Hand Carved Rubber Stamps


Faced with another drizzly half term morning I grabbed a box of rubbers and my lino cut tools.

I have been keeping this activity in the bank to stave off cabin fever and this morning was the perfect moment. The children designed their own stamps and I created this under the sea set.

What you’ll need:

A box of rubbers.

Lino cutting tools

Ink stamps.

How to make your stamps:

  •  Draw your designs onto the rubbers. Keep in mind that you want them to be simple to cut and look good in the contrast of light and dark.
  • Cut away all areas you do not want to carry ink by sliding the lino cutting tool along the rubber.
  • Test your stamp and neaten any areas carrying ink which shouldn’t be.

If you’d like to try lino cutting there is a great beginner kit here.

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  • Reply Caroline February 20, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    I remember doing this in school. It was great fun. It would good for making gift wrap.
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  • Reply Antonia February 20, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Wow genius! I had no idea it could be this easy to make something that looks so artistic. It’s also given me a great excuse to get to grips with the growing army of rubbers we have lying around, thanks x
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  • Reply LydiaGrace February 20, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Perfect!! I’ve been really wanting to try this. Winsor and Newton have a gold ink which would be so lovely for stamps, or at least little details. I’m going to have to experiment!

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  • Reply laura redburn February 22, 2014 at 9:01 am

    aw yay! making stamps with rubbers is such a fun and easy way to do it!
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  • Reply Angela @Little Apple Tree February 25, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    I love the blue fish one! Stamping is so much fun, but I am always shocked at the price they charge in Hobbycraft. I usually end up buying one very begrudgingly and mutter about the price for days, but if you can make your own stamps at home with relative ease, then I’ll happily give that a go!!
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