Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Carving Block Fun.

Recently a friend on Etsy showed me some of her eraser carvings she has been doing for a friend. She had stamped all these wonderful little cards with them and they really looked amazing! I immediately started conjuring up ideas on how I could implement this technique into my book making. I had bought a rubber carving block some time ago and has carved most of it into some cute little stamps to use in my art journaling. Today I dragged out what was left of the block and created a 'prototype' stamp to go on the back of my handmade books. I'm not sure I'm completely happy with this design and I'd like to tweak it a little more before I commit to a final stamp. Lucky carving blocks are so inexpensive because I think I will be coming up with lots of ideas!


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    1. Thank you Gabriele. I will still do a couple more designs and see what I can come up with though. :)

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  2. You never cease to amaze me. Everything you do, you do so well. These stamps are so well done it looks like they were machined. Wow! :) Susxox

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    1. Aaaaw, thanks Susan! I was so scared I was going to mess it up! I was just waiting for the moment my cutting tool slipped and I gouged something. There's no turning back from that! x

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  3. Oh Alison - why don't we live closer?!?!?? You're usually doing what I'd love to do ;)
    Great stamp!!! Where do you buy cheap carving blocks? (Not that it really matters as you're down under, but I still haven't found anything here, that doesn't cost a fortune...)
    My carving tools are all sitting nicely in storage in the U.S. - my art supply box didn't make it over here.
    Anyway - have a carvy day ;)

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    1. Thanks Jana! I must post a few pictures of the other stamps I made earlier in the year. I also need to buy another block, as I only have a tiny bit left. I got mine from a local art supplies store, but it's the only art/craft store I've seen them in anywhere around here. I'm sure a Google search on carving blocks would bring up suppliers closer to you though. You can just use erasers from the dollar store though, if all else fails. That's how I started doing them. x

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  4. Wow, the letters are carved to perfection! I tried carving stamps a while back, but never developed the skill to this level... Can't wait to see the final design. :)

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    1. Thank you! It took a lot of patience to do the letters. Carving blocks are much smoother in consistency to carve with (as opposed to erasers), so it does make it a little easier to work with. I still have much practice to do too!

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    2. Yes! Please post photos of other stamps you've made. Where do you get the carving blocks and the tools? Is this lino? I have only ever seen it in thin sheets for making lino cuts. Is it something entirely different just for making stamps? Too many questions, too little time. You're awesome. For what it's worth, I think this will make a lovely trademark on your books :) Susxox

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    3. Most art/craft stores should have the tools you need and they are fairly inexpensive. Chances are, if you have seen the lino tiles in stores, then they will have the rubber carving blocks too. The carving blocks are VERY easy to use. They look like a big white slab of rubber, varying from 5-15mm in thickness. They come in all different sizes too, from 3x3" to the size of a piece of paper. I'll see if I can post some links on Crafters Network for you.

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  5. This is lovely. If I'd made this I wouldn't be looking to tweak it. Looks just perfect to me. I love the lettering style and the whole design fits beautifully together.

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    1. Thank you! You know what? After doing a few more designs today, I got a consensus from most people I asked that they preferred this design too. So, I think I may just leave it as it is. :)

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  6. I love these Alison!! I think you've done an amazing job and they look so professional. I'd love to see some of your others.:)

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    1. Thanks Lynn! I haven't done too many but I'll post piccies of them soon! :)

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