Monday, January 12, 2009

I was getting really tired of all the super restrictive angel policies with paper crafting last week. You can't sell die cuts, you can't use stamps on your stuff to sell, the list goes on. So I got the idea that I wanted to try carving my own stamps. I thought this might be another expensive hobby, but it really isn't, and it's pretty easy to get started. After getting some great advice in this thread about it, I first tried making them out of an eraser. That's right, I rode my bike to the Dollar store and got 2 pink erasers for $1 and carved them with an exacto knife. Here's that one:

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So then I was excited because it wasn't all that difficult to do. I went to Hobby Lobby and checked out their art section. I found a good tool kit that was made by Speed ball. It was $15, but a nice lady behind me gave me her coupon. I also bought a small amount of speedy carve linoleum rubber, which is made specifically for rubber stamping. I'd like to try Mastercarve next because I've heard great things about it. I'm hoping to post a tutorial on this soon.

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This one is an owl on a branch, but I think it turned out to look more like a leaping cat or something. My husband suggested adding lines to make the branch look more like wood. What do you think?
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Here's Maddux, either helping or giving me an evil look for ignoring him while making stamps:
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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I just saw some Japanese stamps that our art teacher had middle schoolers make. They looked like a lot of fun. She has a book of designs.

Denise said...

I think you should go ahead and put the owl in your shop. He is cute.

Hi! said...

Great stamps! I really like the owl.
Angela - FlutterBuggCreations

beachbunnydesigns said...

Wow that's so neat! You made some great designs :)

Melinda, Western MA said...

Nice designs. I like that teacup.

RedMarionette said...

Ha! that cat has a great look!

Mandy said...

Those are so cool! The monkey is especially adorable.

And the expression on your cat's face is priceless.