at craft stores and look very similar to the non-sticky back variety. Make sure that the ones you get have one foam side and one sticky side (protected with a sheet of peel off paper)
  • Wooden block | Available in craft stores, or you could probably use a piece of smooth scrap wood
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Stamp pad or block printing ink (such a Speedball water soluble ink – this is what I used for this project)
  • Brayer (optional) | This handy rolling tool is great for smooth ink application on stamps. I highly recommend it, although it is not entirely necessary.

stamped-gift-wrappedI hope you have a blast whipping up some of your own stamps soon! You can find more DIY projects in the Creature Comforts’ DIY Gallery. Enjoy! xo Ez

P.S. I’ll be away until Tuesday of next week. Don’t forget that you can keep me company during my trip over on Instagram. See you again soon!