Carving stamps

Several years ago, my cousin bought some rubber blocks for me at Dick Blick. One 3/4″ thick slab of Staedtler mastercarve, and two packages of Dick Blick’s own no-brand. They’ve been in hiding with my craft supplies, my lino knives all gone. This spring I bought a cheapo set of knives to see if I enjoyed carving as much as I thought I would. I did! No big surprise there. So I got some proper knives and have now worked my way through all the crumbly, coarse no-brand rubber blocks. I’m done! Woohoo. Now I just need to figure out how to split the mastercarve block, as it is massive.

I’ve been exploring different ways of making a pattern. Larger squares that are 1/4 of a pattern, like this one:

Unfortunately I was not accurate enough, so the diameter is a bit off on the outer border, but the heart and the first border is ok.

And smaller “self contained” ones, like the ones below. I ended up using the whole last sheet and then some to make 3″ squares. 

The coarseness of the rubber meant I was unable to make fine detail, but in a way that almost adds to it. And maybe it’s ok that it’s a bit coarse? I plan to use these on fabric, so maybe it works as they are? I’ll play around with it, anyway. After I’ve tidied my sewing room and finished some ufo’s that lie around.

Then I’ll carve some more…because it really is great fun.

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About thenaughtybun

Mother of two, diagnosed with MS in '94, and have been on a mission ever since. Constantly searching for the best health possible, and trying out all kinds of stuff to be able to live a good life, MS or not. My goal is to leave the MS behind, but that has yet to come (haven't given up hope, though!).
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8 Responses to Carving stamps

  1. Love the designs you made! They turned out so good!

    • Thank you! They’re now put away while I tidy the sewing room/finish some stuff, and it’s amazing how inspiring it is to know they’re waiting for me. 😊

  2. Barbara says:

    That’s twice in one week that I have heard the name Dick Blick, when I had never heard of him or his products before. These are seriously fun and I love your designs. I have never tried carving but I think I would enjoy it.

    • You can sign up for their mailing list, you know. Terribly tempting stuff coming to your inbox regularly! πŸ˜€ And carving is great fun. You’ll get to create stuff that’s truly unique, which to me adds to the creative pleasure.

  3. jkaybay says:

    Love the hedgehog! And the apple is really nicely done too πŸ™‚

  4. StampKnowHow says:

    Looks like fun! you have some cute images here.

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