Well, thanks to Michelle Ward, I finally did it! I carved my very own rubber stamp!!! I've had the rubber blocks and Speedball cutting tools for oh, say, a year or two?... just sitting there in my studio, gathering dust, patiently waiting for the woman who inhabits said studio to get off her duff and try her hand at cutting a custom made rubber stamp... and I feel so much better about myself now! I'm sort of kidding, but I'm sort of serious... why am I so anxious to try new things, but when I get the tools and supplies home, I chicken out... I mean, seriously, what was I waiting for?!? And Michelle and everyone else who has said making your own rubber stamps is addictive, was absolutely correct! Now I want to go out and buy about a dozen of those rubber blanks to carve!
I just don't know how deep one is supposed to carve away the background... I want the stamp image to be the only thing that stamps... I'm just not all that fond of the carve lines that are in some prints... which means I really took the background rubber down deep, which then makes the rubber really, really flexible... which then means those carve lines I worked so hard to eliminate are entirely possible to make, if I push too hard on the rubber... perhaps that's why I should put a wood back on it, or put that sticky stuff on it so it'll stick to my acrylic blocks... I'll let you know how that turns out!
So, if you haven't taken up the carving tool and joined in on Michelle's latest and greatest challenge, head over to her site for a terrific tutorial, and go carve something!