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March 14, 2012

DIY Chevron Stamp

Ever since I saw this fun idea from Cathe at Just Something I Made ages ago I have wanted to make my own stamp using rubber bands. I finally found an opportunity to make one! 

Allow me to present you with a brief tutorial on how to make your own 
DIY Chevron Stamp!

The basic supplies you will need to make your stamp is 
1. A rubber band: the thicker the width the more to work with
2. Scissors and/or an X-acto knife and a cutting mat
3. A mount for your stamp (I'm using these clear tiles)
4. Adhesive (more on that later)
5. Tape


The first thing to do is cut the rubber band so that you have one long piece to work with. Tape it to your cutting mat to keep it still while you draw your design on it.

Draw your pattern on the rubber band. 

Start cutting out your design with an X-acto knife (or scissors).

Figure out the width you need the stamp to be to fit on the acrylic mount and trim the rubber band to the correct size. 

I tried several different adhesives before finding the right ones for this project. 

I really wanted to use my Beacon's 3-in-1 the adhere the rubber bands to the acrylic but felt that it would go on too thick and could ultimately mess up the stamp design. I also tried a spray adhesive. That just didn't work at ALL.

I finally went with a thin coat of Mod Podge on the acrylic and layed the rubber band pieces on it one at a time. 

I used a wooden spool as my stamp "handle" and attached it with some E6000.

Isn't it fun!! Not to mention pretty cute.

Time to put it to the test... 

I inked it up with some black ink and gave it a go on some scrap paper. 
Not bad! 

You can clean the stamp with a damp paper towel or a baby wipe.


And now for the reason I made the stamp in the first place... 
to decorate the envelopes with my son's birthday invitations
There is a bit of a chevron theme in the invites that now ties in the envelopes.

I also plan to use it in other decor items for the birthday party itself. 
And with such a cute and trendy pattern, I know I can use it for just about anything!


Are you ready to try your hand at making your own rubber stamp?





38 comments :

  1. Great idea! Brings back a memory from the 7th or 8th grade when our art teacher taught us how to make stamps by carving slabs of rubber. This stamp you've created is less intense & I like that. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. So super duper cute, Michele! :) You are so very clever!

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  3. Great idea!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  4. nice idea - love the end product on the invites! :) thumbs up !
    Danielle - craftplaylove.com

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  5. Oh my gosh - I can't believe you just made your own stamp!!! I love it - and the result is just darling. I think I'd stamp that on everything!!
    You are so clever!

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  6. You are so incredibly clever!! I would never have thought of this!

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  7. Holy genius, Michele! You are darn creative!!! Love it!
    xoxo

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  8. Stinking CUTE and so CLEVER!!! Wow...you are pretty awesome, my friend!

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  9. Michele,

    What a neat idea! I never would have thought to use a rubber band to make my own stamp.

    The invitations look adorable with this special custom touch.

    Claire @ alittlesomethinginthemeantime.blogspot.com

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  10. What a fabulous idea. Much easier than my stamp carving set - that I am "so not good at" lol

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  11. I love it! Rubber band stamps would be such a fun art project for school! I'm definitely going to pin this idea for a future time.:)

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  12. Okay this is SO cool and clever I have NEVER seen anything like this before!!!! I would SOOO love for you to come over to my place and link up!!! :o)
    Jaime from Crafty Scrappy Happy
    http://jaimelyn11.blogspot.com/2012/03/crafty-scrappy-happy-me-thursday-26-and.html

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  13. What a Great and Clever idea! Love how it looks on the envelopes!

    http://www.remodelandolacasa.com

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  14. Honestly, this is genius. So happy I stopped by. Following you now via GFC, linkys & Pinterest.
    I hope your St. Pat's weekend is great!

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  15. Wow!! So smart!!
    Love this! Could be used for so many things.
    Thanks for sharing! :)

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  16. this is DARLING --- in love!!! great work Michele!

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  17. honey I don't know what to say... you are so incredibly creative and I love the way you think out of the box! this is AMAZING but your stuff always is! xoxox

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  18. How creative is that?? Using rubber bands! :)
    I hope you'll share this with my "Unveil Your Genius" Link Party!
    http://taylornorris.blogspot.com/2012/03/unveil-your-genius-link-party_15.html

    Happy Weekend!

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  19. Visiting from Transformation Thursday! I love this project! Such a great idea and you are truly talented!

    Thanks for the inspiration.

    blessings,
    karianne

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  20. this looks beautiful, i would love for you to come and link it up at http://twiggstudios.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/sunday-show-off-party-6-come-and-link.html

    thankyou so much enjoy the rest of your weekend xxx

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  21. This is great. I would never be able to do it, but I'm really impressed.

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  22. Love this!! So creative! I am in the process of making my own stamp using a lino block...and can I just say this is so much better!!

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  23. What a smart idea! And your invites look super cute. I'd love for you to share this at Etcetorize at this week's Make it Great party (http://etcetorize.blogspot.com). The party starts tonight!

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  24. This is too fabulous for words. I can't pass a good chevron by. What a great tutorial as well. Loving the blue/grey ink you used as well. Would be delighted for you to link up with us at Mop It Up Mondays: http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com/2012/03/mop-it-up-mondays-8.html

    {HUGS},
    kristi

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  25. That's so cool! I can't wait to make one!

    I'd love for you to link up and share: http://tutusandteaparties.blogspot.com/2012/03/pinteresting-party-week-31.html

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  26. What an awesome idea! I have to try this!

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  27. I just love this tutorial!! Thanks for sharing:)
    ~Kim

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  28. Great idea. I've been trying to figure out how to make a stamp to stamp some tissue for wrapping up my Etsy items to ship. I love the chevron...mine could use that or dots. Have you ever tried Gorilla Glue...just bought some, heard it was good, but never used it. What kind of tile is that again. Ceramic? would a piece of plexi glass work too? Thanks so much. stop by and visit me sometime. Really want to add lots more of my new craft ideas as well as my home improvements. Just figuring my blog emphasis out.

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  29. This is super awesome. Who knew a rubber band could be so versatile?
    I will have to try this.
    Thanks for the tutorial! I saw you over at Someday Crafts.

    Becca
    www.thesassypenguin.blogspot.com

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  30. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday - you were featured today!!
    --Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

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  31. I featured this today! it's fantastic! http://www.kimboscrafts.blogspot.com/2012/04/shout-outs.html

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  32. This is such a great idea! Featuring it as a crafty find today at The Latest Find! =)
    http://www.thelatestfind.com/2012/04/crafty-findchevron-stamp.html

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  33. So cool and easy idea, think i am going to try it, thank you for the DIY :)
    Helena http://microbio.etsy.com

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  34. I love this (and the fact that it's made from rubber bands)! Those big background stamps are so expensive to buy from the craft store and you could definitely make a big one to cover some serious area... the ideas are flowing around now and I'm super-excited to make my own! Thanks for the great idea! : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

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