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Using Stampville Stamps to Build Houses (and Thank You Cards)


Using a Stampville architecture stamp set

This post contains affiliate links. I wasn’t planning to write a blog post about this Stampville rubber stamp set, but we’ve been using and loving these stamps so much that I just had to.

It all started in Washington D.C. when I picked up a Stampville set at the National Gallery of Art gift shop. I loved that it was a collection of stamps that could be used in a totally open-ended way, to build any variety of houses, buildings, cities, landscapes, and even cool abstractions.

Stampville architecture rubber stamps

Plus the packaging was top notch and I’m a sucker for good presentation.

It was a total impulse buy, but one that I have been very pleased with.

So I thought I’d share a bit about the stamp set with you (it’s great for kids and adults), what we’ve been making with it, and also some ideas for making your own open-ended stamp sets.

Houses and buildings created with a Stampville architecture stamp set

Using Stampville Stamps to Build Houses (and Thank You Cards)


*The Stampville set comes with blue and yellow ink pads, which we started out with, but we eventually wanted more colors and got out our big Melissa and Doug rainbow stamp pad.

Lining up stamps

Using the Stampville Set

You can use the individual stamps in different combinations to create different houses or scenes.

Using Stampville architecture stamps to create houses

Basically, we just played around with the stamps and experimented with different ways of making houses, buildings, trees, suns, fences, towers, robots, and abstractions.

Stamping houses with rubber stamps

The little pamphlet provided in the Stampville set has some ideas and inspiration and shows you how to assemble some of the designs. It’s helpful for getting started and showing you some of what is possible.

Stamping houses with an architecture stamp set

We tried a few of the ideas in the pamphlet and shown on the box, but mostly just made up our own buildings and scenes.

Creating architectural scenes with rubber stamps

We really liked how you could use individual stamp components in different ways depending on what we were trying to do. A stamp could provide decoration for a house or be repeated to create a fence, for example. Another stamp could be used for chimneys, doors, tree trunks, roads, extra embellishment, etc.

Houses and buildings created with a Stampville architecture stamp set

Here is just some of what you can do with this stamp set.

Using the rubber stamp set to make space bots

Besides houses and buildings, you can use the stamps to make just about anything. Even space bots.

Using the rubber stamp set for abstract art

And complete abstractions.

What do you think? Pretty cool, huh?

We love the Stampville stamp set. I highly recommend it as a creative and open-ended rubber stamp set that can be used in such a variety of ways. The houses and buildings themselves are awesome. And obviously you can make other things as well.

Stamping Thank You Cards

Thank you notes made with Stampville stamp set

We used our newly stamped house scenes to create thank you cards to send out after Christmas.

Thank you notes made with Stampville stamp set

Daphne hand wrote her thank yous.

Thank you notes made with Stampville stamp set

And Maia and I used our alphabet stamp set to write ours.

As you can see, we glued our stamped artwork onto colored construction paper, some flat, and some folded over into blank cards.

Again, this Stampville set is awesome, and I recommend it if you have $24 in your budget for it.

I haven’t seen any other open-ended stamp sets like this on the market. If you know of any, will you leave a comment below and let me know about it? Thanks!!

UPDATE: I just wrote a post on 10 ways to make your own stamp sets. All are open-ended for creativity!

This is a total aside, but wouldn’t it be cool if there were other architecture sets with different historic styles? Like one set with Art Deco details, one set with Classical columns and such, and one set with Gothic vaults and flying buttresses?

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This Stampville architecture stamp set is open-ended and allows kids and adults to build any number of houses, buildings, and scenes with the large variety of simple rubber stamps included.


  • Reply
    Carissa Christner
    January 13, 2018 at 8:32 am

    While this isn’t a commercially-made stamp set, I am reminded of this DIY stamp set from mermag:

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      Jean Van't Hul
      January 14, 2018 at 4:25 am

      Yes! I remember that set! Thanks for the reminder, Carissa! I’m actually working on a post of DIY stamps sets that are open ended and creative and I’ll include that one. Thank you!

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    January 13, 2018 at 11:37 am

    In the minor irritations that might be fixable department, I’m subscribed to your blog via feedly and your posts have been stuck on the same cover photo for a couple of months now. All the posts have the geometric watercolor creativity prompt photo.

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      Jean Van't Hul
      January 14, 2018 at 4:23 am

      Hmm… Weird. I wonder why? I’ll ask someone who is more tech oriented than I am if she can help me figure that out. Thanks for letting me know, Caitlyn.

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    January 13, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    Love this and must have this set! My architecture/interior design background is screaming for more sets like you describe in each style! I would love to have one where I could create modern houses!! I may just have to make my own! So glad you decided to do a post about this! Thank you!!

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      Jean Van't Hul
      January 14, 2018 at 4:20 am

      Isn’t it awesome, Laura?! You can actually make some pretty cool modern houses with this set, but if you make your own set, will you send me a photo? I would LOVE to see. :)

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    January 19, 2018 at 9:13 am

    Great idea!! And I love the silly face ones on from mermag too! We love using stamps while my kids are still learning to write. We did that for cards one year. Great way for building up that skill of letter recognition without the frustration when the fine motor skills are still being developed.

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    January 20, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    Awesome set – I just ordered it! Any tips for keeping the ink pads clean (I.e. not mixing colours when using the same stamp with different colours)? Thank you.

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    February 1, 2018 at 9:41 am

    This stamp set looks incredible! Definitely putting in on my list. Perhaps from the Easter Bunny?

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