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Make Your Own Rubber Stamp

June 12, 2012

For a while now I’ve been loving using blank cards and decorating them with stamps and scrapbook letters instead of stopping at Hallmark. Now, I want to take card making to the next level.

I want to make my own stamps!

These tips come from

First, you’ll need a pattern. Find (or draw) a black and white image with wide, bold lines.

Use tracing paper and a soft No. 2 lead pencil to copy the image.

Fill in the black areas darkly, so as to leave a heavy, shining coat of pencil lead on the paper.

Next, you need an eraser. You can use white vinyl erasers, green rubber erasers, or hard red rubber (“Pink Pearl”) erasers.

If you need bigger stamps, you can buy special carving blocks from a craft supplier.

To transfer your image onto the eraser, flip the tracing paper over and place it face down on the eraser. Rub the back of the paper with a rounded stick to burnish the design onto the eraser.

You should now be able to see the image clearly on the eraser. (It will be reversed.) Trace over the image with an ink pen so it is easier to see.

If you want to experiment with a more modern technique, try making a photocopy of your image. Place it face down on your eraser, and either:

1. Wet it with acetone (nail polish remover), or

2. Cover it with a cloth, and then go over it a few times with a medium/low heat clothes iron.

Now, simply carve away the areas that have NOT been inked.

One of the best tools for the job is an X-acto knife.

Always cut away from the inked areas at an angle so that they become the peaks of little ridges.

When you have finished the carving, press it onto an inked pad and try it out on a piece of paper.

You may want to make a few touch-up cuts here and there once you’ve inspected your test prints.

When you’re happy with the results, cut away the excess material around the edges of your design.

Obtain a block of wood that is slightly larger than your stamp.

Ink up the stamp, and make an impression of your design on top of the wooden block.

Let the ink dry thoroughly, and then apply lacquer or varnish to the block.

Once the varnish has dried, attach the uncarved side of the eraser to the bottom of the block with rubber cement.

Your stamp is complete!




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