- Firstly you will need a rubber printing block plus some cutting tools. There are two basic types, V-shaped & U-shaped.
- Transfer or draw the image you want to carve onto the rubber block - remember all writing needs to be backward! Start with a simple shape or word to get the hang of it.
- You can use both side of the carving block.
- Then with either a sharp knife or the edge of a carving tool, lightly cut around your outline.
- Something important that I read AFTER I had finished was the cut should be angled away from the design and not vertical.
- Then carefully carve away the rubber from your design - you should only be left with the design you wish to print.
- I was really suprised at how easy it carves - almost like butter!
In this instance I just used an ordinary fabric ink stamping pad and it worked fine.
Ok, it wasn't the greatest design or result in the world and it was quite time consuming BUT it was so relaxing and my girls were mesmerised watching me. Miss 8 thought I was soooo clever!