Rubber stamp tutorial

Ameskeria had the idea that I could make a tutorial for carving rubber stamps, so I made this little one for all who are interested.
All you need is:
a picture or drawing of a motif you want to make a stamp out of
either a simple rubber or a rubber block (especially produced for making rubber stamps)
linocut tools (I use one with a small carving knife and a bigger one)
an ink pad
a cutting underlay and eventually a stanley knife
1. First of all find a picture or a drawing that you want to transfer on your rubber. I usually trace the outline of the picture with a pencil and put it afterwards upside down on the rubber and rub it with a smooth object like the back of my linocut tools to trace the pencil line on the rubber.
2. Then you should see the outlines. You can cut away the parts around the motif that you don't need with a stanley knife to make a nice & handy shape.
3. Now use the linocut tool with the small carving knife to cut away all the small and the bigger knife for the bigger parts. Only cut away the parts that should be white in the end. Be careful and take care of your other hand that you don't cut yourself!
4. If you are finished with carving, use your ink pad and have fun! You can always wash the stamp carefully with water or a little soap after using it to keep your different coloured ink pads clean. You can print on every kind of paper and it works also well with clothes and fabrics as you can see here and here.


eva vercauteren said...

What a fun tutorial! You explained everything in a very easy way. I so need to take out my lino-knives again. I've used lino in the past, but never tried rubber yet. I'll certainly try it.

Belle Fleur de Lis said...

great !

Ariane Reichardt said...

Wow, danke Claudia,
toll. Da bekomme ich doch gleich Lust, mir auch einen Stempel zu schnitzen.
..und Danke für die Glückwünsche bei Bambi!
Grüße aus Hamburg von Ariane.

Anonymous said...

Love it!

Mdmslle. said...

Thanks for sharing this! Project for next weeks!

handmade romance said...

this is so great ive been meaning to do this for ages - still havent got to it but you have me all inspired again!

ameskeria said...

Oh! I did not see this!!
Thanks a lot for sharing! :)

Anna @sweet life said...

Wow, this is wonderful! I have to try it, thanks a lot! :)

Kristina said...

oh super tutorial!! dann kann ich das doch mal selbst ausprobiereb! danke super :)
liebe grüsse!!

Baby Moo's said...

Time to get some link knives!

cococita said...

I think I am gonna give it a try as well: we'll see what will happen :) Thank you so much for sharing!

Yana said...

thanks for this tutorial!