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As I wanted to have a few nice stamps for other craft projects but didn't find any nice affordable ones, I decided to try out carving some on my own.

Have fun with this litte tutorial.

// Tinker-Tinka //

Posted by Tinker-Tinka from Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany • Published See Tinker-Tinka's 5 projects »
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  • How to make a stamper. Carve Your Own Stamps - Step 1
    Step 1

    First print out or draw a template for your stamp.
    Take care it's not too filegree.

  • How to make a stamper. Carve Your Own Stamps - Step 2
    Step 2

    You need some carving tools.
    I got mine for about 2€.
    Most important are a v- carving tool and one or two half-round shaped ones.

    [edit]
    Even better are linocut tools.
    Those are pretty sharp and you get to carve more detailled.

  • How to make a stamper. Carve Your Own Stamps - Step 3
    Step 3

    Cut out the template.

  • How to make a stamper. Carve Your Own Stamps - Step 4
    Step 4

    Place the template on the eraser, fix it and draw around it.

  • How to make a stamper. Carve Your Own Stamps - Step 5
    Step 5

    Now you see what you have to carve out.
    (We're gonna make a positive stamp here, so we carve the black part. If you want a negative stamp just place the template on the eraser centred and then carve out the white part.)

  • How to make a stamper. Carve Your Own Stamps - Step 6
    Step 6

    Cut the eraser into the right size.

  • How to make a stamper. Carve Your Own Stamps - Step 7
    Step 7

    Start carving carefully with the v- carving tool on the outlines of the template.

  • How to make a stamper. Carve Your Own Stamps - Step 8
    Step 8

    Go on carving, still be careful...

  • How to make a stamper. Carve Your Own Stamps - Step 9
    Step 9

    When you are done with the outlines carve out the rest.

  • How to make a stamper. Carve Your Own Stamps - Step 10
    Step 10

    Let's test the stamp to see if it needs more accurate carving.

  • How to make a stamper. Carve Your Own Stamps - Step 11
    Step 11

    Well, yes, it still needs more attention.

  • How to make a stamper. Carve Your Own Stamps - Step 12
    Step 12

    Test and go on carving until it's like you want to have it.
    Take care there's nothing under the paper where you test the stamp, otherwise it looks as busted as my #2.

    The End :)

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EstherC
EstherC · Seattle, Washington, US · 10 projects
We used to do this in grade school
*totally not paying attention*
Thanks for the Reminder <3
I'll be sure to link this in the
stamping project I'm posting here soon Happy

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Penny F.
Penny F. · North Bay, Ontario, CA · 19 projects
I have been looking for a tutorial like this for a long time. I just will need to get the tools to make my own. I love stamping! I just think that I would love some other kinds of stamps that I have ideas for in my mind... but never find anything similar! Thanks for posting! Happy
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Tinker-Tinka
Tinker-Tinka · Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, DE · 5 projects
I found those at a hardware store.
I bet you can also get them in craftstores.
Linocut tools are even better.
Probably try your luck on ebay to get a hand on those at a good price.
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Naomi D.
Naomi D. · Tremelo, Flanders, BE · 1 project
Where did you find your carving tools? =)
I'd like to make some stamps too ^^
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faith!
faith! · 1 project
dude! i totally made a linocut yoda in art class. just thought i'd share. Happy
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babe-cake
babe-cake · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 2 projects
wow thats intense
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Wyldshadow
Wyldshadow · Gold Coast, Queensland, AU
Love it! As an alternative scrapbooker its hard to find good stamps and now I can make my own easily. Thanks muchly!
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Tinker-Tinka
Tinker-Tinka · Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, DE · 5 projects
Thanks for your comments. I wasn't able to read them until sunday so I couldn't answer.
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molly  g.
molly g.
coolness
I'm trying it
When I can find some time, at least.
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Namsab
Namsab · 13 projects
Very cool. I didn't think about carving utensils.. gotta get my hands on some of those!
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