How to Make Handmade Stamps

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How to Make Handmade Stamps - DIY Stamp TutorialI’ve been wanting to try making my own stamps for a while, but it wasn’t until this weekend that I finally got around to it. I think I made it harder than it really was in my head, so I kept putting it off. In the end it wasn’t really difficult, though it did give me a new found appreciation for the artisans that make handmade stamps for a living. I don’t think I’d be able to match their craftsmanship especially on the much smaller stamps, which my hands have a harder time of maneuvering because of the fibro. My son on the other hand dove into trying out a more intricate design.

How to Make Stamps - Stamp Making Book - Making An Impression

In preparation for this project I purchased the book, Making an Impression: Designing & Creating Artful Stamps, by Geninne Zlatkis. Not only was this book rated one of the best craft and hobby books of 2012 by Amazon, but I really loved the designs and projects inside. It also provided some very easy and straight forward instructions to making your own hand carved stamps for the first time. And it has some pretty nice templates that you can use to create your own stamps. I also purchased a Speedball Linoleum Cutter Assortment because I wanted the option of different carving tips and two Speedball 4-Inch-by- 6-Inch Speedy-Carve Carving Blocks which can easily be cut in half and used. However, if you’re not quite sure if stamping is right for you, you can buy a Speedball Speedy Carve Stamp Making Kit for right around $10 with free shipping. It includes Includes one sheet of rubber, a wooden handle, one cutter tip, one gouge tip, tracing paper and instructions.

How to make hand carved stampsI was stubborn and chose to not use tracing paper since I wasn’t at the point where I wanted to try lettering. Instead, I drew my design right onto the rubber block. I did take some advice from the book, however, and stamped the top of the rubber block with a colored ink pad so I had a better idea of what I was removing when I cut and what I was leaving behind. The rubber blocks were very easy to cut with the rubber blocks I purchased and the tools so there wasn’t much effort like there is if you’re carving wooden blocks for printmaking.

Hand Carved Stamp DIY - Handmade Flower StampMy son chose to cut his rubber block in half and made two stamps. He etched his first stamp with a flower rather than making deeper cuts into the rubber. This allowed for a more detailed look, but you had to be careful not to press the stamp too hard onto the paper or the image would smear.

Handmade Stamp Making Tutorial

Hand Carved Stamp Making TutorialHe also made a ghost in a doorway stamp. He liked the idea of leaving the edges of the stamp intact rather than removing the rubber around the image.

DIY Hand Carved Stamps - How to Make Homemade StampsI knew I wanted to use my hand carved stamps on surfaces other than just plain paper, so I purchased a Full-Size StazOn Multi-Surface Inkpad in black along with some Glassine Wax Paper Bags which I’ve been using to wrap soaps and purchases from my shop in. The StazOn ink works on virtually every surface without rubbing off making it perfect for waxed paper bags. You just have to be sure to allow the ink to dry thoroughly. I bought the black which was really dark and vivid.

Handmade Soap Packaging - Use a Glassine Bag, Baker's Twine and Hand Carved Custom DIY Stamp

I folded over a 5″ x 7″ glassine bag that I stamped with my hand carved butterfly design to package a bar of soap. Then I wrapped washi tape around the top edges and tied it closed with a bit of Baker’s Twine. The bags can be used in a number of ways and would make really great handmade favor bags for parties and weddings. Or use your own hand stamped bags to wrap your small handmade gifts and soaps in for Mother’s Day or to dress up simple gift tags!

Don’t feel limited by the rubber blocks for making stamps though. You can also use rubber erasers or wine corks to create your own handmade stamps. And definitely don’t feel limited by paper and envelopes! You can also use your freshly carved rubber stamps to decorate your cold process soaps!

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DIY Hand Carved Stamps - How to Make Handmade Stamps

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at making my own hand carved stamps for some time. But it seems like every time I would end up at the craft store, they never had what I was looking for. After running across vitamini handmade’s DIY Hand Carved Stamp Tutorial, however, my excitement to actually try this project was revived. I found her own hand carved stamps, pictured above, very inspirational. Her etsy shop with all of the mini cooper gifts got me doubly inspired to create something new and fun with my own handmade shop. So not only did I buy the tools to get me started on making my own stamps – Speedball now sells a Speedy Carve Stamp Making Kit with everything you need to get started – but I also bought some new packaging materials for my own handmade soaps to use my stamps on. Think Glassine Wax Paper Bags, StazOn Multi-Surface Inkpad – which adheres to non-porous surfaces like glass, metal, shrink plastic, cellophane, aluminum foil, leather and acrylic – handmade labels and lots of Baker’s Twine.

It’d been so long since I’d bought an actual, physical book, that I also purchased Making an Impression: Designing & Creating Artful Stamps for more inspiration and coffee table eye candy. Once I churn out a successful stamp or two, I’ll be sure to share them here on my blog. I plan not only to use my handmade stamps on paper, but to stamp some of my soaps as well. If you recall, I used some of my hand carved wine cork stamps I made over the Christmas season┬áto stamp my freshly unmolded cold process soaps with shimmering mica. I just loved the effect, so I’m hoping to come up with a stamp to use on my soaps as part of my branding.

Have you tried any new project lately? Feel free to share your latest diy blog post in the comments!

DIY Wine Cork Stamps from Upcycled Wine Corks

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Celebrating the holiday season with some delicious wines or maybe a sparkling Moscato? Don’t toss those corks! You can use them to carve your own super cute DIY wine cork stamps that you can use to dress up your holiday gift tags!

DIY Wine Cork Stamps! Celebrating the holiday season with some delicious wines or maybe a sparkling Moscato? Don't toss those corks! You can use them to carve your own super cute DIY stamps that you can use to dress up your holiday gift tags! #diy #upcycled #wine #winecorks #stamps

Unfortunately, I am completely out of cyan and magenta toner for my color laser printer. As the regular yield toner for these run about $115 each, I’m holding off a bit on replacing them. Which of course leaves me with only black ink. If your printer only prints black or you’re just trying to conserve on color ink but really want to take advantage of all of those wonderful free printable gift tags for the holiday season, don’t despair! Simply carve your own DIY wine cork stamps┬áto add your own dash of color and to customize black and white gift tags!

DIY Wine Cork Stamps! Celebrating the holiday season with some delicious wines or maybe a sparkling Moscato? Don't toss those corks! You can use them to carve your own super cute DIY stamps that you can use to dress up your holiday gift tags! #diy #upcycled #wine #winecorks #stamps

DIY Wine Cork Stamps

To make your own DIY wine cork stamps, you’ll need to start by gathering your supplies. You will need an exacto knife, a pen or marker to draw your stamp design, and of course some wine corks. I used both natural corks and synthetic corks for this project.

DIY Wine Cork Stamps! Celebrating the holiday season with some delicious wines or maybe a sparkling Moscato? Don't toss those corks! You can use them to carve your own super cute DIY stamps that you can use to dress up your holiday gift tags! #diy #upcycled #wine #winecorks #stamps

Simply draw a simple design on the flattest side of each cork you plan to use then cut out the design very carefully using an exacto knife. The synthetic corks seemed to be the easiest to carve. Once your design has been carved simply press your stamp into an ink pad, then press onto the paper or fabric of your choice. I discovered that the natural corks will stamp with an interesting texture which I found perfect for my Christmas Tree Stamps! The synthetic corks will also make a smoother stamp impression. Be sure to press down firmly with the stamp when using and lightly rock back and forth for the best results.

DIY Wine Cork Stamps! Celebrating the holiday season with some delicious wines or maybe a sparkling Moscato? Don't toss those corks! You can use them to carve your own super cute DIY stamps that you can use to dress up your holiday gift tags! #diy #upcycled #wine #winecorks #stamps

Here are just a few of the handmade stamps I carved – a star, a starburst/snowflake, a duck, a Christmas tree, an arrow and a heart. If you are nervous about using a blade to make your stamps or if you want to do this project with younger children, then you can instead buy small wooden shapes from the craft store and glue them onto the ends of your corks.

DIY Wine Cork Stamps! Celebrating the holiday season with some delicious wines or maybe a sparkling Moscato? Don't toss those corks! You can use them to carve your own super cute DIY stamps that you can use to dress up your holiday gift tags! #diy #upcycled #wine #winecorks #stamps

I used the free printable Christmas gift tags from Jones Design Company for this project. You can download these printable holiday gift tags here. I think these looked great printed out in black and white.

DIY Wine Cork Stamps! Celebrating the holiday season with some delicious wines or maybe a sparkling Moscato? Don't toss those corks! You can use them to carve your own super cute DIY stamps that you can use to dress up your holiday gift tags! #diy #upcycled #wine #winecorks #stamps

Once you print out the gift tags, simply stamp them with your desired stamps in you choice of ink colors and patterns. I printed my gift tags out onto white full sheet sticker labels, although you could also print them onto card stock.

DIY Wine Cork Stamps! Celebrating the holiday season with some delicious wines or maybe a sparkling Moscato? Don't toss those corks! You can use them to carve your own super cute DIY stamps that you can use to dress up your holiday gift tags! #diy #upcycled #wine #winecorks #stamps

Finally I applied my labels to my packages by punching two holes on either side of the top of the tag. I then removed the backing from the sticker and thread a piece of ribbon through the holes in the tag and placed it firmly onto the top of the package. Finally I simply tied the two ends of the ribbon into a bow!

For more free printable holiday gift tags, be sure to visit my Printables board on Pinterest. And for awesome diy handmade gifts to wrap and tag with your lovely new gift tags, be sure to visit my gift guides!

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