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Re: Incomplete Transfer
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #974885 by MissMoon
May 5, 2019 5:41pm
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I change the printer setting to the highest DPI or quality level. More ink is laid down on the paper and I usually get a better transfer. I do wet lightly the first time, pick up an edge to "peek" and then can add more acetone to transfer more ink from that first printing.
Re: Incomplete Transfer
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #974846 by Oberon_Kenobi
May 5, 2019 6:39pm
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Do you clean you carving material before attempting a transfer? I don't have any problems with my transfers, but I know other people that do. I wash my block with soap and water or give it a quick wipe with acetone before I try to transfer. Then, I use just enough acetone to wet the paper enough to make it slightly transparent, but not any excess.
Carving letters
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
May 7, 2019 9:49pm
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Found this on Instagram and thought I’d share:
https://s3.amazonaws.com/gs-geo-images/9ddcf6d6-a00f-414c-bc42-a278fd6678c5.png

I aspire to this... oh who am I kidding. But a boy can dream, can’t he? 😄
Re: Carving letters
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #974987 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
May 8, 2019 11:45am
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I have a long way to go to get my background - area removed so smoothly. Forget about the lettering............
Re: Carving letters
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #975015 by condo
May 8, 2019 1:08pm
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That’s exactly what I asked them on Instagram. Haven’t heard back yet.
Re: Carving letters
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #974987 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
May 8, 2019 9:50pm
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I'd want to know scale of the letters...size and font make a difference.

Now getting the background so smooth, that would be cool to learn!
Re: Carving letters
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #975040 by FORAYCH
May 8, 2019 10:18pm
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That’s true. The carver had a comment that led me to believe that it was a commission for a business card.
Re: Carving letters
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #974987 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
May 9, 2019 6:36am
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LOLAM. I zoomed in searching for flaws. hahahaha!

and DZ&ECP...You're there!
Re: Carving letters
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #974987 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
May 9, 2019 4:01pm
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I have never seen a background so clean. Makes me wonder if it is carved via machine of some kind.
Re: Carving letters
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #975071 by Phoenix Rizing
May 9, 2019 4:51pm
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I have never seen a background so clean. Makes me wonder if it is carved via machine of some kind.

Nope, she’s just that awesome. You can find videos of her in action. She sells a lot apparently. Here a pic of one of her offerings:
https://s3.amazonaws.com/gs-geo-images/2676ce98-eec5-4cf1-90c0-e25055c18012.png
She carves the stamps. Uses a jigsaw to cut the wood - then sands and rounds the edges. She even hand makes to boxes!

Here’s one of the tools she uses:
https://s3.amazonaws.com/gs-geo-images/e7c3cb62-8910-401b-8f17-e60578ad771b.png

Check this out! She says 9hrs carving over 3 days...
https://s3.amazonaws.com/gs-geo-images/3b7df7f1-a9ef-4883-b688-908471826166.png
Re: Carving letters
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #975024 by Wise Wanderer
May 9, 2019 6:13pm
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https://www.etsy.com/shop/CassaStamps?ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=672181648

It looks like the carving material is very thick. That's probably why she is able to carve the background so far down from the image. The thicker it is the "higher" she can make the edge of the image from the background. There's also some pink material but it looks thicker that the stuff we use.
A Blanket Apology!
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Jun 3, 2019 9:51am
This has been a rough year so far - I've been offline for the last several months spending time with family and friends (seven, if you can believe it) who were in hospice care, neglecting everything I could to spend as much time as possible with loved ones. I apologize for being largely absent and unresponsive during this time. However, I think (little webbed toes crossed) things will start to return to a semblance of normalcy now.

If I've missed questions or requests along the way, please cut me a little slack and ask again as I try to catch up with everything I've let slide.

Thanks to all of you for being so great and understanding - I love you guys!
Webfoot
Oh! Invoice Carvings!
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Jun 3, 2019 9:55am
I almost forgot. I have now listed the Downy Woodpecker and the Cottontail, if you got either one of those in your package, so you can finally log them! Sorry about the delay!! :)
Webfoot
Mastercarve lot on eBay
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Jun 5, 2019 6:41pm
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Unopened since 2004 Staedtler Mastercarve blocks here

Warrior Woman
always checking eBay for Staedtler gouges
Re: Mastercarve lot on eBay
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #975953 by Warrior Woman
Jun 6, 2019 11:22am
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Never tried that. Is it good?
Re: Mastercarve lot on eBay
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #975986 by The Lost Boys
Jun 6, 2019 11:28am
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Thicker than most others - softer than most others - and my oldest stamp using that material, from 2008, has a gritty feel it didn't have when it was new ~ it's at home for R&R. It still stamps beautifully. I am afraid to wash it with anything but running water - no rubbing - for fear the sticky-outy bits may be rubbed off.
Re: Mastercarve lot on eBay
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #975986 by The Lost Boys
Jun 6, 2019 12:13pm
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It's really soft, which some people prefer. I will say that I've found boxes with stamps carved from MC and they've started to crumble and break.
Re: Mastercarve lot on eBay
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #975953 by Warrior Woman
Jun 6, 2019 3:12pm
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I've still got almost a complete box of the damned things from back in the day.
They are 'cubed', prolly not much more than an inch to each side, and 40 or so in the box. Apart from their extreme softness, this is too small a surface for most of my carves (although I did use it for some microcarves for winter boxes).

I could see no dimensions on the ebay listing.
Re: Mastercarve lot on eBay
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #976008 by west dover quidditch team
Jun 6, 2019 5:54pm
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I could see no dimensions on the ebay listing

4 X 6 X .75

Not my medium of choice, but thought there might be folks who might be interested.

Warrior Woman
just the ‘trying to be helpful’ messenger
Re: Mastercarve lot on eBay
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #976017 by Warrior Woman
Jun 6, 2019 6:38pm
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That's a good size for folks who like to carve soft stuff then.
a word of warning ... its so soft its make pink stuff seem like white stuff.
Re: Mastercarve lot on eBay
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #976008 by west dover quidditch team
Jun 6, 2019 8:30pm
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this is too small a surface for most of my carves

I wonder if the king of microcarves, Komodo Jazz, would be interested in your stash.

Warrior Woman
knows a guy
Re: Mastercarve lot on eBay
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #975988 by Maude
Jun 6, 2019 10:10pm
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I used to love MasterCarve. What you *don't* want to use it for is any image with fine positive lines, because those are narrow pointed ridges on the stamp that easily get damaged with a material this soft. However, if your plan involves images with broad inked areas, this is the stuff for you!

Actually thinking about buying it. I would if I were doing more carving lately.
Re: Mastercarve lot on eBay
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #976027 by Kirbert
Jun 7, 2019 4:41am
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Even if it's never been opened it could still be dried out after all these years. I bought some of that polymer stuff in the store once and it was totally dried out in the package. It must have been there a long time.

I think everything has a shelf life.
Do you have any messed up stamps?
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Jun 10, 2019 2:02pm
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Did you carve a stamp, mess it up, and recarve it?

Do you have a stamp that was damaged, so you recarved and replaced it?

I am looking for any carves that clearly have mistakes. My thinking is that is would be neat to have a series of oopsies for the Strictly Nightboxing 4 event.

The theme is Things we are afraid of, and I know that I am sometimes afraid of messing up a carve.

I have a couple of stamps that I would like to include, and I thought that his series would:
A) add something different to the event and
B) encourage searchers who might be hesitant to carve to know that most of us do make mistakes.

Please let me know if you have anything to contribute that you would not need back. Here is the stamp request for the event with specifics of what will happen with the stamps after the event.

Thank you for reading this!
Re: Do you have any messed up stamps?
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #976179 by RDHG
Jun 10, 2019 8:00pm
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How about one that went horribly wrong and people laughed at it? Even though I don’t think it was THAT bad, I redid it.
Re: Do you have any messed up stamps?
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Reply to: #976212 by Trishee
Jun 11, 2019 1:41am
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Yes! That would be great. As long as it is family friendly, I would appreciate having it. I will send you the mailing address. Thank you!
Re: Do you have any messed up stamps?
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #976222 by RDHG
Jun 11, 2019 6:43pm
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Whaaat? Of course it’s family friendly. Do you know me from Facebook or something? Lol. I’ll send it soon.
Cricut , scanncut and pink stuff
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Jun 17, 2019 4:04pm
Anyone ever cut pink stuff with a SNC or cricut ?
Carving Tools
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Jun 21, 2019 3:41pm
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Greetings all....I have recently lost my carving tools. I had them in my letterboxing backpack which fell off of my trike while we were riding through Colorado. I need to replace them but I cannot find the older carving tools from Germany on the internet any longer.

If anyone has carving tools they are no longer using and would like to sell them...please contact me!!

Wolf Dancer
Re: Carving Tools
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #976533 by Wolf Dancer
Jun 22, 2019 12:53am
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Bummer! I don't have any extras - but speedball has been very good to me :>.