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STAMPS TO SUIT EVERYONE, Issue 18Well yet again, its been a while since I have done an article like this, real life always seems to get in the way, deaths and college this time.
Anyway here we go again.
Good Boys and Bad Boys Stamp by Humble-Novice STAMP: Not a trend. by CosmicQueenie Mountains stamp. by livinladolcevita Love poison stamp. by livinladolcevita No Brony Love or Tolerance by World-Hero21 Love needs gender by I-Take-It-Back :thumb283680673: Level 99 Player Stamp by Humble-Novice Smile by Marzarret Whitney Houston by PigsTail Stop Being Offended For Me by genkistamps Stamp: Bubble Tea Love by TheSaltyMonster Whitney Houston by HopesForFun777 I love Sparkle and Glitter by Snow-Body Meat lover by prosaix The End of The World by Haters-Gonna-Hate-Me Laughing Stamp by SparklyDest Inspirational Quote CE: Born This Way by lightpurge Inspired by a kid by impersonalinfo Needed to Be Stamp by Mirz123 Canon X OC Pairings by Sparkleee-Sprinkle Cover matters by I-Take-It-Back My dog is fine with it by I-Take-It-Back Change username by prosaix +Stamp+ Do not call it Love by TenshiNoFuu Community Projects Stamp by ClefairyKid Arichy Support Stamp by renekotte christblock by Dametora I Have Silent Watchers Stamp by Torotix +Stamp+ MarySue so what by TenshiNoFuu :thumb278939695: Merry Christmas Stamp by fear-the-brilliance I Love Bad Fanfiction by genkistamps Lorum Ipsum! by NorthboundFox Coziness-compliant Literature by CassidyPeterson Child pageantry should be illegal... by BlackJill Crazy ones stamp by dazza1008 FGM Awareness by savagebinn :thumb28267267

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So you think you can stamp?

Tue May 1, 2012, 9:05 AM

Stamp Guide

Hello Everybody and welcome to my Stamp making guide. You may be wondering, why is TheSaltyMonster making a stamp guide? Well the answer is because a lot of people have been asking me how I make my stamps, and how to get started. So here it goes, and pardon the journal title. :la: Please also check out the stamp feature towards the end of the journal :)

If you use any of the resources I have included in this journal, make sure to credit the original artist in your deviation description :dummy:

How to get started..

Well, first things come first: What do you want to make a stamp about? Is it dA related, is it of your favorite TV show, or food? Or is it just an inspirational quote?

This is absolutely the first step in planning.  

Stamp Base

Is your message funny, girly, cute, serious? Depending on the type of message you're going to be portraying, you need to choose an appropriate stamp:

Lace Stamp Border #1 by Gasara would not be so appropriate for a stamp against bullying, but perfect for a cute stamp! So again, message is the most important part, the art of stamp is just to portray the message appropriately using the right resources.

I personally use Stamp Template by zilla774 because it's the "generic" stamp border. However, adding a different type of border can really get your message across in a different way!

I have dug up some stamp bases and you may find more here.


Dum de dum..
Moving along, after finding a stamp base (or making it) , you need to choose how to do a background. Do you want it in a gradient scheme? Do you want an image? These are all things to consider.

I make a pixelized gradient and then make my own pixelated images to support the stamp. I even sometimes use emotes in my stamp :la: Also Note: Some stamp base templates come with their own colors and gradients.
Here are some stamp tutorials that help you with this process:

Stamp Tutorial by SparkLum How to make a Stamp by rhr-forever Emote Base Pack, Take Two by stuck-in-suburbia


Dooby Doo..
Again, the message is the most important part of the stamp  and will help you determine what font to use. I use a site called to find fonts I like.  However, there are wonderful deviants here who provide fonts as well, I just searched "fonts" in browse and a lot came up.

Would you like to..add more?

Optional Shiz
Personally, I use imageready 7 to animate my stamp. However, there is a free program called GIMP, which you can view here  and learn how to animate in that as well. I have included a gimp animation tutorial also:

Here are some tutorials to sparkles, shine, and on general animation:
Prosaixs sexy shine tutorial by prosaix Animated Stamp Tutorial by IrinaR GIMP Animation Tutorial by 12hc12 Pixel Art-Sparkle Tutorial by LittleKai

There you have it

We're almost done!
Remember, you don't need an image, you can make a text only stamp, or you can have an image without text. The points of a stamp is to get some sort of feeling across and that will happen in how you choose to create it :la: I hope you enjoy the process of making one!

Congratulations! You now have some tools to help you get started on making your own stamp! Here are some links to stamp groups that have more resources:

:iconstamp-kingdom: :iconstamp-heaven: :icondeviousstamps:

Just some nice stamps!

:thumb285575126: i love my DS stamp by RRRAI Earth stamp by Mizzi-Cat    :thumb276648791: :thumb243816620:  Sticks and Stones Stamp by Mirz123  I Support dAmnMobile by litecrush It's ridiculous. by nikkittie

Stamps by Me!

Hope this was helpful

Have fun making them!
Do you have questions?

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SamLiLSammy Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
where can I find canvas?
Minakie Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Besides GIMP, there's another free and very user friend animator, called unFREEz :)
pEnELoPe3six Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
just asking. I made a stamp. But when I uploaded it, it needs a preview image. Can you tell me how I fix that?
TheSaltyMonster Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
That's confusing, is it bigger than 150x150? Stamps should generally be smaller than that. :)
pEnELoPe3six Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know I only knew that I used this as stamp base: [link] Oh I forgot, my stamp is made from an animated gif.
TheSaltyMonster Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
That is strange. Can you note me the link to your stamp? I'll try to see.:)
pEnELoPe3six Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Here: [link]
pEnELoPe3six Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh I'm sorry for the inconvenience! I guess its background is the big thing. I've already made the stamp perfectly so here it is:[link]
I'm sorry!
Mirz123 Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
TheSaltyMonster Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
Not a problem!
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