Make Your Own DIY Rubber Stamps For Scrapbooking

Make Your Own DIY Rubber Stamps For Scrapbooking

Making your own rubber stamps for scrapbooking is one of those easy to do and fun ways to save money. Here’s a great post by Kristy Neal where she transforms the humble eraser.

Rubber Stamps For Scrapbooking : The Humble Eraser Repurposed

Carving your own stamps from household erasers is much easier than you might think. It’s a slightly more sophisticated take on the classic classroom art of potato-stamping. But unlike potatoes (which are a lot trickier to cut smoothly in half than most children’s craft books will admit) erasers offer a completely flat surface which is perfect for creating stamped impressions. You can use them to carve all sorts of designs, from simple solid shapes to more detailed pictures, words and line-drawings. The fact that erasers – without wanting to cast even more aspersions on les spuds – won’t shrivel up and start to rot after a day or two means your stamps will last much longer, too.

Tools of the trade

:: Large, flat plain erasers

:: A fine marker pen or sharp pencil

:: A craft knife

:: Inkpads or acrylic paint

:: A surface to stamp on (e.g. paper, card or fabric)

Step by step

1. Decide on a simple design and draw it on the surface of your eraser with a pencil or fine marker pen. (If you’re not confident drawing freehand or just want some extra inspiration, try printing out clip-art shapes or images from a picture font.)

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2. Using a craft knife, carefully cut around the outline. Don’t cut right through the full depth of the eraser – a few millimetres is enough.

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3. Make smaller cuts going out to the edges of the eraser to divide the negative space of the design into smaller sections.

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4. Now, working from the side edges, begin to slice horizontally across the eraser towards the edges of your shape. Lift out each section of negative space as you cut.

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5. hen you’ve finished, your design should be raised above the remaining part of the eraser. Don’t worry if the cut-away pieces around the edges look messy – as long as your design has a good, smooth outline, it will stamp perfectly.

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6. Tap an inkpad over the surface of the shape and then press down firmly onto a piece of paper or card.

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7. Add any extra details (entirely optional) with a fine marker or sharp pencil.

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8. Turn your stamped impression into anything you like – with a few scraps of patterned paper, this one became a tiny collage.

Eraser stamping - framed

See the rest of the article here.

She goes into further detail about using ready made rubber erasers for your scrapbooking. They come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. Many craft stores carry them, (probably office supply stores as well). Then there’s always the ubiquitous Amazon. I found these delightful [easyazon-link asin=”B0036VZWC6″ locale=”us”]Japanese Food Erasers IWAKO[/easyazon-link] that look like fun. You could probably split them in half to get a perfect outline shape.

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Comments

  1. What a wonderful little piece of art you made with your homemade rubber stamp! Very cool.

    • Mary :

      Thanks for taking the time to comment…I find that keeping things simple is the best approach. I wish I could apply that to the rest of my life sometimes!

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