How to Make Rubber Stamps

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Stamping is a lot of fun. It can keep kids busy for hours on a rainy afternoon. Stamps are pretty on when used in scrap-booking projects and on the back of envelopes or even in diaries or to decorate personal sticky note pads with. They're easy - and cheap to make.

Things You'll Need

  • Pink or white gum erasers (one for each stamp you want to make).
  • X-acto knife
  • Pen or pencil

KISS: Keep It Simple, Silly.

  • Think up a design you want to make a stamp of. Have your kids help you with this part. You can look through books or magazines for ideas together. Keep it very simple.

  • Draw your idea on the eraser. Make it as big as you can.

  • With your X-acto knife, trace around the design. If you have drawn a flower, cut around the center and around each leaf.

  • Go back and cut away all the outside edges that are not part of your design. You don't have to cut through the whole eraser just take off about 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch depending on how thick the eraser is.

  • Cut a thin ridge out around the lines inside the shape, such as around the petals of the flowers. Slant your blade on one side of the line and cut around the inside shape about 1/16 inch. Next, slant it in the opposite direction on the other side of the line and cut down until you hit the other slanted line. This will make a tiny v-shaped groove.

  • Make dots by putting the knife point into the eraser and turning it in place. Make stripes by cutting v-shaped lines across one area - in one of the flower petals for example. Use your imagination.

  • Draw details: If you aren't too crafty, just do the outside shape and let your kids use markers to draw extra details on the stamp. Use the stamps with colored ink pads or you can even use water based craft paint. Use a tiny bit and spread it out on a paper plate or have the your children paint a light coat on the stamp with a brush or cotton swab.

Tips & Warnings

  • Protect your work surface with a plastic sheet or tablecloth.
  • Don't let kids use the X-acto knives unsupervised . They are sharper than most knives and not very easy to control.

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