Friday, 1 August 2014

What A Hoot S1408 : CTMH Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop! Look at us with a brand new Stamp of the Month from a Brand New Ideas Book!!!! Hoot Hoot Hooray!!!
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So one of the things I do on a regular basis is run workshops for kids. As a Mum and a trained primary school teacher I really enjoy seeing kids of all ages enjoying the creative process and especially the part when they turn to their parents and say 'Look what I made!'.

So today I am going to share some of the techniques I use with kids in a simple stamping session. I have used August's Stamp of the Month 'What a Hoot' available exclusively throughout August for $24 or for just $5 when you spend $75.

This is an amazing stamp to use with kids! It screams creativity. It's like playing dress ups with owls. So much fun!

So when I work with younger kids (today's attendees are 3 year olds), I make sure I get all my materials organised beforehand. I place all my materials in groups on a nearby (but out of reach) table. I want to be able to grab the next step/ activity at a moment's notice. Kids in this age group will not sit quietly while you dig around trying to find a pair of scissors or decide to mix a new paint colour.

So at this session I had a plan that we would create a card. I had all the pieces precut and I had pre-stamped the phrase 'what a hoot' with VersaMark ink onto white daisy cardstock and embossed it with clear super fine embossing powder. I had also mixed up some paint with water - I do this regularly, it makes the paint go further but in this case it also made the paint into more of a wash, which is what I wanted. I had all the stamps prestuck on blocks and the kids table covered in butchers paper.

The kids arrive and it is so exciting to be doing craft!!!

I always start with a stamping activity with no boundaries. This gets the kids used to the blocks, stamps and ink pads (which are super kid friendly - don't worry, nothing toxic here). So I just let them go for it with some plain white paper and a couple of ink pads. I choose colours based on their preferences but also keeping in mind that I don't want the colours to mix so darker colours are better to prevent cross-contimaniation on the pads.

I was really interested to see which stamps they wanted to use together. It's never what you expect.

After some fun I get out my black pigment ink and get the kids to pass me the stamps they want to use on their cards. I do the stamping on this one - pigment ink is a bit too yukky to put in the hands of a 3 year old. After the nod of approval on the cards I cover the stamped image in our very special 'magic pixie dust' (Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder), shake off the excess and while I hold the cards over the toaster I get the kids to say magic words to help the magic happen.

I set the newly embossed images to one side to dry while we do a bit more magic of our own. The pre-stamped 'what a hoot' cards are brushed with the paint solution and.... magic! Words appear! We put these to one side to dry.

Now we can colour our owls. I do not let young children use my excellent alcohol markers. Best markers to use with young kids are Crayola Washables. The number of times I have panicked because texta has appeared on something precious and then run it under a bit of water and it has disappeared has made me a fan of these. Love them.
So why have we bothered to emboss the owls? If you have done colouring with young children recently you will know that they often don't stay in the lines and in the case of my dear boy he often just scribbles over the entire thing making it so you can't see the image at all. When you emboss, however, it creates a plastic coating over the image which prevents the marker ink from colouring it - so even if they scribble over the entire image, you will still clearly see the owl. Clever huh?

Finally we need a pop of colour on our card - a quick mat of coloured cardstock stuck on an angle behind our dear owls helps to create a fun look. With kids I usually just use glue sticks because they are cheap and they can manage them on their own, plus the glue is easy to wipe up if it gets dropped. However when we are just sticking a few pieces down like with this project I help them to use a tape runner - for this project I used my new favorite: EZ dots. Love love love my EZ dots but that is a blog for another day...

Ta da! Look what we made!

The What a Hoot Stamp set  is only available until the 31st of August from your CTMH consultant. I'd love you to leave a comment (or even ask a question) before heading off to the next stop on the Blog Hop- Lisa's blog : Crouchie's Getting Creative


  1. This is adorable- I bet my two boys would love to do this activity! Thanks so much for sharing.

    1. Thanks, Lauren. This set is so great for kids, I have had to pull it out repeatedly since doing this shoot because my son wants to play with it again and again!

  2. Lovely idea for little ones :)
    That stamp set is ideal for children and adults!
    She is very proud of her card :)

  3. Love stamping with my kids! looks like everyone had a great time!

  4. Great idea involving children and getting them to be creative. :)

  5. what a fun project for the kids = especially the "invisible ink" idea, totally love it!