Ursula's Digital Mixed-Media
Carving Stamps

With a little bit of help from my son, I did a quick tutorial on how I carve stamps. There are tons of videos on how to carve stamps (plus I had no more room on my phone!), so I whizzed through this tutorial. I used a very simple die cut shape in this tutorial, for speed purposes, but the same concepts apply to a more intricate design, as well. In that case, you would want to use the smaller carving blades. Even with the smaller blades tho, it will still have that “carved” look. That is, curved edges aren’t quite as smooth as manufactured stamps, straight lines tend to be a bit wobbly, and there are usually stray pieces of carved rubber sticking up so you get additional, ghost lines in your image. I tend to like all of that, so I loved carved stamps!

I have been experimenting with adding texture to my carved stamps, so I wanted to show how I make polka dot texture on my carved stamp in this tutorial.

Here are the results of my carving, and stamped images from the stamps. NOTE: make sure you clean up all the little shavings from your table before you stamp. The white carving block, especially, leaves little bits of rubber around and gets onto your ink pads. It adds more texture tho 😉

Also, I don’t think I mentioned it in the video, but when I am fiddling around trying out textures, I used a little piece of the block to test it out first, before trying it on my carved stamp.

 

Carved Stamp Finished before Texture

Carved Stamp, finished, before adding Texture

 

Stamped image from Carved Stamp without Texture

Stamped image from Carved Stamp without Texture. This would be a great stamp to use the kissing off technique!

 

Here is my finished stamp with texture next to my tester piece:

Carved stamp and sample piece

 

Stamped image from Carved Stamp with Texture

Stamped image from Carved Stamp with Texture

 

 

Stamped image from Carved Stamp 2 with Texture

Stamped image from Carved Stamp 2 with Texture
Some friends of mine think carving stamps is a fun thing to do, as well. I will update this post with more as they come in so it will be a mini blog hop. Enjoy!

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