I've recently been making my own little stamps, of course I was inspired by some lovely pictures on pinterest of beautifully carved stamps.
I have done some lino cutting courses so I thought I would get out my old tools and give it a go.
When I went to find them of course I couldn't, so I bought some new ones. They are relatively cheap I think these three cost about $16 (find them here)and the rubber to make the stamps were $18(find that here) for an A4 piece or about $8 for a 10x10cm piece.
The only other things you'll need if you'd like to try our making your own stamps are a ruler, a stanley knife, a pen, a cutting mat (or a chopping board) and some stamping ink, which you can pick up cheaply at a news agent. If you have ever done any lino cutting you will find this much easier, the rubber is not as firm as lino so it is very easy to carve.
I've had fun carving tea cups, houses, envelopes and even some words but just remember if you carve words that you will need to carve them backwards so that they stamp the right way.
I am hoping to make lots more fun stamps to use for snail mail and cards.
Here is some from Pinterest that inspired me!