Here is a you-tube video showing how to make a DIY Misti stamping tool. The lady is a friend of Lindsay, the Frugal Crafter. I found the video on Lindsay’s site. Here’s how I made mine:
First I found two clear cases at Goodwill. I thought we had several, and maybe we do, but I couldn’t find them. My cases are pale blue, but clear. I cut 1/4″ thick fun foam to fit inside the case.
Using graph paper, I drew out the commonly used sizes for my usual stamping projects. Here is a link to free graph paper. I made four different papers, each with some measured sizes on them. I have all the commonly sized tags, for example, as I use tags a lot. One has an “inchie”, “twinchie”, “rinchie” which is a one inch round you can use in bottle caps, ATC sizes, and the commonly used size for cards 5 1/2″ by 4 1/4″. I included business card size and recipe card size too.
Once the pages were made, I ran them through my laminater. While I don’t consider this an essential tool in my work room, it certainly has made my life a lot easier. It was a Christmas gift last year, along with laminating sleeves, and I have loved having it. There really is no substitute for the ease of use and professional results you get from an electric laminater. I tried the sticky, do it yourself sheets and I was never able to get them smooth without a bubble or wrinkle. I’m sure it’s possible, but I was never able to get it perfect. The laminating I do now is perfect every time, no problems at all.
So once the papers went through the laminator, I cut them out to fit the box. I saved all my leftover plastic from the sleeve the papers were in after going through the machine because I have a use for them. I’ll be sharing that really cool project soon. I sprayed the sheets with temporary spray adhesive to keep my tag from moving and stamped a little scene with one of my new clear stamp sets.
You place your stamp on your tag or paper. Flip it over so the flat side is facing up. Once you have it where you want it, close the lid and press it down on the stamp. The stamp will cling to the lid. Ink up the stamp, shut lid over your paper or tag and press gently over the stamp for a good image. I used three different colors for the leaves on the tree. I wiped off the stamp with a baby wipe between each color, but the stamp never shifted. The image is crisp and clear. Wipe the case if you get any ink on it while inking up the stamp. You don’t want to transfer that onto your project.
This was a very inexpensive project, I bought the two cases with whatever they were holding, for 3 bucks. I think the thick sheet of fun foam was a dollar. I am not sure how to price the laminating plastic, because I didn’t buy it-it was a gift. I’m sure it’s less than a dollar per sheet. The graph paper won’t cost you anything because you can print it off for nothing. I had graph paper, so I’m going to say .25 cents for two sheets. I had the temporary spray adhesive, but if you don’t try hairspray. Each of the DIY Misty Stamping tools cost less than five dollars and took about an hour to make. And most of that was looking up the sizes for the tags and all the other things I included on the papers.
Since I sprayed the papers (four of them, two per case) with temporary adhesive, I am storing them in the cases, one sticky side down on the foam and the other sticky side down on the back of the first sheet. This way there will be a bit of tackiness on the foam and the laminated sheets so they won’t shift. Not that they did, but I’m just being cautious.
If you have the rubber stamps with the white back on them already you don’t need to use the thick fun foam in your case. They will be the right thickness to use in your case as they are. Once you stamp your image, make sure the image is as clear as you want it before removing the stamp. If it isn’t, re-ink and re-stamp.
I had a lot of fun playing with this new toy. It worked perfectly every time and made stamping so much more fun. Give this one a try, you won’t be sorry you did.