I wanted to do something new and different with my Christmas card design this year. Something that wasn’t printed, wasn’t paper, and wasn’t the typical card you get every year. There was a period around Halloween where I got a huge rush of ideas in my head, so I honestly can’t really remember how I came about this one, but I landed on stamp carving.
I have never made my own stamp before, so it was something I wanted to conquer, and this felt like a great project to experiment with it. I used balsa wood a lot during in college for model making projects, and thought it would work perfect for this. Its a great wood material that you can still manage and cut yourself simply using a box cutter or xacto knife.
Here’s everything that you will need. You should be able to find all of this at either Michael’s or Hobby Lobby stores! (except the Speedball kit, I had no luck at Hobby Lobby finding it)
- Acrylic paint
- Speedball Stamp Kit
- Balsa Wood ( 1/8″ D x 4″ W )
- 1 piece of transparency or scrap glass
- Tracing paper
- Box cutter / ruler
First, you’ll want to draw or print your design. I lettered my words and then printed them out and traced around them on tracing paper. If your design is lettering or words, you’ll want to reverse flip it over and rub the design onto the stamp using the surface of your thumbnail. (There are also instructions inside the Speedball Stamp Kit)
Secondly, use the tools in the kit to carve out your design into the stamp block. Don’t be intimated by this either if you’ve never done it before. This was my first time, and it was super easy! (Here is my stamp after a few rounds through. Don’t be afraid of getting it dirty, or if the paint color stains it. As long as you wash it off after use, it is completely fine!)
Then, cut your balsawood to the desired size. My stamp was 4″ x 6″, so that’s what I cut my pieces to. Next, on your piece of transparency or scrap glass, paint a thin layer of paint. Make sure its not too thick, or this will make your print turn out blotted and clumpy. Place the stamp down into the paint and press down a tad to make sure the entire area has been covered.
Lastly, stamp your design down onto the piece of wood making sure you press down hard over the entire surface area so that the paint gets evenly stamped over the whole design. Slowly pull the two apart being careful to not shift or smudge them during the process.
If you happen to want one of these for yourself of this design, I’ve added them to the shop here for purchase! HIBRID Shop: Wood Stamped Christmas Card