How to Make a Homemade Soap Stamp
The How to Make a Homemade Soap Stamp tutorial began because I needed a way to emboss my soaps with the H&P lettering. I watched a lot of tutorials on how to make a soap stamp but most of them involved using clay and a polymer or resin to make the stamp. I still think that the polymer and resin is a great idea for a long-lasting detailed stamp, but for my use it was a little too much cost for something so simple. I decided to do a few experiments and this is the one that worked the best. Oddly enough it is also the most simple stamp to make. You can use these stamps to make wedding favors and housewarming gifts.
Small block of wood or large Popsicle stick
Small letter or decorative stamps
Hot Glue gun and glue sticks
Hammer or mallet for embossing
Choose the lettering or design and begin gluing the rubber stamps in place. Remember to place the letters facing the right direction for stamping. I started with my last letter first and tested the stamp to make sure everything lined up correctly.
Glue around the edges to stabilize the stamps. You may also want to keep layering the glue to the height you want the stamp to emboss. I like the individual type face design so I only added glue to the 1/2 way point.
Line up the stamp carefully. You can add lines on the wood (back side) to show where the stamp starts and stops to help with orientation and stamp placement.
Lightly tap the strip with a hammer or mallet. You can use the back of a spoon or another block of wood if you do not have a hammer or mallet.
How much or how hard you tap the stamp determines the depth of the stamp. In the photo above I used medium pressure on the stamp on the first soap, tapped and pressed hard on the second soap, I used light pressure on the last soap.
Here is the same stamp on different soaps.
You can emboss paper by putting foam board under the paper and pressing the stamp into the top. Your stamp orientation will be different for paper embossing depending on weather you want the paper to indent or tobe raised.
Have you ever made your own stamp?
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