How to Carve your own stamps

Way back in high school, one of the fun things we did in art class was create our own stamps by carving linoleum blocks.  Recently, I’ve been thinking about that project and the possibility of not only creating my own stamps, but also beautiful stamped fabric.

How to carve your own stamps

Carving linoleum for stamps is just one of many ways to create your own personal stamps.  Since I thoroughly enjoyed it in school, I went on line looking for a small kit to get me started!

how to carve your own stamps

You can purchase linoleum blocks for printmaking as well as a linoleum cutter and blades at your local art supply store or online. I located a Block Printing Starter Kit on Amazon that included everything I needed to get started.

It included a linoleum cutter with three different size blades, a block of linoleum with a wood backing, a brayer, tray and printing ink.  I love to purchase kits when I’m trying out a new craft.  It supplies everything that I need, and if I end up not enjoying it as much as I thought I would, then I’m not out a ton of money.

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For this project I used:

Block Printing Starter Kit
Vintage Camper Pattern
charcoal pencil
Ink Stamp Pads
Block Printing Mat

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How to carve your own stamps

I began by designing my own vintage camper pattern.  As you probably already guessed, I’m a huge fan of camping themed crafts.  The ultimate fun of designing your own stamps is creating your own designs.  It could be meant for scrapbooking, cards, wedding announcements, fabric design, or other forms of art.

You can design what you love, or even use my free vintage camper download!

How to carve your own stamps

Print the pattern to the size that you want.  Flip it over and color in the backside of the paper with a charcoal pencil.

How to carve your own stamps

Lay the pattern onto the linoleum side of your block, and then trace the design.  The design will transfer onto your linoleum.

How to carve your own stamps

Use a pen to draw over your transferred lines so that they will not smudge off while you are working on carving the stamp.

Now let’s start carving!

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  • Julie September 17, 2016, 6:40 am

    What a fun project! I remember doing lino cuts at school, I also remember how long it bled when I sliced a bit off the end of my finger! Your “be careful and cut away from you” advice is spot on!
    Despite my accident I do have fond memories of it. I love how detailed your stamp is, much more so than I would have thought possible with a DIY, lovely.

    • Susan Myers September 18, 2016, 1:48 pm

      Hi Julie!

      Oh wow! The sacrifices we make to create beautiful things! Yes, I did lino cuts in school too and you do have to be very careful. But it is worth the effort to come up with something unique. Thanks so much for your kind words! I’m going to experiment a bit more with this particular craft and see what I can do with fabric.


  • maria September 4, 2016, 6:05 pm

    Since the pot holders I loved this caravan. Thanks for the patern

    I like very much all your works. Congratulations



  • Beverly September 4, 2016, 3:58 pm

    I’m in the process of decluttering and downsizing. I came upon a box of some old artwork. In this box was a linoleum(sp?) stamp of a shark that I had carved out along with some prints. I kept my stamp. I majored in art and pyschology in college. I took some courses in art therapy and elementary education (1-8). Your project reminded me of this. I was dianognosed (sp?) with a rare, progressve, incurable disease called Stiff Person Syndrome with parkinsonism. I have gone through BVR, but I need a wheelchair because I can’t stand for along time. I have a wheelchair, but it is outdated. I can’t find funding sources, so I’m saving money from my low income disability check. Evenualy, I’ll have enough. Sorry to bring up my “problems”. I’d really would like to do what you do, but first I have to get rid of my “clutter” as my husband calls it. It’s a one way street. We aren’t on the same page.

    • Susan Myers September 18, 2016, 1:38 pm

      Hi Beverly!

      Thank you so much for the email! I’m so sorry to hear about your condition. I hope that things start to improve for you. In the meantime, keep decluttering and downsizing. It makes life so much simpler! And do what you love. If art is it, then try your hand at some things that are still possible even with your condition. Being happy is what is most important. Take care and thank you so much for commenting!


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