Hello friends, its Katie here today wishing you a lovely Tuesday morning. If you recall, last week I introduced you to a really fun stamp called Bank of Kidzville and a fun checkbook tutorial. This week, I wanted to continue with the money theme and introduce you to another stamp set called Money Maker from the Clearly 4 Kids line and another tutorial. Get prepared... lots and lots of pictures today.
So lets get started. The Money Maker Stamp Set will definitely become a well used stamp set. From my photo you can see that I stamped on plain white paper as well as colored paper. I used copy paper again for my money and this would be a great way to add to your paper money collection.
If you take a peek at the stamp set, you'll see that once you stamp your main image, you can make it any denomination you'd like to have.
But let me tell you the way I use paper (play) money. I have my oldest do chores or special things and he does get an allowance every week. I originally started out giving him money and he would have to save a percentage and put it away and then he had the rest for things he wanted (with parent approval of course).
This was all great gravy, except what was happening was that he would literally lose his money. I didn't see the purpose in handing him real money when he kept losing it. Obviously, he didn't value it quite the way I envisioned.
My solution to this was to give him play money. If he lost it, it was his problem. When the time came and he wanted money to buy something, he traded in his play money for real money. It is a win win situation for both of us.
Ok, so lets take a quick look to see how I stamped the money. I did it the same way as I made the checks from last week, but for this week, this is definitely something you could stamp and have age appropriate kids cut out their own.
I cut copy paper to 3" x 1 3/8"
I also wanted to make a note here and mention that its ok to have your paper/cardstock stick to your stamp and block when you stamp. I usually always get a comment as to if this is ok. Of course it is, all you have to do is gently peel you paper away. This is especially the case when stamping on smaller pieces of paper.
So now you've got all your fabulous money all stamped and ready to go. Let's figure out a couple of ways your kids can store their money. This first suggestion is just a case of altering. My Dad is a cigar smoker and he gave me a whole bunch of these cigar boxes. They are really cool and up to this point, I hadn't figured out what to do with them. Today one of them is going to become a bank. I went with a boy theme for this and gathered some long lost designer paper for this project.
Step 1: Measure the areas that you want to cover
Step 2: Cut
Step 3: Add Mod Podge to your surface (I just pour out some on a plate or extra piece of cardstock)
Step 4: Apply your paper
Step 5: Let dry
Step 6 Use some sanding paper to smooth out any edges
Step 7: Apply as many layers of Mod Podge as you would like (it provides a nice protective coat)
The little bead that you see on the top are the same beads that I used as feet on the bottom of my "bank". For the bottom, you can use any old liquid glue, but for the top, I ended up using a hot glue gun because I wanted it to stick!
Now, its time for the girls. I hate to admit it, but its just easier to make cute stuff for the girls. I found a great tutorial --> CLICK HERE<-- for an expansion wallet, but since I needed mine to be scaled down for my size money, I created one in different dimensions.
Main wallet dimension is 4" x 7"
Score at: 2 1/2" + 1/8" + 2 1/2" + 1/8" The way I did it on my Scor-pal was the traditional score at 2 1/2". Then I moved that score line over to the 6 3/8" and matched the top and bottom to the groove and then scored my next score at the 6 1/2" mark. Thus giving me a measurement of 1/8". See picture below :)
I did the exact same thing to create my next score line. I moved my last score line to match up with the 2" mark and then just measured over 2 1/2 " from there and it is the 4 1/2" line. You could choose any numbers to match as long as you are making your last score mark 2 1/2" away from the one you just made. Make sense??
Fold and you've got your basic wallet. The shorter side is going to be your front. At this point, cut any designer paper you'd like to decorate your wallet with.
I knew that I wanted to create a scallop edge for my wallet front, but instead of punching both layers at the same time, I did them separately and had to compensate in order to create a somewhat matched scallop for my designer paper. I lined up my already cut cardstock and then evened out the designer paper and then basically pulled the cardstock out while pushing the other paper in place.
Next, you'll want to cut 2 pieces of cardstock measuring 6" x 2 1/4". These will be your accordions for the side of your wallet.
Score at 1" intervals along the 2 1/4" side.
Then you will fold them in an accordion style.
Apply adhesive to one edge... remember to consider which side is going to be your outside side and which side will be your inside.
Attach your accordion to what is essentially the back wall of your wallet. I placed my accordion slightly in from the edge and evenly between the folds. Attach the other accordion piece.
After both pieces are done, add adhesive to the top layer.
Then just fold up the wallet and adhere.
And there you have it. A great place to store all that fabulous moola.
(NOTE: All paper used is retired or not readily available Close to my Heart product)
Well, that's it for today. I hope you enjoyed yourself and I'd like to thank you as always for stopping by and spending your time here at Clearly iStamp. If you have any questions, comments, or otherwise, please post away.
Thanks again and this is Katie, signing off for Clearly iSTamp.