Make your own stamps

smdcontreras
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It is not hard or expensive to make your own stamps.


You will need

photopolymer sheet ( I used polyester backed purchased from www.wholelottawhimsy.com You also can get them from places like boxcarpress
Light with 60 watt (halogen, and uv work better)
transparency paper
printer
image
water
scrub brush
Cheap picture frame
bubble wrap
4 binder clips


Print




First print your image in negative/positive on your transparency paper. A negative area will be white the positive will be black. I have a laser printer. They do make them of ink jet too. I bought my paper off amazon 50 sheets for $12.00 You are not limited to line drawings. You actually can print photos like this.





Make sure the lines are not too thin.













The right eye is too thin :(    



Stack





Start with the back of the picture frame.





Then add bubble wrap.




Next add your photopolymer sheet ( take it out of the bag). You can cut it down if necessary and use it later. Please do so in a dark place and store in absolute darkness.




Then add your negative/positive.




Place the glass on top and clamp it up :)




Light








Place under a light about 5-6 inches above your frame.






Wait... 

It took me 30 minutes to get good results.  Please do a test before you start on a big piece.Halogen lamps take less time, black lights/uv lights are ideal and can take about 3 min. Many have found nail dryers to work wonderful.




Scrub





Scrub in circular motions...NOT TOO HARD!  Wash away all the sticky gel with water.






Final Cure




Dry with hair dryer and place back under light for about the same time.




Done






Glue the stamp on a stamping block or piece of wood.

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Last Updated: August 3, 2013 at 10:42 pm
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