Carving stamps is so fun, guys! And really, really addicting. I have been carving random ones while watching tv, and it’s really relaxing. Carve your stress away, peeps! Anyways-here’s a quick how to and some tips!
What I used:
Speedball cutting tool-comes with five differently shaped cutters- and has easy storage inside the handle-the top twists off so you can stash them safely away.
Speedball carving block– I got two 4×6″ blocks and I have only gone through half of one with all the stamps I’ve made! Unless you’re making a hugemungous stamp, they seem like they will last awhile.
Exacto knife-for cutting the block into pieces for your stamps
Fabric paint-I use the Tulip brand and it works fine for me-it fades a tad when you wash it but not too bad. I love the velveteen paint-it puffs up slightly when you heat set it with your iron so it gives some dimension to the stamp.
First, draw your design on some plain white paper with a pencil. You can trace a design, or freehand it! Unlimited options!
Press the paper to the block, pencil side down and rub-make sure it doesn’t shift!
It will transfer to the block-usually better than this picture shows, lol.
Then I carve around the whole design with the smallest carving tool-just to get the best edge I can. It’s like carving butta…or soap. Or…soft rubber. Whatever…it’s fun!
Then I carved out the middle sections-try to go as deep as you can without compromising the stamp structure. (my gosh, I sound smart-ish)
Then switch to a deeper carving tip-I like the one shaped like a V for sharp edges, and then carve out the rest! The U shaped tip is good for smoothing out the rough scratches-but those are kind of fun to look at so I don’t worry about them too much, as long as they aren’t high enough to interfere with the stamp.
Next squeeze out some fabric paint onto a paper plate-I like to mix them up to get a custom look! Use a foam brush to dab some paint on the stamp. You want enough paint to cover it, but not so much that it seeps into the design. It’s a delicate procedure, but do some practice stamping and you’ll get the hang of it! It’s not rocket science….it’s messy and fun! Place the stamp down where you want it carefully, (don’t fumble and drop it like I’ve done…) then with even pressure push down gently, then lift the stamp straight up. Tada! Heat set with your iron per the fabric paint instructions, then use your custom fabric for a fun new project or two!
Happy stamping! See some tops I stamped here!