Inspiration: DIY Stamps from Erasers

15 Oct

I love stamps, I use them for embellishing both fabric and paper. Although I’m not so much into geometry and repeated pattern, I still find it very interesting to create a stamp that you can use over and over again for a multitude of projects.

You don’t have to buy fancy stamp-making products to create a durable stamp. There is always the option of the potato to make a quick stamp, just like they taught us at school. But there are numerous materials that we can make stamps from, and they can all be found around us in our everyday lives. Erasers are a good example; you can use cheap erasers to create unique stamps. This you can apply to different surfaces; to spruce up your tablecloths, or embellish your wrapped presents, and even personalize your totes.

And as usual, here is some inspiration from Pinterest. I tried making my own eraser stamps; they work great… and I do hope I will have the time to share them with you here in the near future.

Tips: Turning Erasers into quick stamps

Here are some tips…

  • Things you usually need: Eraser, craft knife, and pencil to draw your design on the eraser.
  • Stamps can be used on paper, fabric, walls, and any surface you can think of.
  • What really matters is the color you are using, and whether it is ink, acrylic, fabric colors, or fabric inks. And… the surface’s smoothness or lack of; whether it is porous, textured, smooth, shiny, etc. Experimenting with different color mediums and surfaces always gives you a different result, even if you are using the same stamp.
  • It is important to clean the stamps with soapy water once done with them to be able to work with them on different other projects.
  • You need to be a bit delicate with rubber stamps made from erasers, because they tend to tear, especially if the design is intricate.

Source: via Karboojeh on Pinterest

  • There are many image-transfer techniques (that I might be posting about soon) to help transfer an image you like unto an eraser. An easy option is, print the image you like in reverse  on regular paper, go over the design with a heavy pencil or piece of charcoal, place the image, face-down, on the eraser, and trace over it with a dull object, so as not to tear the paper.

Source: via Karboojeh on Pinterest

  • Usually eraser stamps are good for bold designs, like arrows.
  • As shown in two examples here (see one of them below), pencil rubber ends can be used without carving them as stamps. Just use your imagination.

Source: via Karboojeh on Pinterest

  • Stamps are really cool to work with on fabric. Just use a good quality fabric-color range that you can later on fix by ironing. It will become washable and permanent, if you follow the instructions on the can.

I have used stamps to change the look of so many things. You don’t need to create a repeated pattern or a geometrical one, sometimes one stamped shape onto the corner of your tote, or in the middle of your T-Shirt, will be quite enough to breathe in new life to it.

Happy stampin’ :)


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6 Responses to “Inspiration: DIY Stamps from Erasers”

  1. Ria November 2, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    Making stamps from erasers is something I’ve been interested in for a while. I bought supplies for doing it a while back but still haven’t gotten around to trying it.

    I really like the idea for stamping a bag like that, with the little dots in a big shape. Just seeing that puts all sorts of ideas in my mind about designs I could play with!

    • Karboojeh Handmade November 2, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

      I made two stamps from erasers, and they worked really well on all sorts of surfaces. I even tried embossing paper-mache with them. if you post your stamp projects once you’re done with them, that would be great!

  2. Jody Thompson October 16, 2012 at 5:14 am #

    Nice projects and a really good idea. Cheers!

  3. Whitney Lenox October 15, 2012 at 11:51 pm #

    Thanks for the link love! Lovely site you have here…I’ll be back for another visit soon. ^^

    • Karboojeh Handmade October 16, 2012 at 12:16 am #

      You’re most welcome, and thanks a million… glad you liked my blog… likewise, I was very delighted to have discovered your site

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