And I suspect her fingers will never be clean again! Emma started asking me about stamping recently and wanted to give it a try. With the way she loved coloring and cutting out images (the child is amazing with a pair of scissors) I thought stamping would be a great idea. She can create her own coloring pages with stamps and can cut things out and make layers. It seemed like a perfect fit.
We tried a couple of different style of blocks to figure out what would work best for her. Emma is fairly small for her age and has tiny little hands. Her favorite blocks were my Unity Handles. The nice thick wooden edges gave her something to really grab ahold of while still being clear and letting her see through. For larger stamps, she couldn't hold the large handle, it was bigger than her hands so we tried Fiskars Stamp Press. It made stamping large images and multiple images simultaneously super easy for her.
She tried both clear and rubber mount cling stamps. Her favorites were the clear because she liked seeing what she was doing. She had some new sets that she had picked out, but also decided she needed to raid my stash as well. I had a rubber mount set by Fiskars with super cute cupcakes on them that she also liked since the image was printed on the back of the cling mount.
To color her images, she went with colored pencils although she really, really wanted to use my "fancy markers". Her eyes light up every time she looks at them. I had her stamping on cheap white cardstock that I knew would probably bleed with Promarkers or Copics. I didn't want her to be disappointed in coloring after working so hard at stamping, so I encouraged her to use the pencils. I had to promise that next time we would use better paper so she could use the fancy markers. (The girl has good taste and wants to use the good stuff!)
At the end of the stamping sessions, I was totally glad I had a Ranger Craft Scrubbie to help clean her hands (and arms and face. . .) because the girl is one messy stamper! But then, that is half the fun, right?
----------Emma's recomended stampings supplies----------
- stamps: Hero Arts Poly Clear Whimsical House, Sweet Wonderful You, Sending Smiles, and Mi Casa; Fiskars Simple Stick Reposistionable Stamps Sweet Life
- stamp blocks: Unity Handles (she used A, B, and C. D was too big for her hands; Fiskars Easy Stamp Press
- ink: Ranger Jet Black Archival
----------Mommy's recomended supplies----------
- clean up: Ranger Inkssentials Craft Scrubbie (seriously, this thing is like a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. You don't know what it is or why it works, but it does!)
- lots and lots of baby wipes!