|I bought a eraser stamp at Daiso for $1.50. You can buy other carving blocks|
but I wanted to try using inexpensive materials for this project and it worked just fine.
The cutting tools are Speedball linoleum cutters.
|These are the two sets of stamps I carved mounted with rubber cement on blocks of wood.|
|I used the "three mark" stamp with the blue ink pad trying to get close to the edge of the envelope.|
|The next step is to use the single airmail "mark" stamp with a red ink pad and stamp|
in between the blue "marks".
|Here are some of the finished stamped envelopes with my new stamps.|
I used craft paper envelopes and used an airmail stamp I found at raft.net. I didn't trust myself to cut out letters! I am not accurate enough or skilled enough for the linoleum cutters. As you can see I made two sets of stamps. The first one the airmail "marks" are wider and the second one I made was skinnier. I plan to make a third more accurate set but as usual when I see an idea and I want to make it FAST and now. My version is pretty funky but definitely one of a kind envelopes for mail art!
|Here is the great book by Christine Schmidt called Print Workshop showing|
all sorts of hand printing techniques including making rubber stamps.