One thing that I’ve been appreciating more these days is the ability to use crafting supplies in multiple ways. Take for example, a stamp set and coordinating dies. Manufacturers have made it much easier to create stamped images and then cut them out by using detailed dies (with the help of cutting tools and machines) for paper crafting. But today, I decided to try them out on felt instead and managed to create a fun little playing board for our 5-year-old to play with. In this particular example I used the “Basket Bunch” photopolymer stamps and coordinating dies from Stampin’ Up.
I started by cutting a piece of thick cardboard into a 5″x7″ rectangle (I used the back of a drawing pad that our daughter had finished using, or you could use something like a cereal box). Cut a piece of blue felt that is the same width but a little more than half of the height. This will act as the sky in the background. Then cut out a piece of green felt that is the same width but only about half of the height. This will act as the grass in the background. We kept ours straight across the top but you can cut hills or curves too. Glue both pieces onto the cardboard. I find that tacky glue works a lot better than regular school glue and glue sticks when it comes to felt, and it dries clear.
The set of dies includes this cute little patch of grass which I cut out of the same green felt. I glued them down to the grass but only along the bottom and two side edges. That way she could tuck other elements behind the blades of grass later on. And as you can see, she took the liberty of drawing in her own clouds and butterflies.
For some of the other elements such as the large basket, I stamped onto the felt first with some StazOn ink before die-cutting the shape out. It wasn’t the crispest image left on this piece of brown felt but a) I think I need a new ink pad and b) this felt seemed fuzzier than other pieces of felt. It may be a good idea to do a test run on a scrap piece of felt if you want to check the clarity of the stamped image first.
The sky, grass, and blades of grass “pockets” were the only pieces that we glued onto the board. All of the other pieces can be moved around and placed anywhere on the board which makes it fun for little hands to create new stories. I love how an egg can truly be hidden in the grass!
This would make a great little traveling activity for a flight or a long drive. You could easily slip the loose pieces into a little plastic bag (or a pretty glassine envelope) and package this up as a gift. This sort of project just might have you looking at your other stamps and dies differently too. You can bet she’s already remembering that adorable mermaid set that mama has! 🙂
- “Basket Bunch” photopolymer stamp set #143186 (Stampin’ Up!)
- “Basket Bunch” Framelits dies #143228 (Stampin’ Up!)
- felt in assorted colors
- tacky glue (Aleene’s)
- “jet black” StazOn ink pad (Tsukineko)
- a piece of thick cardboard