How to Make Your Own Stamps

  • 01 of 07

    Make Your Own Custom Craft Stamps

    How to Make Your Own Stamps. Kate Pullen

     Making your own stamps can be as simple as carving a shape into a potato. However, there are many more sophisticated ways of making your own stamps and this can be a great way to get the perfect stamp for a project. Some techniques require very little in the way of special equipment. The key to success, whatever type of stamp you are planning to make, is a good design. Simple bold images are best when you are just starting out.

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  • 02 of 07

    Cut Stamps From Potatoes

    Carve Stamps from Potatoes. Ruth Jenkinson/Dorling Kindersley/Getty Images

     Potato printing is one of the most simple forms of creating a custom 'stamp'. While this is often thought of as being an activity for children, some surprisingly sophisticated results can be achieved. Other types of vegetable can also be carved. Carrots, for instance, are great for making little 'peg' stamps. When you are making stamps from vegetables or fruit, they need to be used immediately as the stamp will dry out making it difficult to get a crisp image.

    See our how to make potato stamps tutorial for more information.

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  • 03 of 07

    Easy Handmade Foam Stamps

    Make Stamps from Craft Foam. Kate Pullen

     Craft foam is easy to cut and when applied to a block, can make a great stamp. Craft foam can be cut with scissors, making it a quick and easy way to produce simple stamps. The cut craft foam can be attached to a normal acrylic stamping block or other solid form using a glue stick or repositionable adhesive. Many simple shapes are ideal for cutting out of craft foam. Some craft suppliers sell ready cut craft shapes which can also be a quick way to make custom foam stamps.

    See how to make stamps from craft foam for more information.

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  • 04 of 07

    Carve Stamps From Erasers

    Draw an outline onto the eraser
    Draw an outline onto the eraser. Kate Pullen

     Erasers are low cost and easy to carve. They offer a good introduction to stamp carving. Plastic erasers are suitable, as are art gum erasers. The main restriction is the size. Erasers are typically relatively small and as such are best suited to smaller designs.

    See how to carve erasers for more information.

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  • 05 of 07

    Soft Block Carving and Lino

    Cut a Stamp from Soft Block.

     Soft block or carving block is a material that has been specifically designed for stamp carving. This is easy to carve and available in different grades. See Soft Block for more information about the different types of soft block available. Soft block is easy to carve with cutting tools. Images can be transferred onto soft block for carving using simple tracing techniques, see How to Transfer Images for more information including a list of places to find free stencils that are ideal for turning into stamps.

    See soft block carving for more information.

    Lino - there is a wide range of generic linoleum or linos that are used for carving. Soft cutting linos have been developed over recent years which make carving easier. Even soft lino, however, is significantly harder than soft carving blocks and as such are more difficult to carve and it is less easy to achieve fine detail. Cutting lino is relatively cheap and is often sold in large sheets which can be cut down as required. Lino is best attached to a stamping block when stamping. See Lino For Stamp Carving for more information.

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  • 06 of 07

    Make Clear Stamps

    Make Clear Stamps. Imagepac

     It is now possible to make clear photopolymer stamps at home using very little in the way of special equipment. Sachets or pockets of photopolymer are turned into clear stamps by the use of light and a black and white image. Larger systems are making the creation of stamps to sell a real possibility.

    See how to make clear stamps for more information

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  • 07 of 07

    Professionally Made Custom Stamps

    Get Custom Stamps Made. Xandert (Morguefile)

     Many rubber stamp companies that make a rubber stamp for business and office use, also make custom rubber stamps. They will typically produce a stamp using your artwork or will offer a design service. It is important to check what type of stamp that they will be producing. Many rubber stamp companies that produce stamps for commercial use produce self-inking stamps, which may not be suitable for your arts and crafts projects. Independent stamp designers and companies also often offer a bespoke design service. There are many options available, therefore it is best to discuss your requirements with the stamp manufacturer, perhaps even explaining how you plan to use the stamps, before proceeding.

     Here are some projects to get you started: