Once in a while, all of the stars align, and I am able to spend a couple uninterrupted hours playing around in my sewing room. No kids, no to-do lists…. just fun. One of those magical mornings happened over Memorial Day weekend. My husband took the kids outside for the morning, and I had time to myself…..lots of coffee and stamp carving. Fish Stamps, to be exact. I have the beach and ocean on the brain these days! Maybe you want to make some too?
- Linoleum cutter – I use one from Speedball. Mine came in a block printing kit that I picked up at a local craft store. Here is a link to it, if you want to check it out. The kit came with a #1 cutter (for narrow detail cuts) a #2 cutter for deep narrow cuts, and a #5 for wide shallow cuts.
- Speedball Speedy-Carve block (or other carving material). I like this carving block because I can find it easily and it is so soft to carve. Very reminiscent of cutting through a piece of cheese. Not hard on the wrists at all.
- X-acto knife (optional) – great for cleaning up rough edges and carving down the block
- Sketch pad
- Permanent ink pad (or fabric paint and sponge applicator – for testing your stamp)
Time, Location, and Skill Level:
This project does not get that messy. You could easily do it at a kitchen or craft room table. I spend a couple hours carving 4 stamps and messing around with designs. But, if you know what you are carving, this can easily be an under 1 hour project. As far as skill level, it depends on the amount of detail you put into your stamp But even my 5 year old can carve a stamp (with lots of supervision, of course).
Here we go:
Cut away the background of your stamp using a broader tip. Here, I am using a # 5 speed ball tip.