Posted on August 15 2012

Completely Pinteresting: Linoleum Block Stamps

I’ve had my eye so many handmade stamps all over the place!  These are adorable, but they’re made of foam and I wanted the intricacy of carving.  These stamps are great, but I couldn’t find rubber to carve at any craft shop around town!  So frustrating!  So I opted for linoleum block.  I’ve worked with linoleum blocks what seems like a million years ago in a college art class, and I remember loving it.  Downside?  You can’t use ink pads, just a brayer and block printing ink.  That’s fun, just not exactly what I wanted for these stamps.  I was instantly frustrated that I was not as good as this Etsy shop, turns out it takes some serious practice and is not something you can conquer in one evening.  Go figure.  There were a great many stamps I scrapped, but I only cut myself once – so there’s that.

I love, love, love wrapped up the food I make for others, and I’m setting out to get better about sending packages to friends far away!  Now, I’m ready to adorn them all with handmade stamps.  I’ll be practicing, and maybe I’ll even get good enough to send the stamps themselves as part of the gifts I’m sending away.  Fingers crossed!

P.S. I’m going to keep reminding you about the Tartine Bread cookbook giveaway!  Go leave a comment here for a chance to win!

  1. Lindsey Royal Anderson says:


  2. amber says:

    Hey Emily,

    The Hobby Lobby store on west main has the rubber ‘blocks’ for carving. off and on they sometimes also have the linoleum. If you look online at Dick Blick art supplies you can buy linoleum for stamps that is already affixed to a block of wood, so it doesn’t warp at all the way small pieces of carved linoleum often do…

    • Emily says:

      Thanks for the heads up, Amber. It was pretty last minute, so I wanted to find it in town. I do love Dick Blick’s art supply shop online too! I went to the Hobby Lobby and all they had was the linoleum, but not the rubber blocks. So sweet of you to let me know!

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