Rubber stamping on Easter eggs will easily transform what used to be plain and ordinary into a work or art that even kids can do! Because eggs are contoured, rubber stamping on them is tricky if you cannot see what you are doing, that is why clear hobby rubber stamps are ideal for this craft project.
The egg above is actually an oval rock which has a beautiful granite texture throughout. Egg shapes come in a variety of compounds which include: glass, rock, plastic and glazed ceramic. Stamping on non-porous surfaces is a little tricky, so keep the following points in mind when you are stamping.
- Eggs, being a less than flat surface require one to rock the clear stamp accross the egg until the design is completely transferred. a non-porous surface increases the likelyhood of the stamp sliding. The smaller the stamp design you choose, the easier it will be to hold the stamp steady.
- Choose ink that is permanent as a pigment ink will come off as soon as you touch it. If you make a mistake you can wipe it off with the stamp cleaner and re-stamp the image
For the complete instructions for stamping Easter eggs scroll down this page to the section that explains how to stamp on hard boiled eggs.
Stamping on Hard Boiled Easter Eggs
- Dye your egg a solid color. You can use a commercial Easter egg dye or a mixture of food coloring, water and vinegar (equal parts of water and vinegar) to color your eggs
- Once your egg has completely dried you are ready to begin stamping.
- Choose a stamp that is no larger than a quarter. Because the egg is curved you will be required to rock the stamp accross the egg to transfer the design. You may wish to practice before you begin by stamping on a plastic egg holder or other similarly shaped object where you can wipe off the ink when you are done.
- Pigment ink works well for stamping on hard boiled eggs. It comes in a variety of colors allowing you to make your eggs as colorful as you wish.
- To stamp on your egg ink the clear hobby rubber stamp well, then begin stamping on the edge of the design. You will need to rock the stamp both up and down, as well as from side to side to completely transfer the image. Try to work diagonally accross the image so you don't have to overstamp parts of the design.
- Once you have stamped a single design allow it to dry thouroughly before attempting to stamp the next object. Your fingers, if they touch the stamped part will blur or smudge a fresh image.
- Color in the designs if you wish using water based markers. Add sequins, or ribbon if you wish.
NOTE: If the eggs start to sweat (for example after being refrigerated and warming up to room temperature) after they are stamped the image may blur a little.
EMBOSSING ON EGGS
- Embossing on an Easter egg can be done if the egg is still fairly warm. It needs to be completely dry so the embossing powder doesn't stick where you don't want it.
- Stamp using embossing ink, then sprinkle embossing powder over the image. Remove exess and heat with a heat gun. Do not over heat, you don't want to burn the egg inside the shell.
- Finish decorating your egg as desired.