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Making my own rubber stamps was one of my top crafty plans for 2014, and today I had my first attempt! I received this amazing book for my birthday (thank you Helen and Keith!) – ‘Making an Impression‘ by Geninne D. Zlatkis. The photos are so inspiring and the instructions throughout the book are really clear, so if you’re a beginner or more experienced I’d highly recommend it! I really love these stationery ideas:

 

 

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And when I’m a bit better at stamp-making, I’d love to make this bird cushion:

 

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For my first stamps, I decided to go for a simple plant pot and flower stamp. I had designed some funky geometric patterns (see first photo!) but I realised that they would probably be a bit tricky. The first step was to transfer the design on to the rubber (I bought mine here).

 

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Then I used the size no.1 lino cutter to mark out the basic edges:

 

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After that, I dug out a bit more around the edge using the no.2 and no.5 size lino cutters:

 

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When my pot was finished, repeated these steps with the flower design.

 

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Then I just had to test them out, keeping my fingers crossed that I’d done it ok! 🙂

 

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I’m really pleased with my first attempt, but this is definitely something to keep working at, so I’ll keep trying…with these stamps, I drew in the flower stem with a pencil. I think that this would make really nice cards!

 

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