How to Make Wooden Stamps

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How to Make Wooden Stamps
Making a wooden stamp is fun and personal in expression. (Rubber stamp image by Bartlomiej Nowak from Fotolia.com)

Wooden stamps, also commonly called rubber stamps with a wood backing, have been created and enjoyed in the crafting community over many years. With a wide array of designs, styles and resulting textures, these stamps can provide a fun and creative avenue of expression on cards, wrapping paper or stationery. Designing, then making, your own custom wood stamp is a creative endeavour that can be done with a few tools and a vivid imagination.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Thick rubber band
  • Pencil
  • Design
  • Tracing Paper
  • Craft Knife
  • Glue
  • Small wooden block

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut your thick rubber band in half, and lay it flat on the craft table or cutting board. Use tape to secure each end to the table or the cutting board to keep it from moving. Keep the band neutral, without stretching it, but keep it flat and straight to get an accurate design.

  2. 2

    Copy your created design, that you printed from the computer or drew free hand, onto tracing paper. Make every line clear and precise, and shade in the places you will be extracting with the knife.

  3. 3

    Position your traced design over the rubber band, then tape it in place when ready. Apply the craft knife to the rubber band and paper, following the design exactly. Cut away any excess rubber band to reveal your stamp.

  4. 4

    Apply glue to the back of the stamp after you have removed the paper, then stick it to a wood block that is just slightly larger than the stamp itself for solid backing. Use a wood block that is dense and substantial in depth, from 1/2 an inch to 1 1/2 inches, to give your hands a solid hand hold when pressing the design onto a surface.

Tips and warnings

  • Start with easy, small images of letters, basic shapes and designs to learn the craft of stamp making. As you get better, you can work into more intricate designs.

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