Happy October! This month makes your think of pumpkins, black cat and omg it’s almost Christmas!
As a treat (no tricks!), my halloween stamp design is available as a free stamp carving template!
If you’re a beginner, I would recommend carving each element separately and putting it together or creating your own layout altogether.
If you do carve this, please tag me on instagram, I’d love to see your work!
Download here: Link
I’ll also do a mini review on the DAISO stamp carving rubber, which I used to make this stamp.
This rubber is half the thickness of the SEED stamp carving rubber that I usually use in my carving/classes but I like that it already has the coloured top layer. Having the top layer like that does not require a lot of rubber prep, so that’s an advantage.
When it comes to carving, you might have to tug at it with the knife a bit more than usual, it’s more flexible which is not a good thing when it comes to finer details so start with a bigger shape to help you get used to the material.
When it comes to printing, the rubber is not suited to carving bigger designs because you will have to place the stamp on the table and then your media on top rather than the traditional way of stamping. However, this method is similar to printmaking so to make the most of it, I would recommend the use of a Baren.
In conclusion, I would recommend the Daiso rubber if you find it difficult to buy the Japanese stamp carving rubber. It is also cheaper and great for beginners but do remember to adjust your carving style as the material feel differs.
I hope you found this useful! Please let me know if you have any questions!