Sunday, July 31, 2011

Make your own stamps (Photopolymer Stamp Tutorial )


It is not hard or expensive to make your own custom stamps.

You will need

photopolymer sheet ( I used polyester backed purchased from www.wholelottawhimsy.com You also can get them from places like boxcarpress
Light with 60 watt (halogen, and uv work better)
transparency paper
printer
image
water
scrub brush
Cheap picture frame
bubble wrap
4 binder clips


Print


First print your image in negative/positive on your transparency paper. A negative area will be white the positive will be black. I have a laser printer. They do make them of ink jet too. I bought my paper off amazon 50 sheets for $12.00 You are not limited to line drawings. You actually can print photos like this


Make sure the lines are not too thin
The right eye is too thin :(



Stack



Start with the back of the picture frame



Then add bubble wrap



Next add your photopolymer sheet ( take it out of the bag). You can cut it down if necessary and use it later. Please do so in a dark place and store in absolute darkness.


Then add your negative/positive.





Place the glass on top and clamp it up :)




Light







Place under a light about 5-6 inches above your frame.






Wait... 

It took me 30 minutes to get good results.  Please do a test before you start on a big piece.Halogen lamps take less time, black lights/uv lights are ideal and can take about 3 min. Many have found nail dryers to work wonderful.




Scrub



Scrub in circular motions...NOT TOO HARD!  Wash away all the sticky gel with water.






Final Cure


Dry with hair dryer and place back under light for about the same time.




Done




Glue the stamp on a stamping block or piece of wood.

6 comments:

  1. Great DIY tutorial. Def gonna give it a try

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  2. what kind of ink did you use?

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  3. I am DYING to try this method. Could you point me in the direction of where else I could purchase photopolymer sheets? Because I can't figure out how to purchase them from the sites you posted. Thanks so much!

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  4. Try www.metalclaysupply.com. They have reasonable prices for photopolymer plate/sheet.

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  5. This is the best tutorial of how to do this that I've seen so far! Others left me so bewildered I didn't even try/bother, they seemed like undoable hassle. This is still 'work' but looks so much more worth it!. Thank you! :-)
    Now, to see if I can get hold of the photopolymer sheets here in the UK!

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