Whoever invented the rubber stamp really started something! What used to be a mere address or information stamp, attached to the bottom of a wooden handle, is now a huge business that provides countless rubber stamps for making scrapbooks, t-shirt designs and more. As with most inventions, we’ve gotten creative with the rubber stamp. We started out trying the rubber stamp on something other than its intended purpose, and before we knew it, the original rubber stamp was nearly a thing of the past.
There are many imitation rubber stamps you can make using everything from a leftover vinyl tile to a potato. And there’s nearly no surface that you can’t use to apply a rubber stamp. With that in mind, make your own “rubber” stamps, and you can have the jazziest fingernails in town!
There are a couple of different ways you can make rubber stamps for fingernails. One is a simple and cheap method using pieces of paper. Use a paper punch to create shapes of circles, squares, diamonds, hearts and similar stamps. Roll a small piece of tape up and stick it to the back of the paper. Now you can simply hold the stamp with the tape, apply the nail polish to it, and stamp it onto your fingernails. Although these stamps are disposable they are really easy to make.
The lastest in machines for making the ultimate scrapbook paper can help you make unlimited designs for your fingernails. With one of these machines you can shrink images and cut them perfectly. Use craft foam to make tiny rubber stamps with this method. A dot of hot glue on one side of the miniature image can help you make a hold the stamp. Use a short piece of a toothpick – with the points cut off – as the handle.
Contact paper is another way to make fabulous fingernail stamps. Since it has an adhesive on one side you can easily attach an object that will be used for the handle. A small bead, a thick piece of cardboard, a foam peg, and similar items can be easily attached to the adhesive. These stamps can be used again and again.
To use fingernail rubber stamps first paint your nails and allow them to dry. Select the color of nail polish you want to use with the rubber stamps and place a dab of it on a paper plate. With the rubber stamping method you can use any number of different colors of nail polish so get creative. Pick up the stamp, dip it in the polish, and apply it to the nail. When it’s dry apply a clear top coat to protect the image longer.