How to Carve Your Own Stamps

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

I absolutely love collecting stamps but lately I've been feeling like I’d like to try creating my very own one of-a-kind stamps. A few years ago, my sister bought me a stamp carving kit and I've just had it sitting in my closet—so I pulled it out, and used some of my own drawings to carve a few stamps.

Here’s what I used:
-Tracing paper
-Pencil
-Ink
-Paper
First, I flipped through my sketch book and found the two drawings I wanted to turn into stamps. Next, I cut out a piece of tracing paper, placed it over my hand drawn image and traced it using a pencil.
Next, I placed that traced image over a piece of rubber, with the penciled image facing down, and rubbed it onto the rubber using the soft tip of the carving tool.
Once the image was transferred I cut it out (so I didn't have to maneuver a huge piece of rubber while carving); and, I began to carve. I started out with the thinner tip—in order to carve the image with precision. Then I used the large carving tip to remove the rest.
Once I had removed the access, I tested it out onto a piece of card stock, and removed any remaining pieces that I didn’t need. When I was happy with the finished results I used my new stamp on a piece of card stock that I folded into a A2 size card, and used my pink (RV11) Copic marker to color in the rest. I’m so happy with how it turned out, and I can’t wait to start stamping in different colors!

16 comments:

  1. Oh man! I love the pattern you chose! you're a crafting animal friend grr. LOL

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  2. Nice tutorial. I tried to do some stamp carving a while back but they didn't come out that great. I'm thinking it's because I wasn't using the right tools. I'd like to get back into it so I can stamp my own fabric.

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    1. Thank you!! I've thought about stamping on fabric too. That would be so nice!

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  3. That is so neat, Nicole! Thanks for showing us how you did that! :)

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    1. You're welcome! Thanks for the kind words!

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  4. Oh wow that's so cool!! You could do so much with that kit!
    ~Sara

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  5. Super cute! I love the pattern and many patterns can be made from this !

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  6. Soooo cool!!! I have a tutorial for DIY stamp-carving, but like your kit was sitting in the back of the closet, so does my tutorial booklet. I think if I could actually draw, I'd be more motivated. But my kids are more artistic like that, not me!
    Your stamps came out so great! I'd buy one from you! =0)
    Love the card, and I'm seriously loving your Copic markers (I want some of those).
    ~Kim

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  7. You make this look so easy! I have always wanted to carve my own! In high school I carved what was supposed to be Native American art on a stamp, but that didn't go quite well. Maybe I'll give it another try. Yours looks perfect.

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  8. I love doing this! I haven't done it in years, but I LOVE how yours turned out!

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  9. Woow I haven´t tried it yet, but I would love to. I REALLY like your job! Those Leopard prints look amazing♥ Gr888 joob!!


    xx Barbora♥♥

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  10. Omg this is so cool!! I didn't know you can make your own stamps! I like the cloud one! Very cute! =)

    Ergo-Blog

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  11. Carving on paper Maude White - http://allfreefoto.ru/6016-maude-white.html

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