How to Make Your Own Stamps (+ Material Options) | Tutorial

How to Make Your Own Stamps (+ Material Options) | Tutorial

Carving your own stamps is an easy project that doesn’t take a lot of time or a lot of tools. I’m using a special carving block to make
my stamps, but there are several other materials that you can use which may actually be cheaper
or more easily available to you. So I’ll go over some options later in the
video. To carve my stamps, I’m using a lino cutter
with two different blades, a U-shaped one and a V-shaped one. I’m also using an X-acto knife and a cutting
mat. I’m starting off with a simple design to
practice my carving, which I can simply draw onto the carving block by hand. I started my carving by cutting out the eyes
and I tried out the different tools here. They all worked pretty well and it seems to
be mostly a personal preference which one you use. Once the eyes were done, I cut out the outside
shape at a bit of an angle using the X-acto blade and then I made tiny little notches
with the V-blade all the way around the edge. And that already finishes up my first stamp. Now, I intentionally left out the pupils so
that I can draw them later, after I’ve done the printing. That way I can give my soot sprites a bit
more personality. To find out how much detail this carving block
can actually handle, I’m going all in with this paper crane design. In this case I printed the design from the
computer and I will transfer it to the carving block. I went over the whole design with pencil and
then I placed the design upside down onto the carving block. I traced the lines of the design and pushed
down firmly with my pencil. It turns out that the carving block actually
takes over the pencil very easily, so it ended up being a bit messy. But I can still see the lines, so it’ll
be fine. I started my carving work on the inside of
the design, so that the material has some support on the outside and won’t bend away
when I try to cut it. I was really pushing the limits with these
thin lines that I was making, so it wasn’t easy to make this design, but I was happy
to see that it was definitely possible. I just had to take my time and go slow. Once I was mostly done with the carving, I
made a few test prints with the stamp. This shows me any wonky lines that I need
to fix and the areas where I didn’t cut deep enough. It also becomes much easier to see what still
needs to be carved away when there’s been ink on the stamp. It does get a bit messy though, so I hope
you don’t mind getting your hands dirty! Finally, I made a third stamp with my new
logo on it. This time, I only traced the design itself
with pencil, and I simply rubbed it onto the stamp with my nail. This worked great and it will be my go-to
technique from now on. This design is just as detailed as the paper
crane, so I took my time. Of course I promptly made a mistake and I
had to start over, but at least it was early on and I hadn’t put a lot of work into it
yet. I mostly used the X-acto knife for this one,
because the design has so many tight corners. I finished up by cutting the stamp out of
the block along the outer edge at a slight angle. The carving block works great for this, as
it’s very easy to cut and holds its shape very well. It was a bit difficult to find though, and
there are definitely cheaper options available. I heard a lot about eraser stamps, so I decided
to give that a try. The erasers are a bit harder to cut than the
carving block, so you have to use a bit more force, but it isn’t too bad actually. I’m quite surprised how well this works. The only downside I see is that you’re limited
to the size of the erasers that you have. So if you want a bigger stamp, you’re going
to have to find a bigger eraser. I still prefer the carving block, but erasers
are a very good alternative! Another option is to use wine corks. They’re free, so that’s good, but you’re
very limited in terms of size and they’re not very easy to cut. They tend to crumble a bit and the material
comes off in chunks instead of slices. It works for simple shapes, but you’re very
limited in the amount of detail you can get. The actual stamping works well though. To make the stamps easier to handle and to
print with, I made handles for them. You can buy premade handles or use small blocks
of wood if you have them, but I went into the forest to find a big stick. I removed the bark and then cut it into smaller
pieces. I stamped the design on top of each of the
handles. This will make it easier to position the stamps
when you’re using them. I didn’t have any lacquer to protect the
print, so I used clear nail polish, which works just as well. Finally, I used CA glue, or superglue, to
get the stamps onto the handles. I made sure to match their position to the
print on top of the handle. And that’s it. If you’re thinking about making stamps then
I definitely recommend it. All you really need to get started is an eraser
and an X-acto knife and you’re good to go! If you enjoyed this video then please let
me know by leaving me a like or a comment down below and subscribe if you want to see
my future videos. I don’t just make stamps, I make all sorts
of stuff, so I hope you have a look around and that you stick around.

13 thoughts on “How to Make Your Own Stamps (+ Material Options) | Tutorial

  1. So cool! Very interesting project Ellen! It is amazing that the classic technique of pencil tracing over is so simple and effective – I have had similar issues when I was making coasters – I did not get the perfect lines, but still enough to see πŸ™‚ but I bet you used a rather soft pencil! Great work πŸ™‚ I see you have started just several months ago, so keep it up!

  2. This is great! I'm blown away how you took such a simple shape of the little puff ball and turned it into something so creative. These turned out awesome! I haven't tried that pink speedy carve material, but both it and the erasers left great prints. (Great video editing as well – fun and super easy to follow!)

  3. I've actually used a block like that and the same cutter to make a print in grade 8. We got to stamp a ceiling tile, everyone in that class for the year.

  4. Go and watch a few videos from the Japanese stamp carvers, it's quite remarkable what some of them can do with a simple snap off type of knife.

  5. Ellen–great video! It was just what i was looking for! I love that you included some alternative materials for making stamps, too. Thank you!

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