Stamp Carving – Go Fly A Kite!

It’s nearing the end of summer but I am still full of whimsical ideas. In order to muster up some inspiration on a rainy day last week I thought I’d sit down in my studio and carve another stamp. I’ve already used the Speedball material, (that cute pink stuff you can get in the craft stores), and found that it was really easy to work with and fun! But I’ve been wanting to try to carve stamps out of rubber erasers because, a) I had some on hand, and b) it’s more economical and has the potential to be a recycling thing!

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So I started with a simple doodle of a kite. I transferred the pencil drawing onto the eraser by positioning it over the stamp, face down, and burnishing to transfer some of the graphite onto the surface of the eraser. I went back over the transferred lines in pencil and there I had it, a kite on an eraser.

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Next I simply used my carving tools (also available in your local craft store) to carve away the areas around my doodle to leave the kite in relief for stamping.

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After I’d carved my kite into existence, I cut off any excess parts of eraser with an X-acto knife and saved the unused portions of eraser. These will make good little stamps later on.

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I tested out my results! Well.. looks like a kite to me! Haha. I can see a couple of spots that will need a little more carving down or cleaning up in order to stay out of the stamped results.

I found that carving on rubber eraser (easy to get large ones in discount bins since it is Back To School season!) is nearly as easy as carving on the pink stuff. So get a couple of simple tools, hunt down your old and partially used erasers, and try your hand at stamp carving!

Keep Smiling!
– Jessanne S.

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Author: Jessanne S.

I am a fiber artist and stay at home mom. But that terribly underplays who I really am! I grew up as a rebellious girl and i have matured into a rebellious woman! No rules! Who needs them? I was told once (or maybe twice) when I was young that I was an "up start", or an imp. Well, I agree. So here we are with the namesake of my new blog where I will feature my work, learn, take new paths, and all that stuff! There are so many gorgeous blogs, artists and publications out there that I barely get a chance to create with all that eye candy!

One thought on “Stamp Carving – Go Fly A Kite!”

  1. Go fly a kite! I love the clear, well-written directions, they’re easy to follow. I’m not sure I should be near an Xacto knife without supervision, however! LOL! Who knew old erasers would come in so handy? Great idea!

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