Today I am spending some time carving some handmade stamps. I have done this before in an earlier post (see this post here) and felt inspired to pick up the cutting tools again. I really enjoy carving my own stamps as they feel so much more personal and unique. Even if I carved ten of the same arrow stamp, they would all still be unique, as each carving would be an individual stroke of the blade and movement of my hand rather than a mass-produced factory line of them. This is why I love handmade.
I made the stick part of the arrow into chevrons to make a more interesting print when stamped onto the page with the chalk ink.
I love the sharpness of the chevron arrow stamp. It is not as personal as the ‘hello’ in my own handwriting (below) but I love the straight edges and the clean, crisp print it makes on the white page.
This ‘hello’ stamp took a lot longer to carve than the much simpler chevron arrow, the curved edges were a bigger challenge and the more intricate spaces, like inside the ‘O’ were tricky. I really enjoyed the challenge it brought to my desk though and loved how immersed into this project I get when concentrating on each cut. The craft knife and the cutting tool feel like an extension to my hand and I am just writing into the rubber.
I am having lots of fun carving these stamps and plan to make some more this afternoon. Which is your favourite? What would you like to see carved out into a stamp?
Meet me for a chat with a cup of tea in the comments below. I’ll click the kettle on!