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Heart Stamp Cups

Here is an easy little project we put together last week. I was introduced to hand carved stamps a few years ago and they are so great for personalizing something for a party last minute. This project uses a basic heart but you could do any shape or pattern. I like to keep the stamp blocks around for when I’m throwing something together at the last minute but still want some customized details.

Material Needed: Paper cup, inkpad, stamp rubber, stamp carving set
Step 1: Make a heart pattern to trace. We used a heart shaped paper punch.
Step 2: Place the heart on the rubber and trace it.
Step 3. Using the small stamp carving tool carefully carve around the heart.
Step 4. When you are satisfied with the shape, use the larger tool to carve away the rest of the stamp. We ended up cutting off the rest of the stamp because it made it easier to stamp on the cup.
Step 5. Ink up and stamp away!

Credits + Contributors:

All photography by Heather Zweig for Oh Happy Day
Art Directed by Jordan Ferney
Produced by Stacy Wichelhaus
Crafting by Caitlin Barker

  1. Jillian

    January 25, 2013

    Adorable! Where did you get the kraft paper cups from? Would love to order those in bulk.

  2. Sarah

    January 25, 2013

    What a simple, yet really pretty craft! I love the photography, that is my favorite partt:) Thanks for sharing!!

  3. Cec

    January 25, 2013

    Wait, why did you carve around the heart if you were just going to cut it out?

    Cute idea, nevertheless. :)

    • jordan
      • jordan
      • January 25, 2013

      Hi Ceci! You can’t get the same shape if you use scissors. We trimmed the excess because it left marks on the cylinder cup. If you were printing on paper you wouldn’t need to trim the stamp.

  4. Helena

    January 25, 2013


  5. Kelsey C.

    January 25, 2013

    Love this!! Those craft paper cups are amazing! Where did you get them?

  6. Judy

    January 25, 2013

    Looks great! I guess carving a stamp is a lot like carving a linoleum block?
    Same tools?

  7. Mai

    January 25, 2013

    LOVE this! What a simple and pretty DIY. And such great photos. Thanks for sharing!

  8. melissa

    January 25, 2013

    these are super sweet. Perfect for valentines day! I made this printable for the lovely day :)


  9. adela

    January 25, 2013

    that is a really sweet idea but i particularly love the presentation of it here! great photos.
    xo adela

  10. Melissa

    January 25, 2013

    This is such a great idea! Would love to know where you got the paper cups.

  11. amanda

    January 25, 2013

    You are always making such sweet projects that I never would think of!


  12. LARY@ Inspiration Nook

    January 25, 2013

    Such a cute idea! Perfect for Valentines :)

  13. Rachel

    January 25, 2013

    What a simple yet adorable idea!

  14. Eva

    January 25, 2013

    Now why go through all that hassle. When you could just punch out or cut out the shape you want with an xacto knife, use it as a stencil, ink up a sponge and use it to fill in the area you punched out! Much cheaper and easier :)

  15. Chloe Moon

    January 25, 2013

    I’ve always wanted to do stamp making! It looks so much fun! I love the heart cups! Very inventive! =)

  16. Eva

    January 25, 2013

    I guess I better mention that you punch out the shape from card stock or a perhaps even a sticky note? Then you could stick it to the area before inking….? As long sa you didn’ punch out the sticky area.

  17. Gina at willowday

    January 25, 2013

    Everything about it is sweet!!!
    (with a shortage of both unique craft supplies and paper products in Sweden, I love the challenge of improving on plain paper goods and find the challenge results in even better end products) — like these! quick, easy, simply and eternally sweet!

  18. Notes from Holly St.

    January 25, 2013

    so cute and super simple! may give this a try…

  19. Prettygreentea

    January 26, 2013

    This is a lovely idea, I will have to get round to doing it at some point.

  20. Featheringtodo

    January 26, 2013

    Nice for a party. Looks very cute and saves you doing a lot of dishes!

  21. Hilde

    January 26, 2013

    So cute! Is it not a bit trickly stamping on a curved surface?

  22. Kasia

    January 26, 2013


    I love stamps and this idea is really great. I wonder if the cup surface which is not flat is not a tricky one to put a stamp on?

    Greetings from frosty and snowy center of Europe!:)

  23. Michela

    January 26, 2013

    I really love this project!! thanks for share!

  24. Cheryl

    January 26, 2013

    LOVE this. I’m SO excited for Valentine’s Day this year for some reason 😉

  25. Amie

    January 26, 2013

    Such a cute idea for valentines day! I hadn’t thought of making my own stamps to do things on mass like that, such a neat idea :)
    xoxo Amie @ Spoonful of Vintage

  26. anna - Today I Like Blog

    January 27, 2013

    this is so nice Jordan :) Be careful, Starbucks might steal your idea!!

  27. giulia

    January 27, 2013

    everything in this post is beautiful, the craft itself, the photography, the handwriting…!

  28. sarah

    January 27, 2013

  29. Miss Doodles

    January 28, 2013

    Hello !
    I’m Oh so very happy I found your Oh Happy Day Blog !

    I’ll add you to my bloglist,
    Keep up the good work !



  30. Molly {Dreams in HD}

    January 28, 2013

    simple and adorable!

  31. liitlesunny

    January 28, 2013

    So cute! Your website is wonderful! :xxxxxxxx

  32. Savanah

    January 28, 2013

    Lovely! I would love to fill them with candy and hand them out to my coworkers :)

  33. tess

    January 29, 2013

    Love these! Would you mind sharing where ther cups are from? I havent been able to find plain brown paper ones anywhere! Thanks, love your blog!

  34. Natasha

    January 31, 2013

    LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!

  35. Marie

    January 31, 2013

  36. La

    February 1, 2013

    So fantastic! I will need to do this for my boyfriend and I this Valentines.xx

  37. lyndsay

    February 1, 2013

    super duper cute! love the look of it on the brown craft cups… sweet and simple. xo

  38. Ruth Ann

    February 5, 2013

  39. teresa

    February 6, 2013

    Fun…I may need to try this.

  40. gabsARTig

    February 7, 2013

    gorgeous! I ♥ it!

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