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Topic: Handmade Rubber Stamps (sign ups Dec 5-Dec 27, Sendouts Jan18)  (Read 12807 times)
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« Reply #20 on: December 16, 2007 01:32:07 PM »

oh, balkandina you temptress, you!
I love stamps so much, I will give myself a day to think about it and did I read this right, "If you could be an idea what would it be?"  that is pretty abstract, let me think about that one, too!  Grin
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« Reply #21 on: December 16, 2007 05:45:46 PM »

I just sent my PM for this swap!  Looking forward to it.  I just hope no one cuts their fingers off!
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« Reply #22 on: December 16, 2007 05:47:35 PM »

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I just hope no one cuts their fingers off!
well now you've cursed us all! Wink
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« Reply #23 on: December 16, 2007 09:51:54 PM »

We now have 10 swappers signed up and there's more than a week til deadline!!! WyoKrista-you should join us...maybe someone likes to make cute baby stamps Grin Grin Grin
I went out looking for a real set of stamp carving tools today but I felt guilty looking for something for myself so close to Christmas Undecided  I have lots of sharp exactos and needles and other pointy things already. Hmm...some people might even say my head is pointy Tongue

If you are a beginner here are some interesting sites for info on carving:
http://www.nettally.com/palmk/Rubber_Stamp_Carving_Tips.html
http://members.aol.com/Letterboxr/carving.html
http://www.ruthannzaroff.com/carving/

Also-a reminder-please post at least once a week during the swap so we can keep in touch Smiley
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« Reply #24 on: December 17, 2007 09:54:23 AM »

My de-lurking!

I have lurked on Craftster on & off for ages and finally joined the other week.  Wish I could join in this swap, I love stamp carving!

Anyway I wanted to let you know that it is very possible to carve with x-acto knives but the lino/wood carving tool that has a little curved blade is the BEST when it comes to clearing out the background around your image, especially if there is a good bit of it.  It goes much faster and more smoothly than with the xacto knife.  But as someone who grabbed a pointy thing and JUST DID IT when i made my first carvings, the xacto knife will get you through!

My favorite carving surface is Mars erasers but they can be hard to find especially the larger sizes.  I've also had great luck with the big plastic-y erasers you can find at Dollar Tree and most other dollar stores.

Have fun y'all, I'm going to enjoy watching this one from the sidelines!

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« Reply #25 on: December 17, 2007 01:16:37 PM »

saying hi since I joined this swap.  I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's carvings.

I've been carving for a long time and use primarily an exacto knife, though I have other tools too.  I usually use the SpeedyKut stuff from Michaels (the powdery/dusty rather than the pink) but I'm always picking up erasers from the Dollar Stores too.

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« Reply #26 on: December 17, 2007 04:20:02 PM »

Wow-We're already getting very cool advice!! That's what I love about Craftster Smiley

I've used the soft cut type of stuff from Dick Blick so far, but I did do the erasers in school many years ago. I will probably get the linoleum blades, though-it's hard to resist more craft supplies. Roll Eyes Tongue Wink
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« Reply #27 on: December 17, 2007 07:56:23 PM »

I just wanted to offer my one of my favorite way of transferring images to carve...

I print out the text/image I want from my inkjet printer onto a Write-on transparency sheet.  It needs to be the kind for writing onto, not inkjet or laser.  Usually I need to let it dry a little, then I just flip in over (ink side onto the carving material) and rub the back.  The ink will transfer onto the carving material and usually I get a good dark image to cut around.

You should experiment to see how much you need the ink to dry.  If I'm too impatient, the ink will be too wet and when I rub the back, the ink blurs all over.

But most always, I like tracing/drawing onto tracing paper with a pencil, then rubbing that onto the material.  Low-tech, cheap, and always works.
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« Reply #28 on: December 17, 2007 07:59:01 PM »

Yay-more super info!! What is a "write on transparency sheet"-do you mean regular overhead transparencies? Sorry to sound dumb Tongue
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« Reply #29 on: December 18, 2007 07:41:07 PM »

Just make sure you get the transparencies that are not designed for inkjet or laser printers and you should be set.  I think the kinds that are made to run through a printer holds the ink too well for it to be transfered.
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