It's the hottest new thing to hit the stamping world! Why settle for store-bought stamps that don't have exactly the design you crave, when you can give them that personal touch by handcrafting them yourself. All it takes is simple, inexpensive tools (a gouge with a carving blade) and materials (soft, easy-to-sculpt foam) to open up a world of infinite stamp shapes and possibilities. Plenty of tips reveal the secrets of coming up with patterns, transferring images to a carving material, and creating a variety of effects-including one that looks just like a woodblock print. The spotlight shines on the stamps themselves, but there are 20 projects, too. Carve whimsical 'postage stamps' to embellish mail art. Cut a simple tree and a separate leaf pattern; you can use them either individually or in conjunction with different colored inks on everything from pillows to wooden boxes. Transfer your signature onto rubber and adorn cards or gifts. And, if you need even more ideas, an eye-opening gallery will provide you with the inspiration.