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Re: mounted stamps
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #869951 by iSignASLily
Sep 25, 2014 3:51am
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Toolbox-Tutorials-Stamp Carving 101-Mounting the Stamp

http://www.atlasquest.com/tutorials/carving/mounting/
Stamp cleanup
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Sep 26, 2014 8:26pm
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I am carving a very small stamp (1"x1") and I am spending more time carving away the edges which make shadows when I stamp than I did carving the image! Every time I stamp it there are shadows in new places than the previous times. What am I doing wrong? I've been shaving the excess material away and down from the image so I don't understand what else to do to eliminate these 'high spots' that keep creating shadows. Suggestions welcome.

Peace
CTEE
Re: Stamp cleanup
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #870237 by CTEagleEye
Sep 26, 2014 8:34pm
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Just keep carving away the edges making shadows very carefully till there are none left. It can be time consuming with some stamps.
Re: Stamp cleanup
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #870237 by CTEagleEye
Sep 26, 2014 8:34pm
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If you mean around the edges of the stamp?

When I get that, I just cut the whole stamp edge right off with exacto knife.

I think small stamps get it more, because they end up having more side to side motion when you press down on them, so the edge gets distorted as you press down.
Re: Stamp cleanup
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #870237 by CTEagleEye
Sep 26, 2014 8:37pm
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What am I doing wrong? I've been shaving the excess material away and down from the image so I don't understand what else to do to eliminate these 'high spots' that keep creating shadows. Suggestions welcome.

My suggestion would be to mount the stamp on a thick (1/4" or more) foam back. I'm guessing that when you stamp, there's enough flexability in the rubber to allow the edges to bend down, touching your paper. I find the backing stiffens it enough to keep it flat when stamping. Added benefit - on such a small stamp, it gives you a little extra 'holding' space while you stamp.
Re: Stamp cleanup
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #870242 by Wise Wanderer
Sep 26, 2014 8:47pm
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I usually mount stamps after I'm satisfied with them but perhaps this time I'll mount it, let it dry overnight, and then tackle it again in the morning if I'm still getting shadows. Thanks for the suggestion.
CTEE
Re: Stamp cleanup
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #870240 by FloridaFour
Sep 26, 2014 8:49pm
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That could be it. I hadn't realized that I could be rocking it side to side. I'll see if a foam backing helps but if not, out comes the exacto! Thanks for the help.
Peace
CTEE
Re: Stamp cleanup
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #870237 by CTEagleEye
Sep 26, 2014 9:17pm
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I always frame my images to avoid just that--and I like the effect.
Re: Stamp cleanup
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #870237 by CTEagleEye
Sep 26, 2014 9:29pm
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Depending on the block- cleaning up the ink and stick in the freezer for 15 min. Helps firm it up to make clean smooth cuts on those small lines.
Re: mounted stamps
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #869951 by iSignASLily
Sep 26, 2014 10:52pm
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It might be easier to find by looking under "help" rather than clicking a link in a nine-year-old post. Very few things on the internet stay in the same place for nine years.

K
Re: mounted stamps
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #870256 by Kelsung
Sep 26, 2014 11:24pm
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Here you go under toolbox, tutorial stamp, carving 101. Welcome back~~
Re: Stamp cleanup
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #870246 by CTEagleEye
Sep 27, 2014 3:37am
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Is it too early to ask if it worked?
Re: Stamp cleanup
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #870259 by crosscresent
Sep 27, 2014 5:12am
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Lol you were about an hour and a half early! Yes! Mounting on foam did stabilize it enough to eliminate the mysteriously appearing shadows. I must have been pressing the edges down more than the center. I was carving my new mini-sig and will post it on my profile after a bit. I'm pleased with how it turned out. Thanks for all the advice.

Peace
CTEE
Re: Stamp cleanup
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #870248 by Wronghat
Sep 27, 2014 5:17am
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I often frame my images too. Maybe that's why this was such a new problem for me. I couldn't frame this one as the image goes right down to the bottom edge. It's only 1"x1" so I couldn't do a frame too.

Peace
CTEE
Re: Stamp cleanup
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #870262 by CTEagleEye
Sep 27, 2014 5:41am
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I have the same problems with those small stamps. But mounting them and cutting the edge off to the image with an exacta helps a lot. Looking forward to seeing your new siggy :)
Re: Stamp cleanup
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #870266 by Night0wl
Sep 27, 2014 5:45am
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Looking forward to seeing your new siggy :)

I posted it and it should now be visible in my message board postings....fingers crossed! The lighting isn't the best but I'll re-do someday.

Peace
CTEE
Re: Stamp cleanup
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #870267 by CTEagleEye
Sep 27, 2014 7:56am
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It came out awesome! :). Neat image!
Re: Stamp cleanup
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #870245 by CTEagleEye
Sep 27, 2014 9:51pm
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I agree w/ Wise Wanderer. Mounting them firms them up and imitates the pressure where it's likely to be in the final product. I learned that after trimming and trimming and getting it just right, mounting it, and having NEW spots show up! Later, I noticed that different spots showed up in mounted stamps than were there before I mounted them. THat's the way the wubbah wiggles.
Re: Stamp cleanup
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #870348 by Wry Me
Sep 27, 2014 11:41pm
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I once met a boxer who used a store-bought stamp as a sig stamp, and oddly enough it left stray marks. It had an area along one edge where pressing it against the paper was causing the foam between rubber and handle to deform the base layer of rubber far enough to catch some ink and deposit it on the paper. I asked if she'd like me to try to clean that up. I figured it'd be easy, just cut that portion of the base layer away. Wrong! The rubber in a store-bought stamp is tough! I couldn't cut it with anything! I gave up on it rather than risk damaging her stamp in the attempt. I probably should have whipped out my Dremel to grind it out.
Re: Quick question
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #869887 by S and D
Sep 28, 2014 5:27pm
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If you get it cheap, $3-4, I would try a block or two.
Re: Quick question
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Reply to: #869887 by S and D
Sep 28, 2014 5:28pm
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Have you made back all the money you spent for SLQ?
Re: Quick question
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #870476 by Sunia
Sep 28, 2014 6:33pm
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I have a pile of checks to cash, then yes.

My profit will be 2.20

So my estimate on costs was right on. I have momey for tape if we need it
Re: Stamp cleanup
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #870349 by Kirbert
Sep 29, 2014 9:59am
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Yeah, I've tried cutting them too. VERY tough. I have a very sharp X-acto from Stampeaz that would cut it with difficulty. Mrs. TheKindlyVikings has a pair of very sharp scissors from Stampin' Up! for cutting out their stamps. It seems like they have shorter blades and longer handles too, for leverage.

-TKV
Re: OZ, Anyone?
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #865811 by Kirbert
Oct 3, 2014 1:08pm
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OK, who was it that I sent that OZ to? I seem to have lost that contact info.
Secret Stamp Santa III
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Oct 5, 2014 12:58pm
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Hey everyone! It's that time of year again - time to sign up for the Secret Stamp Santa tracker!! All info is on the tracker. Don't forget to send me your address when you sign up. :)

TG
Re: Quick question
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #870487 by S and D
Oct 8, 2014 6:11pm
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Good!
Word Carvers- Need Advice
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Oct 11, 2014 9:06am
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I want to carve a few lines from a poem and I am having trouble finding a font I like. There is one or two in Word that I can use if I find nothing else; but, they are not quite what I want. I have seen some really great carves with several lines of text and would love to get some advice on what online program and font I could maybe use. I don't have a computer, so I can't download any programs; but, I can use a free online program. Any advice or programs and specific fonts I should consider?
Re: Word Carvers- Need Advice
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #872083 by Sharkboy and Lavagirl
Oct 11, 2014 9:31am
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I don't have a computer, so I can't download any programs

You're obviously on a computer. That's why this statement confused me at first. But then I thought about it and you mean that you are borrowing a computer so you can't make any permanent changes. I don't know of any online programs to typeset a poem for printing, but someone else will know.

I'm assuming that you are using a computer where you can print. Even if you can't use acetone to transfer the image with the printer you're using, you can trace it with pencil and burnish it.

You could just free hand draw up what you want and burnish it onto rubber.

But you don't want a formal font. You want a font that looks somewhat like handwriting, like Comic Sans, because those don't look so "off" when you have minor variances. Here is a Google search for free fonts. You can look over some fonts to see if there is one that you want to use, even when you draw it yourself.

Good luck.
Re: Word Carvers- Need Advice
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #872087 by Oberon_Kenobi
Oct 11, 2014 10:01am
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I primarily use an ipad or iphone when I am on the internet. I either use a borrowed or library computer for printing, so you are correct in assuming I cannot make permanent changes to those computers. I do use an acetone transfer which works great for me. I am not so great at drawing and have icky handwriting, so a free hand draw would be terrible for me.

I'm carving lines from a more classic poem, so I am hoping to find a neat looking font that is on the easier side to carve (i'm just a so-so word carver who is trying to improve). An ultra modern font would look out of place for this carve. I do have a more basic font that I can use; but, I am hoping to find something a bit more artsy.
Re: Word Carvers- Need Advice
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #872087 by Oberon_Kenobi
Oct 11, 2014 10:31am
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Wow, what a great link. I've bookmarked it! I love the typewriter fonts, the Horror, Western, handwriting and calligraphy!

I really hate carving text, but some of those look really fun. For instance the typewriter and horror fonts look like they are all scratched up, blobs and missing pieces. So it doesn't even matter if I accidentally chop a bit off or ding a letter up!