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Topic: Hand-Carving a Snowflake Stamp - "tutorial" - step-by-step process (IMAGE HEAVY)  (Read 12488 times)
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« on: November 04, 2007 06:28:46 AM »

When I blog about these projects or just post up pictures somewhere about my stamps, I get asked several questions about the process.
This post will hopefully inspire anyone curious about the process to Go For It! (it's so easy) and I'll also be able to refer to it in the future if someone would like to know how it's done.

Without further ado - the birth of a handcarved stamp.

1) I start with a search on the internet, or in magazines, for an image of what I'd like to carve - I use it as a general guide.


2) I gauge how big I want the stamp to be, and draw my cutting lines on the carving block (Speedycut was used here).


3) I use my way-nifty Speedball cutting multi-tipped tool to slice that sucker up.


4) I don't even have to cut all the way through - a deep enough cut will give me a clean break.


5) Then I sketch, generally in pencil, what I'd like to carve. I have to be careful not to create grooves or nicks in the block with the pencil tip, however.


6) I start carving by cutting around the picture with a larger tip.

7) Then I start carving out the details with a smaller tip.


Cool Sometimes I take breaks...


9) But finally, I complete the stamp.


10) I mix up the color I want to use with Speedball ink and use a brayer to roll it across the stamp - I'm looking for anything that's picking up ink that shouldn't be.


11) I make a lot of prints, trying to get the balance of pressure and ink right.


12) Finished!


For these more delicate designs, I think I need to pick up some ink-drying retarder - the sticky nature of the ink does not lend itself well to small lines.

Still, I'm happy!

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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2007 06:54:11 AM »

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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2007 06:54:46 AM »

Pretty! I'd never have the patience to carve out those tiny details Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2007 07:46:09 AM »

Thats beautifuk! Wish I had the patiences to sit and carve something like that. Guess I'll have to stick to mass produced stamps lol
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« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2007 07:51:46 AM »

Excellent tutorial! Thanks! And a really pretty stamp!
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« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2007 08:38:26 AM »

thanks for the great tutorial! i've been trying to figure out the best way to go about making stamps and this will get me started on the right foot
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« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2007 10:16:52 AM »

You are the BEST! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial!
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« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2007 12:16:24 PM »

This reminds me of the stamping project we did in summer school in 2006. :] Only we used linoleum tiles and we had to heat them so we could carve out the design. I like what ya did. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2007 04:35:16 AM »

Clearly I now need a speedball multi tip cutting tool.  Smiley  Your stamp looks great!
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« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2007 05:50:49 PM »

That's a really helpful tutorial.

What I really like about stamps such as these is their wide range of uses. If it's a flat surface - it can be used. I'm imagining the stamp looking really pretty in a winter-themed room.
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« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2008 08:39:19 PM »

wow thank you very much for the tutorial, its really awesome, and easy to follow. your snow flake is amazing, and your attention to detail is too!
thank you!
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« Reply #11 on: February 23, 2008 10:47:12 AM »

I love that snowflake...nice tut, also.  Helpful to see how someone else does it, since I just kind of got some materials and started winging it.
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« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2008 01:43:46 PM »

Thanks for this tutorial - very informative.  I think that for my first stamps I'm going to stick to larger lines/areas, but certainly going to give it a go.
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« Reply #13 on: June 23, 2008 08:05:29 PM »

Ooo - I love that snow flake and thanks for the tutorial!
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« Reply #14 on: March 09, 2009 10:19:24 PM »

Great tutorial! You made it seem really simple. I may just have to try this out sometime soon.
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« Reply #15 on: March 18, 2009 01:57:59 PM »

Nice work! Lovely block and colour selection!
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« Reply #16 on: April 19, 2009 11:28:17 PM »

Clearing away the parts that shouldn't be inked is the hardest part for me. I always seem to cut off a little extra on accident.
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« Reply #17 on: April 21, 2009 05:43:13 AM »

Nicely done, wonderful detail!  It sure beats the year I made each hand made Christmas card different, what was I thinking! I've just gotten into block printing so I will have to do something like this this year!
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« Reply #18 on: March 08, 2010 08:18:26 PM »

This is absolutely phenomenal!  Thanks for going through the process Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: April 30, 2010 04:20:38 PM »

Nice tutorial! Wish I had seen it before I dove into stamp carving...it would have probably saved me a few mess-ups along the way. LOL My next go is to do a doily carve...wish me luck.
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« Reply #20 on: July 18, 2010 06:27:38 PM »

Thank you for the tutorial Smiley I'd never even though of making a stamp before, now I think I might want to try it!
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« Reply #21 on: August 03, 2010 02:20:10 PM »

This is so cool! I think you just twisted my arm into getting into hand carved stamps....   Roll Eyes
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« Reply #22 on: June 11, 2011 11:33:41 AM »

Thank you for the excellent tutorial. Now I have to find where I stashed my brayer. Clearly, I need better cutting tools, although the box cutter I used for my first try did what I needed it too, albeit not so detailed as your beautiful snowflake. Aloha!
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« Reply #23 on: July 15, 2011 09:32:04 PM »

Clearly I now need a speedball multi tip cutting tool.  Smiley  Your stamp looks great!
Me too! Thanks, this was inspiring!  Grin
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« Reply #24 on: August 10, 2011 02:36:25 PM »

Your hard work has paid off, such and intricate design.
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« Reply #25 on: October 13, 2013 07:44:06 PM »

Wow!  How do you get the tiny details?  Even with the smallest blade my stamps come out pretty chunky.... maybe it's just a matter of talent!
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