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ollyollyoxenfree
« on: June 13, 2007 06:15:53 PM »

The first time I carved a stamp was in the 5th grade and it was some sort of monkey for a school-wide "Save the Rainforest" campaign. Anywho I'm now a sophomore in college and suddenly got the urge to carve some more, partly due to my discovery of "letterboxing" thanks to this post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=157748.0

So here are some stamps I've carved!


Here's all 4 of them together.


A close up of the mustache stamp. There was no real reason for me to carve a mustache stamp...I just felt like it. The little guy is a dingbat from a font on this site: http://fonts.tom7.com/


A close up of my personal favorite, the sea-horse. I traced the design myself in illustrator based off of a couple sea-horse skeleton pictures.


And now for the actual prints of the stamps...


Mustache man. I enjoy him because you can draw in his eyes and hair and mouth and stuff depending on how you're feeling.


Anchor. I'm into nautical things as I live right by the beach and have this same anchor stenciled onto a bag of mine.


My favorite sea-horse. I really love this one. Don't know what I'll use it for yet, but I love it.


My friends and I came up with this design for our letterboxing name. If you're from the Jersey Shore like I am, you know we're often referred to as "shore points" on many road signs, thus our "team name." This was the first stamp I carved so it's a little rough, but I love it anyways. The duck is another dingbat from a font from the site listed above.

All the stamps are mounted on pieces of wood, except for the anchor. I just glued that to an altoids tin cause it was the right size and it does the job just fine.


If anyone wants a tutorial, feel free to ask! Enjoy Smiley



EDIT: Added my little tutorial!


Step 1: Print out your image so that it will fit on the piece of stamp material you're going to use. I did a skeleton key that I traced from a pic I found online.

Step 2: Trace all the outlines of your image using just a regular pencil. Easy peasy.


Step 3: After finished tracing, cut around the image so the area around it is smaller. Lay it, traced side down, on top of the stamp material. I usually tape it down so it doesn't move around.

Step 4: Using a pencil again, scribble all over the back of the image making sure to scribble on top of all the pencil lines on the other side.


Step 5: Voila! Your image should be transferred onto the stamp material. At this point I cut away any excess material with scissors

Step 6: After the image is transferred, I use the smallest blade that I have to carve an outline around the entire image. I also carve out any tiny areas that require detail.


Step 7: Once detailed areas are done with smaller blades, I switch to larger blades and carve away any other unnecessary areas. I trim with scissors then super-glue it to a piece of wood.

Step 8: Finally, push it into some ink and stamp it!


A few notes on supplies
As stated above, I use Speedball's Speedy Stamp (also called "pink stuff") to carve my stamps into. Great stuff! It's not crumbly and is really easy to carve: http://www.misterart.com/store/view.cfm?group_id=3553958&store=003&AID=10273655&PID=1606362

I use Speedball's Linoleum Cutters with different size blades / cutters to carve the stamps with: http://www.misterart.com/store/view.cfm?group_id=3553401&store=001&AID=10273655&PID=1606362

I use Versacraft Ink Pads (http://www.blockheadstamps.com/ink_versacraft.html) for stamping onto fabric but for paper I just use any old ink pad that I can find. I have some from Wal-Mart, Rag Shop...any brand will do. Also littlehands, I think the way the ink thins out was just a fluke, but I like it as well Smiley


Thanks for all the compliments. Carve some of your own and post em here!

« Last Edit: June 14, 2007 05:56:33 PM by ollyollyoxenfree - Reason: Added tutorial » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2007 06:19:38 PM »

those are really awesome! I especially love the mooooostacshe...

what medium are they carved oN?
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« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2007 06:27:19 PM »

so cute!  I'd love a tut!
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« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2007 06:32:43 PM »

http://www.atlasquest.com/marketplace/misterart/

Here's what I carved them into- it's called Speedy Stamp Carving Blocks by the Speedball company (the second image on that website- the pink squares). My carving tools (linoleum cutters) were also made by Speedball.

I still have some pink stuff left over so I'll make a tutorial soon when I carve the next stamp! Thanks for responses so far, you guys are quick!
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« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2007 08:32:03 PM »

i LOVE them.  one of these days i'll get to carving stamps.  these totally rock.  keep posting and i can't wait for that tutorial.  Wink
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« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2007 12:13:32 AM »

Wow, just amazing! I love the seahorse!
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« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2007 05:08:48 AM »

those are completely awesome!  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2007 02:03:43 PM »

these are great! I had to carve a couple stamps for letterboxing too. I used erasers for mine.
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« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2007 02:29:34 PM »

the anchor looks really nice. Cheesy

also, sort of a weird question maybe, but what kind of ink did you use to make your prints(?) because i kind of like how it thins out a little in the middle..... or maybe that is just a fluke haha
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« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2007 03:46:11 PM »

those are way cool
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« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2007 03:55:42 PM »

Your stamps are brilliant, I love them all and especially the sea horse! Grin
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« Reply #11 on: June 14, 2007 05:20:45 PM »

I love the sea horse and I could see you printing that all over a piece of fabric, say maybe add a sea weed in between and then make a bag from it. Or print it on a T-shirt.
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« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2007 07:40:45 PM »

thanks for the great tutorial, i'm DEFINITELY trying this out ASAP.
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« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2007 09:35:11 AM »

Thanks for the tutorial! I am going to have to try this! Grin
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« Reply #14 on: June 19, 2007 11:46:15 PM »

Your stamps look great! I love the anchor...keeping seeing a tote bag set using it. Smiley Thanks for the tutorial and especially the link. It saved me having to hunt down what i'm currently using to carve my first stamp since jr high. I just have an piece that an art teacher gave me years ago and never knew the name of it.
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« Reply #15 on: June 19, 2007 11:49:13 PM »

Oh, thanks for the tute! I'll have to try! Your stamps are awesome!
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« Reply #16 on: June 24, 2007 05:15:44 AM »

Thanks so much for sharing!!!!  I love love all of them!
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« Reply #17 on: July 02, 2007 01:03:15 AM »

Great Tutorial!
 I've been carving a stamp for the last week, I think i went way to detailed for my first one, but i think i will still come out ok.

A trick I learned from the owner of a stamp shop in San Luis Obisbo. Take whatever image you want to use for you stamp and Xerox it or print it out using a laser printer (backwards of course) place it face down over your material. Then take acetone or nail polish remover and get it damp so you can see your image through the paper, then rub your image onto the material. It should copy a perfectly dark image onto the material. It might take a little practice, but once you got it down it's such a time saver and produces a really good image to follow. I'll try and post some pics if anyone wants them.
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« Reply #18 on: July 07, 2007 08:18:46 AM »

thanks for the tutorial
i love the sea horse stamp.
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« Reply #19 on: September 11, 2007 03:09:13 PM »

Way-cool stamps!  We letterbox, too... started about a year ago.  Thanks for the post about where to get the carving stuff.  We used the crumbly junk for ours.  Our stamps are still holding up, but they do tend to flake and crumb a bit.  Nice job!
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« Reply #20 on: September 25, 2007 08:34:54 PM »

know that this post is kinda old. But I was so excited to find it! I have been wanting to learn more about making my own stamps. YOu did such a great job carving these. I also love the variety you did. I am so excited to carve some myselft. I can thanks to the tute you posted and the links you posted to the site to get the materials! Thanks so much!

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« Reply #21 on: September 28, 2007 10:16:08 AM »

I love carving stamps---I even did a 12 inch square one once (I guess thats more of a "print" then a stamp) but anyway--I like the idea of rubbing the back of your image--that seems like it would get more detail.  Usually I just use carbon paper.

Oh, and the part about getting stamps from Rag Shop just about made me cry--I worked there for 6 years until we went out of business this summer  Cry

But thanks for the idea---you've inspired me to give it a go again.  i'm thinking a tiki head stamp....
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« Reply #22 on: September 28, 2007 11:35:32 AM »

Uhm, the mustache made my day! It really did. And I'm a huge sucker for anything nautical or with a sea theme. These are wonderful.

And coincidentally, I too made a stamp (the art teacher called it blockprinting, same thing!) when I was in 5th grade. Nothing as cool as a monkey, though.

Continue making stamps, because these are awesome!!
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« Reply #23 on: September 29, 2007 08:23:58 PM »

love mustache man. I don't know why , but those fake noses and glasses always crack me up. I usually do not go in for that sort of thing. I wonder if road rage could be deflated with people just wearing fake noses and laughing. THis being LA, probably not a good experiment. Anyway good job
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« Reply #24 on: September 30, 2007 09:05:32 AM »

these rock! im totally going to try these. i have always thought about making stamps but because i cant draw, i have been hesistant to try. i never even thought about printing images and then transferring them

and thanks for posting the supply list too.

*off to make some stamps*
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« Reply #25 on: September 30, 2007 11:30:31 AM »

i will have to try this for sure!
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« Reply #26 on: October 18, 2007 09:17:49 AM »

I just did a search for rubber stamps and found this.Terrific. I just made my first stamp and I'm so excited-I had no idea that it was so non-labor intensive-well, at least the way I craft Wink I am now using the hard art erasers,too.
I'm thinking of starting a handmade stamp swap, so be sure to check out swap ideas.
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« Reply #27 on: October 18, 2007 12:41:20 PM »

Man, I haven't made a stamp since middle school art class! I would LOVE to make one again-- thanks for the info!  Grin

And I really, really love the moustache one. <3
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« Reply #28 on: October 18, 2007 06:48:39 PM »

I'm thinking of starting a handmade stamp swap, so be sure to check out swap ideas.

Hey, balkandina!  You might be interested in the upcoming letterboxing swap... we'll be swapping (preferably handcarved) stamps and a journal...
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=195604.0
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I adore the seahorse!!
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« Reply #31 on: March 06, 2008 12:52:32 AM »

Wow - these are fab.  I especially love the mustache man - might be fun to stamp over pictures/photos of people too.

Must clear my work table so that I can try lino cutting, but I'm scared of slicing my fingers open!
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« Reply #33 on: April 24, 2009 10:13:03 AM »

Heck yeah!  I'm going to go home and carve some stamps to use for my etsy advertising.  Yay!
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« Reply #34 on: January 06, 2012 06:20:38 AM »

Love your stamps! Thank you so much for the tutorial
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« Reply #35 on: February 01, 2014 10:37:47 AM »

Love your stamps and list of supplies and tut. Wonderful. Has inspired me to carve a few more myself.

Oh, I always glue a sample of the stamp to the top of the wood block so that I know which way the stamp faces when I'm stamping....remember to line it up correctly! LOL I did that once. Put the picture on upside down...and kept stamping upside down.
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