Create Your Artwork

Author Gravatar Image BECKY STERN
Create your own rubber stamp on a laser cutter! Perfect for hackerspace passports, outgoing packages, and other fun stuff. Usually passport stamps have a little symbol to indicate how you entered the country (a little plane, train, boat, or car), so we added an elevator and stairs as that's how visitor's enter our space! You can download the template for this stamp on Thingiverse.
First you will need some artwork to stamp. Create your artwork in your favorite vector program. We like Illustrator but ultimately use Corel Draw to output to the laser cutter.
If your artwork contains text, be sure to "create outlines" to convert the font to a filled area.
When you've successfully converted to outlines, selecting your text should look like this.
It's also advised to outline any paths you wish to include in your stamp. In Illustrator use the "outline stroke" option. We save as an Illustrator 10 file for best results importing into Corel Draw.
Moving over to Corel Draw! Import your artwork into a file whose dimensions match your material. The rubber we got from Laserbits is 11.75" x 8.25". Some settings may have not translated into Corel Draw perfectly so double check your artwork has a completely black fill.
We followed this Epilog tutorial which says to put a "fence" around your stamp(s). Use a hairline box the same size as your stamper's sticky pad.
Last updated on 2014-04-19 at 05.02.55 PM Published on 2013-02-18 at 10.32.27 PM