Besides my newest project of the leather covered concrete diamond paperweight, I kept myself quite buzzy. In the mini-series ‘How to brand your Brand’, we have discussed the beginning of everything you need to know about branding. I also said ‘I have one little project but it might take some time before I can show it to you’… Well, it’s finished!! Besides my leather stamp, I would like to put my stamp on everything!! So, I have made my own custom stamp with the use of laser rubber.
While working on the posts, part I, part II and part III, I began to think about packing for future sales or little tags on the products. I would, for example, love to print my logo on the DIY dust bags, in a post earlier in this year. A little branding in every project would be perfect. Stamps would be perfect in this case.
Be creative (moneywise)
Sometimes I am thunderstruck by the prices of custom items. Of course, especially I should know, custom items take much more time and effort to make. If I have the money and no resources to make it myself, I will invest in such items. Although, first I will see if there is no other possibility, not to be niggardly, but as you all might know … I like to learn and challenge myself (also moneywise). So, I did some research into the making of stamps.
How to make a custom stamp
There are different techniques to make a custom stamp, you can carve it out of a rubber piece, use a negative mould and pour the rubber over it, or you can laser engrave it into rubber. I know it is a little weird but I love to laser engrave products… a perfect realisation of your digital products! Since I have worked with a laser engraver before, as you also can read in my Christmas ornament post here, I thought let’s give this a try!
Laser rubber … who has thought of it…
The first problem was, how do I get my hands on ‘laser rubber’, a special type of rubber sheet that doesn’t melt but somehow turns into powder while lasering it. I have searched online, for stores in the Netherlands who sell this but either I would have to buy a large quantity or pay a lot… Luckily for me, Aliexpress also sells those sheets! You will have to wait a while but eventually, I received the postal package and could go to the laser lab!
As you can see in the image below, it has some dark grey and light grey areas. The lighter grey is the rubber ‘dust’. Therefore your laser engraving machine should also have the proper ventilation system to remove this rubber ‘dust’. Although this doesn’t remove it all but the stamps can be cleaned with water. And once done, I have glued them to a piece of wood to make it more easy to use.
What do you think of my very own custom stamp result? I haven’t tried them yet, since the only colour I had right now in an inkpad was bright pink, as in fluorescent pink. I am not sure that’s the colour I want my stamps stained by… So keep an eye on my Instagram account, and you might soon see some stamping!