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on: May 06, 2012 07:07:45 PM 
Started by WideEyedLife, Message by mycutezombies
Relevance: 44.3%
I've always wanted to try stamp carving so I'm really excited that this swap has given me an excuse. I bought some supplies to get started as I figured I should get some practice in before the swap. I'm hooked!!!  Shocked I absolutely love stamp carving. Here are my first 2 stamps. These are not my drawings, but now that I have some practice, I'll be carving my own designs.

I'm using speedy carve as that's the only thing I found at Michaels...  I can't wait for partners!!  Grin


 
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on: April 29, 2012 08:23:02 AM 
Started by WideEyedLife, Message by WideEyedLife
Relevance: 77.5%


We have a sender!
GALLERY


Hello all!  Who's up for the ripping excitement of another round of hand-carved rubber stamps?!  Doesn't matter if there are a few or many participants in this swap, it will be a heck of a lot of fun.  Come join!  Yay!


Rubber stamps can be made of carving rubber (can be purchased online or at a craft store like Michaels) or from erasers (youll need a new one of good quality).  Scroll down for some answers to frequently asked questions.

For this swap you will be making one stamp for each partner assigned to you (optional 2 to 10 partners
---See Frequently Asked Questions below for more info about partner assignment.).

Youll have 4 weeks for designing/carving, but of course you can send out as soon as youre ready.  It's a good idea to go about purchasing supplies as soon as you sign up, so you can make sure you've got everything you need.  Smiley


Swap name: Hand-carved Stamp Swap -- Round 4
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: WideEyedLife
Sign-up date range: May 1 to May 31
Date to send item by: Saturday, June 30

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No, but I'll need a co-org if we go over 25.
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
Additional Age requirement? No

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES




Send questionnaire in to WideEyedLife  IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.  Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

1. Please PM the organizer when you send or receive a package.  (It's also good to notify the person you received from or are sending to.)
2.  Label the message as Stamp Swap--Sent or Stamp Swap--Received.


QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
*Name of swap: Handmade Rubber Stamp Round 4
*Craftster username
*Email address
*Your real name
*Mailing address, formatted as it must written for a package to correctly reach your home, including the country.
*Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
*Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)
*Do you have a camera or scanner so that you can post pictures of the stamps your receive?
*Is delivery confirmation (or its equivalent) required for this swap?
*Do you consider yourself a beginner, intermediate or advanced stamp carver?  (See Frequently Asked Questions below)
*What is the max number of partners you want to have for this swap? (2-10)?
*What is the ideal number of partners you want to have for this swap? (2-10)?
*Are you a gouger or a X-acto knife carver?
*Do you use erasers or carving material?:
*Is there any design that you would absolutely not want to receive?  (eg.  nudity, Japanese, zombies, swearing, religious...)
*What kind of designs would you like to receive? (tattoo flash, floral, victorian era stuff, games, abstract, animals...)
*What kind of designs would you like to make?
*What kind of crafts do you use your stamps for?
*Do you have a pinterest?  (Any special pinterest "boards" your partners could reference for this swap?)
*Do you have any allergies?
*Are there any allergens in your home (pets, smoking?)
*Anything else your partners need to know about you?


PREVIOUS HAND-CARVED STAMP SWAP GALLERIES
Round 1
Round 2
Round 3

POSTING PIX OF STAMPS RECEIVED
It is OH so important to post pictures of the amazing stamps you receive!  This is the best way in the world to let it be known how special it is that you've received a wonderful treasure of someone else's creativity!    Cheesy
Please post pictures/scans of your received stamps in the gallery (or make arrangements with your partner to do so).


ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:


How do I know what "level" I am?
Heres a rough guideline:
  • Beginner: Youve never done this before and consider yourself, umm, in more of an experimental stage.  Perhaps you dont own any tools, erasers, or carving medium.
  • Intermediate: Youve done this before, but are hoping to improve your technique.
  • Advanced: You are mostly satisfied with your technique.


What size stamps am I making?
Just be smart.  Larger than 3x3 inches probably wouldn't be typical---though is totally acceptable---, but smaller than 1x1 would probably be too small,---of course it may be that quality makes up for size, so the rule isn't for sure.  If you have any concerns about the size of what you're making, PM your receiving partner, or post your question in this thread.  Be sure and check out the links to previous swaps to get an idea what others have done.


How are partners assigned for this swap?
  • Participants will be organized into swapping groups according to their questionnaire answers.
  • Groups will have 3 to 6 participants each.
  • Individual participants might be part of multiple groups.
1)A person will be assigned no more partners than the max partners they stated they would accept in the questionnaire.
2)A person will be assigned partners as close as possible to the ideal number they stated in their questionnaire.


What about extras?
In this swap more than others I've seen, people may tend to send extra stamps.  *THIS IS NOT REQUIRED NOR SHOULD IT BE EXPECTED.*  Sometimes people send along a "goof-up" stamp, or stamps they made just because they were having too much fun to stop.  Or even some small extra supplies or doo-dads.  For this specific swap, extras are okay.  But neither need anyone feel at all guilty that they only send the swap requirements.

It's a good idea to communicate with your partner about extras.  And please remember that if you choose to send extras without communicating with your partners, they have no obligation to send you any extras themselves.  Smiley


How do I know if the stamp I made is good enough?
 Kiss  This is a swap for crafters of all levels.  But if youre concerned about your stamp, a good rule of thumb is that if you like it enough to wish you could keep it yourself, than youve hit the spot.   Make something that you like; no doubt your partners will, too!  No one is expecting perfection. Smiley

How do I ship the stamps?
DO NOT SHIP THESE IN A STANDARD ENVELOPE.  Let's please try to avoid the crying and the weeping and the sad sad sounds of people who send stamps in standard envelopes only to realize too late that when they are run through the postal machines they get caught and have their guts ripped out.  Mangling and crushing and breakage of beautiful little rubber stampies!   Cry

These stamps will be too thick to just send in standard envelopes.  They will need to be packaged in bubble wrap envelopes, or other sturdy ways, and be handled as packages and not as letters.  DELIVERY CONFIRMATION REQUIRED, or MAILING RECEIPTS for international senders.   Wink


Do you know any tutorials?

Any more tutorials?
  • Google search "Stamp carving tutorials" for a bunch of tutes and images.
  • This craftster board has fun samples of tutorial-less sample stamps as well.


What kind of carving rubber can I use?
This is personal preference.   Smiley
I wouldn't go so far as to warn anyone off of buying any one material.  There are just too many variables than to be all-or-nothing with carving materials.  The Speedball Master-Cut is crumbly and delicate, but it is great for fine details with light pressure and if you're mounting your stamp and careful with it, no problems.  When I first started, everyone told me to get the pink stuff (Speedy Carve) or the orange, grade A PZ Kut because they were the best - and I hated both of them!  Plus, stampeaz hasn't come out with a batch of PZ Kut for over a year.  Each material is different and better suited for different levels of details as well the preference of the carver.  I'd suggest taking everyone's opinion into account and trying out a few small pieces so you have a foundation idea of what you like to carve for what.  Then you know if you prefer solid or gummy, crumbly or rubbery, thick or thin, etc.  This swap might be a great chance to swap out a few pieces of different materials you have with your partners so you can try them without a huge investment.


If I use erasers, what kind of erasers should I use?
This is also personal preference.  Go for a mini shopping spree and pick up several types to try!  Many people recommend vinyl erasers, (not pink rubber ones), as they have less tendency to crumble.  You might try WalMart, or a dollar store, or any office supply store.


What tools do I use to carve?
Anything that will dig in with a clean cut.  Some suggestions:
  • Speedy brand carving tools.
  • Sharp sewing needles work great for fine detail-work.
  • X-acto blade knives.


Do I have to mount the stamps?
No.


How do I get the image on the carving material?
Some ideas:
  • Draw on it directly.
  • Draw it in pencil on something else and transfer it through rubbing.
  • Laser printer method:
Print out an image with a laser printer (found out the hard way that mine isnt!!) cut out image.. put face down on your rubber and lightly dab the back with a cotton ball dipped in nail polish remover (with acetone) ... then lift paper.... image will be on your carving medium!! great for letters as you then carve our whats on your stamp and then it stamps the right way!! great for a doofus like me!! Smiley


Remember, when carving text or lettering, to carve it backwards so it stamps forwards!  lol





Grin Grin Grin  LETS GET CARVING!  Grin Grin Grin



 
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on: May 02, 2012 06:12:52 PM 
Started by WideEyedLife, Message by Vecrutzi
Relevance: 44.2%
So I may have gotten excited, gone to my nearest craft store, bought supplies and made a stamp once I got home. Yeah... So here's my test stamp! As I haven't done any lino-cutting since high school. Tongue



Can you feel the encouragement for everyone else to join? Tongue
 
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on: June 10, 2012 10:17:26 AM 
Started by WideEyedLife, Message by IdlersDesign
Relevance: 44.7%
Six envelopes ready to go to the post office tomorrow! I hope everyone will receive soon  Roll Eyes
 
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