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Make Your Own Stamps Tutorial

Make your own stamps for your wedding and have completely customized favors, invites, thank-you cards and more! Can't find a symbol that really speaks to both of you as a couple? No problem, create your own! No need to stick with pre-made templates or images, you can create anything you dream up.

You can carve stamps with a variety of materials, even erasers or potatoes, but this tutorial focuses on what the pros carve stamps with and you can create a long lasting stamp this way that can be used over and over for years to come. The best part is that the materials involved are not costly, so you can practice and still have left overs to make your own stamps.

make your own stampsI adore Staedtler Mastercarve Artist Carving Blocks because they cut so easily and they stamp perfectly. You can draw directly on them with pencil too.

For carving the stamp, this Small Plastic Linoleum Cutter is a great economical set and works really well. I have an older version of this same set and have been using it for a few years now.

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Draw your design and then carve away all areas that will not have ink on them. All areas that are white are carved away while all areas that will pick up the stamp ink will be left untouched.

TIP: Remember that whatever you carve will be backwards when you stamp it! This is especially important when carving letters - you'll need to carve them backwards to stamp the right way.

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Now that you know how to make your own stamps, here some ideas to put your stamps to use!

  • Invites & envelopes
  • Programs
  • Thank-you Cards
  • Favor Boxes, Tags & Packaging
  • Place Cards & Menus
  • ...and more!

stamping on woodPlus, you can even stamp on fabric and wood if you use the correct stamp ink! Use Tsukineko VersaCraft fabric and wood ink on wooden blanks to create amazing wedding favors!

Or, consider buying plain fabric pouches for your favors and stamping them to create personalized favor pouches cheaply!

Carving your own seem too difficult? Have a whole sheet of stamps made for you using this alternative Make Your Own Stamps tutorial!

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