The last time I did a carved stamp, I did it guerilla style, with erasers and an X-Acto knife. And that way works pretty well. But I’ve learned that with this cool Speedball stamp carving tool, you be awesomely precise and intricate. So here we go.
- Speedball carving set
- stamp block
- X-Acto knife
Make Time: 30 minutes
Decide on your design. Practice drawing it a few times, because you’ll have to draw it backwards (you can also print it out and iron it onto the stamp block if you like, instructions here). Draw it onto the stamp block, backwards.
Using the carving tool, begin to carve away at the design. A gentle hand is key, because you can always shave off more of the stamp block but you can never replace what you’ve cut away. There’s no delete button here, y’all. I used the knife for cutting out the large arrow shape and the carving tool for the intricate words.
Refine your design until you’re happy with it! It may be necessary to stamp it once or twice and continue to refine it; it’s easier to see what might need fixing once it’s inked and stamped. If you like, affix the stamp to a wooden block with strong glue.
Stamp it everywhere! I made myself a little stamp to use on snail mail. What would you make? xoxo