Make Your Own Stamp – DIY

The wonderful Aimee Strickland, from Made in The Fold, sent us this very easy DIY stamp tutorial. Aimee does handlettering for brides and we absolutely love her work. Do go and have a look at he blog and online shop if you are are passionate stationery or paper goods.

These stamps can be used just about anywhere, but Aimee used them on favor (gifts for guests) bags.

Here’s how to make a stamp:

You will need the following: (You will be able to find the supplies at Dick Blick or in SA at Deckle Edge/any art shop)

  • Tracing paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser (optional)
  • Aletter to trace – mine was a vintage letterpress letter
  • Small paper bags
  • Linoleum
  • Water-based printing ink
  • Linoleum cutter
  • Roller (Brayer)

Step 1:

The first step is to trace the letter. Using a soft graphite pencil, trace over the entire letter onto your tracing paper. Fill in the whole shape of the letter.

Step 2:

Next, flip your tracing paper over so the freshly traced side is down. Place it onto a small piece of your linoleum and transfer the tracing onto the surface by rubbing over the back of the tracing in its entirety (I used the back end of my pencil). The finished transfer will leave the shape of the letter for you to cut.

Step3:

Next, begin cutting away your letter by starting with the outline, and working away towards the edges of your piece. you want to cut away every part of the linoleum that you don’t want to transfer as a stamp to your paper. Anything left that is raised will pick up ink.

Step4:
Next, fill your brayer (or roller) with ink. using a sheet of tracing paper, I started with several dots of ink and continued to roll the brayer into the ink until it coated. Once your brayer is loaded evenly, apply the ink to your newly made stamp.

Step 5:

Now stamp the letter onto your favor bag! I added the last name in writing, but you could also add the date, or any other details that you like. Include your favor into the bag, seal, and repeat until you have enough for each of your guests!