How To Make Layered Images With The Speedball Speedy-Carve Stamp Blocks

Posted by Kim Dellow
Love the look of layered stamps? How about making your own? A quick guide to using Speedball Speedy-Carve Stamp Blocks to make layered stamps.

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Layering stamps is very popular in the stamping world at the moment. Have you seen them? They are the images that are built up by stamping a number of different stamps that have the shape of part of the image over the top of each other to build a complete image, such as a flower of a leaf. They are so fun and you can make your own using one of my all-time favourite products: the Speedball Speedy-Carve Stamp Blocks. I'll keep it simple to get us started but as you get more confident you can make the images as complex as you want.

Here Is What You Will Need:

Carving tools (the Speedball Speedy-Carve Stamp Making Kit has some to get you started)

Speedball Speedy-Carve Stamp Blocks

Pencil - soft

Pigment ink, e.g. Memento LUXE

Piece of plastic



Let’s Make!

Start with the biggest part of the image, such as the outline of the basic shape, and draw it onto the Speedball Speedy-Carve Stamp Block with a pencil.


There are a lot of ways you can get your design onto the Speedball Speedy-Carve Stamp Block: a soft lead pencil is a good method when hand drawing the design as it allows you to erase any mistakes directly off the surface.

Use the cutting tool to cut around the outline – use slow, smooth cutting motions to keep the lines as smooth as possible. Work around the shape removing all the excess surface.

You can also trim down the stamp with scissors but remember to make it slightly bigger than the design, otherwise you won’t have room for the stamp on the back (see the next steps!).


Keep your fingers away from the direction of the blade!

Ink up the new stamp with a slow-drying pigment ink and carefully stamp it onto a non-absorbent surface like a piece of plastic from some packaging.


It might be a bit slippy stamping pigment ink on plastic so be careful not to smear the design.

Now turn the stamp over and press the image on the plastic onto the back of the Speedy-Carve.


Again, it might be slippy so be-careful!

Using the outline of the stamped image as a guide you can now use a pencil to draw in the next layer of the stamped image. This one should add a bit more detail to the final image. Carve out the stamp.

Stamp out the images of both sides of the Speedy-Carve stamp you have just carved and then layer them. You might want to remove some of the excess surface if you are getting extra bits of ink in places you don’t want it, so carve them away as needed.

So this is a very simple two-layered design but you can easily make your design more complex with several layers on different pieces of Speedball Speedy-Carve Stamp Blocks. Remember that you can use both sides of the block as shown above and also remember to store them together in a box or a bag so you don’t lose any of your layers!

Thanks for popping by. Happy Crafting!