They're so simple.
Here's what you'll need:
Carving blocks (Speedball Speedy Carve Blocks are a great choice, you can find them here or here.)
A linolium cutter with different tips (#1,#2, #5) -- I got mine from this great starter kit.
A utility knife or X-Acto knife
Ink pad for stamping
Car Template, which you can download here.
Before we start, let's take a look at the linoleum carving tips. I have a #1, #2, and #5 tip. The #1 tip (shown on the right) is used for outlining your image. Tip #5 is in the middle. It yields a wider cut. On the left is tip #2, which gives a deep, but still narrow cut.
Turn it over and place your image on your carving block and trace the image with a ball point pen.
You should end up with your image in light pencil on your carving block.
If you like, you can darken your image with a ball point pen.
Using an X-Acto knife or utility knife cut out the stamp, to make your work surface a little smaller.
Take your linoleum cutter and using a #1 tip, start to carve away along the outline of your image.
Keep going until you've outlined the entire image including any details.
Switch to a tip that gives a little deeper cut (like a #2 tip) and cut away more around your outline of your image.
Continue cutting away more with a wider tip (like a #5 tip).
Finally cut away some of the excess block from around your stamp with your X-Acto knife.
Continue for your other stamps.
Finally let your little artist have fun. (Make sure your ink pads are washable for your little ones!) Here's what Connor did! I love it!
Here's the full picture. He added the sky, a bird and one of the butterfly Valentines we made earlier this week (complete with lollipop body). He also drew a picture of a sun and asked me to make a stamp out of it. Somehow I see more stamp making in my future.