06 Aug DIY weddings: Making a personalised stamp
If you want to add some extra personalisation to your wedding without breaking the bank, why not get a rubber stamp made with your own design, names and even date of your big day? You can stamp anything and everything from invitations and envelopes to napkins and favours.
Making your own personalised stamp
Difficulty: Medium / Time: 1-2 hours / Cost: £15+
What you’ll need:
- Pen and paper
- Ink pad
There are loads of stamp companies who are willing to make personalised stamps for you. Here at the Wedding Jar we love the English Stamp Company. They provide beautiful stamps and they’re based right here in Dorset.
You can really let your creative juices flow on this one and design a stamp that’s bespoke and personal to you as a couple. Lots of couples stick to designing something with their initials and wedding date but it’s really up to you on how you would like the stamp to look. It is a good idea though to start sketching out your rough ideas first. It’s best to use black ink to provide the best contrast to work with. Be aware that it’s the black parts of your image that will be the printed part. Spend some time finalising your design on paper and when you’re happy, scan it into the computer. You will then need to make your design the correct size you want the stamp to be. You will need to think now what stationery/paper/items you will be stamping to ensure you select the correct size. If you’re on Mac you could use Preview to do this, or on a PC you can use Paint. Make sure you hold down the shift key when resizing to avoid any stretching of the image. There is a huge ‘tips & advice’ section on the English Stamp Company website so check that out if you get stuck. Alternatively, you can send your image directly to them and they will take care of it for you!
Create your own…
If you’d rather give the drawing pencils a miss, you can use the English Stamp Company’s excellent online tool, which enables you to create bespoke typographic stamps in a few simple clicks. You can choose text line by line, using a great selection of fonts. You can choose a design that will compliment your wedding theme – from flowers and leaves, to wellington boots and anchors. The possibilities are endless.
Remember to put the correct size ink pad in your basket. There’s a huge range of colours to choose from, so pick a colour to compliment your wedding (and that will show up on your stationery). Once your stamp is delivered – get stamping!!
Tip: Buy a textile ink pad too and make a personalised handkerchief for the bride’s father – giving him a really thoughtful and unique gift!
Professional Photos – Courtesy of The English Stamp Company
Ask Claire… Our DIY wedding articles are written by the lovely and very talented, Claire. Claire is a graphic designer who created an array of beautiful handmade wedding decorations and props for her own wedding at Sopley Mill near Christchurch in 2015. If you fancy any of the items on our DIY weddings page but haven’t got time to make them yourself, you can contact Claire by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and she can make them for you!