Stampin’ Up – Undefined Stamp Carving Kit

Earlier this week, I got my Stampin’ Up Undefined Stamp Carving Kit in the mail! I have been really excited and a little nervous to get started with it.

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I bought both the kit, and a refill kit because I figured I’d mess the first one up. hehe.

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Carving kit on left, refill kit on right.

The original stamp carving kit in heavy duty box comes with:

  • Four wooden blocks.
  • Island Indigo Stampin’ Write marker.
  • Two carving tools. (One for large spaces, and one for detail work.)
  • A 4″ x 3″ piece of carving rubber.
  • A 4″ x 3″ piece of adhesive foam.
  • Pictorial directions.
  • Three postcards.
  • One sheet of stamp templates in case you need help getting started.
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Undefined stamp carving kit contents.

The refill kit in a heavy duty box contains:

  • A 4″ x 3″ piece of carving rubber.
  • A 4″ x 3″ piece of adhesive foam.
  • Pictorial directions.
  • Four wooden blocks.
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Undefined refill kit contents.

The first thing I did was try to decide what I wanted to make into a stamp.  I like to doodle now and again, but I thought I’d try something easier for the first stamp.  I went online and found a stock image that I liked. I cut out the portion of the image I wanted to make into a stamp and traced it with a graphite pencil.

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I then laid the image face down onto the carving rubber and rubbed it with my bone folder.  This helped to transfer the image.

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Once I had transferred it, I started with the larger of the tools and removed the outside edge of what I knew would be my stamp.

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After that I used the small tool to remove some of the smaller detailed areas. I didn’t get a photo of that for some reason. Oops!

Then I used a pair of strong scissors to cut around the stamp.

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Using my hand, I carefully laid the stamp side down onto a Stampin’ Up ink pad (Elegant Eggplant) so I could see if I had any areas I wanted to change.

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I wasn’t satisfied with the bottom of my fleur de lis, so I decided to use the small detail tool and work some more.  Then I stamped it again to see if I liked it better.   I did.  It’s NOT perfect, but I think that’s sort of the beauty with the Undefined kit.

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I attached the adhesive foam next. I did so by tracing the edge of the stamp onto the backing and then cutting it out with my scissors.

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It doesn’t have to be perfect. See? 😉

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Next I carefully stamped the image onto one side of the wooden block and dried it with my heat tool to make sure I wouldn’t smear it when attaching the stamp.

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The finished product.  I like it. 🙂

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What do you think of the Undefined Stamp Carving Kit?  Is it something you’d like to try a hand at? Let me know and I can help you get it ordered.

Also, what do you think of my stamp?  Leave your opinion in the comments!

xoxox,

Sara

 

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