By special request, here is a quick little tutorial on the art of easy rubber stamping.
1. Draw your image onto a piece of paper with #2 pencil. When you are happy with your image, go over again with pencil to make sure the lines are strong and dark. If you want to do a very simple image, you can draw directly onto the rubber printing block with a pen and skip to step 4.
2. Now transfer this image onto the rubber printing block by putting image face down onto block and rub with pencil. You will have a backwards image. This is especially important when using images with words, letters or numbers.
3. Once the image has transferred, go over penciled lines with ink pen. This will give you a good image to carve around.
4. Now start carving using the smallest cutter (size 1) and carefully go around all the lines. Make sure you have good light and a steady hand. You don’t want to loose a nose, eye or very important line. *You can cut directly over the lines if you want a reversed image.
5. Once the image lines have been carefully carved around, use a larger cutter to get rid of the excess rubber.
6. When you are done carving, gently wash off little bits and dry thouroughly. Start stamping on a practice piece of paper to see your finished image. You may need to go back and carve any missed areas.
I’ve used my new stamp for making thank you cards. I hope this was helpful to those who have not yet played with rubber stamping.