Tonight, I was working on a project where I needed to stamp outlines of squares onto my surface. Not having that kind of rubber stamp, I knew if I could only find a square gift box or similar somewhere in my stash, Iâ€™d be set. I found a 2â€³x1/2â€³x1/2â€³ (approx) matchbox in my â€œtrashâ€ cabinet! I spread acrylic paint onto some waxed paper and made a makeshift stamp pad. I stamped the end of the matchbox cover onto my project! It was perfect!
The best part was while I was stamping, I wondered where the matchbox came from. I realized that I picked it up in a restaurant in Kansas City when I worked for Hallmark Cards around 1998. I kid you not, that matchbox went from Kansas City, to my home in Albuquerque, then moved back to New Jersey with me, where I moved two more times and now itâ€™s settled in Colorado, where Iâ€™m at my second address.
The point is that you never know when something is going to come in handy. As long as you are collecting a stash and you have the space for it and you USE stuff from it, itâ€™s never a waste of time and effort when it comes to your altered art. 🙂 Whenever you are about to toss something into the trash, take a second look at it. Can it be used as a stamp? Try it out! Not only are you expanding your design potential, youâ€™re saving that stuff from going into the landfill. Iâ€™m starting a drawer called â€œWeird stuff to use as stamps.â€ Comment and tell me what youâ€™re using!