If you’ve ever dabbled in card making or scrapbooking, you will know the stamps are expensive. The good news is, with a few handy items around your home, you can make your own stamps in practically no time at all, and, even better, they will be free! So without further ado, here three awesome ways to make your own D.I.Y. stamps. Happy stamping!
1. Pencil Eraser Stamps
Best for medium, small and tiny stamps with a clear, defined edge and fine detail.
- Find a suitably-sized pencil eraser for the stamp you want to make. Erasers can range from tiny (i.e., the one on the end of your pencil) to quite large, and you are limited only by what you can find.
- Sketch your design onto the eraser using pencil or pen. Colour in the parts you intend to use as the stamp image. Remember, if you are making a stamp with text on it, you will have to draw it backwards.
- When you are happy, carefully begin cutting away the un-coloured parts with an xacto knife. Remember that it’s much harder to replace bits you’ve cut away than it is to take your time.
- When your stamp is prepared, do a test run on some scrap paper. Look for any bits of the stamp that are picking up ink when they should not, and cut them further back. Now you’re ready to use your pencil eraser stamp!
2. Styrofoam Stamps
Good for large, block-like stamps. Has a unique texture, and can give more of a “messy” look.
- Find a piece of styrofoam. Some people suggest using the trays that meat comes in from the supermarket, but I went for a more traditional styrofoam packing block.
- Trace your design carefully on to the styrofoam.
- Carefully cut away the areas you do not want, making sure to try and keep a well defined edge around the areas you are leaving (this can be hard with styrofoam – use a sharp knife and go slowly).
- Prepare your paint or ink. If you choose to use acrylic paint, thin it out with a bit of water for easier application to the stamp. As styrofoam is quite soft, it may be difficult to pick up the colour otherwise. Now you are ready to use your styrofoam stamp!
3. Potato Stamp
Can be used for block stamps or more detailed ones. Good for large or small stamps.
- Cut your potato in half, ideally making the cut as straight as possible, so the stamp will be flat. Dry the cut side of the potato with paper towel.
- Draw your design on to the cut side of one half of the potato.
- Cut out the pieces you don’t need.
- Prepare your ink or paint. Potato stamps work well with both, but remember that the moisture from the potato will dilute whatever you use slightly, and this may change the colour.
- Do a test run, making sure to cut away any bits that should not be picking up ink. As you use your potato stamp, it will flatten slightly, meaning you may need to keep cutting bits away as you go. You are now ready to use your potato stamp! Don’t forget to throw it in the compost when you’re done!
Of course, you can make stamps out of many other household items. What types of D.I.Y. stamps are your favourites? Got any tips or tricks to share? Please leave a comment below! :)
Love Tam xxx
P.S. Keep an eye out in the next few days to see what I made with my new stamps!