My Carving Journey

I have been carving rubber stamps since July 2004. I started out using an eraser and old x-acto knife I scrounged from our junk drawer. I quickly advanced to a cheap set of wood carving tools and SpeedyCut carving material I purchased at the local craft store. Still not satisfied, I progressed to the Staedtler set of three carving tools, especially made for carving rubber. What an improvement!

I discovered in short order that the SpeedyCut carving material, dubbed the 'crumbly stuff', was not the best to use, as my stamps were falling apart quicker than I could re-carve. I switched to MasterCarve, and produced quite a few stamps with this material. I discovered that it, too, tends to fall apart with many stampings.

It was then that I discovered PZ Kut, a special carving material only produced by my friend Webfoot (www.stampeaz.com). I started with the orange variety and moved to the white. I absolutely loved carving with the best material ever - white grade A.  (Unfortunately, it is a sad fact that PZ Kut it is no longer available.  I have been working with the new FirmKut with good results.  FirmKut is also available from Stampeaz.)

My carving took a huge leap forward at the purchase of a magnifying lamp from my craft store (found in the sewing aisle). With the aid of the lamp, I could continue my habit of challenging myself with harder and harder images.

I truly enjoy carving rubber stamps. As a former rubber stamp collector and card-maker, I was always in search of just the perfect stamp for the project at hand. Now, I just carve whatever I want!

And, just for the record, I always use the 'pencil transfer' method to get my image onto the rubber for carving. Some may use other methods, but this method has always worked well for me and is portable. No special equipment needed!

I hope you enjoy this blog and my creations. Please feel free to leave comments and questions.
Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.

~William Shakespeare
~SHH :-)
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