Tuesday, September 12, 2006

How I Carve my Stamps
My favorite medium to carve into is PZ CUT. I create my hand carved stamps quickly and easily with this wonderful product. You can buy it here http://www.stampeaz.com/ . You will also need a piece of tracing paper, pencil, wood/lino cutter tool, #2 and #3 V shaped cutter blades and an ink pad. That's it!

1. Draw your design on your tracing paper with a pencil.
2. Flip the tracing paper wrong side up onto the PZ CUT and trace your design lines over again with your pencil to transfer your design. Your drawing will look backwards on the PZ CUT. Don't worry, this is correct. Your stamp will produce your image the way you drew it when we are done.
3. Now you are ready to carve. You do not have to carve deep to make a line. It takes very little pressure to carve in PZ CUT. Carve out all of the areas that you want to be white (or not print). Leave alone all the lines and areas that you want to be black (or the color of the ink in the ink pad you choose).
4. Press your stamp onto your ink pad and stamp on your favorite paper. Voila! You have created your own hand carved stamp that you can hand color with paint, colored pencils or even crayons.

1 comment:

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Geeze, I don't know what to say!
Holy cow!! Is there any hurdle you cannot climb? "Amazing"- that is the only word I can think of. But tell you what, your goal is to send out spark of inspiration- and you truly are doing that! I want one of those sparks to "ignite" in me! After seeing what you do- i want to do it.
You are amazing- thank you for sharring. I will try to do it.