I am so excited about this craft as I have been dying to try making my own stamps for a while now and I knew Christmas was the perfect time! When I studied art in school we did lots of projects with Lino prints which I feel is a more advanced version of what I am showing you today. Creating your own stamps is quite easy….it gets harder, the more complicated design you create so that is why I chose to start with Silhouette designs…..plus who doesn’t love a silhouette?
Gather your supplies, you will need: A Rubber Block (you can find these at your local art supplies shop I got mine from Eckersleys), Lino cutting tools, pencil, sharpie, ink or paint, your design.
Create & Print your design (you can also free hand a design) and transfer this design to your Rubber Block. You can use different techniques to transfer your design but I always do the one I learnt in school! Rub your pencil over the back of the design, completely cover it. Lay it on your rubber block and use the pencil to trace over the outline. Simple!
Use the Sharpie to draw over the outline on your Rubber Block (the pencil will smudge while the sharpie will not).
With your Lino cutting tools you will have 3 basic blades (a basic set comes with 3 blades but you can get more tools with more expensive sets). The first blade you will use is a fine “V” shape. You will use this to cut around the outline of your design.
Once the outline is done you will need the next blade with is “U” shaped. You will use this to cut out the background so that you design will be the only raised section.
Then use the larger “V” shaped tool to cut a deeper edge on the outline.
Finally use the “U” shaped tool to smooth out any rough edges making sure that there is separation between your design and the background so that when you stamp only the design transfers.
*This not an activity for a child, these tools are sharp.
*If this is your first time using Lino tools then I suggest you use a simple design like the star with just straight edges, curves are harder.
*To prevent hurting yourself always cut away from you and position your hands away from where you are cutting.
*You can cut the excess off around the design, which I chose not to do, that way you just have the stamp design left…..it will make for cleaner stamping!
Just if you are wondering how long they took me, the star design took about 30mins to create and the deer about 45mins, definately doable during nap time or while the kids are at school! I am soooo excited that I created my own stamps….I plan to use these to create my own wrapping paper for Christmas. If you want to create your own you can download the designs here.
It is really easy project to do and the rubber is easy to cut into. So what do you think? Is it something you would try? I know I plan to make some different designs for other uses besides Christmas!