Tuesday, December 22, 2015

DIY Craft: Carving Your Own Rubber Stamps

Buying rubber stamps are expensive. Carving your own rubbers for your scrapbooking projects and decorating your journals is different, fun and economical. So, while I am organising my photos from my last beach holiday, I carved out some rubber stamps to make them extra special. =)

Carving Your Own Rubber Stamps

Carving or making your own rubber stamps is very simple. All you need to do is to invest in a linoleum cutter and some rubber blocks and you are ready to start.
This is what I use:
  • A set of linoleum cutter
  • Soft rubber / eraser block
  • Ink pads
  • 4B pencil
  • Paper
This is what I do:
  1. Have an idea of what you want to make and draw / sketch your idea out onto a piece of paper with a 4B pencil.
  2. Stain your rubber block with an ink pad. This will make carving much easier as it will allow you to see that areas that you have craved out. Allow time for the ink to dry or you can stamp the stained rubber block on a piece of paper a few times to fast track the drying.
  3. Transfer your image from the paper to the rubber block. You do this by laying the paper faced down onto the rubber block and rub the back of the paper with your finger tip.
  4. When you have the whole image traced onto the rubber block, start craving with the linoleum cutter. Start with the thinnest cutter first to carve out the lines of your image. Follow with the thicker cutters to complete the rest of the carving / stamp.
  5. Ink your completed rubber stamp and start stamping! 
Carving Your Own Rubber Stamps

Carving Your Own Rubber Stamps

Tip when buying your linoleum cutter: buy one that is comes with stainless steel blades. I bought a cutter does not come with stainless steel blades that they rusted upon contact with air. I can still use the blades but it makes the carving experience so unpleasant.

Rubber stamping is a great way to personalise your notes, bags, photos, scrapbooking projects, etc. For the materials needed for this project and detailed step-by-step instructions, tips and inspiration, check out our DIY Rubber Stamp Kit listed in our shop. Have fun!
Till the next blog post, make something with your hands! =)
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    Tuesday, December 8, 2015

    DIY Craft: Suede Tassels

    Suede tassels are great accessories for your bags and bookmarks. Here is how you can DIY a few to brighten up your world! =)

    Suede Tassels

    What I used:
    • Four strands of suede strings, about 90 to 100 centimeters long for each strand
    • One strand of thick thread, about 10 centimeters long
    • A bit of super/strong glue
    • One large cord end
    • One small round ring
    • One keychain hook
    • A pair of scissors
    • Ruler (optional)
    suede tassels

    What I did:
    1. Cut each strand of the suede string into 4 equal parts. I used 4 strands of suede strings, so that gave me 16 short strands. You can use fewer strands (12 maybe?) but I like my tassel to be fat, thick and abundant. =)
    2. Use the thick thread to tightly tie all the short strands together, tie them slightly to one side of the middle. I used a ruler to help me estimate the middle and moved about 0.5 centimeter to one side of the middle. Cut off the extra thick thread.
    3. Fold the longer ends downwards to cover the thick thread.
    4. Put some super glue to the folded end of the suede strings.
    5. Squeeze and push the folded end into the large cord end.
    6. Trim the ends to make them neat.
    7. Secure the tassel to the keychain hook with a round ring.
    8. Done! You can also skip the keychain hook if you are planning to use the tassel for other purposes. 

    I love the suede colors! Have fun making your own suede tassels.

    If you need the materials like the suede strings or the cord ends, drop us a note at hello@wahsosimple.com.

    Till the next blog post, make something with your hands! =)

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