Ok, so I don’t have a completed card for you today but I had to share something else crafty I did this week-
I carved my own personal stamp set!!!
I am so stinkin’ excited about how it turned out, especially since, other than the one stamp I carved at convention, this was pretty much my first time carving stamps. And I know, it sounds harder than it is! So this is what I created:
So, on Monday I ran a class to show others how to create their own stamps. So, they were given a refill kit and were able to use my carving tools and I shared tips and ideas I’ve learned from talking to others and carving myself.
- Draw your image on a piece of computer/copy paper and then turn it over and rub it onto your raw rubber. I find that mechanical pencils work best or graphite pencils.
- Start by carving out the big sections with the wider carving tool and then get precise with the detail tool.
- When you are carving, especially when going around curves, turn your rubber NOT the carving tool.
- Before you start cutting out the image (once you’ve carved it out) mount it to the foam. That way you don’t have to trim the foam in a second step.
- Stamp your image with Staz-on on the surface of your wood block before mounting it
Here are some of the stamps created by folks at the class:
And yes! That pinata got carved out by someone as their first stamp ever carved! I forgot to take a picture of the finished stamp, but it turned out almost exactly like her drawing. I was SO impressed!
My final stamp I carved during the class was the suitcase stamp to finish out my travel set.
Carving your own stamps are a bit like watercoloring…. it takes a little bit of patience but is so relaxing and a lot of fun!
If you want to give it a try, check out the kits available and let me know and I’d be glad to help you out.