One of the amazing handcrafted pieces from DISH dinners that I instantly loved was the stamped logo used at each event. It can be seen on the napkins, floral cones and favor bags. A simple project that has unlimited possibilities for parties, weddings and even around your home.

Jessica is here to share the tutorial so you can make these for your next celebration!

This do-it-yourself is really a beginner’s lesson in printmaking … on method being stamping.  It’s a great way to reproduce personal designs in a unique, one-of-a-kind way.  Most of my stamps take on a handmade almost rustic appeal.  I love to use them for personal stationary, handmade wrapping paper, custom save-the-dates, fabric (yes, you can even use them in large scale for printing pattern on fabric!), and much more.

The key: start simple before you go big… It took me a little practice to get text down.

The materials: Stamp block or pads to carve (available at any art supply); Ink Pads; Cutting tools; Paper (smoother the paper, better quality the print).

The process:

  • Use a pen to draw your design on the stamp.  In this case we are using text.  Since everything prints opposite you must draw your text backwards.  (Hint: I like to use or create a stencil first, then flip it backwards and trace onto my stamp.  It’s much easier that way).
  • Trace the outline of the stamp with the cutting tool.
  • Following along the outline you just made, cut the shape out with an exact-o knife.
  • Using your pen marks as a guideline, cut out the inside of the letters.

  • Once you are all finished carving the design of your stamp, grab a stamp pad and get printing! Hint: Be sure to coat the stamp entirely with ink and apply pressure all over for an even print, reserve a few scrap pieces of paper to test on before using nice paper.  I like to mount my stamps on clear acrylic block to make the printing process quicker and more precise.

(Top & bottom photo by Laura Novak)

A beautiful stamp with unlimited possibilities.

blessings.