I am completely addicted to ImpressArt Metal Stamps. I admit it and, no thank you….I'm not in need of a support group. I've been having a ton of fun creating new metal stamped projects each month. As a mixed media artist, it's a dream because I love how incorporating metal into a piece makes it look so much more sophisticated. Today I'd like to share with you one of my most recent projects….an Altered Flower Pot that is painted then embellished with metal stamped elements.
I love the idea of having these adorned pots on my window sill filled with freshly grown herbs….but alas….I have no green thumb. Seriously, folks….I kill any indoor plant life for some reason. I even was able to kill a cactus once. I swear that when I go by the plant section in my grocery store those babies start to wilt when I walk by! So, sadly for me, this will have to go to ImpressArt instead of in my kitchen. LOL
- ImpressArt Metal Alphabet Stamps, Newsprint, upper and lowercase
- ImpressArt Design Stamps: Floret, Leaf Left, Leaf Right
- ImpressArt Metal Stamping Hammer
- ImpressArt Steel Stamping Block
- ImpressArt Stamp Straight Tape
- ImpressArt Metal Tags w/Holes
- TerraCotta flower pot
- Patio Paint by DecoArt
- Foam Brushes
- Stazon permanent ink, black
- Acrylic paint, black
- Paper towel
- Foam double stick tape
1. Gather supplies.
2. Paint a striped pattern onto the terra cotta flower pot, alternating between two colors. Use stencil tape to help you create a straight, clean line. Be sure to allow the paint to dry between coats (2 to 3 should do it). Set aside.
3. Cut a piece of copper tape the circumference of the flower pot, plus one inch.
4. Place the tape on the ImpressArt Steel Stamping block and stamp in the following pattern: Leaf Left, Floret, Leaf Right by first dipping the stamp into the black Stazon ink and then into the copper tape. Continue along the entire length of tape.
*Note: The copper tape is very thin, so be sure to tap the stamp very lightly.
5. Next, place the metal tag onto your ImpressArt Steel Stamping Block. Use the Stay Straight tape to help you stamp the letters straight. This also helps with spacing out your words vertically.
6. Stamp the phrase “FLOWERS are FRIENDS” of another one of your choosing.
7. With a Q-tip, smear black acrylic paint into the grooves of the stamped letters.
8. Wipe off the paint with a piece of paper towel and buff. You’ll see the metal will look cleaner.
9. Add brads.
10. Take the metal tag and give it a slight bend. You can do this with your hands, no special tool needed. How much you will need to bend the tag depends on the curve of the flower pot. So, bend it a little at a time until you get the desired curve.
11. Peel the backing off the copper tape and adhere it around the top lip of the flower pot.
12. Cut a piece of foam double stick tape to the desired length and attach to the metal tag.
13. Place the tag over the copper tape where it joins to cover the overlap.
14. Add your favorite flower!
In a few simple steps you can create gorgeous, custom flower pots that look like you spent a fortune on! I love how the ImpressArt Metal Stamps allow me to add such personal touches and make common items really special. Hope you enjoyed this project.
So tell me….how would YOU use metal stamps?