Stamp Carving

Hey hey ya’ll.. Stamp carving seems pretty straight forward right?

You carve — You stamp!

Before you get started with this new hobby, we’d like to introduce you to your New Hobby Box and give you some helpful tips.

What’s inside?

Carving Tools

Ink Pad

Brush Tip Markers

Blank Cards + Envelopes

Rubber Blocks

Tracing Paper

HOW TO CARVE

If needed- use your unfolded New Hobby Box as a protective surface.

REMEMBER: Your tools are sharp, and unfortunately skin will not win in a collision with them. When using any of the tools, be sure to carve AWAY from hands. Like so:

DO NOT carve toward hands like this:

Or like this:

It will feel most natural to carve toward your body at times, but trust us. Get into the habit of carving away from hands at all times.  

If using a pattern, cut the outline first.

Using one of the straight edges, cut the around the areas (perimeter) that will need to be carved out. This gives an easy access point for the scooping tool.

Start out with light and shallow digs. It’ll help you see “the big picture” before you really commit to carving out certain areas.

HOW TO STAMP

Hey guess what! There is really no wrong way to stamp… but if you think you have stamped wrong, the cool thing is, you can just do it again!

If you haven’t dug deep enough in a certain area, your ink will reflect this… and then you can remedy.

It’s not necessary but washing your stamp in between uses can lengthen the life and versatility of your stamp. Here we are using a wet napkin.

It will especially allow you to use multiple colors in the future without ruining your markers or muddying the print on paper.

 

WHAT OTHERS ARE DOING IN THE STAMP WORLD

Have a project in mind- awesome! But if not, here’s a look at how people are carving their stamps and what they are making.

WHAT WE DID

Here’s what we made with this kit… we have a special affinity for plants and our mothers so we decided to make mothers day cards!

WHAT YOU DID

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If you’d like to show off you’ve carved or printed… email us, DM us, or tag us (#newhobbybox or @newhobbybox) and we’ll add your photos to this section!

WHAT WE’RE DOING NEXT MONTH

We’re calling next month- MACRA-MAY… because (you guessed it) we’re learning macrame!

Is there something else you’d rather learn or try? Let us know in the comments 🙂

 

HAPPY HOBBYING, Y’ALL! 

…. And happy earth-day (April 22nd)

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