This week I thought it would be fun to show you how easy it is to make your own rubber stamps and how versatile they can be! Not only can you make fun stamps with icons on them, but you can also make larger stamps and turn them into greeting cards, wall art, business cards, markers for calenders and pretty much anything you can dream up.
• A linoleum block, rubber carving block or rectangular eraser (for smaller stamps). All found at Michael’s
• Speedball linoleum cutting tool
• Printmaking ink or a plain ink pad will work too, both can be found at Michael’s
• Something to stamp on!
01. I drew up a bunch of fun little sayings and made a printable template that you can use for your stamps here. If you choose to, cut out one of the templates (for this DIY I chose to go with the “here and now” lock up) and use the pencil to firmly color in anywhere there’s type on the back of the template. If you would like to make your own design you can draw directly onto the linoleum block.
02. Lay the template printed side up on the block and trace around the design with the pencil, transferring the design to the block.
03. Use the cutter to carefully cut around the design. Or if you would like you can just cut the design out and have a reverse effect (like in the “you’re swell” card below).
04. Once you’ve cut out all of the negative space you’re ready to get printing! Using only a small amount of ink, take your roller and on a dinner plate or some palette paper roll the ink so that it is nice and even and that it will cover your whole stamp. Then roll the ink over the stamp and press the stamp onto your card. I always try to only press down where the design is so that any in on the negative space doesn’t transfer to the paper.
05. Make sure you let the ink dry all the way before you do anything with your print!
There are so many ways to use your stamps, and it’s an easy way to make several prints at once!