Carve, Stamp, Play: Designing and Creating Custom Stamps
Julie Fei-Fan Balzer
Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub
Take an exciting journey into printing with custom-carved stamps! In this complete stamp-carving workshop, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer covers every aspect of creating and using rubber stamps, including carving linear and curved designs, alphabets, complex and repeating geometrical shapes, and image transfers.
After carving your own unique stamps, you'll also learn:
- How to combine and layer stamps into original designs.
- How to design stamps that work together as well as individually.
- How to create stamps that combine with or enhance other stamps (hand carved or commercial).
- And how to create complex, layered effects that resemble screen printing.
This book also includes simple projects that explore various applications for stamping, including printing on different surfaces such as fabric, leather, paper, and canvas. Find your "authentic" design voice and get carving today!
transfer. Don’t try to correct what seems wrong or weird. Figure 4 4. Using the smallest blade (#1), carefully carve around the features (figure 5). Delicacy of carving is vitally important to getting the facial features right. Remember to carve away less than you think and then thin the lines down. And don’t forget to protect your points (see Step 6). Figure 5 TIP Keep the black-and-white printout around for reference as you carve. Choosing a Photo Here are some tips for selecting a photo
repeat. You only need to sketch in the matching parts of your design (figure 3). The remainder can be cut improvisationally. Figure 3 Gallery Triangle-Repeat Stamps As you can see in these examples, triangle-repeat stamps are one of the most versatile pattern stamps. Touch the two bottoms together to create a small diamond or square. Rotate the triangle around a single axis four times to create a larger square (similar to the quarter repeat). Combine the two types of repeats for a large
block (figures 16 and 17). With a geometric design, it’s often easier to draw directly on the rubber using a ruler to create straight lines. I like to use a ballpoint pen when writing directly on rubber. Figure 16 Figure 17 Improvisational Carving Sometimes there is no need to mark a design at all. If the shape is really simple, I might simply start carving. More often, I’ll mark out the basic outline of a shape and then carve the inner patterning improvisationally. Step Three: Mark the
right Stamp Play Favor Boxes There’s no need to buy fancy gift boxes when you have a hand-carved stamp! Using permanent ink, I stamped the triangle strip on some colored cardstock to create my own unique patterned paper. Then, using a template I downloaded from the Internet, I made these cute gift boxes. You could also buy pre-cut gift boxes, which are usually sold flat and require assembly. Simply stamp them before assembling and you’ll have a unique collection of tiny boxes! Tip There are
bookplate stamp. Download the template file here. Bracket Frame Stamp This is a great utility stamp for cards, scrapbook pages, art journals, gift tags, and just sending a pretty package through the mail. It provides an opportunity for you to practice a technique called “protecting your points,” along with challenging your blade control to create a nice clean outline. Skills You Will Practice Changing blades. Transferring a design. Cutting out the center area of your stamp. Cutting around