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…