Making A Rubber Stamp
By Natalie Stroble
UGTMS and MommyBeads
Crafting is my solace. It takes my mind off life’s troubles and gives me a sense of control. Although following my creative inclinations has always been easy, fun and effortless I’ve spent the past few years on a “leave” of sorts from crafting. Being pregnant was no fun for me, and after baby was born there was just no time for any of that! The Ultimate Guide to Mommy Survival or UGTMS.com started when I discovered naptime as more than an opportunity for me to catch up on sleep and housework, but a chance for me to experience that creative musing once again.
It’s not easy being a creative mom. Many times I’ll have a brilliant idea that gets swept up with the pile of chicken nuggets on the floor after my toddler eats lunch. Somehow during naps and in between meals I’ve been able to find time for crafty projects every now and then.
In one of my university art classes I learned to make stamps. This was one of my favorite projects and I’ve always been searching for the opportunity to do it again. My professor had us buy the rubber stamp wedges from the art store, which I believe are fairly inexpensive, but my husband had a better idea! When I presented the idea to my husband (also a creative) he immediately took me to the hardware store.
So this is how you make a rubber stamp for less than you’d pay for the ink you’d stamp it with!
What you’ll need:
- Wood flooring sample block (FREE)
- Strip of rubber baseboard
- Craft glue
- Craft knife
- Cuticle remover tool or stamp knife tool
Cut a piece of rubber about the size of the image you want to create.
Glue the rubber on to the wood block.
Print out your image reversed. You can do this in the printer settings. If you do not print reversed, your stamp will be backward!
Once you have printed your image trace the letters with a pencil making sure to press hard and trace all areas. This way everything will transfer to your rubber piece.
Once you have traced the image (backward) turn the paper over and place on top of your piece of rubber. Trace letters again on backs side. This time press REALLY hard. The idea is that the pencil on the other side will rub off onto the rubber leaving the pattern on the rubber.
Begin to cut out your design using the craft knife. I also used a cuticle remover tool, which you can buy at the art store (sold as a stamp cutting tool) for a ridiculous price or buy at the drugstore for a dollar. Your choice! It’s basically the same thing.
And there you have it – a beautiful new stamp that is all your own. I’m going to use mine to stamp on bags, boxes and packaging for Mommy Beads necklaces. You can choose to transfer any image you’d like. I would recommend doing something not terribly intricate because it takes some time to be able to master the craft knife. The stamp pictured was actually my second try! The first time I made several mistakes and decided to start fresh. It takes practice but the great thing about buying an enormous sheet of rubber baseboard is that you can make a near infinite amount of stamps!
Have fun crafting!