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Monday, August 16, 2010

Carve Your Own Stamps

A few people have asked me to post about a stamp I carved a couple of weeks ago for a card I made, so here is all you need to know to carve your own (simple) stamp. You can see the card I made here. I needed an ant stamp but could not find one that fit my design. While trying to find something that would work, I came across this stamp carving kit I had picked up at M's about a year ago. This stamp carving kit comes with a piece of rubbery material, reminds me of pink eraser material, I don't know if it's actual rubber. It also comes with a carving tool with 2 different blades, and an instruction manual with some art. Unless you are particularly handy with this kind of thing, I found solid stamp images - such as my ant - work best. I tried something more intricate when I first purchased this kit and... let me just say it wasn't pretty. Anyway, just pencil a design right on the rubber (don't forget you are working in the reverse direction your stamp will stamp) and start slowly carving away the material from the outside of your design. These blades cut through this stuff 'like butta' so it was easy carving. I think this kit was about $10 when I got it, I hope you try this, it was fun when it actually stamped the image I was going for!
Speed Ball Speedy-Carve stamp carving kit.


Celeste B. said...

That's amazing!! I love that you created the little ants, they're perfect! It seems hard. Hmm, I might need to get it for a challenge for myself. Thanks for the info!!

ps - thanks for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower! It means a lot to me!! :)

Janice W. said...

Hi Beejay,
Thank you so much for posting this! That was so nice of you! Thank you also for your kind comments! I am glad you found some inspiration on my blog! Your ant stamp is awesome and I love the card you made with it! Thanks again for your thoughtfulness!
:) Janice

DORCAS said...

Thanks for sharing. I loved that card. Super cute!

Nicki said...

I'm so glad I saw this post. I bought that same kit YEARS ago and have not done a thing with it! I'm worried I won't be able to carve out something nice, LOL. Maybe one of these days...
Thanks for posting this :-)

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