Brief Hiatus Explained

As you may have noticed, there has been a lack of activity on social media from Maybe a Cupcake for the past few months, and I apologize for not saying anything sooner. Every time I get a facebook alert that Maybe a Cupcake has x number of new views, I feel guilty there is nothing new to see there. I promise there is a good reason.

My husband and I are in the process of building a house. Well, technically, we are in the very very early stages of building a house, meaning that we are living in the small house we purchased while we wait for all the numbers to come in and the permitting process to begin. We have just a few months until we need to be entirely out of our house and into our temporary living situation, which means we're under pressure to pack. In an effort to avoid tackling the kitchen, I started my packing in the croffice, which means my access to cardmaking supplies has been restricted.

When we get settled into our temporary living situation, I'm hoping to set up a crafting area, especially since I'm not sure I can go a full year without my creative outlet. Until then, there may not be many updates to social media, but if I get the chance to make a card here or there in the mean time, you know where to find it! Thanks for your patience and interest.

DIY: How to Make a Rubber Stamp

Every year, I make a holiday card design that I offer and sell to others and I make a holiday card design that I use as my own card. This year I wanted our card to be extra special: I wanted it to be a tribute to our house. My husband and I have been living here together for three and a half years now. It's a house that my grandfather built in the 1940s and while it works great for just the two of us, it's falling apart in a lot of places and is not well designed for children. We're in the process of buying it to tear it down and rebuild.

For this year's card, I wanted to make a rubber stamp of our house to use on the card. I originally intended to use a linoleum block, but I ended up finding a slab of rubber meant to be used to make stamps, and that worked much better. Here's some photos and the steps I took.

Step One - Get your materials. I found the rubber block at a local craft store, but it looks like you can get them from Michael's or Amazon. I think the one I was using was roughly 4x5. You'll also need a linoleum cutter, also available easily online or in craft stores. I happened to have one already in a craft bin from when I was little. Make sure that whatever you choose has multiple carving tips. If you have neither of this products already, some places sell kits that have the cutter and rubber mat all included, which might be a better deal than buying separately.

Step Two - Transfer your image onto the rubber block, or draw the image you want. I had a photo of our house that I printed out with our at home laser printer. If you are using a photo or image, lay it ink-side down on the rubber block and hold an iron on it for awhile. The iron should be on low, but it will take at least 5 minutes for the image to start to transfer. Mine transferred very faintly, so I had to draw over it with a fine tip Sharpie.

Step Three - Carve away! This part can be very time consuming. It took me about an hour to finish the whole thing. Have a trash bin ready because there will be little specks of rubber everywhere.

Step Four - Test it out. I just used regular pigment ink on a piece of printer paper in the recycling bin. Doing this test will help show you what it looks like, and it will also show you where there are extra ridges that need cutting.

I still have to mount the stamp onto a small piece of wood, but all the carving is done. I'm super happy with how it turned out. I wish it could've looked more handdrawn like, well, my handdrawning of it, but I'm not sure I could realistically achieve it with this process. I'm still excited to make a second stamp and then debut them both on on holiday cards this year.