Creative Crafts for Creative Kids

Easy embossing with toilet paper

Posted on: August 31, 2009

Embossing is usually found in scrapbooks and greeting cards and is a fun grown-up activity.  Now this project has been scaled down for the younger set using toilet paper!  The age and skill level of this project depends on how intricate the design and how large the stamp you use.  Larger, chunkier stamps such as the large foam stamps are good for younger children while smaller more detailed stamps are good for older children with more patience and care while working.  Since you are “painting” with water, this project is virtually mess free!  Click here for another version of this project.

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What you will need:

  • Toilet paper(1-ply)
  • Cup of water
  • Small paintbrush
  • Stamps
  • Markers, paint or ink

elephant and marble 002Step 1: Begin by choosing your stamp, filling your cup with water and ripping several sheets of toilet paper off of your roll.

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Step 2: Place a piece of toilet paper over your stamp and gently paint with water to avoid ripping the delicate toilet paper.

elephant and marble 007Step 3: Carefully add another piece of toilet paper on top of the previous piece and paint with water.  Be sure to get around all of the lines of the stamp’s design when “painting.”  Continue adding layers of toilet paper until you have reached your desired thickness (usually about 6-8 pieces).

elephant and marble 008Step 4: While still on the stamp let your toilet paper dry.

elephant and marble 010Step 5: Once dry, remove your toilet paper from the stamp.  This picture shows the underside that the stamp was pressed into.  You can now color your embossed image and cut it out, using it for all sorts of fun projects.  To create interesting color designs try stamping your stamp in ink before you begin applying the toilet paper.  The paper will suck up the ink and the water will make it bleed, giving a cool effect.

elephant and marble 035Congratulations!  You have just done easy embossing with stamps and tissue paper.  How did your project come out?  What did you use your embossing for?  Please share your comments and pictures in the comments section of the blog.


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