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Carve, Stamp, Play: Designing and Creating Custom Stamps [Paperback]

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

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28 Jan 2014

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!

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"If you like printing and stitching, check out this book. It's top notch." --"The Grand Rapids Press""The author is generous in sharing details of the brands she prefers, of websites where you can download free designs and how to achieve little details to make your designs more unique. For each design there are examples of how the stamps have been used for book covers, tags and jewellery. I particularly liked the method of creating your own stamps from photographs." --"Workshop on the Web"

About the Author

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer is a self-taught mixed media collage artist. She has been published in many magazines including Cloth Paper Scissors, Quilting Arts Gifts, and Quilt Scene. Julie has made several instructional videos, and currently designs stencils for The Crafter's Workshop.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to make stamps, both simple and complex. 2 Dec 2013
By K. Officer - Published on
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I love this book! It's a very in depth course on creating your own stamps. The book starts off with the basics and then progresses to more complex designs. She covers alphabets, simple designs, faux woodcut stamps and interlocking and layered stamps. The icing on the cake, though, for me is the inclusion of how to take a photograph of a person and make that image into a stamp. How fun is that! I have been waiting for a while for this book to be released and I have to tell you, it does not disappoint!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME * TALENTED * AUTHOR 9 Dec 2013
By Maddie :-) - Published on
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If you are new to rubber stamp carving Julie makes this soooo... easy. Everything you need to know, explained in great detail is in this book. Supplies you will need and why you need them are listed. There is clip art you can actually copy so your first stamps will turn out like the authors. Tons of big pictures and clear directions. You can't help but succeed. If I could give this more than 5 stars I would.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done Winner That's Sure To Please! 12 Dec 2013
By MusingCrow - Published on
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I have followed Ms. Balzer's blog for some years and enjoy her work a lot.
When I pre-ordered her book I wasn't sure how it would turn out. There have been times in the past when I have enjoyed people's work, and then they produce a book - and it turns out to be a disappointment in one way or another.

I am happy to say that this is NOT the case with this delightful book! It's a great book!

It's well done, well thought out, well illustrated, and it is beautifully photographed! It's a whimsical, easy to follow joy ride through the fascinating, art-full world of creating your own stamps and artwork. There are lots of tips and tricks included with the basic directions.

This book is a great place to start carving stamps, but there is plenty in the pages to tantalize even well seasoned stamp carvers. It's a well done winner that's sure to please!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific ! 7 Jan 2014
By Kathryne H. - Published on
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I love this book ! Julie Fei-Fan Balzer is one of my favorite mixed-media artists, and in this book, she takes you step-by-step through the making of several different types of rubber-stamp making. From product suggestions and choices, to carving, stamping, designing, and visual samples of how to use the rubber stamps, Julie does a wonderful job in leading us through this wonderful and creative process !
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carve Stamp Play 5 Jan 2014
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This book is excellent - from beginners and on to advanced. It gives pleny of info on designing, cutting and placement. And it goes on to show how to do patterns and more. If you get just one book on stamp carving - I would go with this one.
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