Get Messy Art Journal stamping

Hand carved stamps are great to use in art journaling. For this week’s Get Messy Art Journal pages, I used simple circle stamp I carved from a Speedball Speedy-Cut Carving Blocks. This circle stamp is about 1″ in diameter. I really like how it looks stamped somewhat randomly on the page, occasionally overlapping.

LINOLEUM CUTTER: The linoleum cutter I used to make the stamp is a Speedball linoelum cutter and two blades, sizes 1 and 2 (they are interchangeable) that I bought many years ago from an art supply store.

INK PAD: I used an ink pad I already owned Palette Hybrid Inkpad by Stewart Superior in black. I love it’s matte finish. I bought it to stamp on muslin bags, so this ink pad also works on surfaces other than paper.

PAPER PUNCH: On the right page, I used a Fiskars 2″ Round ‘n Round circle punch to cut a circle out of a page of sheet music (thrift store find) and another circle cut out of scrapbooking paper.

PAPER: I used heavyweight white cardstock from Michael’s: Recollections brand, 110 lb. I love how thick this paper is, but it does seem to take more work to cut it so I anticipate using more blades as I trim it from 8.5×11 to these 4.25×5.5 sizes (I get four sheets out of a letter-sized sheet).

Have you used hand carved stamps in art journaling? I’m thinking about printing this circle stamp on fabric. Have you tried stamping on fabric? Write your tips in the comments.


Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.


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