Carve your own rubber stamps,it’s a hoot!!!….

I am a rubber stamp addict ( Craft and art supplies is one of the other things I hoard besides back issues of magazines.). Sometimes I’ll have an idea in my head for a stamp and find they just don’t make it.I couldn’t find the owl stamp I wanted, so I decided to go way back to my 8th grade roots and do some linoleum cutting. Have tou ever wanted to learn how to carve your own stamp?This is so easy and fun you will wish you had done it sooner!
Did you ever do that in art class at school? I remember we used these really hard linoleum blocks and the teacher warned every one to keep there hand behind their tool. There was always one kid that didn’t listen and ended up with stitches after they jabbed the blade into their hand.Those little cutters are sharp and the actual linoleum blocks can be hard to carve.
Luckily, they make these really soft blocks now that are super easy to cut through.. they cut like buttah….
You can find the supplies here. I also found mine at Micheal’s and used a coupon  each time I bought something.
It’s easiest to start with a graphic image like a simple letter or silhouette. Remember you want to do the opposite image of how you want your stamp to turn out.
I free-handed my image, but you can transfer an image with transfer paper from clip art.
Decide what areas you want to come up in your stamp. If need be, color the areas you DON’T want to carve with a red marker.
 You’ll have different blade choices. Use the tight v’s for smaller areas and the large scooped blades to remove a lot at once.
Once you pick your tip, start carving! Just make sure you keep your hand behind your tool. Sometimes it works better to make small scoops instead of large long ones.
 Remove all of the excess and then put in the detail work.
 I used the really skinny blade for around the eyes and carving out fine detail. Go slow, and enjoy the zen experience of carving. I find when I rush is when I mess it up.
 Then your image is finished, you can do  a practice stamp  with an ink pad to see if there are any high spots to remove or anything you want to tweek it a  bit. If you love it, take a wood block and stamp your image on the back. Then when you mount it, you’ll know what your stamp is.

With  craft glue I mounted it on my block and it is ready to go! You can use this like a regular stamp, and depending on the ink you use, can be used on paper,fabric,lamp shades or even glass. Or, what a great way to make Holiday cards.

Jen
 
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Comments

  1. Would you believe, I am 41 and I still have those original lino cutters from school here in Australia, I LOVED them so much they must have come home with me…eek…they are old I guess now, ( cough cough) and are the wooden handle type…I probably hid them from mum and they stayed hidden all that time since in my memory box…lol…

  2. Jen what a cute owl! I did not do this in high school.Wish we did.But I may have to give this a try now!Thank you for sharing this easy tutorial!
    xx
    Anne

  3. Very cute. We did this in 5th grade with pocket knives. If course, my knife closed on my little finger almost cutting it off. What was that teacher thinking. Yikes.

  4. Your owl is adorable, Jen. I’ve cut images before, but I always pick insanely complicated images that take all day to cut. Great tutorial.

  5. Adorable owl stamp!
    I do remember the really hard linoleum blocks in Art class :-(
    Great tutorial.

  6. Hello Jennifer! What a wonderful idea! I had it also at school, I remember … The owl is very beautiful! Best wishes for you! Geli

  7. Love it! No I never did this in art class but seems very easy to do.

  8. What a great idea. I know exactly how you feel not finding the right stamps. I thought making my own would be too hard but after reading this I might have to give it a try!

  9. I love it…What an awesome stamp..

  10. Darling Stamp! I remember my Mom always had owls in our house and now they are returning with a modern twist~Cheers Kim

  11. I have never seen that done, before! How cool! Oh, dear – something else for me to purchase and start trying. and right before Christmas – oh, my!
    -Trish

  12. I still have the original linoleum block I carved back in 1977…. its crazy but I didn’t start back up until this past winter! SiMPLY love making my own stamps!! Your owl is adorable!

  13. Thank hou so much Jen, so cool, I’m going to have to give it try. Oh yeah, I was the kid with the stitches who didn’t listen, it cut “like buttah! ” lol.

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