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« on: June 03, 2005 12:28:10 AM »

I'm in the process of making 75 of these for a stamp zine I'm contributing to.  So far I've only made 20... it's a lot of work making the same thing 75 times!!  I'm taking a break so I thought I'd float one up here and see what y'all thought.

Each page is 8 1/2 x 11.  Here's a detail of the sid face:

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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2005 02:45:39 AM »

that is soo nice...

how do you make handcarved stamps..

it would be soo great to be able to do

« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2005 04:33:58 AM »

Thanks!!  I'm pretty happy with how it came out too.

It's totally easy to make hand carved rubber stamps. You can use regular erasers or sheets of rubber made by Speedball.

"Sid" is about 2 1/2 x 2 so you would need the Speedball rubber for something that size.  For smaller stuff, just get rubber erasers from a 99cent store.  You can get the Speedpall rubber at a Michael's or another large craft store.  You might want to check ebay too .. better prices and all.

For the "Sid" stamp I just found an image online I liked and messed with the threshhold in Photoshop until it looked right. I printed it off (in black) on a color printer that had water soluble ink, and sprayed it with water till it was wet.  I placed it, ink side down, on the rubber and ironed it with an iron on a medium setting until it was dry again. (similar principle to those tattoo things that used to come in Crackerjacks, where you wet the back to get the image on your skin)

Then, when I peeled the paper off, the image had transferred to the rubber, so all I had to do was trace. I used a Speedball cutter (again, check craft stores or ebay) to cut out the bigger parts.  For more detailed stuff (like the hair spikes, eyes, etc.) I used an xacto craft knife.

Since I'm in how-to mode, I might as well explain the rest.. I made a tempate with 9 rectangles I cut out with an xacto knife & colored them in by stamping the ink pads direct to paper thru the holes.  After that had dried I came back to stamp the "Sid" image on top.

Hope that's helpful - If you make something cool post it online so I can see!!!!
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2005 06:14:34 AM »

VERY helpful explanation. Thank you so much. My son gave me a sheet of rubber and a cutter-thingy as a gift and I wasn't sure how to get started on anything more complicated than a heart or other simple shape.
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2005 07:22:15 AM »

Sweet!  Those look GREAT!  Which zine is it?

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« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2005 12:41:46 PM »

VERY helpful explanation.

Hey, thanks!  Just dive in, it's pretty fun!

A flier for the 'zine is here:


It should be pretty cool when they put everyone's stuff together!
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2005 02:26:11 PM »

love the colours you used too!  brown is more interesting than black.  great work!
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2005 02:56:19 PM »

It's very Andy Warhol-esque.  I like it.

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« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2005 01:52:31 AM »

Sweet. Just sweet. I can't wait to get my hands on this one. My "List of Crafts to Try" never seems to get any shorter! Lol. I like the first image you have posted for this. It's a nice little piece of art.

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« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2005 11:26:38 PM »

Oh man, in the last day of my Printmaking class I saw this girl from another course with a bunch of carved out erasers she used for, well, stamping. I was soooo drooling over her stuff!

Sometime this Summer I will buy an eraser and do this. She said Staedtler erasers work the best.

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« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2005 11:48:21 PM »

These are awesome!!!

Question, however. If you are making more than one stamp, after you make the first couldn't you just use it to stamp the images in the subsequent ones? Oh... but it would be backwards, wouldn't it...


No matter, incredible job!

« Reply #11 on: June 19, 2005 12:19:11 AM »

Thanks tinathellama!  I just make handcarved stamps for my own personal use, so I only make one of a kind.

Your idea would totally work if you wanted to mape more than one - an it wouldn't turn out reversed.  You would just carve around the part that was inked with the first one.  That's actually a great idea for making dupes - I might try that sometime!!

I just got a 5-pack of smallish erasers at the dollar store last week I'm gonna carve more stamps with.  The rubber isn't as good as the "real stuff", but hey - waddaya expect for a buck. Wink
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