DIY Rubber stamp

I love rubber stamps, they are absolutely fun.. I like the possibilities- you can easily customize any object with a simple stamp. 

Since we use hand stamped muslin bags to package some of our soaps, I have a great excuse to stamp around all day..

Like the buttons, The pine cones and acorns, Our camera soap has one of my favorite camera pouches..

At one point, I was on the hunt for a matching stamp for each of our designs, I found ready-made stamps for most of them, but still had a few that I just couldn't find a stamp for. It was either the size or design that I didn't like.. 
Or maybe I just wanted to try carving a stamp from scratch on my own.. (Yeah, I think that's it).

My first DIY rubber stamp 
We have these super cute Nautical Anchor soaps, and we make them in different combinations of white, red and blue. I decided to make an anchor stamp for their bag. 

What you need to carve your own stamp:
Carving rubber - There are different types and hardness levels, I started with the blue, softer one which was really easy to work with. You can find video tutorials online as well.
Speedball Speedy-Cut Easy BlocksSpeedball Lino Set No. 1
Carving Tool kit- I bought a simple one from Hobby lobby, it was perfect for my little experiment. If you really carve a lot, you might want a more sophisticated kit. speedball kit
Paper & pencil
X-acto knife

How to carve your own rubber stamp:
1- draw the design with a pencil on plain paper
2- transfer the design to the carving block- simply place it on the rubber with the drawing faced down, and draw over it with the pencil. 
3- start carving.


- Work carefully - the tools are sharp, so make sure the direction is from you - outwards. 

- Before you go ahead and carve out the rubber with the tools- go over the edges of the design with an Xacto knife, the carving part would be more precise after that. 

You can see on my first attempt- the stamp has a thin circle frame around it which I messed up. Learn from my mistake- Start with the blade before you get to digging out rubber :) 

- It is a matter of practice, the more you do it the easier it gets. 

I really enjoyed making a stamp from scratch, can't wait for a chance to make another one.
Have any ideas for a design to match our soaps? :)


Nautical anchor soaps - Wedding favors- sailor style colors
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