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Creative Stamp Projects

Mar 20, 2015
Cathe Holden

I’ve had lots of fun experimenting with and learning about rubber stamps over the few years I’ve been a professional crafter. I’ve even taken to ordering custom stamps with my very own designs. Stamps have long been popular with papercrafters for cardmaking and scrapbooking, and can be found in most any craft store or online shop. Stamps that used to be primarily made of pink rubber are now most often found to be made of clear polymer material attached to wood, acrylic, or sold in unmounted formats that cling to acrylic stamping blocks. Many times both types of stamps are still referred to as rubber stamps. Here are eight of my favorite stamp projects and ideas with links to directions for you to consider on your next creative endeavor.

1.    Design your own stamps. Many online and local rubber stamp companies that offer custom stamps will allow you to use your own artwork to create unique stamps of your own. Prices may vary from one stamp to a full sheet of stamp images. Read my article on ordering your own to use with wood pieces or vintage wood rubber stamp handles.

design your own stamps 

2.    Faux Engraved Jewelry. Similar to the above process for ordering custom stamps, you can design artwork to fit jewelry bezels to craft engraved-style jewelry as described here.

Faux engraved jewelry 

3.    Faux Metal. My most recent adventures in stamping involve the use of metallic embossing powder. Stamp your image using a pigment ink pad or clear embossing ink, dust with embossing powder, shake off any powder that does not stick to ink, and using a low-heat air tool melt the micro plastic pellets into a cool metal look. Ultra-fine powder works best for intricately designed stamps. It is important to follow embossing powder manufacturer’s instructions for best results.

Faux metal

4.     Velvet Embossing. Using pink rubber stamps, you can emboss velvet with the heat of your pressing iron to create beautiful project embellishments. See projects I’ve done here and here.

Velvet embossing 

5.    Clay Embossing. You can create really neat projects such as ornaments by embossing air-dry clay with a decorative rubber stamp. Learn how here.

Clay embossing

6.    Hot Glue Embossing. If you have a hot glue gun and hot glue sticks, you can use alphabet stamps to create faux wax seals for adding to correspondence or collage projects. See how to here.

Hot glue embossing

7.    Stamp Roller. You might be surprised to learn how easy it is to craft your own whimsical stamp roller for decorating packages, envelopes and more. For simple to follow instructions click here.

Stamp roller

8.    Art Stamp Gifts. Looking for a unique gift for someone special? Why not order them a custom rubber stamp as shared in my previous blog post here.

Art stamp gifts

Do you have stamp projects you’ve done or would like to try? Please share your ideas in the comments section below!

Photos courtesy of Cathe Holden.

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