This is my creation. Can you see what it says? lol 'Grow Dammit' lol The fun part of doing this is that the letters don't have to be straight or lined up right. It's more fun when they're a bit lopsided and caddywampus. To get the letters dark, there's several different techniques that folks on the web use, but the most economic way is to use a fine tip Sharpie pen and just write inside the letter's groove. When stamping the utensil, it's important to keep the stamp straight with the letter flat on the metal surface. Use the flat side of the hammer to hit it firmly (not wimpy but not extremely hard!) and flat on the stamper's flat top a couple of times. Many say not to hit it more than once in case your stamper moves, but we're not making heirloom engraved pieces here, we're making fun garden art, so hit it a couple of times and don't worry about it slipping. It only slips when you don't have a firm grip on it...and you WILL have, won't you? lol
There's all sorts of things you can stamp on a garden pick like this. You can choose the basic words like herbal names: oregano, thyme, basil, etc. Or you can use fun little sayings like I did. My daughter used 'Farmer Girl.' How about Queen, King, Prince, Princess. Or Yin and Yang. 'I know I planted something here' Or even your name, your hubs name, and your anniversary date in the center? There's so many you can do, choose from, or think of your own.
Then, with your new found talents of metal stamping, you can spread out and do more. What other fun stuff can you do with letter metal stamping? How about fun dog tags? they're not just for pets anymore! Use them as luggage tags, necklaces and other great things! This is one that I made for my oldest:
You can also use them to make serving utensil more fun and whimsical, or as a gift, along with some beads and wire, and you're done:
Or the ever-so popular initial necklaces. I've made a few, but didn't take any pics of them, they were gifts. But they're like these:
There's so much you can do with your new set of metal stamp set. You can pick up customized symbol stamps, like birds, music notes, and millions more, on the net (ebay, etsy, amazon, etc), but they can get pricey, as well as other fonts for letter, which can be VERY pricey, but starting out on the more less expensive versions are great for practice AND on the wallet! What have YOU made with your metal stamps? I'd love to see it!