I haven’t carved my own stamps since high school art class, but after ordering these awesome Christmas cards from the Minted holiday collection, I decided it would be fun to create a retro star stamp and decorate the envelopes to match the cards.
- Tracing paper
- Carving tool and carving block (I purchased this set)
- Exacto knife
- Glue and wooden shape for backing (optional)
Creating the Stamps
The first step is to draw the design for your stamp. Some could probably do this freehand, but I’m not the best at drawing so I used tracing paper to draw an outline of the star shape. I repeated this step for the outer circle.
I pressed the paper onto the rubber block to transfer the star outline onto the block and did the same for the circle. I used an Exacto knife to cut out the star shape and I used the carving tool to carve out the circle shape.
Once the rubber stamps were cut, I glued them to the wooden circles so that it would be easier to handle them and press them onto paper.
I experimented a bit with my stamps and stamp pads to determine what designs and color combinations I liked. The card design included the star against a circle, but I ended up liking the star without any background the best.
To decorate the envelopes, I started by inserting the Minted liners that I ordered with my cards into each of the envelopes. Next, I started stamping. I placed one star stamp on each envelope, but mixed up the placement, sometimes I stamped on the front, sometimes on the back.
I love how the envelopes give a hint of the design inside:
Disclosure: Minted graciously provided my holiday cards in exchange for writing this post. All opinions are my own.