You can also go the way of buying the Silhouette Stamp Starter Kit which comes with a few acrylic blocks to mount your stamps on, ink and a download card for 10 stamp designs. I skipped the starter kit this time and use some pieces of scrap wood I had on hand to put my stamps on.
2.) Change the Page Settings
To get started, open up Silhouette Studio. Before you even start working with a design or shape, go to the page settings and from the drop down menu, select 'Stamp 6.5 x 7.5 inches.'
Slightly further down in the window, you'll also want to change the Cutting Mat to indicate that you are using the Stamp Mat. This is also available in the drop down menu. Now your work area should look like this.
3) DesignsI wanted to make a 'Thank You' stamp that I could put on envelopes that were going out as Etsy orders. I created the design in PicMonkey, saved it and then traced in Studio. Pretty much any design can be a stamp - just keep in mind you are going to have transfer it by hand to your block...and for me that meant moving all eight letters individually. Simple designs and/or ones that are welded are going to work best....as I found out!
4) Keep In Mind SizeOnce your design is ready, you'll want to size it. Keep in mind the size of the stamp, block, and ink pad. Position it on the mat in the software and now it's time to get ready to cut.
5) Prepping to Cut
Peel off the white liner from your the stamp mat. Don't throw it away, you'll want to use it again to keep your mat clean.
Working with a single piece of the stamp material, my suggestion is to keep the liner on it while you cut a piece that's just large enough for your stamp. If your design is 3x3 for example, give yourself a little room and cut a 4x4 square, instead of putting the entire sheet of stamp material on your cutting mat.
After you cut the stamp material to size, peel off the liner. Place the stamp material onto your mat using the grids on the mat and in the software to arrange the material so your stamp cuts correctly. Do not stretch or pull the stamp material. Just lay it down flat, gently rubbing out any bubbles.
From the cut settings window pick 'Stamp Material' from the materials list. Don't forget to change your blade!!! You'll need to boost it to a 9.
7) Cutting 2.0
Load your mat and send your stamp design to the machine as you normally would. Be impressed.
TIP: My rollers would not smoothly go over the stamp material without peeling it off the mat and creating a bubble, so I moved the stamp material about a half inch in from the left grid mark so that the roller would not have to go over it and would just stay on the mat. Just be sure to move your design accordingly.
8) Removing the Stamp
When the cut is completely, unload the mat from the machine and using your fingers, gently 'weed' the excess stamp material away. Some areas probably didn't cut completely through and that's okay. Just pull it gently and the stamp material will snap.
9) Mounting the Stamp
9) Now you're left with your design - in a stamp form - on the mat. If you have the starter kit, find the acrylic block that fits best and adhere the stamp material. If you're like me, and you do not have the starter kit, you can use scrap pieces of wood to mount the stamps. I used some spray adhesive to spray onto my block and then moved the pieces of the stamp into place. REMEMBER YOUR STAMP NEEDS TO BE MIRRORED!!!
10) Get Stampin'!
Stamp your DIY stamp on an ink pad and get stamping!
What has your experience been with making your own stamps? Leave a comment below.
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