Making Your Own Stamp

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August 7, 2019

Making Your Own Stamp - finished stamp and stamped design on white paperIt's easy to make your own stamp using a foam sheet and a ballpoint pen. I like gluing my stamp design onto wooden blocks so they're easier to handle. They're also nice for laying down even pressure to ensure the design comes out looking crisp when stamped.


I just cut a square of wood from some leftover planks and sanded down the edges. You can get pre-cut wood blocks at any craft store or online shop.

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 1 stamp


  • foam sheet
  • wood block
  • ballpoint pen
  • scissors
  • glue
  • paint
  • paintbrush
Making Your Own Stamp - supplies


  1. Trace around your wood block onto the foam sheet so you have boundaries for your stamp design.
  2. Making Your Own Stamp - trace around the wood block onto the foam sheet
  3. Draw your stamp design on the foam sheet in the guidelines.
  4. Making Your Own Stamp - draw your design on the foam sheet inside the traced area
  5. For any line work on the design where ink will not be picked up, press down hard as you draw onto the foam.
  6. Making Your Own Stamp - use a pen pressing down hard to define fine lines that will not pick up ink

  7. Cut out the stamp design right outside the main exterior lines.
  8. Making Your Own Stamp - cut the stamp design out right outside the drawn lines
  9. Flip foam stamp over and apply glue all over. I used a Q-tip to help spread it around evenly.
  10. Making Your Own Stamp - apply glue to the back of the foam, a Q-tip works well for spreading
  11. Press the stamp down firmly onto the wood block.
  12. Making Your Own Stamp - press the stamp down firmly onto the wood block
  13. Press stamp design onto an ink pad.
  14. Making Your Own Stamp - press down on an ink pad

  15. Press stamp down onto a piece of paper or whatever you're decorating.
  16. Making Your Own Stamp - press down on a piece of paper
  17. Lift to reveal the design.
  18. Making Your Own Stamp - lift to reveal the design
  19. To clean off the stamp, just press it down on some scrap paper many times.
  20. Making Your Own Stamp - clean by pressing down on scrap paper to remove ink
  21. Label your stamp on the other side of the block by writing its name or painting on a similar shape to the stamp.
  22. Making Your Own Stamp - label the upside of the wood block

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