For this project, I laid out as many stamp designs as possible onto a single sheet of 8″ × 10″ mounted linoleum. I wanted to maximize how many smaller stamps I could fit on one block to save myself carving time and material costs.
Because of how I laid out the designs, I did use a bandsaw to split the pieces into individual stamps once everything was carved. I would recommend using a bandsaw (or a jigsaw) for cutting the final stamps into individual stamps. If you can’t do this, edit the file make sure there is enough space between each stamp that you are able to carve a 1/8" line between each stamp and add these thru-cut lines to the project.
There are some more designs in the second Easel workpiece if you want to make some more stamps!
I used two-stage carving for this project so I could clear as much of the linoleum as possible before using the v-bit. An 1/8" straight cut or downcut bit would work best for the roughing pass, as shown in the Easel file.
These are some pretty tiny stamps with a lot of intricate details: perfect for a 60-degree v-bit! Change the bit to a 60-degree v-bit and complete the finishing pass.
In an effort to make the most of my single sheet of 8″ × 10″ linoleum block, I positioned the stamp designs close enough so that I could still cut them with a bandsaw. This saved me a lot of time and allowed me to move the stamps closer together in the Easel file for carving.
If you don’t have a bandsaw or jigsaw, you should’ve revised the Easel file (step 1) to make sure you can carve the individual stamps out using an 1/8" bit. Reinsert your 1/8" bit and carve the stamps out if you’re not using a saw.
Get out your favorite ink colors and start stamping! We used fabric ink for the koozies, but you can use any kind of ink for any type of projects.