Monday, August 27, 2012

Make a stamp Tutorial

The last few weeks I've had so much fun stamping and printing fabric, I thought it might be good to show you how easy it is to make your own stamps.  The boys went to a birthday party yesterday and as usual I got them to decorate the wrapping paper and card, using some new stamps I had made for another project.  

Here's what you need: 
  • some craft foam (also called 'high density' foam)
  • a backing like a wooden block or perspex.  To cut perspex, score on both sides using a craft knife and ruler.  Hold the score line over the edge of a table and give it a good whack to give a clean break.  
  • A handle (optional).  I used wine corks.

Cut your desired shape out of the foam and paint the back with a waterproof glue.  It is important to cover the whole shape with glue, otherwise the motif will lift off the board after a few uses.  Glue to the board.  The skull stamp on this photo was made using some stamp-making rubber:

Glue the cork to the back of the stamp using the waterproof glue.  Let it set and then either use an ink pad or paint directly onto the stamps with acrylic or fabric paint. 

For more ideas about hand-printing, have a look at my Pinterest board on the topic; Printed by Hand.


Julie said...

Hi Heleen, thanks so much for the idea - shall definately be giving it a go - looks much easier than I had imagined. Thanks for sharing, Julie :-)

melissa said...

awesome idea. i am a big stamp fan too but haven't tried foam- you've inspired me!
hope you are doing well. :)

Foam-By-Mail said...

Clever ideas on the mounting and handles! For more precise projects, blocks or pieces of high density foam can be carved and sanded for a beautiful stamp for more advanced hobbyists!