Posted by Katie Hatch, Style Director
One of the first stories I did when I started at Weddings in 2000 was about using rubber stamps at your wedding. It wasn't my idea, and when Rebecca Thuss gave me the assignment, I remember she sort of had to convince me that people actually liked rubber stamps. Looking back, I can't believe I was so skeptical, considering how much I love rubber stamping now. So, I rounded up a couple of my favorites:
First of all, the cabbage-rose print, above left, is actually made from radicchio. I love that it's a low cost, and you can play around to see if you like the pattern. Try it down the center of a tablecloth (maybe as a runner) or all over on either cloth or paper napkins.
And on the right, the wood block print is actually just a linoleum print, which if you've never done and you like the wood block print look, you should definitely try. You can get the supplies—the lino itself and the carving tools—at most craft stores. Then, find or develop your design and trace it onto the lino in order to carve it out. I hope I'm not making it sound hard because lino is really quite soft and easy to work with. Have any of you ever tried it? Again, I like this because it's a relatively low-cost way to get your own one-of-a-kind stamp.
And I love these two because they're unusual applications for stamps. Did you realize you can stamp on glass? I didn't until I saw it being done in the crafts department. I love the idea of stamping your basic cylinders to get a customized look.
And on the right, Wendy Kromer stamped right into the fondant on this cake with a clean, new stamp. What's nice is that you can take a single motif and weave it from your stationery through your centerpiece to your cake.
What do you think about rubber stamps? Love 'em or leave 'em? Are any of you using them to decorate your wedding?