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As someone who spends a lot of time engaging with people online, I often think about how great it would to extend online commenting out into the greater world. Now, you may be saying to yourself, "What kind of world is greater than the internet?" Well, let me tell you, my internet companion, if you turn away from your computer screen, there is a big wide world out there; a magically tangible world of people and things!

Relax... there is no need to fret!

This transition from the online world into the real world is made easier by these things called "stamps." Like the similarly named "stamp" tool in Photoshop, a stamp allows you to replicate an image over and over in your file (or "environment," as they often call files in the real world). Now you can easily engage in the actual world with the same repetitive and meaningless interaction that would normally exclusively be reserved for the internet. Does it get any better than this?

(on a side note, none of this commenting behavior is encouraged on Instructables.com. Cut it out kids!)
 
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Step 1: Go get stuff:

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You will need:

A (totally awesome) Epilog Laser Cutter
High-Quality Laser Rubber
Self Inking Stamp Pads
Corel Draw
A paintbrush
An Exacto knife

Step 2: Write out your words

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Download the attached file, open it in Corel Draw and change the comments to suit your needs.

There are 3 different sized stamp files for you to work with.

You should obviously make your stamps the size of the stamp pad (typically listed on the box it came in).

One thing I have come to find is that it is ideal for the text to fill as much as the stamp surface as possible (or you may get ink on the corners of the pad). However, you should still leave a small margin around the edge of the stamp.

Note:
If you want to start your file from scratch, make your squares the size of the stamp surface and then fill them with test. Next make the text white and the fill of the squares black. Once you have done that, invert the whole image so that the text reads backwards.
bomberman35 years ago
FAKE!!!
noahw5 years ago
first comment!
TechDante1 year ago
these are going intro my must laser run
Uncle Kudzu3 years ago
Great idea!

Note to hand-carvers: you can print your comments in reverse - use a laser printer, not inkjet - and transfer to rubber by placing your print face down on the rubber and rubbing the backside of your laser print with solvent. The laser toner will dissolve a bit and leave toner on the rubber as a guide to carving.
Derin5 years ago
flagged
DJ Radio Derin4 years ago
OMFG YOU FLAGGED AN ADMIN!!!!!
Yandle DJ Radio4 years ago
THATS WHAT SHE SAID!
juanvi Yandle3 years ago
first coment?
Derin DJ Radio4 years ago
NSFW
EnigmaMax5 years ago
lol
Sandisk1duo5 years ago
if i ever find a person with a laser cutter, i'll make this!
Another thing you can do is find a store, probably staples or another office type company, and you can probably order your custom stamper. I know for a fact you can make one on Shutterfly or Snapfish.
Enter the epilog challenge and you can win a laser cutter of your own!
keyword, can

it is theoretically possible, but i won't win it....
Hey, I see no reason why you couldn't win...of course you will need to enter the contest first!
zenviolin5 years ago
or, you know, you could just cut the letters out yourself with an x-acto knife, which is entirely possible.
lieuwe5 years ago
lol, any sugestions on how i would make those without laser cutter?
Erfunden lieuwe5 years ago
I made stamps before just by drawing my design on one of those pink erasers (remember, lettering has to be backwards!) and carving away with an exacto. It worked pretty good. I used a stamp pad for inking it. One step up from that would be using a block of linoleum and some carving tools from your local craft store.
ChrysN Erfunden5 years ago
One step down would be a potato, I think I did that in grade 5 art class. Just cut it in half and cut out your letters.
two steps down?
True, I meant to say one step down from the linoleum, well maybe several steps down, it's quite primitive.
caitlinsdad5 years ago
Awww, I thought this was a new feature to respond to topics or instructables offline kinda like when you take your email offline, work with it, and post it back up to sync everything...
3rd-ed!
same !
Yeah, agreed. I'd call this Instructable "Real-World Commenting" or something.
=SMART=5 years ago
Great ! I NEED one of these
purduecer5 years ago
(on a side not, none of this commenting behavior is encouraged on Instructables.com. Cut it out kids!)

...might want to correct that :-P
Valche5 years ago
nice! any idea for those of us without access to a laser cutter?
PKM Valche5 years ago
Get linoleum, an eraser or similar item, draw your letters on it (reversed) and carve away everything that doesn't look like a "That's what she said". I made christmas cards in school using this technique.
cheat5 years ago
Could you use a strip of old tire?
randofo (author)  cheat5 years ago
It wouldn't be a good idea to laser cut that material.
Amazing! I really want to do this at work. It's too bad they'd know it was me. :P
andycyca5 years ago
I love you. Those pics in the first step are great (specially the "That's what she said" ones). You should consider expanding this to other comments (WIN, FAIL, LOLCat-like or twitter @replies) Very good idea sir. Congrats on this instructable
benthekahn5 years ago
I tried this commenting technique to comment this instructable, but now the comment shows up on all web pages I go to! What do I do? btw, it says "Fail" of that helps.
greensteam5 years ago
For a similar philosophical starting point leading to a different outcome, see http://www.instructables.com/id/Offline_Mechanical_Steampunkers_Blog/
gmjhowe5 years ago
I saw these recently, was that you? Great work, i would use the FAIL one, to stamp on people heads, or the back of their hands.
jeff-o gmjhowe5 years ago
A FAIL stamp would certainly come in handy. FTW would be great, too!
bumpus jeff-o5 years ago
Thanks! I have been looking all over for a fail stamp! Cheers, Mspark400
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