Hi Crafty Friends! Jackie here and today I am showing you a way to use your Mommy Lhey “Dream & Believe” stamp set to make super cute DIY planner charms. As soon as I saw the “Dream & Believe” stamp set, I KNEW this was the stamp set that I wanted to use for the charms.
For this project, I used Shrinky Dink plastic sheets, but you could also use the plastic lid from a to-go container (pretty neat, right?!). You will need StazOn ink, this is important because the plastic needs permanent, alcohol-based ink in order to work properly.
Before we begin, preheat your oven to 325°F.
Now on to the fun part! First, you want to stamp on to your plastic sheets, using your StazOn ink pad, you want to make sure to leave a little bit of room between the stamps, as we will be cutting these out with a little border.
I used Copic markers to color in a bit of the stamp in order to add a pop of color but it is definitely not necessary. If you would like to color in your stamps, but do not have Copics, you can actually use any sort of permanent, alcohol based markers, such as Sharpies (I didn’t have any fun colors) or even acrylic paint.
Next step is SUPER IMPORTANT: use a 1/8” hole punch and punch a hole from where you would like the charm to hang (for each stamp). You want to make sure the hole is punched first, so that you can cut around it, but more importantly, after you bake your stamp it will be too thick to punch a hole.
**P.S. If you happen to forget this part, slap a magnet on the back and it will make a cute refrigerator magnet after it is baked. **
Now cut around your stamp leaving a slight border – don’t forget to include your hole.
Now, you want to place your stamp cut-outs coloring/ink side up, on a sheet of parchment paper, on a cookie sheet. The parchment paper just helps keep the plastic from sticking to your cookie sheet. Once you place it in the oven, it could take anywhere from 1-5 minutes. You will see your stamp start to shrink and then curl up, this is totally okay – do not take it out yet. Once your stamp starts to flatten back out and then stops any movement, this is when you can take it out. It might not be completely flat, so you have about 15 seconds, after it comes out of the oven, that you can use a spatula to completely flatten it.
If you would like to add some protection to your charms, brush a thin layer of Modge Podge or sealant over the stamped/colored areas only.
Grab your needle nose pliers and open your jump rings in order to put them through the holes you punched. I used a couple of different sizes in order to connect a couple of the stamps together.
Before you close up your jump ring, you can attach it to your elastic band on your traveler’s notebook or attach it to lobster claw for ringed planners.
I hope you guys enjoyed and I can’t wait to see your charms!
Products I used in this blog post:
(Use code ‘MLJackie10’ for 10% off your Mommy Lhey order – excluding the Little Bits Box):
Dream & Believe” stamp set
Shrinky Dink Plastic Sheets
StazOn Black Ink
Jewelry Jump Rings
Needle Nose Pliers
Modge Podge (optional)
Find me on Instagram ( @cheekypapercreations ) for more fun with the Mommy Lhey kits and stamps!