Have you ever carved your own stamps? I’ve been wanting to ever since I had a tutorial with Kathleen McTee when the Renegade Craft Fair came to Austin. I finally got to try it, yay! I made a little kitty and a bow for a color swap that I am in, hosted by the lovely Nicole over at Adventures in Love & Happiness. My swap buddy is Courtney and she just got two super sweet new kitties, a girl named Nico and boy named Oliver. They are so cute! Courtney, if you are reading this, close your eyes :)
It was so easy to carve the stamps. I used a Speedball tool that’s been hanging out for years in my studio, just begging to be picked up and played with, an xacto knife, and a master carve block by Staedtler. As it says on the package — “cuts like butter”. It almost cuts too easily — the first time I tried it, the kitty lost an eye. Doh!
The second try went off without a hitch, whew. Then I made a simple little box for the stamps to live in.
I got the idea from this Japanese book, it has so many cute stamps that I can’t wait to carve!
I especially want to try these..
If you’ve ever tried carving your own stamps I’d love to hear any tips and tricks that you have. Oh and! I found a great tutorial that gave me a little refresher. Thanks Carolyn!