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Eraser Stamp Carving - Part II

Six months ago I put together an Eraser Stamp Tutorial that used the end of standard pencils to create cute little stamps to adorn gift wrap, tags, and more. It was a lot of fun, so I thought I'd keep the eraser theme going and put together a simple stamp carving project for you today: Eraser Stamped Gift Ribbons!

The great thing about this project is that you don't have to hunt down any fancy stamp carving tools or supplies. I just used Pentel Hi-Polymer Erasers, found in a 3-pack at my local Target for only a few dollars. The erasers are also available for purchase online right here. The brand does matter for this project. I purchased another set from a different manufacturer first, and the stamps were really hard to carve. You'll also need a craft knife (or stamp carving tools if you have them), scrap paper and a protective work surface covering (such as cardboard or an old magazine), pencil, pigment stamp ink (I like Encore and Color Box brands), and ribbons such as these seam binding ribbons (or strips of natural fabric to repurpose as ribbons).

Step 1: Cut your eraser down to the block size you'd like to work with. Using your pencil, lightly (so you don't scratch the surface of the eraser) sketch a simple design. Remember that the portions that remain after cutting will determine your final stamped look.

Step 2: Using your craft knife (on top of your protected work surface) slowly begin to remove potions of your eraser by cutting around your sketched design. It is easy for the knife to slip so please use a lot of caution when cutting your eraser. You don't need to create an intricate design to end up with a lovely stamp. Some of my favorite stamps are just rectangular blocks with small irregular lines and dots cut out of them (those take only seconds to make). Optionally you can also use mini cookie cutters to cut shapes from your eraser into instant stamps - this version is kid-friendly (with supervision of course).

Step 3. Place your ribbons (or fabric) on top of your scrap paper and begin stamping your pattern. You can stamp the entire length of ribbon or just the ends for a pretty effect. Set them aside to dry (drying time will depend on your type of ribbon and stamp ink). Tip: It is easiest to pre-measure your ribbon for each gift first before stamping. Just wrap it loosely around your gift leaving enough length for a bow and snip it.

 Step 4: Wrap your gifts!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving to all of you who celebrate. I'll be spending time with family over the next few days and will see you again next Monday. And starting next week I will have even more holiday projects and freebies to share with you! Have a wonderful week/weekend, and I'll see you soon. xo Ez

Reader Comments (36)

great diy, and it looks easy to do (i hope)!

thanks for sharing, ez. :-)

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterangie

so clever!! Love the blue ribbon and the little deer too cute!!

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered

Thanks ladies!
Angie - it really is so easy and fun. I hope you'll give it a try soon. Even if you just stamp with little square blocks you can still end up with a really darling effect! :-)
xo Ez

November 24, 2010 | Registered CommenterEz

This is so awesome!!

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAsh

What a clever idea. Thanks!
I just love this blog.

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

This is a wonderful tutorial. Thanks so much.

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Beautiful, thanks!

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersandra

I am so impressed and inspired! Stamps are shamefully underrated.

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered

so cool! happy thanksgiving!

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAllison

I have never seen anything like this before...what a great idea, thanks for sharing!

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda Thorson

that makes me smile! i was just about thinking of a way to create a simple stamp with my own logo to put on the back of Christmas cards i would like to make... the white eraser of! seems to do well on ribbons too!

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkateri

Great tutorial and wonderful photos!

November 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJesse

Really ... how clever are you? So fab, thanks heaps for the wonderful idea

November 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMariane

Such a great idea, I've tons of ribbon. I'll put this ideas to work for sure

November 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterana

I always LOVE your tutorials. So easy and practica and always gorgeous. Thanks :)

November 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterandrea

Excellent! You're so creative. Thank you for sharing!

It's Thanksgiving day and we are all piled up watching the parade. So, I have the perfect time to drop by and visit favorite blogs. I wanted to tell you that one the things I am thankful for today is blogging and the way it has made my world so much bigger. Thank you for the inspiration I have found here. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

November 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRelyn

This is such a wonderful tutorial, thanks so much for posting it! Love the acorn and twig packaging too :)

November 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate

these are so simple, yet so beautiful!
what a clever idea.


November 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJustine @ lovemaki

man! rad idea. never, ever would have thought of it. which is probably why i love your think of all these rad little projects i would NEVER even think of.
happy thanksgiving!

November 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdani kreeft

yes! love it.
thanks ez!

November 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Oh... wonderful tutorial again. Thank you Ez. Have a great weekend.


November 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterradostina

What a cool idea! thank You for sharing!

November 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjuste

wow, excellent idea! makes me wonder though - can this be used as stamps also for polymer clay? if yes, this seems like a better (and cheaper) way to create personalized stamps or texture sheets :)

November 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertumbleling

Love this post, so cute these stamps. Stamping is a great way for non crafty people to get started. I can't wait to try some. Thanks :)

November 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDenni

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