Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Stamp Carving: My New Crafting Addiction



Do you ever have a craft that you look at and dismiss because you think it's too hard and won't be as fun as it sounds?  That was me and stamp carving.  It seemed like a lot of work or would take some special artsy skills to make a decent looking stamp.  I can barely draw, so I thought there was no way I could pull off modern day Michelangelo stamper sculpting. Yet, when I saw a kit that claimed it was simple and everything was included, I figured I should at least try it before I thumbed my nose at it.  That's what we always tell the kids to do, right?


I'm really glad I did because it was so much fun.  And surprisingly relaxing.  And believe me, I need relaxing activities in my life.  It doesn't require much stuff either.  Just some gouging tools, a block of eraser-like base and some tracing paper.  The tracing paper is ideal for someone like me (aka zero drawing skills). You can just trace a shape or design on to the paper.  Then press it face down on the rubber and press to leave the outline.  I started with a basic star for my first attempt since that didn't involve much detailing.


Then using the bladed tool, you slowly gouge out small sections to make the empty space around the outline and then the rest of the rubber surface around the design .



You don't even have to dig down too deep, just enough so the part that will be the stamped design is the only bit the ink will touch.

Then just trim away the excess and the stamp is ready to go.

I got a little braver and did a freehand drawing of a strawberry and used less pressure to gouge out leaf edges and to make some indentations for the seeds.

It only took a few minutes and the results looked pretty decent.  I really hoped it would stamp well.

I was really pleased with the results.  They worked just as well as store bought stamps.  I used two colors of my sectioned ink pad to make the strawberry two-toned on card stock to make a little gift card:


I did some orange & blue stars to make some designed paper too.  I can see these being ideal for making gift wrap, stamping on fabric and decorating things.


Now that I've gotten the hang of it I'm going to come up with some more elaborate designs to carve up.  I only used about a third of the rubber base the kit came with, so I'm looking forward to making myself a whole custom stamp collection.  A whole new crafting addiction has unfolded and I sure didn't see that coming!


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18 comments:

  1. How very simple but so very effective

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    1. They work just as well as the store bought ones, except there are no limits on the designs!

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  2. I love them! you did such a great job, and make it look so easy!

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    1. Thanks Kara - it really is that simple & I think not requiring a lot of skill is what makes it so fun.

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  3. Cheryl. I don't need any more habits!!! I love the idea of designing my own textiles though...how fun!

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    1. I know I'm a total enabler Amy, but I swear this one is totally worth picking up. It barely took any time to make them and I'm totally down with custom print fabric that doesn't cost $27/yd.

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  4. Like that! The impressions have come out well and very neat!

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    1. Thanks Tanya. I was surprised at how nicely they work. I won't be buying fancy stamps anymore since making them is so easy and fun.

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  5. This is one of those things that is on the crowded list in my head of Things I Want To Try!

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    1. Definitely try it Shelly. I'm laughing at myself for thinking it would be so hard & time too much time. Totally the opposite!!

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  6. I loved your stamps! Great work!
    By the way, do you know the wonderful book by Lena Corwin "Printing by hand"? It just arrived on my mail box and I can't wait to try all its printing technics!

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    1. Thanks for sharing that title Marta. I haven't seen it, but now I'm definitely going to check it out.

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  7. This looks like a fun way to put my "personal stamp" on all sort of things. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It is & a lot cheaper than have custom stamps made too.

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  8. I've never seen this - sounds like fun!

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  9. a simple and oh so cute craft! Thank you for sharing at the hop, your participation makes the hop extra special. Big Hugs P.S. the new giveaway posted Friday!

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    1. Thanks Katherine! I've stopped by & entered too:)

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