Okay, when Conrad from Silhouette showed us the new stamp-making product at CHA, I squealed a little. The ability to create my own acrylic stamps in any shape from any font or image? Combine a little Photoshop and a little cutty-cutty and get AWESOME reusable stamps for papercrafts and gifts and decor? YES PLEASE.
So I started out in Photoshop (of course...), and created a design for both a tag and a label (how COOL is it that you can use any font to write any name for being able to personalize stuff?), and then saved them as .png files. Here's the one you might like a copy of - just click the image below to download the .png file.
(And just a note here for when you make one of these delicious stamps of your own - any un-joined letters will cut out as little individual fiddly bits you then have to line up on the stamp. Ask me how I know. ;) This is the second design.)
I traced the design in the Silhouette software, then set to cutting. Action shot! Now I go refresh my Diet Mt. Dew while I wait.
I was a little worried that the stamp material wouldn't cut all the way through - but just make sure that you set the blade to 9 as the directions say, AND use the (pretty! see above!) cutting mat that comes with the starter kit, and the design comes out of there like buttah. Another action shot:, with the stamp inked up with VersaMagic Chalk Ink.
The starter kit comes with a black ink pad, which is actually a nice ink pad and not a crummy little toss-in (not that Silhouette would do that, but you know. Other people might.). The kit also comes with THREE acrylic blocks in different sizes (seriously! these things are like 8 bucks each retail), as well as 3 different sheets of the actual stamping material.
So I stamped the main image on white, and Elliott's name (Thirsty Script in a stamp! Holla!) on a blue-grey, and then used my 2 3/4 inch circle punch and my 3-inch scallop punch to finish off the tag.
Silhouette is having a promotion on bundles that include the letter-sized cutting machine (the Portrait) with the Stamping Starter, or the 12x12-sized cutting machine (the Cameo), OR just the Stamp Starter kit. Just enter JESSICA when you check out to receive the awesome discount!
I would LOVE to see what you make with your Silhouette stamps!