Hi, it's Mandi! I love having a little collection of handmade notecards to send out to far-away friends. Stamping is a pretty easy way to add flair to basic notecards, but I don't have much of a stamp collection—as if I have lots of extra space for more craft supplies! I thought making a couple of multi-purpose stamp cubes could be really fun, though. Add a little acrylic paint, and I have a new greeting card collection just like that! Plus storing away a couple of little cubes is easy peasy. Check out the easy instructions below!
-wooden cube (the size and amount is up to you)
-Pluffy clay (this is the lightweight polymer clay)
-parchment paper (optional)
Step One: Roll out the clay to be about 1/8" thick—it must be evenly rolled. Draw and carve out a design on the clay. Make sure you write the words backwards! You can use a graphite transfer method and trace the mirror image of a more complex design, if you like.
Step Two: Imprint the design with the edges of the cube and trim it out from the clay. Lay out the designs on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes in a 275°F oven. Weight the top of the clay with a second baking sheet to make sure the clay stays perfectly flat during baking.
Step Three: After the designs have baked and cooled, use a waterproof glue (I used gemstone glue.) to attach each design to a side of the wooden cube.
Step Four: Use a foam dabber to apply acrylic paint to your finished stamp. Make sure the paper or card you are stamping is lying on a padded surface to get the best results. A piece of foam, a towel, or a few stacked paper towels will work nicely for padding.
You can customize your stamp cubes in so many ways—It's a lot of fun, and kind of addicting! After I finished these stamps, I had the idea to make some quote bubbles too. What designs will you try?
Credits // Author and Photography: Mandi Johnson, Photos edited with Spring and Valentine of the Signature Collection.
this is wonderful. I want to try making my own wrapping paper using these. Thanks, Laura!
how did i never think to make my own stamps? so easy and so cute!!
I love the homemade feel of the cards you made with the stamps!! So so cute.
These are so adorable! Such a fun way to add a little something to a card!
Brilliant as always, Mandi! 🙂
This is great!! In this moment I´m making my own stamps!
I so have to make these! I have been looking for original stamps for so long but I can’t find anything.. Now I can make them myself!
What a great idea! I collect rubber stamps and love the idea of making my own personalised ones.
This is great! It can be used for so many different projects and it’s a beautiful personal touch to any letter.
love this idea!
Great idea, I’d love to give this a go. The possibilities are endless. xxx
Oh these are lovely! Especially for making cards/post cards. Great diy! 🙂
I adore this idea – I write a lot of postcards and wanted a change instead of sending my photography! I really like the personal touch 🙂
Oh my gosh. I love how easy this looks. I can’t wait to try some. The note cards look a million times cuter with these designs. Love!!
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We love making our own stamps! We did a rolling stamp and loved how they turned out. Never tried a stamp cube before but definitely will. Great idea!
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These are really cute! They would work well with my project life!
Oh cool! I’ve been carving stamps out of rubber for a while now, but this looks like a much easier idea for when I want to make a quick gift!
Thanks for sharing!
what a great idea!
I love this idea! Never thought of using that clay to make stamps.. and I love that you put them on a cube. Quite the space saver!!
What a lovely idea to make stamp cubes! I like stamps with geometrics patterns a lot.
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