Tutorial: How to make a stamp by burning wood

2 Apr

The other day I spotted this photo tutorial for making a wax stamp. I thought that maybe I can make one for paper… and even fabric. So here is my version of a burnt-wood stamp using soldering gun and a few other materials.

You need:

  • A piece of wood
  • Soldering gun
  • Pencil
  • Craft foam sheet
  • Sponge brayer
  • Acrylic colors
  • A plastic plate for the acrylic paint

Steps:

Trace the stamp text or image with a pencil on the piece of wood (make sure it’s in reverse). Heat your soldering gun and start burning the wood using little dots, then connect them as the gin gets hotter. Apply some acrylic paint to the plastic plate and roll the brayer with the paint until it gets covered evenly. Apply the paint even over your wooden stamp.

Place a piece of foam under the paper you intend to stamp, so that you get all the nooks of the stamp; this isn’t a rubber stamp, so it won’t leave a good print if you use it on a hard surface.

That’s it! I love the end result. It’s not clean and shiny, but it’s got lots of character. I’ve used my stamp to label some of my craft work. I basically stamp the signature on paper, cut it to size then mod-podge it to the back of my craft project to label it. I haven’t tried this on fabric yet, but I think applying the right amount of paint and using foam under the fabric might get me good results.

Happy stampin’ everyone :)

Karboojeh

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2 Responses to “Tutorial: How to make a stamp by burning wood”

  1. Deabr April 5, 2012 at 1:40 am #

    Well now I guess I’m gonna have to give stamp making a try. My grandson saw your instructions and printed it out for me. Sounds like a fantastic project the two of us can get into. Thanks you

    • Karboojeh Handmade April 5, 2012 at 10:03 am #

      Aw, this is so cute. I wish you both an enjoyable time! It just occurred to me that if the stamp doesn’t look good with one sheet of foam underneath the paper, you might want to stack the foam up a bit for a better stamping experience. Good luck :)

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