Creating A Unique Stamp
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Creating A Unique Stamp

There is a product put out by the company Speedball that is basically a blank canvas of rubber, this product is soft and easy to carve your favorite design into. With the use of the Speedball cutting tool you can create endless stamps of what ever design or saying you can think of.

Rubber stamps are a great and fun tool to use when doing paper crafts, scrapbooking and card making. There are many styles of stamps either with pictures, designs or lettering that can be used for nearly any event, holiday or occasion that you may find a need for.  These stamps come in many sizes as well as different types; such as a wooden back stamp or the clear cling stamps.

While these stamps can be quite costly in some cases they can be used for years with proper care. And with the many styles of art and designs it may be difficult to find just what you are looking for.  Creating the perfect unique stamp may be your only option, but how do you go about doing this?

There is a product put out by the company Speedball that is basically a blank canvas of rubber, this product is soft and easy to carve your favorite design into.  With the use of the Speedball cutting tool you can create endless stamps of what ever design or saying you can think of.   You can then create a stamp out of any picture you find or any drawing you may decide to do; adding a new meaning to the homemade card!

By using tracing paper you can literally copy and transfer any image to the rubber canvas.  Simply trace the image, turn the tracing paper over so the pencil markings are facing the rubber and rub over the backside of the image, this will impress the lead onto the rubber giving you guide lines to carve by. Make sure that it is an image that is okay for the public to use, something we often don't think about when doing home projects.

With the Speedball carving tool you will choose the size cutting tool that works best for you and begin cutting the outline of your new stamp.  You can also cut details and fine lines into your stamp making it more realistic if you choose. This may take a little practice but in no time you will be making unique stamps that can only be found on your cards.  Once you have completed the carving and cut away the extra on the outside you will want to do a practice stamp, this will show you where your stamp is not cut deep enough by marking around your image or where details may need some more attention.  The ink will remain on the rubber stamp showing where more carving and trimming may be necessary. 

Make sure that you clean all the shavings away from your work area and from the stamp itself as small particles can leave an unattractive mark in your stamping process.  When you have reached the results that you are looking for then all that is left is simply to stamp away. 

The best place to find the Speedball products is on Amazon in the arts section.  The tool is just under $14.00 and you can purchase many different size blocks of the rubber stamp matt.  The rubber is pink and is quite easy to work with.  The quality of the Speedball products are very good and worth the money.  A large rubber cutting mat runs about $20.00 but you can purchase smaller ones if you're not real sure you can pull this off.  Before you have cut a few stamps you will certainly be thinking about ordering more!

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