Introduction: Super Easy Custom Rubber Stamps

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These little rubber stamps are super easy to make, cost about $1 and will last forever. They can be use for card making, stationary, art, mold making, whatever you can think of.

Go to your local dollar store or office store and Buy a package of rectangle erasers for $1
I like to buy the multi color package just for the fun of having different colored stamps.

What you will need:
Package of erasers (rectangles give you the most surface space but other shapes will work too)
1 Hobby knife
Linoleum carving blades (optional)
Ballpoint pen
Piece of paper
Stamp pad

Step 1: Draw Out Your Design

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Trace the shape of the eraser on to the piece of paper.
Now you know how big your stamp can be. Draw a little design.
Go over your design with the pencil until the drawing is nice and dark.

Step 2: Transfer Your Design to the Eraser

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Now flip the paper over so you see the back line the design up on top of the eraser.  Trace your drawing with the ball point pen. (the pen is important because you want to transfer the graphite from your drawing to the eraser without hurting the surface of the rubber, if you don't have a ball point pen something else with a rounded tip will work)

Now you have a transferred picture of your design on the eraser. It should look backwards from the way you drew it. This is good because a stamp should always look backwards in the rubber for it to turn out right when you stamp it.

Step 3: Carve Out the White

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Now that you have your design on your eraser you need to decide what parts of your stamp you want to be in ink and what parts you want to be paper. As you carve away the rubber keep in mind that anything you carve away will be paper and any eraser left will be ink.

The easiest way is to carve out the lines of your design, its much harder to carve out the background and leave the lines in ink. But just so you can see the difference I have done both for you to see.

Very carefully and in small amounts carve away the rubber.

Step 4: Stamp It Up

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I always make a few test stamps as I go to make sure that my stamp is looking the way I wanted it to. After all its easy to carve off more rubber but impossible to put it back.

But now that you have your stamp, stamp it up. 


Ahzd (author)2016-11-08

What types of inks and/or paints have you used with it?

Thanks. this saved me $50 having one made for me online

pizzidave made it! (author)2014-06-12

Thanks for the ible!

marcellahella (author)2012-12-02

yes! I like stamps too much! thanks a lot!

CommonSparta (author)2011-06-09

I stencil shirts, and have came to a liking of using cool stamps on my tshirts, but they are expensive so what I can buy is limited. This is a GREAT way to make your own stamps! Its cheap and simple! Thank you very much!!

spark master (author)2010-11-29

very nice , not to date myself, but i have been doing this since they let us have ballpoint pens in catholic school. Errr, we used cartridge ink pens and when they finally let us have ball points we realized if you drew backwards on an eraser you had a stamp. One got bored with he simple and eventually used a Pink Pearl or other "large format" printing eraser. Nuns were not happy if you used that eraser on papers you handed in. And there is a crumbly eraser (can't remember what the name was) if you used that you could easily reduce the edges to your "art" with a sharp pencil.

thanks fer the trip down memory lane

Tape-structable (author)2010-11-24

Your instructable inspired me to create my own, not on creating stamps but on a tool to create it. I referenced your instructable, and If its okay with you? I will remove it if you'd rather not have it in there.

neonaddict (author)2010-10-02

i've made a faceook like thumbs up stamp!

every one in my art class demands me to stamp them all the time!

grooooovy (author)2010-09-05

Wow, this is a great idea! And it works really well- washing the ink off?

farzadbayan (author)2010-07-27

I love it . Nice ...*

kcls (author)2010-06-26

Good instructable! Have you ever heard of Letterboxing?

eclecticeddy (author)kcls2010-06-26

I had not heard of Letterboxing. It sounds amazing! Thanks for the tip!

kcls (author)eclecticeddy2010-06-26

No problem. It is very similar to geocaching.

zack247 (author)kcls2010-06-26

(read my post above) my friend figured it might be a geocache box, perhaps thats what it was! im going to look on the site to try and find the tin we saw! will people sometimes put other things in the containers as well?

kcls (author)zack2472010-06-26

Yes! It's a very fun activity to get into. There are several sizes of caches, ranging from micro (about the size of an bike tube air refill, usually only containing a piece of paper to log things on) to regular (usually an ammo box containing some small trinkets and a logbook with a pen) When you find the regular sized ones, you take a trinket, and leave another one. There are things called travel bugs. They try to move from cache to cache, racing other travel bugs. It's quite fun!

Kanein Encanto (author)kcls2010-06-27

A bike tube air refill? You mean a CO2 cartridge? I've seen caches get almost as small as the CAP that goes on a valve stem. On the flipside, and for fun, the largest cache I've heard of is in Iowa, and is a 14 gallon footlocker in the woods... wish me and the missus had a chance to hunt that one down before moving from Illinois to Nevada... :)

kcls (author)Kanein Encanto2010-06-27

Yeah, I meant a CO2 cartridge, I just couldn't think of the right name for it at the time. I was just saying that generally they are around that small. I know that they can get pretty insanely small though! And a 14 gallon footlocker? That's huge! When we were cruising we did a lot of geocaching. The problem was I kept forgetting to log the ones we did online!

zack247 (author)kcls2010-06-26

well, i already found one close by me, and i have a afternoon to waste tomorrow. im going to look for it tomorrow, and i already have some ideas!

zack247 (author)kcls2010-06-26

O...M...G... me and my friends were at the park by the river (in saskatoon) for the dragon boat races a couple weeks back, and the found an altoids tin under a fact podium! we didn't know what it was, but there was a log sheet and a stamp in the tin! now we know what we ran into. thanks!

nutsandbolts_64 (author)2010-06-27

I can finally stamp on my signature instead of just writing and writing...

zack247 (author)2010-06-26

this is a good idea! thanks for the info! 5*s

shilohjim (author)2010-06-26

If you are going to carve more than a couple of stamps I'd suggest you get your supplies here. the material is cheaper per square inch than erasers.

eclecticeddy (author)shilohjim2010-06-26

Thanks so much for the link. For anyone interested in these larger sheets of rubber, Speedy cut can also be found at your local art and craft store though the selection is usually limited to one size; 4x6 for instance. These larger sheets give you much more room for carving and designing your image, and can be cut down to any size so as not to waste any space on your rubber sheet. I also highly recommend buying the linoleum carving knives which allow you to carve stamps of greater detail.

dark sponge (author)2010-06-26

You could probably make more complex designs if you used a CNC mill to carve out the eraser. I'm just giving this as a suggestion to readers who have access to one.

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