With letterboxing in our future, I wanted the kids to create their own stamps.
There are only 2 things needed to carve a stamp: a carving tool & the material to carve. Forever ago I had to buy the carving tool for a college art class. I've never used it since, but for some crazy reason I still have the tool. I ordered the carving block from Amazon.
Transferring the Design
Carving the Stamp
|Grab your carving tool & start getting rid of the areas you don't want in your printed design. For me, this was everything outside of the pencil line.|
|My carving tool has a couple different sized tips. On my first stamp I used the broader tip first. I later realized it was easier to use this tip last.|
|The smaller tip.|
I used this to carve the details. It seemed easier to carve the details first, then get rid of all the extra stuff with the broad tip.
|My first stamp almost complete.|
Kids Can Do It, too
|I gave the kids a small piece to practice on first.|
|Then they drew their design on the carving block & got to carving.|
|We all jabbed ourselves with the carving tips. They are sharp. It's a no brainer to realize you shouldn't carve toward your fingers. But, somehow we all did it.|
|Princess K's finished star stamp.|
She chose to leave many of the lines outside the star.
|Capt. N chose to make a lego minifig head dreaming about legos.|
|It took a few tries to get rid of most of the extra lines on the outside of his design. He'd stamp, then carve a little, then cut off a bit, then stamp again, then carve more.|
|Eventually, he decided he carved enough & had his finished product.|
This was fun for not only the kids, but also for me. I know we all want to carve more stamps. And, we will - hopefully, sooner than later.