Stamps are one of my absolute favorite projects because they’re so versatile.
I use Speedball fabric inks if I am stamping any kind of fibrous textile. Otherwise, you can stick with standard inks for paper projects.
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Use the Easel file in this project to move the current holiday stamp elements around or add your own designs. You can change the size of the stamp elements, add lines to separate the block into individual stamps, or add new designs to the file before carving.
If you plan on using the bit to split the one piece into multiple stamps, make sure you add lines that cut through the entire piece of linoleum.
Note: the design is set up so that I could cut out the stamps using a bandsaw or jigsaw from a single block of linoleum. See more details in step #4.
Carve the Easel file using either a straight-cut bit or a downcut bit.
Using an upcut bit will give you little linoleum burrs that are annoying to remove, so avoid using an upcut bit if possible.
The current Easel file is set up so that I could cut out the stamps using a bandsaw or jigsaw from a single piece of linoleum. This saves carving time because the saw separates the stamps into separate elements rather than using the bit to carve the separate stamps.
After the block is all carved, carefully cut each shape into its own section using a jigsaw or bandsaw.