Friday, July 27, 2012

Make Your Own Stamps



After posting all of those wonderful DIY stamp ideas, I had to try a few of my own. These stamps are really a combination of a few of the others, but are closest to this herringbone stamp from A Beautiful Mess.

I was a little worried that using craft foam sheets wouldn't work very well, but it really did. It was so easy, and I know I'm going to make more.

What you need:

1. Craft foam sheets
2. Glue + Scissors
3. Small wooden block
4. Ink


What you do:

1. Cut out the shapes that you want. (Remember the stamp will be a mirror image)
2. Cover the wooden block with a layer of glue.
3. Place the foam pieces on the block. Press down to make sure that they all dry flat.
4. Stamp.

I also made a stamp for my blog logo, and for my (upcoming) etsy shop. The foam works best with simple geometric shapes. I found that it lost a little bit of detail on the more intricate shapes. However, it still worked well and was very easy.


34 comments:

  1. I love those lines across you made from your own stamping block. I want to decorate a table clothe, that has some irreversible stains to cover up. I hope you are doing better.

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  2. Neat! I think I may have to try this. :)

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  3. How fantastically do-able! I love these - I have shared your link at http://creativityunmasked.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/six-for-saturday-or-sunday_28.html and am a new follower. :) I look forward to more fabulous creative fun on your blog.

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  4. Gor to try the block stamp, fun idea. Stopping by from the hop to say Hi, Come visit me sometime the tea is cold and no shoes are required. Kathy B. http://www.southernmadeintheshade.blogspot.com

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  5. I totally love this idea I must pin it. It would be awesome for fabric paint and make cute prints for T shirts. I can't wait to give it a try!
    I'll be back soon.

    Rose

    @ http://www.arosiesweethome.com/

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    1. I do love the t-shirt idea. I think I might have to try it out with a new pattern :)

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  6. Love this idea! I pinned this because, I'm sure I will need to use this at some point!

    Nicole @ Raggedy Creek Creations
    http://raggedycreate.blogspot.com

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  7. This is so clever Rachel...the foam is a super trick!! thanks for sharing! ;)

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  8. This is fantastic and so simple! I think this will be the perfect solution for my kitchen backsplash! Thank you for the inspiration! :]

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  9. Fabulous, darling... just fabulous :) Thanks for sharing such a fun and easy tutorial. HUGS!

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  10. Very cool- and very much in with the chevron design fad. Thanks!

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  11. You can make your designs easily with the better electronic digital cutters (like the KnK Zing).

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  12. I am featuring you today sweet friend! Love these!! : )

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  13. I've been making stamps like these for a while, although I'm really cheap and use cardboard or foam board instead of a wood black since I usually have it on hand. For more intricate shapes I use and X-acto knife, and I'm always surprised at how much detail you can get from the foam.

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  14. Fantastic results. Great to be able to use such readily accesible materials too.

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  15. Who would have thought it was so easy and inexpensive! Thanks so much for the tutorials!

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  16. awesome result! Love the imperfection of the pattern that you get from cutting the pieces. :)

    Dom.
    Craftedblog.com

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    1. Thanks! That is exactly what I love about it too :)

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  17. Where did you find the wooden blocks?

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    1. I used some extras from my son's cheap wooden block set. They sell different kinds of wooden shapes in the woodworking aisle at the craft stores.

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  18. I'm defiantly going to try this out!

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  19. Love love love. I am working on making my own stamp for a logo for my Etsy shop which I am opening soon. Do you have to roll ink onto the stamp (like in printmaking, I'm not sure what that's called), or do you find that the foam picks up enough ink just on an ink pad like a regular rubber stamp? Thanks!

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    1. Thanks! I found it worked very well with just a regular stamp pad. I sort of dabbed the pad onto the stamp instead of the other way around though. You could also use acrylic paint and a roller, like in printmaking.

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  20. I'm so gonna try this :D very nice blog, i will be following :D

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