DIY Rubber Stamp

With this 4-step tutorial making a custom stamp is a cinch. Use for Valentine’s cards, a custom monogram, or DIY gift tags. Leftover supplies? Your crafty friends will adore these stamp gift sets!


  • Rubber block or lino-wood block (block pictured by Speedball)
  • Linoleum/rubber carving tools (V and U shapes)
  • Ink/paint
  • A pencil
  • Tracing paper
  • A spoon


  1. Draw your design onto tracing paper. Bold graphics work best for beginners! All text must be copied in reverse onto the rubber linoleum (you can trace through opposite side of paper using pencil).
  2. Flip the tracing paper over and lay on the rubber. Holding the paper steady, rub the back of the paper using the back of the spoon. This will transfer the graphite onto the rubber for you to carve.
  3.  The solid graphic will be printed, and you will carve away everything else, unless you want to make a negative print, so using the carving tool and V-shape cutter, carve out the outline around the graphics. Be sure to carve away from yourself! You can use the wider U-shape tool to carve large width sections. Blow away any excess rubber and dust from the stamp.
  4. Lightly paint or dip onto an ink pad and stamp away!

Tutorial and photography by Brittany Denolfo

Alejandra likes ice cream, dancing and pretty things. You can usually find her exploring downtown Phoenix, where she lives, or singing to herself while writing in a coffee shop.

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