How to Carve a Stamp

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Did you know you can stamp fabric? Stamps are great if you have a design you want to reuse and with the right tools, they’re fairly easy to make too!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Design
  • Carving block
  • Carving tools

Start with a design. I turned this flower from one of our walks into a line drawing design.

Pink petaled flower

Stamp design with carving block and tool

Transfer the image onto the carving block. Make sure you transfer it mirrored to the way you want it to turn out (especially with letters)! The design appears flipped when it’s on the stamp.  I used the low-tech method of rubbing a pencil on the back of the design and tracing over it.

Rubbing pencil lead on design for transfer

Transferring design onto carving block

It smudged a little, but since I used a simple design it wasn’t a big deal.

Slightly smudged design on carving block

Start carving! I like to start by going around the outline then carving out all the large spaces. Keep in mind the places you carve will be negative space and the parts left uncarved will be the inked parts.

Carving the details of the stamp

Finished stamp with carving tool and pile of discarded rubber

It’s a good idea to give it a test run before using it on a project – sometimes this will reveal mistakes that need to be fixed, like areas that weren’t carved down enough.

Finished stamp stamped onto fabric with black ink

When you go to stamp, just make sure you’re using an ink or paint meant to be used on fabric!

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