3.11.2011

Carving Your Own Stamps

When I was really little my mom started my first collection..... rubber stamps.  I remember at the time thinking it was an odd thing to collect, but I loved getting to pick out a new stamp when we occasionally stopped by my favorite child boutique.  Bins full of bouncy balls, wooden puzzles lining the shelves, definitely no lack of Hello Kitty products, I was in heaven.  Sadly the shop is no longer anything like that, but I've grown to cherish my rubber stamp collection and no longer think it's such an odd thing to collect!

Now not only does my collection include a ton of stamps from all different places, but a few gems I've carved myself, and it' a lot easier than those linoleum carvings you did in high school art class!  Here's my most recent creation.
What you need....
 You will also need something to rub your transfer onto the block as shown below.  I use the Speedball linoleum cutter and Artist carving blocks that I ordered online, your local hobby shop may carry these items. Trace your image (no real drawing skills required!  Find an image online and print it out) onto tracing paper with a thick heavy pencil line.  Then with pencil side down, rub onto your carving block.
With your smallest carving tool, start going around your pencil lines.  You want to carve out anything that doesn't have pencil, so the pencil portion should be all you have left on the surface when your done.  Work you way around slowly, a little at a time being careful not to cut anything you want to be part of your finished image.  These blocks are super easy to cut through (you can also do this with an eraser if you like, use them to make really little stamps).  
Once you have it all carved out, use an exacto knife to cut away the extra block.  Save any pieces large enough to make another stamp with!  Ink up your stamp and lay it down on some paper.  You will find some spots that you need to go back and trim some more.  Carve them down and ink again.  Do this until you get an image your happy with.  Below you will see the bottom image was stamped first, has some rough spots.  Then the top image was after I cleaned those spots up.
Thank of all the cools stamps you can make now!   Start your own collection, have fun!

22 comments:

  1. You make it sound easy, but it looks so detailed. I remember making these in high school art class. Love the camera!

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  2. Wow! Ya know, I've thought of using potatoes and erasers but for some reason I never thought of wood. You always inspire me.

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  3. I saw this done years ago, on a "how-to" tv show. They even actually used a simple black & White photograph of a person's face, transfered it to the block and carved it out. I was amazed but a little intimidated. You did a great job, though!

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  4. I love.love.love your new design!
    Now I may start making stamps too :)

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  5. You make everything sound so easy! I wish I had 1/2 the talent you possess!

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  6. Oh & I'm loving your new design!

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  7. Nice template and layout! A good make-over is always so nice on a blog.

    I recall doing a stamp like this back in the 70's in high school. I wasn't very good at it then.... probably not so good at it now, but I love how your camera turned out. Why not make a few and sell or have a giveaway? Purdy please... LOL

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  8. This design is perfect! I'd love to have a camera stamp! You've done a great job! :-)

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  9. Wow! Your stamp is soo detailed. I remember doing this in high school and mine never looked anything like this.

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  10. That's so very cool. You did an awesome job on your stamp. Great detail work! My high school wasn't cool enough to do this, so I've never tried it before. I really want to now. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. wow....you did a great job!!!!!!! that looks soooo difficult! i love your stamp!

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  12. You seriously rock. Very cool project!

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  13. Looks awesome...this is a project I am going to leave to you...I don't think I have the patience for doing it. Love the camera!

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  14. Stamp carving is so cool and love the camera. You are very talented! I like to use recycled Styrofoam to make stamps. Here's a tutorial I wrote for this last Halloween using and making styrofoam stamps: http://www.examiner.com/children-s-crafts-in-oakland/recycled-stamped-halloween-card

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  15. Love your stamp! I don't think mine would come out looking so good! Thanks for sharing this...I'm going to bookmark it in case I get brave enough to try it!

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  16. WOW- you are a true artist!!!

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  17. Cool details! I love it!!!

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  18. I have been wanting to do this for so long! Thanks for the tutorial and what supplies to use (that was the part that was stumping me)! btw I really love your blog, I stumbled across it a few weeks ago :)

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  19. love this , you make it look easy.

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