As a DIYer, I’m constantly seeing projects or ideas and adding them to the “try this one day” list. I know some of you can relate! I spent a crazy amount of time on Pinterest so you can imagine my list is endless. “Learn how to make your own stamps” has been waiting on that list for quite a while now, and this new project with the TrueControl knife was the perfect excuse to make it happen!
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So you all know how much I love my Cricut right?? And everything that Cricut comes out with is gold. Gold. So when they announced that they were coming out with a new crafting knife – I knew it had to be better than the average knife! I mean, it has a lock system so that the blades can’t shift, it has a way for you to change the blades without having to touch them (yay!), and it’s cushioned and comfy to hold! So I’m taking it for a test spin and showing you how to make your own stamps!
Here’s everything you need:
- Cricut Explore Air 2, Special Edition Martha Stewart machine bundle
- Design Space File HERE
- TrueControl Knife
- Speedball Stamp Block
- Black Martha Stewart Acrylic Craft Paint
- Tea Towels
- Foam Brush
How to Make Your Own Stamps:
You can load any colour of vinyl into the machine as it’s not part of the finished design – we’re just cutting a template.
These Speedball carving blocks are perfect for designing and carving your own stamps! This was my first time using one, and I couldn’t believe how easy it was to carve.
I simply placed by cut out design onto my carving block, and used theTrueControl Knife to cut around the pattern.
The outside edges can be cut off completely, but I wanted my inside and outside shapes to stay attached. To do this, I made diagonal cuts with my TrueControl Knife, and peeled out a perfectly cut triangle. The stamp was still attached at the bottom.
When you’re done cutting out the shapes, you can peel off the vinyl and throw it away.
When you’re ready to use the stamp, grab some fabric paint. I used the multi-surface high gloss acrylic craft paint.
I found the best way to load the stamp with paint, was a simple foam paint brush. Apply your stamps in any pattern or design that you want!
Since this was my first time stamping, I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but I really love the final design! There’s something about the imperfect patterns they create, that make it so perfect. It’s a great addition to our black and white kitchen!
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