DIY Rubber Stamps

DIY Rubber Stamps

Materials

  • Rubber printing block
  • Linoleum cutter set
  • Ink
  • Rubber brayer
  • X-Acto knife or box cutter for sizing the rubber sheet
  • Stencil and marker (optional) (find instructions for making stencils here)

Instructions

  1. Take your rubber printing block and cut it to the size you want using an X-Acto knife or any other cutting tool.
  2. (optional) With a marker, fill in the spaces you want to cut out. Use a stencil here if you have one. If your stencil is a vinyl sticker, make sure to wipe any dust off the block before applying so it can stick properly. Keep in mind: (a) everything you cut away will not be visible on the stamp and (b) whatever image you want to print will be the mirrored image of what you make on the block.
  1. Once you have determined everywhere you want to cut, assemble the linoleum cutter by unscrewing the back end where the blades are stored. Determine which blade to use (you’ll want to use smaller blades for more precise cuts). Attach the blades to the front end by loosening the top and sliding the blade in between the two central parts (refer to this video if needed).
  2. Use the linoleum cutter slowly and carefully, and always cut away from yourself. You may also use an X-Acto knife to clean up areas where more detail is needed.
  3. Once your stamp is cut out, clear away any dust with rag or a paintbrush.
  1. Put a dollop of ink down on a surface where you can roll the brayer. Make sure not to use too much, because you don’t want to put too much ink on the brayer. Excess ink will make the print look messy. If you’re doing multiple prints, add ink in small quantities as needed.
  2. Roll the brayer through the ink. Roll it back and forth a few times to make sure it is evenly coated.
  3. When the brayer is evenly coated, roll it on top of the stamp and make sure the stamp has an even coating of ink.
  1. Press the stamp firmly onto the paper or fabric, pushing on all corners so the print is full. You can use a baren or anything with a flat bottom to press the print down.
  2. Let the print dry. If you printed onto fabric, you may want to apply heat to the print before wearing or washing it. An iron should work well.

Enjoy!

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