This is probably the craftiest thing we've attempted thus far and it was crazy fun! Zach was in love with the idea of carving our own stamps from the first mention, and wouldn't let it drop until we boogied on over to the local art store and got some supplies. Basically cutting/ carving tool, soft-kut printing blocks, and some ink.
We opted for the lower end carving block since this was a rookie attempt. I let Zach draw a picture right on there in pencil. He drew a ship, shocking I know.
Then the carving. I'll admit I was nervous not just about Zach handling a sharp carving tool, but also about me butchering his work when I carved.
It was a little rough, the cheaper rubber blocks tend to crumble, but we got the hang of it eventually.
We also opted for cheaper stamp ink for the first go around and only stamped odds and ends from the recycling bin. But now that we have the hang of it, we're going to sniff out some better ink and make a go at creating something useful... some cards, baggies, labels,wrapping paper,gift bags... something.
If you want to see how the pros do this, head on over to Soulemama which is where I first got the idea. I dare not actually attempt to draw any of my own stamps, I think we'll stick to Zach's creations. Besides there is a certain appeal to a kid drawn design.
Even if it IS a monohull.