Day 7 – Rubber Stamps

How is it that the smallest ideas present the biggest challenges?  Today’s project seemed quite simple really, rubber stamps. I checked out a few tutorials on Craftster, it all looked pretty straight forward and I wasn’t at all concerned at how they would turn out.

Fast forward to about 20 minutes ago when I actually tried my stamps for the first time and none of them had a result that look anything stamp-like. They were blobs of blue paint on a piece of paper. After a few minutes of poking and cutting and a bit of praying, I tried them again and while they aren’t the perfect store quality stamps I had envisioned, they’re still kinda cool and I can’t wait to use them on envelopes, letters, walls….

To make your own stamps, you just need an eraser and some carving tools. I have a set of tools for polymer clay and these worked quite well. There are two different kinds of stamps that I made, one is an acutal image being stamped and one is more of a relief/drawing that is revealed once you lift off the stamp.

For the first one, you draw your image on the eraser and then cut away at everything that you DON’T want to show on the stamp (all the negative space) leaving a cool sculpture looking stamp.
For the relief type stamp you just draw on your eraser and then follow your lines with your tool, creating a sunken drawing in the eraser. When you apply the paint it shouldn’t go into the lines and will therefor leave you with a nice design when you lift up your stamp!

Materials: rubber eraser, carving tools
Cost: $0
Time: About half an hour due to things not working out so well at the beginning….


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mandii
    Sep 08, 2010 @ 07:54:30

    lol, cool 🙂 I didn’t even think it was possible to make those – thanks for sharing! 😀


  2. sustainatarian
    Sep 08, 2010 @ 23:58:06

    Nicely done Joel! I love making stamps. I really recommend Speedballs rubber and stuff, i also invested in a few different tool heads, they really make a difference for more complex designs. Can’t wait to see whats next!


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