Rubber stamp designs can be use to decorate many projects, such as homemade greeting cards, scrapbooks and other crafts. Any image you find can be fashioned into a simplified version for rubber stamping. Details emerge from minute carving or bold designs from a broader composition. White rubber erasers make good blocks to carve into, and felt is a fine pad to hold ink for stamping. Start with a simplified design to practice your cutting skills. With experience, you will be able to transfer more complex images to make your own stamps.
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Things you need
- Rubber eraser
- Carbon paper
- Ballpoint pen
- Razor blade knife
- Dental pick
- Plastic container with tight fitting lid
- Scrap paper
Create a design from your imagination or from pictures. Keep initial attempts simple. Be sure to keep your design within the parameters of the eraser you plan to carve.
Draw your design onto the eraser with a pencil or use carbon paper to transfer an image to the eraser.
Darken the lines of your design with a ballpoint pen. This will keep them from being rubbed off as you carve.
Carve all interior cuts on the design. Use a razor blade knife, needle or dental pick for these incisions.
Cut straight down around the outer lines of your design. Make these cuts 1/8 inch deep.
Slash cross hatch marks on the whole background surface. These are parallel lines that run in two intersecting directions and allow you to remove areas in small increments. Always carve away from yourself.
Make undercuts to remove the background. Cut horizontally until you have smoothed a surface below the raised design.
Use a nail file to smooth any rough edges.
Cut a piece of felt to fit inside of a plastic container with a tight fitting lid. Apply ink to this cloth until it is completely saturated.
Test your stamp by inking it and making an impression on scrap paper.
Tips and warnings
- For larger designs, use multiple erasers of equal thickness and fit them together to create the desired image.
- Be certain to cut letters in reverse. When they are stamped onto the paper, they will be opposite of what you carve.
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