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Friday, September 4, 2009

DIY: Make Your Own Wedding Stamp

I love craft classes. I really do. They attract the friendliest, most interesting people.

Here's what I learned at a recent class: How to make your own rubber stamp.

The first step was to rub pencil all over the back of our black-and-white image. Then the instructor gave us a piece of white, soft rubber. We placed the pencil-side down on the stamp, and taped down the image. We then traced over the lines of our black-and-white image, which transferred the image to the rubber. Next, we used a tool to carefully carve the rubber away from our lines. When we thought we had carved out enough, we tested our stamps using an ink pad. We could easily see where we had to carve more.

When our hand-carved stamps were complete, we rolled a water-based block printing ink onto a piece of glass (which the instructor got from a Dollar Store picture frame--brilliant!) with a roller. Then we stamped our stamp into the ink and pressed it to the fabric (and held it for approximately five seconds). We repeated the stamping across our entire fabric.

Voila!

I quickly realized that a piece of fabric stamped with bloodhounds is pretty much only good for one thing: a bandanna for my bloodhound.

On a side note: Sorry to be so dog-obsessed. I can only imagine what will happen when Matt and I add a non-furry child to our family.




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12 comments:

Miss Rye Bread said...

haha sara, this is so cute! :)
I love that you made a little Hoss stamp!

Gonna Be His Mrs. said...

That is sooo adorable! And he looks so confident wearing his self imaged bandana...haha.
So where do you get the soft white rubber? Do you know?
I'd love to try making a stamp.

Sunshinemeg said...

That is very cool. I love your dog. He looks like a good, faithful pup. Happy Friday to you!

megan said...

super cute! i'd like to poit out that the wedding stamp idea is a huge budget saver. I fell in love with some faux-wax seals in my wedding theme, but it would've cost roughly $60 to get the (SIXTY! for something that is going to be ripped in two!)

So i went to trusty Ebay and found a rubber stamp exactly like i wanted, and i am getting gold ink, so i'll just stamp the envelope instead. i'm also using the same image on the reply cards i'm printing up.

megan said...

btw, the total cost for wedding-related stampage? Eight bucks.

Jessica said...

Hey looks so proud in the first picture. "Yes, my owner made me this. Thank you, I know she's quite talented."

Jesse said...

too bad hoss is like the cutest dog ever!!! don't apologize! he's equal parts noble and cute! when you have a non furry addition, there will just be a lot of pictures with them AND hoss...

Sara said...

"oh yeah, i'm the coolest dog on the block"

Lauren said...

awwww he does look very proud of his bandana!

bridechic said...

Precious!

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Wedding Reception said...

Love the dog! Too cute...

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