Tuesday, March 25, 2014

customize store-bought rubber stamps tutorial | DIY

This isn't the first time I take a knife to my rubber stamps. It's a favorite pastime apparently (see here). I do like looking through inexpensive, dollar bins for rubber stamps. Sometimes I don't like the entire image, but the stamp can be easily altered to keep what I do like. For example, I saw this clover stamp recently:
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If you're big on clovers, forgive me. Look away if you must. ;)
I don't like the clover. I obviously bought this stamp around St. Patrick's Day. I don't like the clover, but I do like the dotted border.
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Last time I removed part of the stamp's image, I used an exacto knife to remove the stamp. I've found that it's easier to completely remove the mounted stamp and cut with precision scissors. The foam mounting cushion is tacky enough that it will stick again easily.
customize store-bought rubber stamps (tutorial)
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I don't have to cut the sticker with the stamp's image, but my type A personality says otherwise. ;) I use an exacto knife to cut the sticker. I don't peel the sticker because unlike the tacky mounted rubber stamp, the sticker won't stick again as well. (Yes, I learned the hard way).
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I happily used my altered stamp. This stamp works well with my 1 3/4" circle punch. (Yay).
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I also used my new "Hey!" stamp from Molly.
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Honestly, I'm itching to rummage through some dollar bins full of rubber stamps now.
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