18 gennaio 2013

DIY Stamp Set Tutorial

We had a great weekend around here and I hope you did, too. We didn’t do much, besides hanging out with family. My mother-in-law and sister-in-law have been in town; Brookie came up here for the Fencing Junior olympics. We took advantage of the family in town and celebrated Felix’s FIRST birthday with a party on Sunday. I’ll share details with you tomorrow.

For now, I’d like to show you a little detail (and tutorial) on how I did the polka dots on Penelope’s Valentine’s treats. I really like what Joke did with her confetti cups on Oh Happy Day, but I didn’t have the time or motivation to go out and get a stamp, so I made do with what I had on hand.
Above is the stamp I made for Penelope’s Valentine’s. I didn’t have wood or rubber on hand, so I just made do, and you can too!

Learn how to make your own stamps (for almost nothing) after the jump!



  • scissors
  • leather (or craft foam sheets)
  • wood blocks
  • glue


Cut your leather (or foam) to the desired shape. Make sure that they’re smaller than your wood blocks.

Glue leather (or foam) back onto leather. Allow glue to dry before trimming it out.

Once your shapes have been trimmed out of the second layer of leather, rub leather (or foam) on the ink pad.

Stamp the top of your block with your shape. Place leather shape inked-side down and apply glue to the back of it. Place the wood block on top and allow the glue to set before using.

Stamp away! I know I’ll be having a lot of fun making patterns with these basic shapes.

Make a set of 4 basic shapes for the perfect gift. I used leather because that’s what I had on hand. I suspect next time I’m at the store, I’ll be purchasing some foam sheets and see if I can do more detailed stamps. I’ll report on my success (or failure). Click the button below to download the printer-friendly version of the tutorial.


This tutorial/freebie is free for personal use and should not be distributed/republished without my consent. I love getting shout outs from around the web, but please, link with love. Do not copy this text, publish more than 1-2 photos or outright steal this idea for commercial publications. If you would like to use this tutorial for commercial purposes, please email me. Thanks! 

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