Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Ed Emberley Stamp

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I got this book.


I think we got it at a neighbor's yard sale. I could be way off on that, but I know it's been at least that long since I've had it.

Ed Emberley is AWESOME.

He is so talented and he has published over 80 books. BUY SOME OF HIS BOOKS!

My favorites are like these, which instruct you how to draw in really easy, do-able steps. And I love his "fingerprint books."



He also writes children's books. This one is a favorite of my students.

When Wilson said he wanted a knight birthday party, the wheels in my head started turning. The first step in planning a party is of course, the invitations. Somehow I think and think and think until all of the sudden, I figure it out. This time the figuring out took a little more figuring out than I had planned.

I thought about castles, I thought about dragons, then I thought about this:


I haven't looked at this book in years, but somehow the dragon stuck in my head. I didn't want to draw the dragon on every invitation, because let's face it: as good as the instructions are, I still can't draw.

I thought about cutting out lots and lots of dragons, but there was too much detail to get through one, much less one for every family member.


So I decided I would make a stamp, and stamp the dragon onto each invitation. How I reasoned that this would be any easier than drawing or cutting is not clear to me. And I've never made a stamp before. Oh well, here we go...

I made a photocopy of the dragon and shaded it in with a pencil:


Then I cut it out and rubbed the pencil onto the stamp rubber (found it at AC Moore):



And now the fun part!

I used a linoleum carving knife (AC Moore) to very carefully remove the rubber around the dragon.



I cut the stamp down to size and tried it out a couple of times on scrap paper. It showed me where I needed to cut away more of the rubber so that the dragon was a clean image. I just kept cutting away until the dragon looked just right. It was so much easier than I expected it to be.


I got the effect of Ed Emberley without the effect of my drawing difficulties.



I like these invitations. On to the party!


  1. That invitation looks AMAZING!!!!! I'm so sad I'm going to miss such a fun party!

  2. Oooo, stamp making is SO fun. I did that in art class in middle school. You did an awesome job and I LOVE those invites :) So cute!

  3. These are so cute!! You are such a great mom to give birthday parties. I have not given a single one. We did some print making with the kids at thanksgiving, but I just used styrofoam plates and lollipop sticks. Who knew there were actual supplies for that project? You are always so clever!!

  4. I had the same book!

  5. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!!!! This is amazinnnnngggg :) great job...makes me want to carve my own stamp :)

  6. I love Ed Emberley! During my son's week and a half snow break we did some thumbprint drawings from one of his books. Have you seen the Ed Emberley fabric?

  7. cutest thing ever. you are just ridiculously crafty. I LOVED the invitations. Thank you for including us. I soooo wish we were closer in distance. You know we would be at EVERY party ;-)

  8. This is so awesome! What a great idea! I need to try this with the turtle from "Rosebud." :)