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DIY: Carved Rubber Stamp Tutorial

I just LOVE rubber stamps! I love how you can reuse them over and over again to decorate greeting cards, stationary, mailing supplies, gift wrap, and countless other things.  And, when I learned how to make my own, I was so excited!

DIY Carved Rubber Stamp
Now I can make whatever design I’d like and, what’s even better, it’s pretty darn easy to make them! Here’s what you’ll need:
DIY Carved Stamp Supplies

Rubber block


Bone folder

Lino carving tool with wooden handle (can be found at most craft supply stores)

A cute design

Tracing paper (not pictured)

X-Acto knife & cutting mat (not pictured)

When you have your design printed out, trace it onto tracing paper using a pencil. Lay your tracing face down on your rubber block and gently press it down using your bone folder to transfer the image. If you don’t have a bone folder, you can always use the dull side of a butter knife or any other flat object you might have in your craft room.

Use your X-Acto knife to trim down the block, centering your image. Then, begin your carving! Remember to carve on top of your cutting mat, just in case your hand slips. You don’t want to ruin any table surfaces!

DIY Carved Stamp
DIY Carved Stamp

And ta-da! This is what it’ll look like when you’re done. Don’t worry about the pencil marks, though. They’ll gradually fade after a few uses.

Have you carved any stamps yourself? I’d love to see them! Just comment below with a link to your pictures <3

Ooh! And don’t forget to enter my giveaway! It ends this weekend so be sure to enter now:

Craft on, friends!