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« on: January 03, 2011 09:57:25 AM »

Our immediate family has taken a liking to the sport of geocaching, so it was an easy thing to decide on some geocaching kits for Christmas presents. As part of those kits, I made some custom rubber stamps to be used in logbooks as a means of identification. (This is more commonly used in letterboxing but can also be used with geocaching.)



They're mounted on thin wood blocks.



I stamped some paper to attach to each of the logbooks to personalize them.



This was really a fun thing to put together. I definitely gained more confidence with my stamp carving, too. Now we're all set for some serious caching!
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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2011 10:04:09 AM »

I know very little about geocaching but I do know that I LOVE these stamps. I would have fell on the floor if I had recieved something so personalized Smiley. It sounds like a really fun gift to give a starter kit for your family members interested in the sport.
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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2011 10:05:47 AM »

They look great. I did letterboxing a while ago hope to start again maybe this spring.
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« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2011 10:10:18 AM »

What wonderful gifts!  Your stamps look so detailed and perfect!

I love the idea of geocaching, but unfortunately, I live in an area with not a lot of activity Sad
If you don't mind me asking, what product do you use for your stamp base?  I've been having a difficult time finding something that's easy to carve, and I'd really like to give stamp carving another shot (haven't done it since college!)
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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2011 11:42:15 AM »

These are lovely! I've been wanting to make cache signature stamps myself! I carved a stamp out of a wine cork of Signal the Geofrog's face and placed it in a big cache I placed last summer, but so far that's been the extent of my stamping/caching adventures. Anyway, these are really great and I love to see another craftster who enjoys geocaching too!
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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2011 12:09:54 PM »

Your stamps are beautiful! I've never tried stamp carving - I might need to! Are the supplies you need easy to find? Do you do alot of stamp carving?
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« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2011 06:10:30 PM »

Super cute stamps, great carving!

I don't geocache but I do letterbox. Nice to see others out there!

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« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2011 06:52:45 PM »

If you don't mind me asking, what product do you use for your stamp base?  I've been having a difficult time finding something that's easy to carve, and I'd really like to give stamp carving another shot (haven't done it since college!)

I usually use Speedball's E-Z cut blocks. (They're white.) They're very soft and very easy to carve. I've been told the pink blocks might achieve better detail because they're not quite so soft (crumbly), but I think the white blocks are great for starting out with basic, simple designs. If you really want a cheap starter method, just use the pink erasers you can find in with office supplies. They cut easily and don't cost much, so they're great for practice!
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« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2011 06:54:45 PM »

Your stamps are beautiful! I've never tried stamp carving - I might need to! Are the supplies you need easy to find? Do you do alot of stamp carving?

See my previous post about the carving rubber, especially for inexpensive materials that are good for practice. You can carve with an X-acto knife, or you can use something like a Speedball set of carving tools (that's what I use). They are fairly easy to find. If you search on Google for stamp carving tutorials, there are lots out there. It's not as intimidating as it seems. (No, I don't carve that often because I do so many other things, but I really enjoy it when I do!)
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« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2011 09:28:28 AM »

Oooo...very nice detail on all of these.

I've been meaning to start letterboxing/geocaching, but being in a tiny uni town isn't helping my cause.

My signature stamp is a Mario 1-up mushroom with a heart over it's head.
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