Hello all.
Does anyone out there have any links they can forward of "how to make hand made stamps"?
The internet is full of offers selling stamping kits but I'd really like to make my own using various materials.

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Comment by Guido Vermeulen on June 18, 2013 at 11:05am

Erasers are nice to work with, more simple even is plastic foam, the kind of material used for hamburger boxes or meat and vegetable packages, considered as trash but easy to draw into, ink and stamp.

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on June 15, 2013 at 10:45pm

And in case someone doesn't have the eraser stamp carve tools, and meanwhile cannot wait to start: you can start with a raw potato (made dry a little by placing the potato - cut size down - on a paper towel or so), a sharp small kitchen knife (or anything to cut with) and some paint (beware to not use too much paint on the stamp).

There are several instructions for it on the internet, like this one and this one.

Comment by Ruud Janssen on June 15, 2013 at 8:33pm

great link and lots of ideas if someone wants to start!

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on June 15, 2013 at 8:05pm

Correction: Gertie's 'a stamp a day' website of course you can find here.

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on June 15, 2013 at 8:03pm

And don't forget to check all info in the IUOMA rubberstamps group!

Welcome Brent!

In addition to the sites Ruud already mentioned, I 'd like to share the stamps made by Dutch illustrator Gertie Jaquet. She's not a mail artist, so we won't meet her here, but I love her stamps, you can see examples on her blog 'A stamp a day'.

Also she has made a nice tutorial 'how to', see here.

I use simple lino cutters (preferable the smallest size lino cutter - some of the longer cutters on Gertie's site look like wood cutters). And simple erasers. Sometimes the toy shops have erasers in funny shapes for sale, and the other erasers I buy at stationery or office supplies stores.

Looking forward to seeing your first hand made stamp prints! You can publish them in the forementioned rubberstamps group, and/or on your website (beautiful photographs you've made!) - and send them, of course :-)


Comment by Brent Shrives on June 15, 2013 at 12:09pm

Thanks Ruud.

Those links you sent have helped a lot

Comment by Ruud Janssen on June 15, 2013 at 11:45am



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