Getting a message out occurs in many different forms today. There are the tried and true methods, and ideas you might not have tried yet. If your corporate events take place in the winter and are located in an area of the country that receives snow, Earthstamp has a creative and effective advertising tool that's sure to get noticed. Event sponsors can now imprint their logo all over the ski slopes, around the chair lifts, or even the parking lot. Earthstamp imprints the snow and it’s everywhere. A local business can promote a product or service using snow at intersections, along walks, snow banks, etc. The possibilities are endless.
Earthstamp is a light durable polyurethane mat that allows you to imprint unlimited messages, logos, or ads. Its flexibility allows imprinting most any contours. It works great in any type of snow. It can be powder, sun softened, or groomed and compacted. You can even use the Earthstamp in ice! Create a cool ice centerpiece at an event using your Earthstamp.
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Snow Imprinting Tips
Earthstamp imprints all types of snow, but imprinting methods may vary depending on the snow. To consistently stamp quality images, read the tips below.
- Powder and wet snow; Gently lay the Earthstamp straight down on the snow. While one hand holds the stamp in place, take your other hand and "pat" the top of the stamp forcing it into the snow. Using your body weight to imprint forces the stamp too far down into the snow and it’s not necessary to force the stamp down into the snow until it stops. Shallow imprints work just fine. It’ll just take a little practice to get the "feel" of your Earthstamp.
- Groomed and compacted snow; find an area of the snow that seems relatively free of ski and boot tracks. It doesn't have to be perfect. Gently lay the Earthstamp straight down onto the snow. Using your body weight, walk around on the stamp pressing it into the snow. You may find that you actually need to "stomp" on it. Don't worry about breaking it, you won’t. But be careful, it may be slippery. If it does seems slippery because you’re on an incline, just plant one foot in the snow off the stamp and use your other foot to stomp with. Holding the stamp in place is not necessary. When you think you've stomped enough, grasp the handles and simply peel it off the snow. It may take some practice for your imprint to be consistent.
- To imprint snow banks, also use the "pat" method. Just use one hand to hold the Earthstamp in place and the free hand to pat the stamp. Then maneuver your hands to the handles and peel up.
- When "peeling" the Earthstamp off the snow, the handles will cause the edges to lift first. Just keep lifting until the center of the stamp raises off the snow.
- Keep the Earthstamp free of snow between imprints by smacking the back of the stamp with your open hand. Any stuck snow simply falls away.
Earthstamp On Ice
The same Earthstamp you use on the snow can be used to create an ice centerpiece. Read the tips to learn how.
- Using 3/4" MDF board, cut a piece about 3 inches larger than your Earthstamp. I like using MDF because it’s a very smooth product and it’s also inexpensive.
- Center the stamp face up on the MDF and using silicone caulk, caulk the gap between the stamp and the MDF.
- Attach MDF sides to the vertical edge of the MDF (containing the stamp) using screws. Basically, you’re building a box. For best results the ice thickness should be about 3 inches. Screws are used to aid in stripping the forms later.
- Coat the MDF bottom and sides with "PAM", or any vegetable oil and allow to soak in. Wipe any excess off until it appears dry. This can be done prior to assembling the forms or centering the stamp on the large piece of MDF. Coating the Earthstamp with oil is not necessary or desired. Cooking oil won't hurt the stamp, but the uneven surface makes removing the excess more difficult.
- When the forms are assembled and fastened together, apply silicone to all seams. Do this carefully. It's needs to be watertight. Use a wet finger to smooth the caulk.
- When the caulk has set and the Earthstamp is fixed in place, fill the form with water. We recommend boiling the water for ten minutes to dissolve minerals and reduce air in the water. This results in clearer ice when frozen. Carefully pour the water in the form in a way that doesn't introduce air bubbles. Use a steady flow of water.
- Now you need to make some room in the freezer to place the water filled form. Or if you're like some of us in the winter, just put it outside for a couple of days. In either case, it needs to be cold enough to freeze completely.
- Remove the frozen form from the freezer. Then remove the screws holding the wood pieces together. Using a hair dryer, apply some heat to the wood pieces. The heat will melt the ice holding the wood just enough to release it. Apply just enough heat to remove the wood, one piece at a time.
- The Earthstamp will be embedded in the ice. Again, the hair dryer may be necessary to warm the stamp, just a little. Grasp the handles and begin to gently work the stamp out of the ice. Once it starts to lift, it comes out rather quickly.
- There you have it. Now add a few decorations and you have an ice centerpiece. It’s that easy!