Well I did major carving last yesterday and pumped out to pretty fun stamps. I'm pretty happy... only there are a couple that I don't wanna let go now >,< Sigh.... well I guess that was the goal right?
When I really like a stamp I have carved for a swap partner, I just make a copy of it for myself. Using permanent ink, I just stamp the coveted stamp I am sending away to my partner onto a free piece of carving material---thereby transferring the image I like so much onto a new set of carving material so that I can carve it for myself later.
Just take care not to smear the image before you get a chance to carve it.