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Have you ever wanted to make your own stamp? Maybe for your initials or a custom logo? This is one of those DIY projects that has endless possibilities... one of my favorite kinds. I hope it inspires you!

There are three supplies you need for this project:
A Speedball cutting tool (can be found in most art supply stores, or if not, online)
A rubber carving block (also found in art stores, or online)
A pencil

Start by determining what design you want to carve out. I decided to make a flower stamp. Draw them on your carving block with a pencil (I used an extra dark one so you could see my lines clearly). The best part about this part is that if you mess up, just erase it and start over!

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Next, using your carving tool, start scooping out the parts that are not your lines. You want to leave your lines, but scrape out everything around them. It's best to start with a simple design to try this out. Most cutting tools come with several different tips so that for the bigger sections, you can use a broader tip, and for the tiny corners, you can use a fine tip. A little practice makes perfect!

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This scraping part seems very tedious, but it only took about 30 minutes and is quite satisfying once you've gotten all the parts scraped out! Once you've gotten that, use scissors to cut around the stamp so you don't have a lot of excess rubber. And you're done! 
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Using a normal stamp pad, test out your stamp on a scrap sheet of paper. This way, you'll be able to quickly tell if there are any parts that you missed or any parts that need a little tweaking. 
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Use it as a normal stamp! Make your own custom stationery, like I did, or even your product logo, if you like to make your own things. Keep in mind that if you're doing letters, you need to do them backwards so that when you stamp, they'll be facing the right way.
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I hope that inspires you to create! Thanks, C, for having me!


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