Stamp! stamp! stamp! stamping here & there. A DIY stamp is one of the things I’ve been always trying to find time for.
I always wanted to make skeleton stamps one day. I’m coinciding it with Halloween season, but it’s really a fun activity for all year round. This week is flying by fast and today I suddenly thought it’s finally the moment to have a go making some. I’m sharing a super simple design that takes no time to ‘carve’ and start playing with. This can be a nice handmade Halloween gift for kids!
To start with, I got myself some erasers (they’ve been sitting around waiting). They are actually the wrong erasers for making stamps! These Staedtler erasers had a raised pattern all over the surface. At first I tried to get rid of them by rubbing them off but gave up within two seconds… I have no patience. In the end it turned out this pattern didn’t matter much for my skeleton design, almost better for it. You’ll see…
This is my first stamp project and I didn’t have any carving tools. I just grabbed some erasers and the cutting knife nearest to me. I made the designs as easy as possible to carve, something you can score with a craft knife and cut away instead of carving carefully. So there’s really no excuse not to try! ; )
Divide one eraser into head, torso, pelvis. The other eraser into one long bone (I made two but one is fine), a hand and a foot. I used one and a half erasers.
If you have a large rubber pad for carving stamps, that’s great. Make bigger stamps for younger children who might find grabbing small stamps tricky.
Draw simple shapes with a pencil and cut each part into chunks. Cut off the corner edges.
Score deeply along the lines you drew first then cut diagonally towards those scored lines to remove unwanted areas like in the photo. Always cut safely away from your fingers and hands. If you’re a stamp carving master with the tools, just carve a really cool looking detailed skeleton!
Stamp away with your skeleton pieces! Create dancing skeletons with endless funny moves, heaps of skulls, bone furniture, skeleton pets?! or how about some nice skeleton gift wrap.. (thinking about trying this soon, will add if I do!)
The pattern on the eraser made them look fractured for more macabre (!) detail which I like! ; )
Super easy and fun for days!