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Topic: Hand-Carving a Snowflake Stamp - "tutorial" - step-by-step process (IMAGE HEAVY)  (Read 14469 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 »

that ROCKS!

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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!

« 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
« 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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