Multi-layered hand cut stamps

I’ve only had my hand-cut stamp obsession for a short time, but I have recently managed to take it to the next level by designing stamps with several parts, so that they can be printed in layers to give a more complex result.

Here’s the little owl I tried it out on:

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The first layer is blue, the second lilac, and on top is pepper (charcoalish kind of grey).

Here’s what you need to do it:

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All the regular stuff for cutting stamps:  an Ezy-Carve rubber block, lino cutting tools, an Xacto knife, pigment ink pads, a ruler.  If you aren’t comfortable drawing freehand, a pencil and tracing paper will come in handy, too.

Cut your rubber stamps with the three layers in mind:

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You can see there’s nothing fancy about them, but when you bring them together the result is pretty cute.

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The beauty of using layers in a design like this is that it gives the owls’ eyes expressive qualities.  They all look like they are looking in different places, which I think gives them a nice, quirky look.

Then all that is left to do is go crazy, and stamp away!

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Have fun.

jf

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