I purchased the materials to carve stamps over a year ago at Dick Blick--a Blick Lino Cutter Set with six blades, one piece of Speedball Speedy-Cut carving block, and one piece of Speedball Speedy-Carve carving block. I also have a variety of erasers from the dollar store and office supply store, which work pretty well, too.
Making an Impression by Geninne Zlatkis that I finally sat down to make the first cut.
I have had so much fun over the past couple of days carving stamps, using images from Geninne's book, as well as images from my daughter's Hello Kitty sticker book and The Rubber Stamp Album by Joni K. Miller and Lowry Thompson. Let me take you on a little gallery walk through my new stamps:
On scrap rubber from the larger stamps, I carved my initials:
On another piece of scrap rubber, I used an Xacto knife to dig out three little holes to create a brick impression, while I used a dollar store eraser to practice carving a grid at the beginning of this whole stamp-carving adventure:
These pages contain the practice impressions of my stamps:
I carved a heart, as well as some little legs that can be added to other images, but I guess I forgot to photograph them. You can see them on the practice page above, though.
And here are all my newly-carved stamps nestled in their rubber stamp home:
I store my stamps in plastic box photo frames that you can find at most craft stores. Since that's where I keep my store-bought stamps, I thought my hand-carved stamps deserved a similar home!
I'll probably never know why it took me so long to finally try carving my own stamps, when it has been on my Creative To Do list for such a long time. Hopefully I won't let that kind of procrastination to keep me from any further creative fun!