How to Carve Your Own Stamps

Video Tutorial on How to Carve Your Own Stamps at http://www.gaalcreative.com

Hi there! Today I’d like to share a video tutorial with you about how to carve your own stamps. In honor of Independence Day here in the United States, I decided to make a small star as my example. The video is just over 20 minutes long.

Highlights from the video

  • How to change the blades
  • Why I like Speedy Carve better than linoleum
  • Cutting a block to size
  • Pull the knife blade toward you
  • Push all other blades away from you
  • Transferring your design to the block
  • Stamp carving basics

Summary of stamp carving basics

You can either draw directly on Speedy Carve, or transfer a design using a soft pencil, tracing paper, and a burnishing tool. There are probably other transfer methods that you can find by searching online – but these are the two methods for getting a design on a block that I use most often.

When you are carving the stamp, hold the cutting tool like a knife, with the end of the cutting tool in the palm of your hand and your index finger over top. Place the end of the cutting blade level with the surface you are carving. Use the blade or cutting tip to remove just a little bit of material at a time.

Start in an inner corner or curve and work out toward the edge of the block. Outline first to protect the integrity of your design. Then go back to remove the excess material. Don’t try to remove all the material at once – instead remove the material in layers until you get the depth you want.

Star-shaped stamp carved in a video tutorial at http://www.gaalcreative.com

Supplies

To carve your own stamp, you will need the following supplies:

The 5 blades in the Speedball Lino Cutter assortment for a video tutorial at http://www.gaalcreative.com

The Speedball Lino Cutter Set comes with 5 blades, and each blade has a number:

  • #1 – small v
  • #2 – large v
  • #3 – small u
  • #5 – large u
  • #6 – knife

Each of the blades is designed to remove a different amount of material. Use the tips to remove a portion of the shape that they make, rather than filling the shape, for best results.

The 4 Speedball Lino Cutter blades for a video tutorial at http://www.gaalcreative.com

Have you ever carved your own stamp?

I’d love to hear what techniques you used and what works best for you! Please leave a comment to let me know! And share links to your handmade stamp designs, too!

Thanks for stopping by!

6 thoughts on “How to Carve Your Own Stamps

  1. Argh – great stamps – and you and I must be psychically connected. I will move my stuff around as I was just about to post some stamping….LOL!

  2. Anne, thank you for the very basic instructions. You answered a lot of the questions I had about the tools, material, and beginning to carve. You make it look like a real possibility, and this is something I’d like to try.

  3. I did this a couple weeks ago – it is so much fun…. It also brings back memories of when I was a child – we used these tools to carve in rubber (I can’t remember if we were making stamps or just carving a sculpture). Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

    • Hi, Dawn! So nice to remember fun childhood memories! When I was little, we carved potatoes to use as stamps … but never something as fancy as this! ♥

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