Hand Stamped Metal Tags

We see a lot of metal stamping happening all over the internet, so it was high time for us to give it a try. Turns, out, it's super easy, and we love the handmade look.

Here's what you need:
- Metal letter stamps (Ours are c/o DoreenBeads)
- Metal tags
- Hammer
- Metal plate or block (you can buy metal blocks for stamping, but we used a piece of scrap metal hardware we had)
- Sharpie
- Rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover
- Cotton balls
- Tape

Here's what you do:
- Attach your metal tags to your metal plate or block with some small pieces of tape to hold them secure.

- Place your letter stamp and give it ONE good hit with your hammer. (Don't be shy! If you don't hit it hard enough, you've lost your chance. Two hits just won't work.)

- After you're done with all your letters, fill the indented letters with your Sharpie.

- Rub away the excess Sharpie with a cotton ball and nail polish remover. This helps your words pop out by providing contrast between your letters and your background.

"Oops." - Nick regarding the placement of the "D"
And it's that simple! These will serve as some herb garden labels (obviously). We glued some toothpicks to the back so we can stick them in our potting soil.

Sure, the world of metal stamping can be very in depth and particular, but it doesn't need to be. We love the imperfect look that we get from this method - the slanted letters, the varied depth of each stamp, etc. It gives each tag some great character.

This project has been a lot of fun. Think you'll give some metal stamping a try? Be sure to show us anything you come up with!

Sarah & Nick