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Topic: My first stamps from erasers! (Horde crest & cute skulls!)  (Read 1360 times)
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« on: June 26, 2010 07:59:19 PM »

This was my first attempt at ever making a stamp. I just used a white eraser and an Exacto knife.

After seeing that one my daughters requested these ones:

Obviously they had already tried all three of them out by the time I photographed them (note the overzealous inking jobs).
The first was a whole eraser.
The other two were a single a eraser that I cut in half, so they are under an inch long.
I would like these better if I had done a smoother job of removing the excess, especially on the Horde symbol.
Does anyone have any tips for my future attempts?
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« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2010 08:36:06 PM »

That's really cool! I've heard that potatoes work well for short-term use stamps. Cut 'em in half, carve in the design, use, then throw out.

I love the first one. For the Horde!
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« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2010 10:12:01 PM »

I'm in awe.  Really nice stamps!

I love carving, it's way too addicting!

Love the cute skulls!  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2010 01:28:00 AM »

Nice stamps, especially for a fist attempt!
About your question: if you use linoleum cutters/gouges it's easier to work in detail and removing the excess. They are not so expensive and makes carving easier and even more fun  Wink 
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« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2010 07:30:23 AM »

i think you did great Smiley i would like to try stamp making sometime too, it seems fun!
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« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2010 05:36:18 PM »

Thanks for the encouraging feedback! I'll have to look for gouges near me. It would make them look more profressional if they weren't so choppy in the background:)
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« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2010 09:11:31 PM »

I've never made stamps, but I'm an avid printmaker, and linoleum is basically the same thing.  But anyways, I always find it helpful to outline whatever you are doing with an exacto knife, and then go carving crazy. The excess tends to flake off at the cut lines!
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« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2010 08:06:13 AM »

Ooh that sounds logical. That way you get the smooth outline and can chip away the other stuff faster. Thanks:)
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