Remember doing this at school? Carving a design into a rubber and making your own rubber stamp? Well, there’s a good reason companies use rubber to make stamps out of – rubbers holds the ink well and leaves a nice, clear impression when transferred to paper or card.
Learn how to make a rubber stamp (or reminisce!) with Dorothy Wood’s step-by-step tutorial. We’ve gone for a heart shape – it’s nice and easy to carve and doesn’t have to be perfect.
Here’s a top tip: use a new blade with a sharp point on your craft knife for easier cutting. Be sure to always cut away the excess fairly deeply so that there are no errors when stamping. When building up layers of ink, begin with paler colours and work towards darker colours, if using the same stamp.
Use different patterned papers to suit the recipient and occasion, and if you want to boost your stash – we’ve got you covered with our extensive library of free patterned papers!
You Will Need
- Card, white
- Craft knife
The first step to making your own rubber stamp – grab a good old fashioned pencil eraser. If you know you’re going to make a lot, you can buy a box fairly cheaply on Amazon or in other stationery stores. Draw your design onto a pencil eraser. Cut around the shape, about 2mm deep. Cut into the side of eraser about 2mm down towards outline of the heart. Carefully remove excess rubber.
Punch circles into the heart shape if you like. Use a sharp craft knife to carefully remove the rubber to make round holes. Remove scraps of the eraser. Pierce with a pricking tool to make tiny dots between holes for added texture. If you don’t have a hole punch, cut slits vertically or horizontally across the heart shape to create an alternative pattern.
Use an ink pad or Pro Marker pen to ink up your stamp and stamp onto a 100 x 80mm piece of white card. Repeat two or three times. Repeat in pink and red ink to cover the card.
Trim the hearts panel to 88 x 68mm and edge with red ink. Dab face down onto clear VersaMark ink and heat emboss with clear powder. Repeat twice to build up a smooth, shiny layer.
Draw a heart on the end of a pencil eraser. Carefully cut away the excess rubber. Stamp heart shapes randomly in pink and red in a 20mm border around a 140mm square of white card.
Dab edges with red ink and layer a 100mm square of pink dotted paper onto small hearts panel. Wrap with ribbon. Add a greeting strip and attach embossed heart panel. Stick onto base. Add a bow.
For the toppers, stamp large heart several times in deep pink onto an 80mm circle die-cut from white card. Stamp small pink and red hearts in between. Layer circle onto scalloped circle die-cut from red card.
Stamp heart and heat emboss with clear powder. Cut a thin bar on a small pencil-top pencil eraser and stamp a border around the edge of a 50 x 70mm piece of white card. Stamp small hearts and draw on red dots. Attach heart with sticky fixers.