Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Design and make your own stamp!

When Stampin'Up!'s new Undefined Stamp Carving Kit came out, I was super excited.  Between classes, craft shows, Girl Scouts, the kids in school and band, I'm always looking for a specific stamp that I can never seem to find.  Well, now I can make anything I want!

With the upcoming craft show next month at Arkansas State University, I love to have lots of ASU and even UA Razorback items on my shelves for the booth.  I have an ASU Crafter's License, so I thought I'd try carving some stamps to make note card sets and some other projects.  Here are some photos:

Here's the carving kit.  It comes with some blocks, two carving tools, rubber, mounting adhesive, postcards and a template of basic images.  I carved 2 stamps - Howl (the mascot) and "Howl Yes" which I mounted on an old clear block.  

Here's a close up of the Howl Stamp.  This was extremely detailed and very ambitious for my first try at carving.  I would definitely recommend a simpler stamp at first.  They're not pretty to look at but the results are amazing!

I made a set of 4 note cards.  The DSP is not Stampin'Up!, but it's licensed paper for ASU from the local scrapbooking store.  The ASU stamps were from an old alphabet set, but I'm planning on carving another stamp with ASU on it.  
The stamp provides a clear image, but also has that homemade feel to it.  I colored the red in and have to do a little adjustment with a black marker on one of his eyebrows (don't tell anyone).  
These cards are very basic, but I wanted to keep the set simple.  I'll design more with some bling and a little more "feminine" flair.  
How long did it take to carve that stamp, you ask?  Well, I probably spent about 3-4 hours on the two of them.  There was a lot of detail and I took my time.  With a simpler design, you could make your own custom stamp in 30-45 minutes or less.  Of course, the more detailed, the longer it will take, but the results are well worth it.

Here's a quick video to show you how it's done:

Undefined Stamp Carving Kit
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Have you ever wanted a stamp but couldn’t find the perfect image? Maybe you have a special family logo or a sketch you’d like to have as a stamp. Well now you can! Undefined is Stampin’ Up!’s new stamp carving product line. You define the rubber stamp any way you want.

Included in the Stamp Carving Kit:
* 2 carving tools
* 3" x 4" rubber
* 3" x 4" foam
* 4 wood blocks (various sizes)
* 1 Island Indigo Stampin’ Write Marker
* 3 postcards
* Instruction sheet
* Stamp image templates

PRO TIP: Add a sheet of Clear-Mount Cling Foam to create your own clear-mount stamps. Mounting your stamps on the cling foam allows you to make stamps any size you want, not just what will fit on the blocks in the kit.
Undefined Stamp Carving Refill Kit
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Create more stamps with the Undefined Refill Kit. Included in the Refill Kit: 3" x 4" rubber; 3" x 4" foam; 4 wood blocks (various sizes); Instruction sheet.

Clear-Mount Cling Foam
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Easily convert wood-mount stamps to clear-mount stamps! Includes two 8-1/2" x 11" sheets of foam--one side adhesive, one side cling and simple instructions. Same great high-quality foam used in our clear-mount stamps. Use with our Craft & Rubber scissors.

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