Saturday, 5 September 2009

Home made rubber stamps from erasers

OK I finally did it. I bought myself a set of lino-cutting tools from Ebay ( where else? ) and made a series of three stamps from soft erasers from my local supermarket. I set out in this first rubber stamp project to make stamps which I could use as to create backgrounds for my atc's. I will hopefully move on to more detailed images as I get used to the tools.

First here are photos of the stamps ( after use, as the inks seem to have dyed the rubber ) two of them are actually on both sides of one eraser.



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Two are very similar and the third is an attemp at a scroll-like pattern.


The stampings from these look a little like the following:


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The scroll pattern was a first attempt and I have now cleaned up the area which was cut away. The rubber is so soft (?) that it has to be a very deep cut to avoid spurious marks on the paper.

Finally here are a some atc's using two of the backgrounds:


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and also


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I certainly enjoyed the experience and will be making more stamps this way (and also using corks ) as soon as I can get enough time to gather my senses.

Try this yourself...

6 comments:

Linda said...

You have some nice stamps here. Making your own stamps is fun. I haven't used erasers but I do use craft foam.

Artyfax said...

thanks, I am hoping to try using cork as an alternative. Again for background patterns.

Not sure how you would cut foam - or is it a rigid foam.

Jan said...

I left a comment on your Flickr site about these John. I'm very impressed (ooh sorry about the pun!) with these hand crafted staps. I love the ethnic look that they achieve and your use of them as atc backgrounds is perfect.

Artyfax said...

Thanks Jan; tho' gosh, you will have me blushing

Deborah said...

Cool stamps that you made, John! You have utilized them extremely well on your ATCs!!

Artyfax said...

Thanks Deborah