PART III – STAMP CARVING
When I started letterboxing I used stamps I bought. Before long I found that buying stamps would make the hobby very expensive. So I researched stamp carving and learned about Speedball Speedy-Carve Carving Blocks aka the “pink stuff”. I went to our two local stores: Michaels and Hobby Lobby. Neither of them carry it. So I’ve been ordering it online at Stampeaz.
I also ordered a beginner carving set, but I’ve found I like an X–ACTO knife for most pictures. Don’t get me wrong, I am no artist. I still remember the first item I carved that had a word on it… of course it came out backwards when stamped. I always get a chuckle when I find a box and get a stamp carved this way! I threw my backwards stamp in the trash but some people go ahead and hide them that way.
To carve on the “pink stuff” it is best to find a simple picture, print it out and trace it with a #2 lead pencil. Turn the picture over and place it on the “pink stuff”. Rub over it with your thumb nail and voila, your picture is there. I usually go over the pencil with an indelible ink pen because the pencil smears as you are cutting it out.
I like this WordPress blog that shows a couple carved on a stamp, and the printout you get from using the stamps. Sample I don’t carve anything this hard. Mine are very simple. But it is a fun part of letterboxing, making your own stamps.