Monday, June 10, 2013

Create your own "Rubber" Stamps

Recently, I have been really into stamping, making cards, and what not. I used to do it years ago but stopped for awhile and lately I have picked it back up and fallen in love with stamping and card making again. I really enjoy it and I love that I can create a card in 5 - 10 minutes. It's a great way for me to feed my creative soul when I don't have a ton of time or energy for a bigger project.

I was making a card and I really wanted a bigger polka dot stamp for a background than the polka dot background stamp I own. So, I grabbed my hand held circle punch and some craft foam and made one. That got me to thinking, I bet I could make stamps with my Silhouette. So, I gave it a try and it worked! 

Because I was a little hesitant to cut foam on my Silhouette (I don't want to mess it up!) I decided to try a thinner foam from my local dollar store. I started with a simple mustache shape because I have a friend who adored all things mustache related and I thought it would be fun to make her a set of cards. I double cut it with the blade on 9 and speed on 1. It worked perfectly! Because it was a thinner foam, I cut three mustaches out and glued them together using E-6000. I let them dry for a little while and then I attached them to my acrylic block I use for stamping with clear stamps by just adding a piece of removable tape to the block. Then I inked up my stamp and stamped away! 

Top image is the stamp on my acrylic block and bottom image is a stamped card.

I made a set of cards with the stamp and then boxed them up in a cute little window box I made. 

I have made other "rubber" stamps since making the mustache and they all have worked well. I will tell you though, if you give this a try, you'll need to use shapes that are a good size and do not have a ton of detail. I have tried a smaller, more intricate shape and it just didn't turn out well and resulted in an un-clean, smudged stamped image. 

This post is part of the monthly Silhouette Challenges hosted by Lauren at The Thinking Closet

Check out other posts by Silhouette Challenge participants below: 
This Month's Facebook Silhouette Challenge by Tanya's Creative Space
3D Tea Gift Box Download by Creative Turn
File Cabinet Makeover by Super Sweet Life
Jewelry Box Creation by Joy & Gladness of Heart
Retro Chair Silhouette by Tried & True
Toddler Train T-Shirt by The Thinking Closet
Placecard & Card Medley by An Elegant Touch
Pretty & Personal Birthday Bundle by The House on Hillbrook


  1. Wow, I didn't know you could make rubber stamps with your Silhouette - is there anything that machine doesn't do?

  2. Ummm... this is AWESOME! I've never thought of this before! My brain is suddenly reeling with stamp ideas! :)

  3. I love all the ways that this machine can be used I am glad to be in this group because there are so many things I never considered like making rubber stamps! I love it

  4. Ouuuuu! Coley, I am so enthralled by your stamp making. I've often wondered if it could be done, but I was too chicken to try it. Love your pointers for using thin foam and layering & your card-set is so fun!

  5. Wow! Way to be brave and try cutting a new material on your Silhouette. I love the idea of making your own stamps...and I actually have some white foam on hand, so I am storing this in the back of my noggin' for the future. In fact, I'm going to pin it so it's forever saved on Silhouette Pinterest board. Love the way those mustaches turned out. Well done, Coley!

    The Thinking Closet

  6. Coley, what a great idea! I didn't realize it was possible to cut foam with the Cameo! The cards are adorable!

  7. Really cool. I did not know you could cut foam with the Silhouette. This totally opens up a whole bunch of possibilities!

  8. Totally adorable and functional way to use the Silhouette!

  9. Totally adorable and functional way to use the Silhouette!

  10. I've made a few simple foam stamps, but hadn't thought to use my CAMEO to cut foam! Another new thing! ;-}

  11. I am loving this!

    I hope you come and link up with us!