Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Homemade Stamps - Tutorial

I have been really needing (okay, wanting but still!) some background stamps to use on my mixed media pieces. Well, not just background stamps but all kinds of stamps...I love stamps and they are so quick and easy to use and add interest to the pieces I'm working on...but finances do NOT allow for any unnecessary purchases right now. I mean, if it ain't the electric bill, water bill, groceries or mortgage, it isn't in the budget.

So, I did what any self-respecting artist would do....I put on my thinking cap and got creative!

What do you get when you take the Jenga game blocks that your grandboy has lost a few out of the box...throw in some craft foam you have laying around (that was supposed to be used for some other project you never got around to), a pair of scissors, some Aleene's clear Tacky glue and a heavy dose of your imagination?

Well, with an hour or two on your hands and
some ideas in your head you end up making your OWN stamps!  Just cut out your design ideas from the fun foam sheet, attach it to the wooden block with some of your clear Tacky Glue, and wait for them to dry.  Voila`...you have homemade stamps that you made with your own two hands!

YAY for imagination and ingenuity, huh?

Here's the first set I made and some stamped impressions from the stamps I made today.  They turned out pretty cool, huh?  Yea, I'm likin' 'em big time.

Now I just have to find some bigger blocks (maybe in the grandboy's toy box?) so I can make even bigger stamps for larger backgrounds!  Uh huh!

Anyone have an idea for how I can make a handwritten text stamp?  That's big one my "want list" but I haven't figured out how to do that one yet.  If you've got ideas or decide to make some yourself, do share...I'd love to see.

Now, back to your regularly scheduled blogging.
Until next time...Happy Creating!!!

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  1. Barb, you are a genius!!! What a GREAT idea!

    Barb when I try to click on your name from my blog to come visit you, it says that your profile is private. I don't want you to miss any traffic from my blog that might come your way... is it my settings that are screwy?

    Renee :)

  2. I love your idea! I am absolutely crazy about fun foam, and I mount my cut-outs onto those garden pads you find in Lowes to kneel on (I cut them into pieces). You've got me thinking of all the other stuff lying around that I might be able to use. Great inspiration!

  3. Superb idea... keep them coming

  4. These are great. I made some a few months ago, but don't get them out too often because I am too lazy to put the acrylic paint on them. You have reinspired me.
    Putting them on blocks is a great idea.

  5. Hey there!

    I'm kinda dropping by randomly (& kinda dropping by to hit you with my EC) to tell you about this new selling site I found. It's called ArtFire.com & you should check it out.

    It's still really, really new (still in beta) but it's heading in a really good direction! They are already buying advertising online & in print magazines to bring in traffic to the site. (It's already got almost as much traffic as indiepublic.com)

    It's got stats for shop views so you know where your customers are coming from! I know! Gasp! Faint! Right? hehe

    & it's just $7 a month (for the first 5000 artists) to list & sell as much as you can FOREVER. $7 a month no matter what! I signed up on that alone! haha

    Anyhoo, it is new so there aren't zillions of people using it (which is good & bad) but I thought you might want to take a look at it. With the ad campaign they are working on kicking in soon (or so they are saying), I think it's going to be a good place to start listing!

    If you sign up, give me a yell & let me know what you think!


    P.S. OMG! That idea for making stamps is freaking amazing! YAY!

  6. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing.

  7. Hey Barb,
    I often carve my own stamps for my letterboxing hobby! You can use erasers & an exacto knife, or a special carving tool that's fairly inexpensive actually. You can also buy sheets of the rubbery stuff at craft stores then cut them down to the size you want. As far as doing a signature stamp, I've done it before where I wrote my signature on a sheet of tracing paper in pencil, then you turn it upside down on your eraser and rub it on with a coin or something. The imagine will be backwards as you look at it, but obviously when you stamp it's then facing the right way! You can do it where you only carve away the parts that are blackened, or you can keep the blackened parts and carve away all the rest!

  8. How clever! I have been wondering how I could make a stamp; thanks for the tips!

  9. Impressive patterns...nice going! :)

  10. OOOH I love this post - its BRILLIANT!!! I'm all into thinking innovative-ly about reusing the residue (in this case an old toy) of our lives. Not only is the idea awesome - but your patterns rock too!!

  11. RYC: Bob broke my computer. He was um..."fixing" something . It had major hardward failure,unrecoverable data. Still crying about it.

    Holy crap, so i have wooden blocks. Jeezus....there's enough that the kid could build himself a little house to live in :P

  12. What a neat way to make stamps! I'll have to try this.

  13. Hi Barb, I just tweeted about this tutorial as part of my Daily How-To. http://twitter.com/groundsel
    Thanks for Sharing, Simone

  14. Wow, how brilliantly simple! Thank you Barb. I'm so glad Google led me to you... this looks like a great blog!

  15. Ooo love these thanks for posting!!!

  16. Glue the Jenga blocks together for bigger stamps?????

  17. So happy I found you today ! Recon the fancy paper scissors would cut the foam ? I have some I think I'll grab 'em & see ! I think I'll even try to glue a few together to make them longer ! Love your page !

  18. i was a very nice Technic.
    thanksss <3 :)

  19. I just made my first foam stamp today and love how simple it is and how great it looks when I use it. I used 2 pieces of foam core stuck together as the "block" - they were scraps from something else and work perfectly. As for how to make word stamps, the main trick is that the letters have to be 'carved' or cut out backwards....so use a mirror, or write/stencil them w/ a pencil then turn over and rub to get the shape you need. I haven't tried it yet, but it shouldn't be too hard. Good luck - I'm off to make more stamps!

    (btw, found your site from pinterest which led me to this post. Love pinterest!)

  20. Found this by pinterest
    In the Christmas is coming mode and I need to make a few things for people that "have everything".

    I am making them tree ornaments out of homemade clay and need a stamp so I was trying to figure out how to make some that say "Merry Christmas" and some with their name initials..

    I didn't want to buy stamps because I am not normally a stamper type crafter, but I will have enough when I am done to use on Christmas and other things after doing this and I have all the "equipment" I need to make these on hand already!! (Yea me!..lol)

    Now I know how to save $$ and be creativly genious...THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

  21. How about just gluing the jenga blocks together. Gorilla wood glue would work perfectly and you can use large rubber bands instead of clamps to hold as many together as you need until glue dries.


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Peace & Love,

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