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Carve, Stamp, Play

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Carve, Stamp, Play: Designing and Creating Custom StampsCarve, Stamp, Play
By Julie Fei-Fan Balzer
Interweave/F-W Media
Retail Price $24.99
Amazon Price: $17.82

Book Description: 

 Take an exciting journey into printing with custom-carved stamps! In this complete stamp-carving workshop, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer covers every aspect of creating and using rubber stamps, including carving linear and curved designs, alphabets, complex and repeating geometrical shapes, and image transfers.

After carving your own unique stamps, you’ll also learn:

  • How to combine and layer stamps into original designs.
  • How to design stamps that work together as well as individually.
  • How to create stamps that combine with or enhance other stamps (hand carved or commercial).
  • And how to create complex, layered effects that resemble screen printing.

This book also includes simple projects that explore various applications for stamping, including printing on different surfaces such as fabric, leather, paper, and canvas. Find your “authentic” design voice and get carving today!



I’ve been stamping for a  long time, but when it came to carving my own stamps, I really was at a loss and didn’t know where to begin.  This book had everything I needed.  It talked about materials, techniques, and has lots of projects to try. It even lists the supplies needed and the best places to find them. The author explains things really well and  the photos help in clarifying things. If I could only have one book on stamp carving, this would be the one I’d pick.

~Reviewed by Andrea O.

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