It's fun to carve your own stamps, and it's easy when you use inexpensive erasers for the carving material. Novelty erasers have designs printed on them, come in fun shapes, and can be found in the dollar store. Just follow the printed design to carve a stamp.
If the image printed on the eraser is complicated, simplify it by carving only the main shapes. What is carved away will not print, and what is left will print. Start with something simple. It isn't necessary to carve very deep. If you mess up, just start with a new eraser.
- Holding the carving tool like a pencil, and carving away from yourself, carve an outline around the entire design on the eraser using the #1 blade.
- After the entire design is outlined, try the stamp by pressing the carved side of the eraser on the stamp pad and stamp onto the paper.
- Look at the stamped image and decide what lines need to be cleaned up. After making any changes, try the stamp again.
- Carve away more of the eraser, leaving the areas you want to print. When carving away the background, a larger cutter can be used.
- Keep working and testing the stamp until you are happy with the stamped image.
- Paint can be used instead of ink but might clog fine lines. Be sure to wash off the paint before it dries.
- Carve away from yourself, turning the carving block instead of the tool. If there is a large area to carve out, it's better to carve a little at a time than to try to get it all at once.
- When carving out backgrounds, don't carve it all out. Leaving a few small lines will give a hand-carved look.