I’m a self taught carver so the techniques I use were obtained from trial & error, websites, and other eraser carvers. I welcome any suggestions that could improve mine and any viewers carving skills (leave a comment).
This demo will show you how to carve your own stamp which you could use as a signature stamp for stamping logbooks in geocaches, or for stamping your geoswag paper creations, or your baggie labels, or for making a hand carved stamp for your own letterbox hybrid cache.
What you need:
The ‘It’s Not About the Numbers’ geocoin is the model for this stamp carving demo.
In this demo I use Nasco Safety Kut printmaking block material. Other carving material:
Lino cutter and blades:
Staedtler also makes a good set of lino cutters.
Laserjet printer that uses toner:
Transferring the image:
I used acetone to transfer the print to the vinyl.
Work quickly because acetone evaporates.
Dab onto the image you’ve placed face side down onto the carving material.
As the paper gets wet, the image will show through the paper.
Video: How to Transfer an Image
You will also need:
Water to rinse the stamp
Paper towel to dry the stamp
Paper for stamping
Inkpad for stamping
Carving the Stamp
Video: Carving with a lino cutter
Video: Carving with a hobby knife:
The Finished Stamp
Other tutorials on the web:
How to Carve a Stamp Print Block 101 – youtube video
Mairuru: How I carve a stamp with eraser – photo tutorial
Stamp carving – youtube video