DIY Geometric Stamp Town

April 11, 2013 | DIY

So, it turns out I’m not quite ready to be finished with little stamp houses yet, I hope you don’t mind :) I’m so happy with how this little artwork turned out! And it’s even EASIER than the last one, if you can believe it, with no special carving tools needed at all. There are so many things that can be formed from geometric shapes, so by creating a bunch of geometric stamps (squares, rectangles, triangles) in different sizes, we can then get creative constructing all sorts of different buildings! I’m sure this isn’t a new idea, but jee it’s fun :) There are endless possibilities! So lets get down to it shall we? Here’s what you’ll need:

Materials

- Stamp block (if you’re in Singapore, I got mine from Daiso, but Jo also sells really nice ones here)
- Pencil
- Scalpel/knife
- Ruler
- Paper/card to print on
- Stamp pads/ink (most of mine have been bought at markets, or given to me as gifts, so unfortunately I’m not really sure of the best places to get the exact same ones!)
- Lino tools (optional)

**If you’re interested in creating something exactly the same as mine, here’s a PDF of the shapes I used, and you can find the ink colours I used below**

Step 1. I started by planning my shapes on a piece of scrap paper (you can download them here). Remember that rectangles and triangles can be rotated to create another variation. I also found it useful to create triangles to fit one edge of the squares/rectangles. This way your roof will match the base of your house.

Use your pencil and ruler to mark out squares/rectangles/triangles in various sizes on your stamp block, then use your knife to carefully cut them out. My block was thick enough that I didn’t need to mount the stamp onto anything, but you can if you want to.

Step 2. Take the paper/card you want your artwork on and, using no ink to start with, lay out the first row of houses to get a feel for placement. Play around with the shapes, be creative! Once you’re happy with the placement of the first line, you can start inking and printing. I’d recommend keeping a damp cloth next to you to clean off each stamp between printings. Also – be very careful when handling the inked stamps! I ruined my first artwork attempt by dropping an inked stamp onto my page by accident. Such a bummer!

Step 3. Continue laying out and stamping your little houses until you’re happy with it. Don’t forget the details like doors and windows!

And that’s it! You’re done. Frame it and stand back to admire your work :)

I’m hoping to share some more suggestions of what you can create using these geometric stamps in the coming weeks, so be sure to keep an eye out for that! :)

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33 Comments

  1. First of all, your xacto knife looks badass. Secondly, this is a very adorable DIY with a very cute outcome! Great post!

  2. Bianca

    This is so cute!

  3. super cute! Love that it’s so simple but so so cute… plus I love stamps so that’s an added bonus :)

  4. i love this. and would totally buy a copy of that finished print.
    love, lindsay

  5. Beauuuuuuutiful, this is! So simple and such great results :)

    Which Daiso did you go to? I did try in a couple but to no avail :(

  6. Wow- this is beautiful. I have some stamp blocks in my office- can’t wait to try it.

  7. This DIY is super cute ! I’d like to prepare a birthday card for my father, it will help, thanks !

  8. Yep it’s a winner, your colour choice is perfect. Don’t you just love it when the simple things work?!

    Gemma typically.pretty.english

  9. ffadmin

    Aw, thanks you guys! :) I’m so glad you like it.

    Kismitoffeebar – I’ve bought them from both the Plaza Singapura Daiso, and the one at Vivo (which is where I got this lot). Normally near the pens and erasers.

    Gemma – YES! Oh, I was prepared to have to embellish these houses with some pens and patterns, but in the end it didn’t even need it! Love those type of projects. :)

  10. This is amazing, I love the colours you have used. it would make a great house warming gift for someone.

  11. I absolutely adore this! I’m putting together a picture wall myself, and creating something like this would make it so much more personal and cute. Such a lovely project.

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  17. Oh no, we don’t mind at all. Love your little houses, and this project is adorable! love the colors you used to make this print. xx

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  19. So sweet! I love it. You have great eye for putting colour together.

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  24. sam

    I like the colors of your stamp :)

  25. This is so cute! what a great idea!

  26. I love this! What a great piece of art you made, thanks for showing us how you did it! :)

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  32. oh this is just perfection! I am such a fan of quick and simple DIYs with maximum impact! Loving the scando vibe too.
    Keep up the great work!
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