ok…i should have do this sooner lol so of my friends already asked me to show them ahaha
this is just one of many ways to make stamps, but it work the best for me :)
here we go:
1. carving block.
i got mine from Blick, this is a soft easy cut block. and I totally love that the top is gray n the bottom is white, makes it easier to see what I m doing. and it is pretty cheap too.
this isn’t like the one with wood backing (it is pretty hard, I heat it up before i carve lol)
If you couldn’t find a carving block you like, I have actually tried carving on eraser, and it works just as good :)
2. tracing paper
you don’t need a huge sheet, just need to have enough to get your design on it.
3. carving tools
the one in the photo is a speedball linoleum cutters, pretty much every art store have them. but if you don’t have this fancy tool, you can always try exacto knife (I have tried this also, work pretty much the same except it is harder to do detail).
4. exacto knife
Now that you have all the tools :)
draw your design on the tracing paper with pencil.
I usually trace my design from another paper i don’t need to erase from the tracing paper.
FLIP your tracing paper so that your drawing is facing down.
put it on the carving block, and gently scratch the drawing with your fingers a few times.
then your drawing will be transfer onto the block :D
now cut out the design from the big block with an exact knife :) no need to cut it too close to the design, leave some space (I usually cut it into either a square or rectangle first)
use the smallest carving tool n carve out the outline of the design.
take your time, don’t rush this.
now carve the inside line to create the outline of the design, and to outline all the area you want to carve out.
Now just carve out everything you don’t want any more.
and I also start to cut down the outside of the design with exacto knife so i don’t need to waste my time to carve out thing i don’t need.
Now you are basically done with the stamp :) you can use a tape to clean up the pencil drawing before you use a stamp pad.
Always test print your stamp to see if there is anything you need to fix.
like all those little dots outside of the design….you usually don’t know that will happen until you test the stamp.
After all those cleaning out, you are finish with a pretty pretty stamp :D
Good luck making your own stamps :)
if you think I was terrible at explain the process, and you don’t get it, you can always ask me :) i would love to help haha.
*ohh, if this is the first time you are making stamp, I will suggest you start with a bigger and simpler design first. don’t kill yourself with the first try.
*when you are using carving tools, always point it out. don’t carve with a weird hand angle or let the blade point at you while carving, or else you might end up cutting yourself. safety first :D