HOW TO CARVE YOUR OWN CUSTOM STAMP.in craft, diy, paper crafts
Have you ever tried making your own custom stamps? This week I thought it would be fun to show you how easy it really is. With a few simple printmaking tools you can make something totally unique and add your own personal touch to cards, notebooks and even create your own gift wrap.
SUPPLIES: Bird template (download here), rubber carving block, linoleum carving set, a pencil, a craft knife and some ink and paper. If you don't want to buy the supplies separately you can buy a complete starters kit here.
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1. Create your design or download and print the bird template here.
Remember any words you choose need to be mirror images otherwise when you come to print your design it will be the wrong way around. I've included mirror images of the bird in the template so you can decide which way you want it to face.
2. Use a pencil to colour on the back of the template wherever the design is.
3. Lay the design down and trace around it to transfer it to the rubber block.
4. Go over your design with a pencil to define the outline.
5. Use the 'v' shaped tool to cut away the outside outline of your design. If you have trouble cutting out your design you can use a craft knife to trace around the outline first.
6. Next cut away the details of your design. Remember whatever you cut away is the part that won't print.
7. Use a craft knife to cut away the excess rubber.
8. After your stamp is carved it's time to ink it up and print.
Tips and tricks.
The carving tools can be sharp so watch your fingers. Carve away from yourself, it's safer and easier to do.
Try not to press too hard as you carve. Make sure you're holding the tool at a shallow angle, it should glide along. You'll get the cleanest edge by carving a long continuous line. Apply gentle, even pressure so the tool doesn't become buried in the rubber block. The deeper you cut the harder it is to control.
Take your time but remember it doesn't have to be perfect. Sometimes making something yourself is all about embracing those little imperfections.
I hope this tutorial has inspired you to get started making your own custom stamps. Feel free to ask any questions in the comments below and I'll do my best to answer them.