On my craft table: Hand carving rubber stamps.


I'm a craft supply junkie. I've had tools and materials to craft my own rubber stamps, plus books, for a little over a year now, and I'm only trying it out now. Sometimes I'm in the mood and sometimes not. Luckily, this time I was. I decided to do a little weiner dog from my own illustration. The first stamp I carved out a little too much than I wanted to, so I started another one. Then I realized that I wanted my dog to face the opposite way so I carved out a 3rd one. It's a lot of detailed work in a tiny area, my eyes are all crossed and I'm starting to see stars.

P.S., Japanese craft books are the best. I'm browsing through mines and getting so inspired!
Love the kraft paper in this book (below) and the cute stamped donuts.

I was asked for the ISBN #'s on these books. Here they are from left to right, according to the photo above.  ISBN4-309-28040-4, ISBN978-4-391-12991-5, ISBN978-4-8347-5631-9. 

If you would like to try your hand at stamp carving you can find supplies at your local craft store. There are a lot of places online too. I found this carving block similar to the one I have, on Misterart.com. And you can also find one by Dick Blick at Dickblick.com

And too, if you need more help, my lovely friend Ishtar has an awesome tutorial that she put together on her blog: {tutorial here}


  1. These are adorable Merissa! Have a great weekend.

  2. Mahalo Bonnie :) I'm crafting my way into a great weekend! Have a great weekend too! xo

  3. So gorgeous! I love this post!

  4. Glad you like it Jacki :) thanks so much! xo

  5. I´ve never done this. I don´t have the tools, but I might try it!

  6. Hi Euphoria, you can also use an Exacto knife (or similar) to cut out the rubber. It's quite interesting to sculpt something so small, I enjoyed it ;) you should try it sometime too.

  7. i want to do this since a year now but in this country you can find the knives but not the rubber. i looked for it everywhere. it's so weired. have to buy them on etsy at the end. funny thing is that on etsy you can buy rubber from a german brand. but that brand doesn't produce it for the german market. aaargh. it's a hassle sometimes here in this country to get proper and nice things. i'd love to make one of those little stamps. your doggy is adorable! i bet you had fun doing it.

  8. Hi Lou,
    It was fun and sort of therapeutic :) Hmmm, maybe you should try flat rectangular erasers if rubber is difficult to find. That is so ironic that the German rubber manufacturer does not make their product for the German market. Maybe they'll change their mind when everyone starts crafting their own rubber stamps :)

  9. ah.. i already sent them an email asking where i can get the rubber from. they didn't even respond. i thought of using normal rubbers but they are so small but maybe i should try on those first before i buy and import the bigger ones. i'll see. but it looks like soooo much fun.

  10. Adorable... I can totally picture myself doing that... and my daughter would love playing with new stamps!

  11. Marie you should try it. It's a fun project and with all the holidays coming up you have many themes to work with :) your daughter would enjoy it too!

  12. Hi Merrisa!

    Could you please please tell me the isbn codes for your japanese stamp books? I'm having a very hard time trying to find those:)

    Thanks so much,

    1. Hi Anca, Sure! I'm going to find them and let you know the ISBN. I'll post here and perhaps send you an email too. :)Thanks for your visit. Glad to know you stopped by!


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