Whether you're fond of candy canes or a devoted collector of Santa Claus memorabilia, you'll find a plethora of Christmas rubber stamps to use in your holiday projects. Stamps are available in styles ranging from cute and country to contemporary and elegant.
Buying Christmas Rubber Stamps
There are many different places crafters can purchase rubber stamps for holiday projects.
Large craft stores such as Michaels and Hobby Lobby typically carry an impressive selection of Christmas rubber stamps. If you watch your local paper for sale advertisements, you'll find that this is often the most affordable way to purchase the stamps you need for your crafting projects.
If you would like some personal assistance selecting your Christmas rubber stamps, Stampin' Up and Close to My Heart both carry a wide variety of seasonal rubber stamps. Both direct sales companies have online directories to help you find a consultant in your area. Many consultants host workshops and open house events to help beginning crafters learn the art of rubber stamping.
If you prefer the convenience of shopping online, you can purchase Christmas rubber stamps from the following websites:
If you're feeling overwhelmed by the selection of Christmas rubber stamps, remember the following shopping tips:
- To get the most use from your rubber stamps, choose images that have multiple applications. Snowflakes and snowmen stamps can be used throughout the winter. A present stamp can be used on a birthday card as well as your Christmas projects. Stars and other simple geometric shapes also have many uses.
- You don't need a lot of stamps to get a variety of looks for your holiday projects. Changing ink colors or using techniques such as heat embossing and chalking will let you create many different looks from just one rubber stamp.
- If you can't find the exact image that you're looking for, consider making your own Christmas rubber stamp.
Rubber Stamp Crafts
Once you've selected your Christmas rubber stamps, it's time to play! Put those stamps to work by making holiday decorations and gifts.
Homemade Greeting Cards
If you want to stand out from the crowd, make your own Christmas cards instead of purchasing generic greetings. By combining stamped images with patterned paper, ribbon, or small metal embellishments, you can create beautiful cards that will be treasured long after the Christmas holiday.
Gift Tags and Wrapping Paper
Using your Christmas rubber stamps to create your own gift tags and wrapping paper is a smart idea! In just one short afternoon, you'll have beautifully wrapped presents that coordinate with your holiday décor. And, if you plan your project carefully, you'll be able to use up the leftovers from other recent scrapbooking, cardmaking, or papercrafting projects.
If you have small children at home, they'll love to help you create customized gift tags and wrapping paper. This provides a fun way to personalize Christmas gifts for grandparents, teachers, or classmates. Just remember to use washable ink pads for a child's project!
If you're looking for cute stocking stuffers that don't cost a small fortune, pull out your Christmas rubber stamps. The following projects are easy to complete and make excellent additions to any stocking:
- Stationary sets
- Decorated Post-It Notes
- Picture frames
- Decorative boxes