Thursday, November 10, 2011

Stamp Carving Tutorial

Hi guys, today I wanted to share a really quick and easy tutorial on how you can make your own stamps. I wanted to make a picture tutorial since I know some people don't like to watch YouTube videos. However, for those that do, you can see my YouTube video HERE, where I carve a stamp (shown in the last image).

- A sheet of MLS 3-D Roll Up Flowers from any collection
- Speedball Carving Block
- Speedball Carving Tool
- Pencil
- Large scissors
- Scrap paper
- Ink Pad

- Punch out one of the clouds from the die-cut sheet
- Use a pencil to trace onto the carving block
- Using your large scissors, cut out the cloud with a little space around it

- Using the finest tip of your carving tool, carve around the cloud outline

- Now you can switch to a broad tip and carve away around the cloud
- If you like, you can use your scissors now to trim your stamp down

- Ink your stamp and stamp onto the scrap paper

- Use the stamped image and inked stamp to determine where else you need to keep carving
- Once satisfied, stamp again to see whether any more needs to be removed

- You can continue to repeat the process of carving and stamping until you're entirely happy with the completed results. Here, it took me 3 tries.
- Consider the fact that you might not want to perfect it too much - one of the charms of making your own stamps is allowing it to be imperfect so it can retain that "handmade" look.

- Here is an example of the 3 cloud stamps I made using the die-cut clouds as my templates. These are the finished results. They are the perfect size and they're quick and fun to make. Of course, you can draw your own stamps and do not need to use a template, but having a template does make it much easier.
- My next stamp-carving adventure will likely include the super-cute punch-out banners on the die-cut sheets. It would be fun to have a banner stamp!


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