Handmarks 101: How to Handmark
You’ve just received your Handmarks kit! But how do you get started? Let’s walk through these five easy steps together and get you started on creating your own unique, personal Handmark.
Step 1: Choose Your Tag and Message
After opening your kit, the first step is to choose what tag you want to stamp. Luckily for you, there are lots of options to choose from; circles, hexagons, and even hearts are among some of your options. Then you will need to decide what message you want to stamp onto the tag. The best tip here is to keep it short and simple! You want to ensure your whole message will fit, so stick with a name or a short phrase.
Step 2: Prepare Your Tag
Take the tag you’ve selected and put it on top of the bench block from the Handmarks kit. You can tell if the tag is facing the right direction by looking at the clip, which should be facing away from you on the block. Then use masking tape on the edges of your tag to hold it down. You don’t want it moving while you are trying to stamp! If you want, you can also use the masking tape as a guide for stamping your message.
Step 3: Tap Tap!
Now you are ready to start stamping your Handmark! Take the hammer and the first letter or symbol die for your chosen message. Make sure the letter on the die faces you, then line it up to where you want it placed on the tag. While holding your die tight, grab your hammer and give the top of the die two good taps. That’s it! Keep repeating this step until you’ve finished stamping your whole message.
Step 4: Trace Your Message
Once you are done stamping, take the marker from the kit and trace the inside of the letters and symbols. This will give your Handmark more definition. Then grab the polishing cloth and wipe down your tag until it is all shiny!
Step 5: Add the Tag to Jewelry
This is the easiest part! Simply choose whether you want a necklace, bracelet, or earrings, and clip the tag onto the jewelry. Make your Handmark stand out by adding some charms or color pops to the jewelry, too.
In just five easy steps, you’ve created your own unique Handmark. Now that you’ve completed your first one, grab another tag and make some more meaningful gifts for your friends and family!