Besides the fun of the hunt, letterboxing also offers opportunities for artistic expression, as many letterboxers create their own rubber stamps with original designs. If your family enjoys letterboxing, here’s an easy way that you can make your own stamps. Younger children can draw the design for you to cut out, while older children can cut the design out themselves.
Supplies you’ll need:
- Cutting Set for Block Printing – We found one at our local craft store. The handle with five small interchangeable blades costs about ten dollars.
- Carving Block or Polymer Erasers – The carving block I have is 4″ x 4″, and it cost just over two dollars. You can also use the white polymer erasers; three of them cost just under three dollars.
- Paper (optional)
- Inkpad or marker
1. Begin by creating your stamp design. You can draw directly on the carving block or the eraser, or you can draw it out on the paper first. If you’re drawing on paper, start by tracing around the block you’ll be cutting, so you know how big your design can be. As you create your design, remember to make it bold and simple for easier cutting.
2. If you drew your design on the paper, you’ll need to transfer it to the carving block or eraser. To do this, simply flip the design over and align it with your carving block. Rub the back of your paper to transfer the design. This will create a mirror image of your design. Trace over it once more with a pen on the carving block to make it easier to see.
3. Now you’re ready to start cutting. To create a stamp, you’ll want to cut away everything AROUND your design. The carving block is soft, and the different sizes of blades available in the cutting set make this easier.
4. Now test your stamp! You can use an inkpad, or just rub over your stamp with a marker. Try it out on a piece of paper, and then make any final adjustments. You can affix your stamp to a block or wood, or just use it as it is.
5. Have fun with your new stamp, and start letterboxing!