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Make Your Own Two Step Stamps!
This tutorial teaches you how to make two, or even three, step stamps using stencils or by drawing free-hand.

You can also visit an additional tutorial on my blog that covers more basics of creating your own two-step stamps.

http://madebynicole.blogspot.com/2011/08/home-made-two-step-stamps-for-art.html

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  • How to make a stamper. Homemade Two Step Stamps Using A Stencil Or A Drawing - Step 1
    Step 1

    What you’ll need to make DIY Two-Step Stamps is plexiglass, silicone caulking, basic craft tools and a stencil (optional)

  • How to make a stamper. Homemade Two Step Stamps Using A Stencil Or A Drawing - Step 2
    Step 2

    Take your plexiglass, decide on the size of base you want to cut and then score it several times with an craft blade. Next, hold the scored-line against the edge of your table and WHACK IT really hard. For my second batch I bought thinner plexiglass then suggested and it snapped with ease while still being rigid enough to stamp with.

    You'll need two plexiglass bases for each layered stamp set; one for the foam stamp, one for the silicone.

  • How to make a stamper. Homemade Two Step Stamps Using A Stencil Or A Drawing - Step 3
    Step 3

    To Make a Stamp Set Using a Stencil:

    Choose a stencil with an image that fits your base. I got this set at the Dollar Store as it has great stamp-style images

  • How to make a stamper. Homemade Two Step Stamps Using A Stencil Or A Drawing - Step 4
    Step 4

    Trace the stencil onto your sticky back foam and cut out. Trim as close to the image as you like, I prefer to leave a little space around the edges.

  • How to make a stamper. Homemade Two Step Stamps Using A Stencil Or A Drawing - Step 5
    Step 5

    Attach foam to base. If using sticky-backed foam, peel the paper backing off and stick it on the plexiglass. If you’re using the thicker foam, glue it to the plexiglass with Aleene’s Tacky Glue and let it dry overnight.

  • How to make a stamper. Homemade Two Step Stamps Using A Stencil Or A Drawing - Step 6
    Step 6

    For the silicone step, trace your stenciled image onto scrap paper and place the matching-size base over top. Trace the pattern in silicone. Let dry over night. The type of silicone I use says, “shower ready in three hours” but I let it dry longer.

    Tip: If you’ve tested your foam stamp on paper, don't lay your plexiglass over your stamped image for the silicone step as it'll come out backwards because your outlining the mirror image. I did... not good.

  • How to make a stamper. Homemade Two Step Stamps Using A Stencil Or A Drawing - Step 7
    Step 7

    Now have fun stamping. Brush paint on the foam stamps and then once it's dry use paint or ink on the outline stamp. I love using Staz-On ink with the silicone stamps.

  • How to make a stamper. Homemade Two Step Stamps Using A Stencil Or A Drawing - Step 8
    Step 8

    To Make a Stamp Set Using Your Own Hand Drawn Image:

    The method for hand-drawn layered stamps is basically the same but instead of copying the stencil you draw your own image and transfer it to the paper side of your sticky-backed foam.

  • How to make a stamper. Homemade Two Step Stamps Using A Stencil Or A Drawing - Step 9
    Step 9

    And here's the drawn banner!

  • How to make a stamper. Homemade Two Step Stamps Using A Stencil Or A Drawing - Step 10
    Step 10

    Tips and Trouble Shooting:

    * Ink goes on to the silicone better if you rub fine sand paper over it very gently.

    * Wash these carefully - they aren’t as durable as manufactured stamps.

    * I’ve had a few silicone pieces come loose when rinsing. It seems to occur where my line of silicone was too narrow. But, when I’ve let them air dry they reattached.

    * Repairs or additions to your image can be made at any time, just add more silicone.

    * To make three-step stamps create your foam background layer and silicone outline. Then make a third layer of designs to fill the outline. For example, with the banner I could make a layer to add stripes or polka dots to each pennant.

    * Choose versatile shapes and make multiple silicone toppers. A rectangle could have a matching high rise layer but also serve as a text block (remember to mirror your writing so it’ll be oriented correctly when stamped), bricks, a border design, presents etc.

  • How to make a stamper. Homemade Two Step Stamps Using A Stencil Or A Drawing - Step 11
    Step 11

    An art journal project using these stamps

  • How to make a stamper. Homemade Two Step Stamps Using A Stencil Or A Drawing - Step 12
    Step 12

    Our cash envelope system... we're Dave Ramsey people :-)

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