I’ve seen hand carved stamps on Pinterest for a while now, and while I did something similar in high school I have been itching to try it again, especially since one of my favorite parts of scrapbooking is stamping.
You need paper, pencil, x-acto knife, a stamp block, and carving tools. I purchased mine in a kit, that way I knew I had everything and it wasn’t that expensive.
Once you get all your supplies you will want to draw out your designs on a sheet of paper. You will want to do it with the pencil so you can transfer your design onto the stamp for carving. Transferring the image is really easy, easier than I was making it out to be. First you need to line up the design with the stamp and using the blunt end of a pen or in my case the blunt end of my x-acto. Just remember to put the safety cap on. Then rub the design with a medium amount of pressure.
This will transfer the graphite to the stamp, see! Neat right? Depending on the carving tool you bought you might be able to do finer detail than the ones in the kit. I wasn’t able to keep my heart or the steam for this one, but I’ll try again.
I first cut a rectangle out around the design so it would be easier to work with then used the x-acto knife to edge the entire design. This helps with getting close to your design while keeping a clean line.
Next start carving, Take shallow slices out of the negative space. As with any piece you are carving you can always take more off but never add it back on.
Wonderful, once you think you are ready ink it up to test it out. Here is where I decided to eliminate the steam, I couldn’t get it to look right when stamping so I just removed it.
Remember to go slowly and watch your fingers, these tools are sharp and could cut you quickly. Also have fun with it, create repeating patterns and if you want try try again, the more you do something the better you will get!