Sunday, January 13, 2008

LOVE-AIDS!

Here's a project I made for Gina K's gallery, it's an Altoid tin filled with stamped band-aids! (When I was on the Dirty Dozen eons ago, I made some altered Altoid tins for the gallery, but don't go look, I made them before the days of watercolor crayons, aquapainters, etc! My first efforts don't look so cute to me now, but I found it interesting that I was the first to post one!)


Little kids love band aids, as you parents know, they don't even have to be injured to want one. Now those printed store-bought band-aids are very pricey(3 bucks for 20, OUCH!) so I've been stamping on my kids band-aids for awhile now(by just telling them to go pick a stamp!), but I got really inspired by a sneak peek of Carolyn's Dr. Feelgood before the release and had the idea to create some Love-aids with my new set! The little sayings "love you", "get well" and the hearts from Just So Hippy Set are just perfect, fit any size band aid. They are stamped with Palette Noir ink, not Staz On so you don't have stinky fumes and it doesn't require any heat set, dried instantly(someone asked on SCS if this would be safe for kids, the answer is : Um, I think?? I did open one up and the ink does not seep through to the padding or adhesive side so it won't be touching their skin. So, my kids will be using them!* ;) I colored the hearts with a red Sharpie and added the little white highlight dot with my trusty white Signo gel pen. The decoration process went very quickly.
My prescription on the back reads*:

RX: Apply to any cut, scrape, boo boo, owie or bruised ego with gentle pressure, as loving thoughts and well wishes are absorbed through the skin.


I thought these would be really sweet not only for kids, but as gifts for your grown-up girlfriends to keep in their purses! Who wouldn't want a cute bandaid instead of a plain one to cover their hangnail? Or as a sugar-free Valentine's Day or Get Well present?And the "bruised ego": I actually had a friend in mind when I made these that is really going through a lot, I thought these were loving reminders to take care of herself and love heals. I was also thinking of a beautiful children's book called "The Kissing Hand", in which a mother raccoon plants a kiss on her son's hand as he heads for school for the first time so he'll remember she's thinking of him. Wouldn't a child love these Love-aids for anytime? It's like a little bit of magic... :)


Gina K. Designs announced today she will be selling tins like these on her site for $1.50 each! They are smooth and silver, so they are quite pretty without having to cover all the sides. I used Mono multi for the top and bottom, and smoothed with my fingers. I wound a piece of Terrifically tacky tape around the lid's edge for my ribbon. The bottom strip for the side is a 12 inch strip of paper, 1/2 inch wide. GREAT TIP(IMHO): an 11 inch sheet of printer paper was not long enough, so I looked through my 12x12, and used a strip from a very ugly one sided-sheet of designer paper!! So there's a good use for any patterns you're just not really "feeling" in those paper slabs, don't hang on to them taking up space in your crate, flip it over for white 12x12!!

I will add a few more pics and specifics of covering the tin and making the border with Papertrey's Faux Ribbon in tomorrow's post...

* I've actually stamped directly on both my and my boys' skin with the Palette inks like tattoos, and we've had no rashes or third limbs grow so far! (but if we do, I will come back and edit this post!) ;)

**Feel free to cut and paste for your own personal use :)

10 comments:

Suzanne said...

This is too cute! I think I will have to case this idea for a few presents.

Denise... said...

OMG! This is fantabulous! Why can't I come up with creative ideas like this? It's the best idea I've seen in a while!!!!!

Michelle said...

Absolutely fabulous! I love this idea - genius!

Question: Did you just right the RX on the bottom?

Chef Mama said...

Thanks for answering my questions & for posting this, Melanie! I LOVE this idea! My girls can even make their own decorated bandaids. Love that! Think our Girl Scout troop might have a new project!

I must say I will never look at the monkey the same since you showed us your inspiration! LOL!

Carolyn King said...

This is just the cutest project! I love the way your set turned out and I am definitely gonna try this for my kids who want a bandaid for EVERYTHING!

Fantastically clever as usual!

Barb Schram said...

I just love this! I can't wait to get stampin with my new stamps! I hope I make you proud! Take good care! Barb

Velta said...

What a GREAT idea! I would have never thought of this...so thanks for sharing...I'm off to get some bandaids :)

Angie Z. said...

Oh this is such a darling cute project! And congrats again on the stamps! :)
~Angie
Duckwaddlequack

M.E. Greene said...

You are so creative! I love your cute ideas!!!

Bee said...

How did I miss this post?? Those are so adorable!!!♥
I found it too funny because I have been drawing on my daughter's band-aids with sharpies for years but never thought of using stamps instead! We usually do smiley faces and hearts, she picks what she wants on it and that already distracts from the boo-boo (even though, those days Hello Kitty is more popular than mommy's drawings...LOL) and we love "the kissing hand" such a cute story and illustrations!