Hand Carved Bird Rubber Stamps {Crafting With the Stars Audition}

I have an announcement to make– I am auditioning for Crafting With the Stars! This is my audition piece {wish me luck!}.

I admit– I have been holding out on you guys.

7 years ago, Darren and I became involved in a hobby called letterboxing. I am going to assume that none of you have any clue what I am talking about (though– if you ARE a letterboxer, please get in touch with me. I really love connecting with fellow letterboxers!). If you would like to know more about this fantastic hobby that involves art and nature, I encourage you to visit my favorite letterboxing website, AtlasQuest.

One day I will tell you all about letterboxing, as well as my interest and involvement in it.

Today, I want to share with you the art side of letterboxing. One big, huge element of letterboxing is rubber stamps. While it is okay to buy stamps for use in the hobby, many people choose to carve their own. I am one of those people.

It was just over 7 years ago that I carved my very first rubber stamp. I used a big block of a substance called MasterCarve and some Speedball Carving Nibs. I drew an image on the rubber with a pencil and carved it out. Simple as can be.

Over time, I grew to love carving rubber stamps. I tried out a plethora of new techniques and supplies. Over time, I grew to be fairly good at carving stamps. Most of my stamps have been hidden around the southeast in various letterboxes. Others have been given to others or used at specific letterboxing events.

I wanted to share some of my most recent stamps with you. They are a series of 5 (used to be 6… but that’s a long story we won’t get into right now!). The series is entitled Backyard Birdwatch. Each stamp depicts a bird I have enjoyed watching in my yard at some point. I have had more feathered visitors than this, but I chose to carve my very favorite ones.

Specifics of the Stamps:

  • Carved on PZ Kut Grade B by Stampeaz (no longer available– I stocked up on this amazing carving material a while back)
  • Carved using an xacto knife and Speedball Carving Nibs
  • Image transferred to the rubber using laser copy and an iron
  • Stamped using black pigment ink
  • Colored using Crayola colored pencils

I want to share with all of you some more of my stamp carvings. I have literally carved hundreds of stamps over the years and I am quite fond of them.

Rubber stamp carving is a very time consuming, yet incredibly gratifying hobby. Have you ever tried to carve your own stamps before?

Make sure to stop by Sew Dang Cute (the host of Crafting With the Stars) and check out the other audition pieces. Crossing my fingers you’ll see me over there once the season starts!

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