I took a break from crafting for a bit while I welcomed this guy to the world ...
..and yesterday I decided it was time to pull out my supplies and make something. Jack is now 8 weeks old, and like most new moms, I have been meaning to capture those TINY FEET since the day he was born.
There are plenty of kits out there that help you make clay impressions—complete with frames or plaques. I don't have anything against them (in fact, I received one as a gift that I think I'll use for his hands), but I wanted to use a specific shadowbox frame, and I wanted to add a few touches of personalization. I used Deco Claycraft soft air-drying clay to make the impressions, and a set of Martha Stewart Crafts clear letter stamps in Sans Serif to make a few debossed clay labels. A dark-brown stamp pad provided the ink to make his tiny feet and the labels really stand out.
Below is a gallery showing how I put together my custom footprint impression—forgive me for the absence of cute baby-printing action shots; I was home alone and this was my first attempt at crafting with a squirmy newborn!
Note: Most stamp pad ink is nontoxic (check the package) and does not stain the skin, but you'll want to wash it off with a mild soap as soon as you get a good impression, if only to save your house and furniture from duplicate prints. Keep all materials (especially clay, which can look yummy) out of reach of children while working.