Introduction: Create Custom Rubber Stamps!

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!

Step 1: Supplies:

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.

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 reversed...so reverse your image before tracing and cutting!**

Step 3: Start Cutting.

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

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 foam...you 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!  :)


Comments

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John T MacF Mood (author)2016-03-19

How thick is the material supplied from the Amazon source? It might be cuttable by a Cricut or simila CNC or a laser CNC.

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Om_Audio (author)2015-11-30

I would like to make a stamp for ham radio QSL cards so would be text and lines for hand written info to be filled in above the lines next to text. Seems would require removing tons of rubber around the letters/lines unless I just had the writing not inked. That would work actually but if you have any suggestions to have text etc "inked" I would love to hear them. Thanks.

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elastogirl (author)2015-11-06

I did this project and bought the material from www.rubbersheetroll.com

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DylCrafts (author)2015-02-23

I want the tardis too! Definitely next project!

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t.docog (author)2014-09-15

Thank you so much for this! <3 i want to have my blog name on rubber stamp. <3 can u tell me if a regular cutter will work with this???? thanks a lot! love the Tardis <3 made me kinda jealous :*

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mvillalpando (author)2014-06-09

Great Instructable. Has anyone ever tried using the stencil-cutter tool that is used in a pyrography tool set on this type of material? I have the tool, but I have not worked with this material before. Maybe I shall give it a try and post later to see if it makes the cut-out any easier. Thanks again, and good TARDIS!

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hblair1 (author)2014-01-13

@foobear I get my stamp supports from WalMart.

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hblair1 (author)2014-01-13

I love TARDIS! Gotta try this!

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TP_inc (author)2013-12-04

I may make a stamp for my company TP inc (hence the name)

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HollyMann (author)2013-11-12

This looks awesome - great job~!

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spongebop125 (author)2013-11-12

You had me at T.A.R.D.I.S.

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Rhonda Chase Design (author)2013-11-11

Yup. I definitely need a tardis stamp. Thanks for the instructable!

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dogflut (author)2013-10-31

What about the ink?

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doodlecraft (author)dogflut2013-11-07

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.

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blossom9283 (author)2013-10-23

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 ;)

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emilyvanleemput (author)2013-10-15

Awesome!

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Thanks!

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shizumadrive (author)2013-10-17

When I was younger folks would do similar things with rubber erasers. I wish I had a TARDIS stamp too though.

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doodlecraft (author)shizumadrive2013-10-21

I got a bunch of erasers for my kids to use...it's a great start! Thanks!

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annieannie (author)2013-10-18

love it love it.. voted!! :)

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doodlecraft (author)annieannie2013-10-21

Thanks!

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KaydeeKrunk (author)2013-10-21

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.

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doodlecraft (author)KaydeeKrunk2013-10-21

Awesome! :)

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foobear (author)2013-10-17

Where did the clear acrylic support come from?

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doodlecraft (author)foobear2013-10-17

It's just an acrylic stamping block...you can get them online or at any craft store. They work with cling back stamps. Easy! :)

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thebeatonpath (author)2013-10-17

THIS IS AWESOME! Especially the choice of the TARDIS.

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Thanks! :)

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thebeatonpath (author)2013-10-17

Whovians, check out her Etsy page and prepare to be AMAZED!!

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kyluddy (author)2013-10-17

Cool!

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sabu.dawdy (author)2013-10-16

lovely..

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kondzio29 (author)2013-10-16

Voted on you, hope you win ;) good luck

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KittyKissMe (author)2013-10-16

This is really cool!

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mandrews-root (author)2013-10-15

Nice ......

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chuck2115 (author)2013-10-15

I love the fact you used dr who

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Qazmon (author)2013-10-15

Wonderful choices of stamp art! Yeah to the Doctor!

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