When you carve your own rubber stamps , it’s a great way to create a custom stamp! I couldn’t find the owl stamp I wanted, so I decided to go way back to my 8th grade roots and do some linoleum cutting. Have you ever wanted to learn how to carve your own stamps? This is so easy and fun you will wish you had done it sooner!
Did you ever do that in art class at school? I remember we used these really hard linoleum blocks and the teacher warned every one to keep there hand behind their tool. There was always one kid that didn’t listen and ended up with stitches after they jabbed the blade into their hand.Those little cutters are sharp and the actual linoleum blocks can be hard to carve.
Luckily, they make these really soft blocks now that are super easy to cut through.. they cut like butter….You can find the Speedball supplies here to carve your own rubber stamps, I also found mine at Micheal’s .
When carving your own rubber stamps, bold graphic images with clear lines work the best for image transferring.
It’s easiest to start with a graphic image like a simple letter or silhouette. Remember you want to do the opposite image of how you want your stamp to turn out.
Decide what areas you want to come up in your stamp. If need be, color the areas you DON’T want to carve with a red marker.
You’ll have different blade choices. Use the tight v’s for smaller areas and the large scooped blades to remove a lot at once.
Once you pick your tip, start carving! Just make sure you keep your hand behind your tool. Sometimes it works better to make small scoops instead of large long ones.
Remove all of the excess material around the image so you don’t end up with stray lines when printing your custom stamp.
I used the really skinny blade for around the eyes and carving out fine detail. Go slow, and enjoy the zen experience of carving. I find when I rush is when I mess it up.
Then your image is finished, you can do a practice stamp with an ink pad to see if there are any high spots to remove or anything you want to tweek it a bit. If you love it, take a wood block and stamp your image on the back. Then when you mount it, you’ll know what your stamp is.