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« on: May 16, 2008 08:39:55 PM »

I'm putting together a stamping kit for OWS and had to pick up an extra set of supplies to give this stamp carving a go for myself. Smiley  These are the first two stamps I came up with.  Thanks to everyone who has posted tips/tricks/tutorials, so much help!

Gumby will be living with my MIL's girlfriend who loves the green guy (yeah, I gotta get some green ink before the Gumby police come after me). My son was so excited about the first stamp that after he fell asleep tonight I decided to carve him a George, so he'll have a little suprise waiting for him tomorrow. Smiley

Definatly not perfect, but not too shabby either!
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« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2008 08:48:58 PM »

So awesome!  I used to love Gumby when I was a kid.  Wish I had a stamp of him.  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2008 09:33:36 PM »

those stamps are really sweet
George is absolutely my favourite little monkey
And my baby brother loves him too!

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« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2008 11:15:47 PM »

I love these! Especially George! Smiley I can't believe that these are the first two you've ever made... What supplies did you use? Was there a specific tute that you found helpful? I've just bought a Speedball speedy-stamp kit off eBay, I can't wait for it to get here! I'm sure my firsts won't look anything as cool as these, though! Cheesy

« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2008 12:27:07 AM »

looks great! I've been thinking of making some stamps... what material do you use? Is it cork or linoleum or something?

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« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2008 06:20:22 AM »

Thanks, it was a lot of fun and not as difficult as I thought it would be.  I had my supplies sitting on my desk for a few days before I mustered up the courage to cut some stamps. Smiley I'm wierd about my supplies like that.  Anyway, I used a speedball cutter that came with the plastic handle and 5 tips. I got it at michaels for like, 8 bucks with a coupon.  The carving block I used is called Blick EZCut. I heard bad things about speedy-cut, which is the first kind I bought (3.99 for a 4x6 block). I returned the speedy-cut and went to Dick Blick, the EZCut was only $4.29 for a pack of two 4x6 blocks.  I don't have anything to compare it to since I've never done this before, but it worked really nicely, but might have been just a tad crumbly? Not sure, but every so often I took a cheap-o paintbrush to sweep away the extra bits. 

I used lots and lots of tutorials combined, but them gave pretty much the same information, with additional tips and tricks along the way.  The most comprehensive I think was found here: http://www.atlasquest.com/tutorials/carving
Which is a letterboxing site.  (Of course now I have to try letterboxing, thanks a lot internet).
I used the tracing paper method, which was really easy.  Now I'm searching for more things to carve but I can't really say I'd use a stamp of most of the things I'd like to carve, kwim?  I've been eyeing my Sublime Stitching patterns, might have shrink some of those and make stamps with them!

HTH, let me know if you have any other questions!

carving medium-  http://www.dickblick.com/zz404/02/
cutting tool-       http://www.dickblick.com/zz402/03/
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« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2008 09:32:44 AM »

He was once a little green ball of clay...GUMBY!!! Now he's an awesome block print!!!

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I love these!
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