Create Custom Rubber Stamps!

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I've wanted a TARDIS rubber stamp for a long time.
A long time.  I'd dream about having one.

Here's a tutorial on creating your own custom rubber stamps!
Think of the endless possibilities!
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Step 1: Supplies:

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Here's what you'll need to get started:

Speedball, Speedy-Carve Rubber sheets!
I got it on amazon, $15 a sheet that is 6 by 12 inches

(you can also use Pink Rubber erasers)

Hobby knife (xacto)
Cutting mat
Pattern, pen...maybe scissors.

Step 2: Pattern tracing.

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You need a pattern for the stamp...
or you might just get brave and freehand whatever comes to mind.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut a silhouette of the Tardis.
Then I used a ball point pen to trace it onto the rubber.

**Remember that when you stamp the rubber, the image will end
up reverse your image before tracing and cutting!**

Step 3: Start Cutting.

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The rubber is very soft and easy to cut...and also easy to screw up...
like if you "scratch" it lightly with the'll show.

So start slowly.  You don't have to cut very deep either. 
Just press the tip of your blade into the rubber.

I cut around all my black lines.  Alas, they are not perfect.
But there is a certain charm to something handmade.
And something you can't buy anywhere else!

Step 4: Stamp it out!

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I had some mounting foam so I mounted it to the back and stamped away.
The rubber is so thick, it doesn't need the could just tape it on an acrylic or wood block.

Then you can make a bunch of cards and mail them out to people you love!
Then you'll want to make more...I did a Dalek too!

Hope you are inspired!

Check out my blog Doodlecraft for more awesomeness!
Oh, and please vote for me in the scrapbook and stamping contest!  :)

hblair13 months ago
@foobear I get my stamp supports from WalMart.
hblair13 months ago
I love TARDIS! Gotta try this!
TP_inc4 months ago
I may make a stamp for my company TP inc (hence the name)
HollyMann5 months ago
This looks awesome - great job~!
spongebop1255 months ago
You had me at T.A.R.D.I.S.
Yup. I definitely need a tardis stamp. Thanks for the instructable!
dogflut5 months ago
What about the ink?
doodlecraft (author)  dogflut5 months ago
Any ink will work! I used water based, but oil based is good too. You can use paint and stamp directly on paper, wood or fabric. You can also just color them with washable kid markers, then slightly breath on the stamp (like you would to glasses before cleaning them) and stamp away. That's how I did the Daleks in the last picture.
blossom92835 months ago
Great idea. I've been toying with using rubber erasers but they seem to small for what I want to do, this may be something for hubby to get for my stocking :)
...that is, if I can wait that long ;)
doodlecraft (author)  emilyvanleemput6 months ago
shizumadrive6 months ago
When I was younger folks would do similar things with rubber erasers. I wish I had a TARDIS stamp too though.
doodlecraft (author)  shizumadrive6 months ago
I got a bunch of erasers for my kids to's a great start! Thanks!
annieannie6 months ago
love it love it.. voted!! :)
doodlecraft (author)  annieannie6 months ago
KaydeeKrunk6 months ago
I made a tiny version of this today for my sister, a huge Whovian. She loved it, I haven't played with my Speedball in a while.
doodlecraft (author)  KaydeeKrunk6 months ago
Awesome! :)
foobear6 months ago
Where did the clear acrylic support come from?
doodlecraft (author)  foobear6 months ago
It's just an acrylic stamping can get them online or at any craft store. They work with cling back stamps. Easy! :)
thebeatonpath6 months ago
THIS IS AWESOME! Especially the choice of the TARDIS.
doodlecraft (author)  thebeatonpath6 months ago
Thanks! :)
thebeatonpath6 months ago
Whovians, check out her Etsy page and prepare to be AMAZED!!
kyluddy6 months ago
dingodudette6 months ago
Fantastic work, I gotta try this
sabu.dawdy6 months ago
kondzio296 months ago
Voted on you, hope you win ;) good luck
KittyKissMe6 months ago
This is really cool!
mandrews-root6 months ago
Nice ......
chuck21156 months ago
I love the fact you used dr who
Qazmon6 months ago
Wonderful choices of stamp art! Yeah to the Doctor!

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