I’m really interested in making my own custom stamps and I have been for quite a few months (well, pretty much since I got my craft knife last summer).
I took a look at a few tutorials on various blogs and sites before giving it a go. I procrastinated for longer than I feel is humanly possible before actually starting. Months of actively avoiding doing something definitely cannot be healthy.
Anyway, I decided to just use an old eraser which I bought while visiting some old castle years and years ago. I have a snazzy putty rubber now, so there is pretty much no need for the average crumbly eraser. Bear in mind: crumbly rubbers and erasers will not work out well if you’re carving stamps from them. Since I am a definite beginner in the world of intricate designs from just a craft knife, I reckoned that if I chose a few letters that weren’t too difficult to cut then nothing could go pear-shaped (how wrong I was).
The first stamp I made was the word ‘NO.’ in block capitals. Let’s just say that it wasn’t a pretty sight. And it wasn’t nearly big enough (5x3cm) to make a big impact if I stamped it on someone/something. I cut the ‘O’ really badly and I’m sure that the stamp won’t last long before breaking. I then went for a slightly larger eraser and cut out ‘ILY’. I think it turned out okay, considering it was only my second attempt.
So I’m basically going to be using the ILY stamp everywhere. Nothing is ILY free. I stamped my friend’s birthday card envelope (as you can see) and went a bit crazy on a sheet of paper (as you can also see). I also managed to score my white table because I forgot to put my cutting mat down at first and got black ink everywhere across it. I have a few ink pads from Hobbycraft that I will use religiously (black, dark and light purple). I’m sure my ink and stamp collection will grow. Stamps are actually addictive.
I’m probably going to invest in a larger block for carving rubbers (maybe this one) because I now only have putty rubbers and bad quality erasers that aren’t worth carving. And possibly some different knives and carving tools so that I can get more details into my stamps. Whale stamps are going to happen, for sure. But in the meantime, I’ll be cutting away at potatoes and corks to see what else works.