Make Your Own Rubber Stamps

If you’re looking for a plant inspired diy, this one is a fun and easy one to try!

Hello everyone! I wanted to share a little craft project that I have been working on for the past few days. I’ve been making some rubber stamps inspired by plants and thought some of you may enjoy this. I’ve used these stamps for diy greeting cards and wrapping paper. You don’t have to be an amazing artist to try this out, it’s fairly simple and pretty relaxing to do. I will note though, that children probably shouldn’t try this diy, especially without adult supervision.

Getting Started

There are quite a few things that you will need in order to try this out.

  • Carving Rubber (such as speedball’s speedy carve)
  • Carving Tool (Speedball’s makes a carving tool with interchangeable carving points)
  • Pencil with eraser
  • White paper or tracing paper
  • A Paper Cutter (if you want to cut your cards exact)
  • Ink pads or
  • Block ink
  • Unused glass from a picture frame
  • and Block Painting Roller

The last three on the list are optional. Ink pads work just fine. Although, I’ve noticed with the block ink that the color does look bolder and is better to use on surfaces other than paper.

Finding Or Creating An Image

Whenever I make stamps, I usually look at one of my plants and try to make a drawing from this. Sometimes I will find an image that I like online and try to outline the image on tracing paper. I never make this image exact but it depends on how much detail you would like your stamp to have. A lot of people use regular white paper to make an image on. This works just fine too.

When making an image, be sure that when you trace it, it makes the image look backwards. Especially when text is involved!

Once you have your image, you’re going to center the traced image over the rubber, and you’re going to rub the image onto the rubber. This will transfer the image and will make it easier for you to carve the image out. Don’t worry if it doesn’t come out perfect. You can correct blurred or incomplete lines with a pencil.

Carving Your Stamp

I always try to do this as carefully as possible. Make sure to carve AWAY from yourself! I cannot stress this enough. There are times when carving, that your hand or the carving tool may slip. Getting stabbed with the carving tool doesn’t sound too pleasant or feel too pleasant.

I like to carve my images so that the background is completely carved away and that my image is in the forefront. As with the ginger flower above, I carved the outline of the flower with my thinnest carving head so that the flowers details would show through. I would then carve the background with my larger carving heads. In this particular case, I carved a striped background to add to the design.

Block Inks and Ink Pads

I personally like to use block inks when I want to stamp card board boxes, greeting cards, or when making wrapping paper. The colors just come out really opaque and they’re not as blotchy as with an ink pad.

With ink pads, its a cleaner experience and just much more convenient. It’s not as time consuming as with the block inks.

When using block ink, I make sure to have a paper towel with me just in case of some spills. I will use the glass from a picture frame that I’m not using to put a dab of block ink on. Once a little blot is on the frame, I then roll the roller over the paint until it is completely coated and has a somewhat tacky sound to it.

Once the roller is coated with paint, I then roll the roller over the stamp until it’s evenly coated.

Time To Stamp!

Once the stamp is coated, you can now start to use your stamps! Be sure to press firmly all over the stamp so that the image transfers evenly.

There are so many possibilities with your own handmade stamps! I’ve made wrapping paper for presents or for book covers, I’ve made greeting cards and personalized notes for friends. You can let your imagination run wild!

I really hope that you folks found this tutorial fun and helpful! It’s been really fun to try. Let me know if this is something you have done before. I would love to hear about it.



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