Makers Moment: DIY Block Print

Learn how to create your own Block Print Stamp!

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Materials Needed

  • Rubber Blocks
  • Speedball Linoleum Cutter Blades
  • Sharpie Marker
  • Paper
  • Assorted Ink Pads
  • X-acto Knife
  • Mat
Safety First: Never place your hands in front of the blade.

Step 1: Decide on the art you want for your stamp. Tips:Do not choose words for your first stamp, choose a design with thick lines. Step 2: Draw your design with a sharpie onto the rubber stamp. The thick lines ensure that when you are cutting away from the material, your stamping walls are not too thin and will last for repeated use. Step 3: Using the small V- shaped blade (#1 blade if using a speedball carving set), trace the ends of your drawing.Step 4: Next, you will want to remove the material around the sharpie marks by using the U-shaped (#2) blade. If you make a mistake, don’t worry- the hard edges on your stamp gives it a homemade touch and still looks great! Step 5: Remove the rest of the material leaving significant area around the stamp. Step 6: Cut your stamp out from the rest of the block using sharp scissors or an X-acto knife.Step 7: Using your preferred colored ink pad fill your stamp with enough ink by applying pressure. Make sure it is completely filled with the ink. Step 8: Transfer your inky stamp onto the paper and apply even pressure. Tip: You can adhere a cardboard scrap piece to the back of your stamp for easier ink application and stamping.Congrats! You’ve made your first stamp. Arapahoe Libraries offers online creative learning on Creative Bug. Creative Bug offers intro videos to crafting, if you wish to know and create more on Stamp Making- I recommend the following videos. Print Your Own Stationary: and Embossing Your Stamps: