I have been trying to figure out how to make my own stamps for a long time. There have been several trial and error versions. I have done several of the carving type, similar to block printing which work well but are way to time consuming for me to make. I created this “Wicked” Banner with stamps I created and mounted myself. Check it out:
1. A print off on regular paper of the letters (or shapes) you would like to make into stamps.
2. Stencil (Sign) Tape (it is about an 1/8 inch thick rubbery material, mine was given to me for free, but I think I found it on dickblick.com)
3. Wood blocks bigger than the stencil. The BF cut mine up for me out of a planed pine board and they are a perfect weight.
4. Glue Stick
6. Exacto Knife (Optional)
7. Cutting Matt (Optional)
9. Ink Pads & A dog that won’t leave you alone when you are playng with permanent ink! I swear he almost ended up with orange paws (optional). P.S. I like StazOn ink pads they are pricey but work the best.
Step 1 –
Here is my print out. My letters are about 2.5 inches tall, printed on regular paper.
A close up of the stencil tape. It has like a thin white paper backing that has adhesive to stick to the actual stencil material. You are going to want to have the paper side up, the stencil material down.
Step 2 –
Cut out each letter with scissors or if necessary the exacto knife and cutting pad. For my letters I only needed the scissors but for more intricate stuff you may need the knife. It should look something like this!
Step 3 –
Carefully peel off the paper backing leaving the adhesive backed stencil tape letter. Stick it to the center of your wooden block. Adjust it wear necessary b/c the material is a little stretchy. (All of mine have held fine, but down the road may need some glue). Don’t throw out the paper backing with the letter print out b/c you can use this to label your stamp 🙂
|Sorry I was so excited to stamp I didn’t take a photo before I did!|
Step 4 –
I cut out pennants from an old book and stamped my letters on it. I didn’t press down too hard so that my letters have a distressed look. Punch some holes and string it on ribbon or string and you have a easy banner!