Stamp Carving 101

| Techniques, Tutorial

Making your own stamps is very easy and quite fun.  It’s so easy to carve out a beautiful design and get lost in the fun.  My son loves art and he always loves it when I can make him something he can use to create his own work of art.  So I thought I’d make him some car and truck stamps.

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They’re so simple.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Carving blocks (Speedball Speedy Carve Blocks are a great choice, you can find them here or here.)
A linolium cutter with different tips (#1,#2, #5) — I got mine from this great starter kit.
A utility knife or X-Acto knife
Ink pad for stamping

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Car Template, which you can download here.

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Before we start, let’s take a look at the linoleum carving tips.  I have a #1, #2, and #5 tip.  The #1 tip (shown on the right) is used for outlining your image.  Tip #5 is in the middle.  It yields a wider cut.  On the left is tip #2, which gives a deep, but still narrow cut.

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Start by printing out your image that you’ll use to make stamps.  You can use anything or draw something by hand.  Take a pencil and shade in the back of your image.

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Turn it over and place your image on your carving block and trace the image with a ball point pen.

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You should end up with your image in light pencil on your carving block.

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If you like, you can darken your image with a ball point pen.

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Using an X-Acto knife or utility knife cut out the stamp, to make your work surface a little smaller.

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Take your linoleum cutter and using a #1 tip, start to carve away along the outline of your image.

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Keep going until you’ve outlined the entire image including any details.

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Switch to a tip that gives a little deeper cut (like a #2 tip) and cut away more around your outline of your image.

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Continue cutting away more with a wider tip (like a #5 tip).

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Finally cut away some of the excess block from around your stamp with your X-Acto knife.

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Test out your stamp on paper.  (You may need to go back and remove a bit more, depending on how this test stamp looks.)

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Continue for your other stamps.

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Finally let your little artist have fun.  (Make sure your ink pads are washable for your little ones!)  Here’s what Connor did!  I love it!

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Happy stamping!


7 Comments on Stamp Carving 101

    February 18, 2011 at 12:26 AM (7 years ago)

    I am in love with this! I can’t wait to get my hands on the supplies. My son will go crazy!

  2. Missy
    February 26, 2011 at 8:48 AM (7 years ago)

    Really, really cute! I don’t see a ton of boy craft ideas, so I love this – perfect for everyone! I love his final picture – it’s fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Evasleva
    February 28, 2011 at 2:48 PM (7 years ago)

    I love it! Thank your for your inspiration!

  4. Cirque Du Bebe
    April 5, 2011 at 5:31 AM (7 years ago)

    Wow, this is really cool, I would never have thought to use a carving block this way! Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. willow
    May 10, 2011 at 11:44 AM (7 years ago)

    This is a great project and I love the picture your son Conner made with the stamps. I am hosting a linky party and think this project would be great for it. I hope you’ll stop by my blog and link up.

  6. Anonymous
    October 23, 2013 at 9:32 PM (4 years ago)

    Hi! I love your step by step tutorial for stamp carving! Was wondering though, how do you carve small details particularly small dots when using your speedball linolium cutter?


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