Stamp out holiday boredom

Are you bored with holidays and think they are too commercial? Make your own cards! It’s incredibly easy,  fun and satisfying. One great tool for quickly making lots of holiday cards is a rubber stamp.

Do you need a rubber stamp? Go to Casey’s in the East Village, NYC. Do you think you don’t need a rubber stamp? Think again, you probably do but just don’t know it. Look at their online catalog and see what you need that you didn’t know you need.

At Casey’s you can get your artwork made into a stamp too. You can make your own cards for holidays, birthdays or thank you cards, with your very own artwork. Did I mention, your own artwork??? Come on, take back the holidays and make your own cards out of rubber stamps. It doesn’t take much time at all and it’s really fun to say “I made it” when someone says “where did you buy this card?”  You’ll feel much better about the world and yourself! Yes, it’s true, I am shamelessly using peer pressure to get you to capitulate. Someone has to, all those ads out there are doing it on behalf of big business and we need some voices for the other side.

You can also make the actual card itself out of big sheets of handmade paper which you can buy at places like New York Central Art Supply or Dick Blick or you can buy pre-made cards. There’s a sale right now at Utrecht on really nice Strathmore watercolor cards and envelopes, 10 cards/envelopes for $5.29. That’s waaaay less than you would pay for a nice card, and cards are much nicer when you’ve made them yourself. It doesn’t take much time to do this and the good feelings you’ll get from taking back the holidays will be an awesome payoff.

Here is a pineapple card I JUST MADE using a rubber stamp just to show you how easy it is to make a stamp:

Handmade pineapple card

All I had to do is grab a card (I keep a huge stack of them around at all times for just this purpose), grab my pineapple stamp and burgundy red inkpad and stamp the card. This kind of card sells for around $4-$5 in a store and it cost me probably about 50 cents at the most, probably less. I buy my blank cards in bulk so I save a huge amount doing this. See, you can save money AND feel good about yourself because you made it yourself AND save time (it certainly took less time than going card shopping) AND the act of making things is a type of meditation so it will lengthen your life. Hah!

There are a bazillion ways to use rubber stamps. You can very quickly and easily make your own wrapping paper out of plain brown paper. Speaking of which, I need to start doing that right after I finish this post. There are so many great reasons to make things yourself and take back the holidays. Come on, do it!!! (peer pressure, peer pressure, peer pressure….)

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  1. Very nice idea. I think I gave away my old rubber stamps — friends with kids — so maybe I’ll go back and get some more. I used to stamp a cat on the back of a lot of correspondence. Always got a smile!


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