Hand-Carved Stamps

A DIY Craft Trend

I love stamps, they are the perfect crafty way to add details to letters and packages. On my internet travels I have seen a rise in the creation of hand-carved stamps. Clever creatives making their own shapes and images with beautiful detail. I must be honest, I am not sure how good I will be at attempting this, I have an unfortunate knack for slicing a finger or some other craft driven emergencies. I think poor Daniel's heart skips a beat when he sees me wielding my glue gun or some sharp craft object, all in the name of creativity.  None the less, I think after finding some great tutorials and inspiration I can safely say I would like to attempt it.

Here are a few wonderful links for tutorials and inspiration, just in case like me, you want to try out this lovely creative process:

Tutorials for Carving your own Stamps:

Stamp It: DIY Printing with Handmade Stamps by Jenny Doh: I took a look at this book and it is really useful and pretty to look at too!

Yellow Owl Workshop has a stamp carving kit - which you can view in this great video which shows how it works. Be sure to also search 'hand-carved stamps' on Youtube as there are loads of tutorials.


*Pictures - via above mentioned sites and Two Cheese Please.


  1. I've been trying to get one made up for Buggaluggs, but I can't find any local suppliers to make one up for me. Even posted on some forums recently... I dare not attempt it myself :)

  2. I've been wanting to try making stamps since I saw the great ones in Flow magazine. I bought some erasers to try on. Now I just need to find my cutting tools :)

  3. Lovely post Nadia! It's a pity we can't get carving blocks locally. Bought some on my recent trip overseas and I'm too excited to use it yet...eeek!

  4. Hello - thanks for the comment. Try - Waltons, they do stamps, obviously not hand-carved, but great for branding etc. I often use them for clients. x

  5. I loved Flow magazine - so pretty! I really want to give it a try too! Enjoy & hope to see what you create! x

  6. Isn't that typical - oh dear! Look forward to seeing your creations! x

  7. Also, http://www.rse.co.za/ - my friends dads company, when I have a moment Im planning to order a creative personalised address stamp from them!

    @NadiavdMescht - forgot to mention in my tweet earlier, the Yellow Owl stamp carving kit and ink pads can be purchased locally from www.doolallydaisy.co.za/shop - I bought their turquoise ink pad and it's stunning :)


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