Wednesday, November 21, 2012

How to Make Simple Stamps

I was given a giant pack of sticky back foam sheets by a friend and thought I'd figure out a way to put them to good use.

To make simple stamps you will need a felt tip pen, a small block of wood or a bottle cap for a base, scissors, a pencil and a piece of sticky back foam. I used 4" Gingher embroidery scissors.

 Cut a small square of foam the size of your block of wood or plastic bottle cap.

On the backing of the square draw a simple shape, a star, leaf or letter of the alphabet.

Cut out your shape.

Peal off the backing and stick your shape on the base.


Color in your shape with a felt tip pen or use a stamp pad.


Use your stamp to make patterns. When the ink is dry you can add details with colored pencils. 

I still have 64 and a half pages of foam left. Any suggestions?


Imagination creates reality.
~ Richard Wagner


  1. I have to ask for a Christmas Tree because I know you will create one like no other.
    Their foam makes a great photo frame for school photos.
    Thank you for sharing the great - how to.

    Happy thoughts,

  2. This could be pretty cool for pysanky (not sure if that's the right word - the russian eggs) overlay batik kind of effects. Making stamps that could overlay each other in a design. Or an Escher kind of effect, with repeating designs?

  3. Any suggestions? Send some foam to me!! (as the mother of a toddler, getting myself to Joannes or Micheal's is not easy.) What a great project -- your stamps yield beautiful results!

    cheers and wishing you a happy day tomorrow with your family,

  4. These are so sweet! I love craft foam! I'd be making Christmas decorations, Maz! :)

    1. Celia, can't wait to see what you come up with. I think I'm going to experiment with bigger stamps. Oh boy!


  5. Hi Marilyn,
    I'm a teacher at an ESL Academy in Argentina and I'm pinning this into the academy's Pinterest board for all the teachers to see and use at our Art class.
    Thank you for sharing so generously your beautiful ideas always!

    1. Thanks, Marci! I hope your students have fun making the stamps. I have kids make these at book signings and they come up with all kinds of creative things.

  6. If you happen to have a Cricut you can also use a deep cutting blade and make some very cool stamps using that foam..

    1. I need to try that! (Note top self, start saving $$ for a Cricut,)

      That would be so cool! <3

  7. Really? with a Cricut? That would be incredible!