Do you have some of your own design ideas that you think would make cool rubber stamps? You could use them just about anywhere, adding a personal touch to gift cards and thank you notes, or even for labeling your notebooks.
In this tutorial, Alma Stoller shows us how to carve rubber stamps
. All the supplies should be available at your local craft store.
What you'll need
- Speedball Speedy Stamp carving block - pink is firmer and easier to work with
- Carving tools - linolium, various sizes
- Craft knife and cutting mat
- Original drawing
- Tracing paper
How to carve your stamp
- Draw your design on tracing paper.
- Put the paper over your carving block, design side down. Rub the pencil marks onto the carving block.
- Cut the image out on the block, using your craft knife
- Fill in the detail with your carving tools
- Ink it, and test
- If you're not satisfied, keep going back and perfecting the carving until you like the inked result
Once you're done, you could glue the rubber stamp to a wooden block. This might make it easier to work with. Have a look through Alma's site
for some great inspirations. She has posted many of her own hand carved stamps, including those at various stages of completion.