How to make stamps

Jan 06 2012

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Everyone loves rubber stamps right? I will now impart my wisdom to you and show you how you can make your own.


Supplies:

  • linoleum sheet
  • wood blocks
  • lino cutter
  • box cutter or X-Acto knife
  • craft glue
  • pencil (not shown, but you should know what these look like)

You can get the linoleum sheets and lino cutting supplies from a craft or art supply store. I got this kit and some lino from my local art store. To get the woodblocks you will have to have a brother with a table saw.


Trace around your wood block


then cut out a piece of lino to size. Probably best to do this on a cutting mat or an old magazine.


using a pencil, draw out your design



line up your pencil drawing with your piece of lino and transfer the pencil image using pressure.


Ta da! Note that if you are using text, the image will be backwards, which is what you want so that your final image will be not backwards.


Carve out your design. Always cut away from yourself… you know… so that you don’t cut yourself.


Glue your lino to your block. Wait for it to dry. Or not. Your choice.


Now that is a good looking stamp.


Stamp! I used printing ink and a brayer. You could also use a stamp pad. Or fabric ink onto fabric.


Here is another stamp I made.


You could test out your stamp and clean up any bits of lino that protrude enough to leave ink marks. My preferred method is to say they add character and leave them.

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9 Responses to How to make stamps

  1. Slippery Pete says:

    Great looking stamps. I don’t think EVERYONE knows what a pencil is and to claim so is racist!

  2. the_snarkster the_snarkster says:

    I wasn’t talking to everyone. I was talking to my readers. People who are worldly enough to be on this website will know what a pencil looks like. I think you are the racist for thinking that knowing what a pencil looks like would have to do with race. Get over yourself!

  3. lamyamyamy says:

    not knowing what a pencil is isn’t racist…. it’s discriminatory. get over BOTH of yourselves! Especially the person who I don’t know, you know, becuase I feel really big bullying people on the internet.

    Hey Engers, nice idea, srsly. And it was good to see you over the holidays, I hope you can holiday my way one of these days.

    Okee, have fun. I’m off to eat my delicious homemade black bean soup. I can’t believe I buy soup considering how cheap and easy (and more delicious tasting) homemade is! mmm mmm mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

  4. Slippery Pete says:

    @lamyamyamy

    Eat a cunt.

  5. the_snarkster the_snarkster says:

    @lamyamyamy: your first sentence doesn’t make any sense. You should probably spend more time next time you are out here and come to the mainland as well. Our few hours together was simply not enough! You buy soup because it’s actually easier than making it.

    @Slippery Pete: you should go eat a pumpkin!

  6. lamyamyamy says:

    i was merely trying to point out that the use of “discriminatory” was incorrect, at least in my meekly superior brain. At least that is what I remember, I’m too lazy to reread what was up there.

    I agree, I did not have enough time with you guys. It was a good visit and hopefully I have more time next time. Not sure when that will be but as we all know, it is hoped for sooner than later.

    And maybe then we can all go out for pumpkin pie with a side of cunt, I hear it’s nice at any time of the year.

    …of which I’m saying because I’m not sure that what I thought was obviously friendly sarcastic humor was taken as such, and then the responding comment which may or may not have been full of same, well-meaning humorous sarcasm, to which M.E. responded with mightily superior sarcasm of which I attempted to “roll” with and come back with something as genius. You know, friendly sarcasm. And if it wasn’t, well, cunt is a nice word and I’m friends with lesbians, so thank you for such a warm invitation to ensure I am happy and healthy. cuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcuntcunt

    and now I’m full.

  7. lamyamyamy says:

    and I just made delicious soup. again. too easy, more yummy than store bought. next time it’s gonna be some sort of curried squash soup, maybe with some yam thrown in there.

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