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How to make your Finishing Stamp (Hanko)



METHOD #1 : RUBBER BANDS

Pros: Fun, easy
Cons: Doesn’t absorb ink very well, bad for complex designs

Materials: Wide Rubber Bands, Exacto Knife, Cardboard, Glue, Stamp Pad

Cut your rubber band into sections:



 
Cut those sections into small strips

 

Glue four strips to the cardboard to make a frame and add some glue to the middle

 

Glue your pattern by cutting smaller strips and placing them in the middle,
make sure the top surface is flat!

 

Let it dry for at least 35 minutes, cut out your stamp from the cardboard and use it with a stamp pad.



METHOD #2 : ERASER

Pros: Very sturdy, takes ink really well 
Cons: Hard, Sort of Dangerous (see#3 for a better solution)

Materials: 1 big eraser, Pencil, Exacto Knife, Print Out of Shape, Stamp Pad

Cut out your print out and fill in the shape with pencil… go over it a few times



 
press the print out, pencil side down onto the eraser and rub the back of the image with something blunt to transfer the image (will be reversed)

 

Hopefully it will look like this

 

Use a pen to re-create the detail in your image on the eraser

 

Start cutting with an exacto, be careful, erasers are strong and this is tedious work.



Cut the edges off the eraser so only the stamp surfaces are raised:



You are ready to use your stamp:



METHOD #3 : PRINTING BLOCK

Pros: Easy, Fun, Great Detail
Cons: Trip to Art Supply Store

Materials: stamp block (available at an art store for ~$10), Pencil, Exacto Knife, Print Out of Shape, Stamp Pad

Stamp Blocks are super easy to carve, and are perfect to work with.



Basically follow all of the instructions for the eraser, but this will be way easier and less dangerous, but you need a careful hand! you can also use most carving tools with this material…

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