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
• Pencil
• 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!

Andrea Fairservice is a designer & blogger who is always bursting at the seams with inspiration and is known by her friends as a “gatherer.” She shoots and develops the Do It Yourself column.
  1. Shirsha says:

    This is a really helpful post. I have been meaning to make some stamps myself – this will be a great help.

  2. Woohoo- I love this and was just searching for a tutorial! :) Yay!

  3. Brook says:

    Block printing is so much fun. I need to bust out some of my old supplies and get messy sooooon.

  4. Christy says:

    Fun! I’ll have to give it a try.

  5. Nesha- Betty Red Design says:

    Ooh I’m definitely going to try this out! It’d be great to make a few cute stamps to stamp the front of some notebooks with. Awesome!

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  8. Bethany says:

    I asked my dad to make me stamp handles for Christmas to stick my stamps too. I’m so excited :-] Love the look of what you created though. Do you have any tips for not cutting yourself in the process? heh.

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