I’ve been thinking about carving my own rubber stamp for my letterboxing kit and now I have. The whole carving endeavor is totally new to me, but here is a learn-as-you-go tutorial.
- Speedy Stamp Basic Stamp Carving Kit (includes rubber and cutting tools)
- Design or drawing of choice
- Parchment paper
- Exacto knife
My design choice was a mermaid tail which I printed on my laser printer. I placed it face down on a piece of rubber, covered it with parchment paper, and pressed (don’t rub) with a medium-warm iron to transfer the printed design. You can also draw directly on your piece of rubber.
Using the Exacto knife, I cut out the size stamp I wanted.
Carving around the design was next. You don’t have to carve super deep—a mistake in technique I made.
Little crescent-shaped cuts evoke mermaid scales.
Ready for testing.
I made modifications in each test.
A quick bit of sewing yielded simple little pouches for the stamp and ink pad to keep ink off my new letterboxing bag.