Block Printing with Speedball Speedy Carve

Speedball Speedy Carve Block cutThe Speedball Speedy Stamps are made from a high density rubber which can be easily carved to make unique stamps for a multitude of surfaces. The Speedy Carve Blocks are a flexible and durable alternative to lino and do not crack, crumble or break. Their ability to bend abound shapes, such as glasses or plant pots, gives them a more diverse use than traditional lino printing. The blocks are available in 3 sizes 7.5cm x 10cm, 10cm x 15cm and 15cm x 30cm.

Prints can be transferred onto fabric and scarves, paper, cards, plant pots, book covers, felt and more, depending on the paint or ink used.

Clip art images from your PC or freehand pencil drawings can be used as a template and transferred onto the block. Freshly printed images should transfer easily provided the ink is still wet. To transfer the image, place it face down onto the block and scratch the back of it with a spoon handle.


Prints from a Speedball Speedy Stamp are created from a series of cuts from the block, this is the traditional technique used for block printing. See our Printed Card project page for another example of this.

To cut the block, use the Linozip Safety Cutter.

This image of the Fleur-de-Lis can be created from two cuts.

Speedy Stamp Cutting

Cutting a design into a stampTransfer the image onto the Speedy Stamp. Begin by carving a trough around the outline of the image with the Linozips Safety Cutter. The carved away areas will not print; the raised remaining portion is what will become the image.

Remove the remainder of the raised area, in this case, the area indicated in yellow (image 1).

You will be left with a stamp that has a raised design, indicated in black (image 2).

This is the stage at which you create your first print.

  1. It is important to set up registration for your printing block to ensure that it prints on the paper in the same place every time. Read Kerry Day’s excellent tutorial about how to align your prints (opens in a new website).
  2. How to create a Fleur-de-Lis stampApply thick paint such as Essdee Block Printing ink, Jacquard Neopaque, Speedball ink or Selectasine to the block using the brayer and ink tray to ensure even coverage. The design is in two colours and therefore the first colour must be lighter so that it can be overprinted.
  3. Align the paper over the inked lino block and rub the back of the paper with a burnisher to help transfer the ink.
  4. Carefully remove the paper. The blocks are fairly pliable and can be peeled away with ease.
  5. Make further prints as desired. Remember that the print is created in two stages so it is important to print everything you want during this stage. Alternatively, it is possible to make a duplicate stamp with the second stage cut away so that the stamps can be used again.

How to create a Fleur-de-Lis stampImage 3 shows the second stage of the print. Cut out the next stage of your design into the original block. Remove more of the rubber and repeat the steps above. Use a darker colour, until the final print has been achieved.

If you want to add further detail to your design, you can make subsequent cuts to the stamp and use metallic or opaque paints to accentuate areas of the design.

Please note that results will vary depending on the inks or paints used. We recommend that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.

If you would like to try this for yourself, please browse our range of block printing equipment to get started!

Speedball Speedy Carve Blocks

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