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« on: February 09, 2010 04:31:27 PM »

One of my New Year's goals was to learn how to carve stamps. These are my first ones, be kind!
This is for my brother, it's bacon if you can't tell. I'm going to give it to him with a bacon-scented stamp pad.

Lesson learned: don't draw my own designs.

Next is the heart:

Lessons learned: leave a little more room on the sides, don't carve too deeply next to thin lines.

Then my little boy:

It looks a lot better in person. There is actually detail in the eyes that gives it personality, but I couldn't get that to photograph.This one is about 2.5" x 3", which is bigger than the only stamp pad I own, so it was hard to get a good inking. Not to mention the stamp pad is from the dollar store and was half-dead when I got it.
Little darker, but before I cleaned up the lines and carved the straight edges away.

from this photo, modified in Paint.net and slightly freehanded where his forehead cuts off.

Lessons learned: carve deeper in big white spaces, buy a #1 blade, if you can't make edges perfectly straight then make 'em deliberately crooked.

Thanks for looking! Hope to get a lot more made very soon!
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« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2010 05:25:20 PM »

These are awesome!  I love the one of your son!  And, thanks for posting your lessons learned...I know where to look if I want to make some stamps!!

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« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2010 06:20:08 PM »

These are cool. The coordinating stamp/inkpad set is a great gift idea!

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« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2010 07:55:07 PM »

Those are neat!  I like the bacon one.  Smiley  Is there really such a thing as a bacon-scented stamp pad?  What are you carving the stamps from?
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« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2010 08:10:36 PM »

Aw!  I thought I recognized that sweet face!  I love the bacon!  I was thinking about cross stitching bacon the other day....

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« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2010 11:01:30 PM »

Nice, it's very fine for your first stamps!

My first ones were pretty ghetto...

I love the heart and the bacon one!

I'm still not brave enough to do portraits in my stamps....

Go, buy a good #1 gouge - that saved my life many times.  I also like using the #6, the knife on the thing - it's easier to use than an exacto.

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« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2010 12:25:24 PM »

As far as I know, there is no such thing as a bacon-scented stamp pad - yet! But there is bacon fragrance oil and brown stamp pads. Hopefully I can get the two to mix with satisfactory results.

These are all on Speedball Speedy Carve. I also have a 4x4 block of Mastercarve and a 2.5x2.5 of Moo Carve I haven't touched yet.

I wasn't scared to do portraits because I have done them as stencils with freezer paper and an X-acto. It's essentially the same. I used Paint.net and just turned the contrast all the way up and played with brightness until it looked good. I had to do a separate brightness for his face and his hairline. I just got it to where the face looked good, lasso selected his face and copied it, adjusted the brightness up again until the hairline looked good, then pasted his face back in. Once you've got it 2-toned, printed, & transfered, carving is pie! I still have to do baby #2's picture but I'm waiting until I get more Speedy Carve.

I thought about ordering some #1's online because they are cheap, but shipping is expensive! I'll just have to wait until we get back to Hobby Lobby, which is like an hour away.

Thanks for the comments everyone!

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