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« on: July 18, 2013 06:22:32 PM »

Hand carved stamps are my absolute favorite craft in the world. I have so much admiration for you master carvers out there!! Unfortunately, it happens to be a craft that I'm nearly incapable of doing!! I haven't entirely given up on learning though. Despite a zillion failed carving projects, I keep trying!!

These little houses fall into the stamp carving 101 category but I like their messy rustic look. I took some in progress shots when making these and I'm sharing them for anyone else looking for a simple introduction into stamp making!



You don't need any fancy tools for these stamps - just something to carve (an eraser works fine), an xacto knife and a pencil!



Start by drawing an "X" at the top of your carving block. This will make your roof line. Then draw two lines down from the "X" to make your walls and a line across the bottom for your floor. The inside of the intersecting lines is your future house!



Next, trace the lines you just drew with your xacto knife pressing into your carving block about 1/8 of an inch.



Now you'll turn your block on it's side and insert your xacto knife about 1/8 of an inch into the block and slowly pull down.



Since you already cut around the outline, this last slice will cause the area surrounding your house to fall right off.



Do this same thing around all of the sides! When you get to the roof, turn your block on the diagonal and slice that way.





You'll now have your simple house shape cut out! You can start stamping now or you can add doors or windows.



To add small details likes doors or windows, draw an outline of where you want them and then insert your xacto on an angle following the lines.<br />





Cutting at this angle will result in a pyramid shaped piece of your block popping right out! See the little teeny pyramid cut out?



And that's all there is to it!! This little guy took me about 3 minutes of actual working time. I experimented with different shapes and sizes so that I could stamp an entire neighborhood of homes!



We recently had some new neighbors move in across the street. I made a little card with my house stamps that we'll be delivering to them with a bottle of wine and a friendly note. I stitched the card to a piece of burlap for an extra detail.



We also have our neighborhood block party coming up! I'm not sure what I'm going to make but I was thinking that fresh baked cookies would look cute in these stamped fry containers with a little parchment.



These stamps are simple and imperfect but I like them just the same!

Update! I used these stamps on fabric and made a little boxy pouch. I used Staz On permanent ink.


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« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2013 06:32:14 PM »

LimeRiot, i think your house stamps are adorable! 
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« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2013 06:49:04 PM »

These are so cute! The little houses could be configured in so many ways. First time I saw those erasers used for stamp carving was from lovestoexperiment. Very clever! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2013 07:33:08 PM »

I love these, so versatile- and great tutorial!
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« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2013 07:47:52 PM »

Thanks for the encouragement!
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« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2013 11:36:24 PM »

i really love the simplicity of these - you did a great job as always x
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« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2013 12:08:27 AM »

Great tute. Thanks for explaining. Learned something from your window making!!! Great idea and great advice!! Absolutely bookmarked!!!
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« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2013 12:20:59 AM »

These are awesome Lime! Love them!
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« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2013 12:22:17 AM »

Ooh I saw some amazing fabric last weekend with tiny houses, it would be fun to somehow combine your stamps with something like that!
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« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2013 01:23:46 AM »

They are so sweet - and thank you for the tutorial.
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« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2013 07:01:37 AM »

Your stamps are so cute and so versatile! I love how you've used them on your cards, and the cookie container is adorable. You have such a wonderful sense of style.
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« Reply #11 on: July 19, 2013 07:14:28 AM »

I love your simple stamps...I am a newbie as well, but with this tutorial and the hand's on lesson from loves2experiment, I am improving my skills!

I would love to do a few houses--thanks for sharing your cute projects!
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« Reply #12 on: July 19, 2013 07:25:09 AM »

These are adorable! I love that you made a little village!
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« Reply #13 on: July 19, 2013 08:03:54 AM »

Those are so great! Super duper cute. Thanks for the tute!
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« Reply #14 on: July 19, 2013 08:28:43 AM »

Thanks for the nice comments! I'm going to keep practicing. I wish I could have a hands-on lesson from L2E!

Ooh I saw some amazing fabric last weekend with tiny houses, it would be fun to somehow combine your stamps with something like that!

This is definitely something I plan to do, Mare! I want to play around with fabric paints and see if they work with these little stamps.

I was thinking of making little zippered pouches or something similar that doesn't require too much stamping Smiley.
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« Reply #15 on: July 19, 2013 08:40:10 AM »

They turned out wonderfully!  I love that they aren't perfect
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« Reply #16 on: July 19, 2013 08:40:18 AM »

Bigger ones would be adorable stamped around the edge of a simple skirt.
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« Reply #17 on: July 19, 2013 08:57:49 AM »

Bigger ones would be adorable stamped around the edge of a simple skirt.

That would be cute!! You should do it Smiley. Along the edge of an apron would also be adorable.
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I might!
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« Reply #19 on: July 19, 2013 11:02:28 AM »

Those are fantastic and would be so fun to use.  They would also look great along the bottom of a tote bag.
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« Reply #20 on: July 19, 2013 12:09:06 PM »

Your stamps are adorable just the way they are...very charming and full of character. Really good tutorial as well, thanks, Lime!
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« Reply #21 on: July 19, 2013 06:18:08 PM »

I just might have let out a little squee when I saw these.  And I just love the way you've used them.  Super charming!
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hi Lime!   Grin
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« Reply #23 on: July 20, 2013 06:18:41 PM »

Wow, I'm totally in love with these, they are so adorable.  I love how you showed different ways to use the stamps.  I'm off to make a set of my own. Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #24 on: July 21, 2013 07:48:45 AM »

Wow, I'm totally in love with these, they are so adorable.  I love how you showed different ways to use the stamps.  I'm off to make a set of my own. Thanks for sharing!

The possibilities are endless!! loves2experiment just gave me the idea to stamp them on ribbon - I think I'll try that today.

I hope you decide to make your own. Be sure to share if you do!
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Those are adorable! I love them Smiley
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I love this!! its so adorable!
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« Reply #27 on: July 24, 2013 02:14:47 PM »

Your stamps look great to me, thanks for posting the instructions.

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Thank you so much for the tutorial ... these are adorable!    Smiley
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Inspiring! I like them a lot!
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« Reply #30 on: July 24, 2013 04:55:43 PM »

Oh Lime!!! I'm so in love with your charming little houses! This totally rocks!  Smiley
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« Reply #31 on: July 25, 2013 01:59:32 AM »

sososo cute. never thought of using erasers Smiley Thanks
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Ahh, i love this!  I was just attempting to carve my first rubber stamp this morning.  A logo, and of course I forgot that it needed to be a mirror image, I got half way through.  LOL.
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« Reply #33 on: July 27, 2013 02:31:14 PM »

Love your little houses, there so cute. Great tutorial! I've never made a stamp before, think I need to give these a try. They look pretty simple and so cute! Could use these in so many ways. Pinning! Thanks for share your wonderful tutorial.
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« Reply #34 on: July 27, 2013 02:42:01 PM »

You're so welcome! I hop you give them a try.
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I've been wondering about these little stamps I kept seeing everywhere. Thank you for taking in progress pics! I'll have to end this to my long list of stuff to attempt.  :  )
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I really love these! They are so inspiring and versatile! You make them seem easy enough to make but my carving skills are very limited  Tongue!
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You make them seem easy enough to make but my carving skills are very limited  Tongue!

So are mine! They really are easy.
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