Sunday, July 13, 2008

Hand Carved Stamp Tutorial by Art Nest

drawing paper
tracing paper
carving block
carving tools

1.Draw your design with pencil on drawing paper. Make sure to keep your design simple! I am drawing a hand with a heart inside to represent my love of everything handmade!

2.Trace your design onto tracing paper using your pencil.

3.Lay your carving block in front of you and place your traced design right side down on block.

4.Transfer the design to the block by rubbing over design with your thumb nail.

5.Using your #2 tool, cut a deep groove around the entire design, being careful not to carve out the pencil lines.

6.Now, using your # 1 tool, carve out the negative space in your design (the part that will not pick up the ink) Don't over do the first pass at carving.

7.Rinse design under warm running water and blot dry with a paper towel. This will remove any carving dust.

8.Using your ink pad, press ink onto your design and stamp onto your drawing paper.

9.Evaluate the results and, if needed, continue carving. I want to make the heart smaller and thin the sides of the fingers.

10.Repeat step 7 – 9 until you are happy with result:

11. Using #6 tool, carve out entire design following the deep groove you created in step 5 BE CAREFUL, DO NOT CUT TOWARD YOUR FINGERS OR BODY

12. Your hand carved stamp is now complete and ready to use!


  1. You are too fun. I miss this process. You have inspired me to go out and buy the supplies needed to do this kind of art again. I will totally send pictures.

    PS. Thanks for linking my blog!

  2. oooh! this looks so fun and YOU make it look so easy! thanks for the tutorial!

  3. Awesome tutorial! Thanks for the tips. I have been experimenting with stamps lately but nothing this nice to be photographed yet (trust me, I need more practice!)