Hello Citizens of the Blogosphere,
After creating my own stamps out of erasers and foam, I wanted to try using actual stamp carving tools and materials.
After doing some research, I bought the following items.
Before I even started carving the blocks, I wanted to practice using the carving tool, so I started out by carving erasers. This was very fun and a great way to use up cheap erasers that don’t work very well. It also helped me realize that the carving process is fairly simple. This was great because for some reason I was under the impression that this project would be really challenging.
Here are some of my first carved eraser stamps using my new lino cutter:
Here are some tips in case you would like to try stamp carving for yourself.
Don’t forget that the image will be reversed when you stamp!
This is especially important if you are creating stamps with letters in them. I actually made this mistake when I created an eraser stamp of my new logo design. In order to fix the problem, I used the messed up stamp to imprint the reversed image onto a new eraser. Then, I carved the stamp again so that the image stamped correctly.
If you have a specific stamp in mind, you might want to sketch it out first.
- According to several instructions I found online, it is recommended that you draw out a design on tracing paper and then transfer it onto your block before you start carving. If you do have a specific stamp in mind (like a cupcake, for example) you might want to plan it out, sketch it out and then transfer it onto the block.
- However, that’s just not how I roll. In all of the examples below, I took the lino cutter directly to the rubber and started carving. I think you end up with more organic, abstract and funky stamps that way.
Lino Cutters are Magic.
- Making stamps with an X-acto knife and scissors can be challenging and dangerous. Save yourself the trouble and invest in a lino cutter. They are pretty inexpensive (I bought mine from Blick for under $10), they make carving a lot easier and they allow you to create more detailed stamps.
And now for the stamps…
This was a very fun and addictive project and I definitely think I will be doing more stamp carving in the future.