MAKE STAMPS USING CRICUT
DIY foam stamps are the perfect crafting project for beginners and those looking for a quick first-time project to start out with. They’re perfect for many occasions – whether it’s keeping the kids busy… a gift for a fellow teacher or even just to sign off those greeting cards.
It is also possible to substitute craft foam for rubber (if you prefer this look). In which case you’ll need a 1/16″ neoprene rubber sheet. Lowes does a 6×6 one or, alternatively, Amazon sells rubber gasket sheets which will work just fine. Just remember to tweak your settings accordingly.
This tutorial is going to show you how to make foam stamps using a Cricut machine in a few easy-to-follow steps. So let’s get started! Don’t forget to check out our video tutorial too!
This design comes with a personal and commercial license to use up to 250 made items, but please do not re-sell or re-distribute the files. To purchase the Dinosaur SVG bundle click here!
- Wood blocks – around 1.5×1.5 inches. Also found at Hobby Lobby.
- Craft foam – you can also get these from the Dollar tree
- Glue (such as Modge Podge)
- Stamp ink
- Dinosaur SVG bundle
- Adhesive vinyl (for stamp labels)
- Transfer tape
- Cutting machine (Cricut maker, Silhouette, Explore or Joy)
- A strong grip mat, or a green standard grip mat secured with painters tape
- Weeding tool
- A deep-point blade (for foam)
- A fine-point blade (for vinyl)
- A paintbrush
- Upload my Dinosaur SVG into Cricut design space. Each dinosaur is a separate SVG. Upload all of the dinosaurs to your canvas by highlighting them and clicking ‘insert image’.
2. Now you will want to make each of these images appropriate for a stamp. For each of the dinosaurs, I cut out the eyes by highlighting (one at a time) the eye layer, and the layer underneath it and selecting ‘slice’. I then deleted the slice results. I repeated these steps with their spots too.
3. Next, to make the rest of the SVG a solid color, your will need to highlight the remaining layers of each SVG (one SVG at a time) and weld the layers together.
4. Repeat for all of your dinosaurs and resize each of them so they fit nicely on your wooden block. My block was exactly 1.18×1.18 inches. So I ensured that the width/height was a maximum of 1.16 inches.
You’ll be left with the below… Cute!
5. The next step will depend on whether you are cutting in 1 color (like me) or multiple. If you are cutting in 1 color, highlight all the dinosaurs and make sure they are all the same color. This will move all of your dinosaurs to the same mat so that you can cut quickly (highlighting all the dinosaurs and clicking attach does a similar thing). If you are cutting multiple colors then I recommend following these same steps but placing multiple different foam colors on your mat in accordance with their position on your screen. For more information on how to do this click here. LINK!
6. Select ‘Make it’, and when you come to selecting your material, click ‘browse more materials’ and then ‘craft foam’.
7. Design Space will instruct you to load your black deep-point blade into clamp B. Go ahead and do this. Then load your craft foam onto your strong grip (or taped standard grip mat). Press the C button on your machine to begin cutting.
8. Load your craft foam on to your mat, cut and then carefully weed out the dinosaurs.
9. Take your paintbrush and lightly coat one face of the wooden cube with glue. Stick your dinosaurs on and leave to dry.
10. (*Optional) you may wish to create little stamp labels for the opposite side. Both HTV and adhesive vinyl will work for this. In the video tutorial, I simply used black permanent adhesive vinyl (Oracle 651). To create stamp labels, simply recut your designs on your chosen material. Remember to swap your deep-point blade back to a fine-point as Cricut instructs.
11. Weed your design
12. Apply your transfer paper and use scissors to separate each of the dinosaurs
13. Remove your transfer paper, and adhere each of the dinosaurs to upper side of their matching block
And there we have it! 5 ridiculously cute stamps. Enjoy and don’t forget to check out our how-to video for extra information!
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