Friday, January 27, 2012

Carving My Own Stamp Blocks

My personal challenge for the month was to make some stamps from scratch.  I first wrote about my plan at the beginning of the month:

But what happened?

I had a lot of fun!  I started out with some easy shapes, to discover how it all  worked.  And I made a circle and heart.  See all of the lines near the bottom of the heart, that I didn't carve away?  Oh dear!  But then, I like how the stamped image looks and decided to keep it that way.

For making stamps, you have to invest in a carving tool of some sort.   I bought a hand chisel from Speedball, that came with various tips.  You can use stamp pads to get different colors onto your blocks.  Or color the blocks themselves, with acrylics or watercolors, like my little car below.  When you use watercolors though, you have to act fast or the color will dry.

Making my own stamps have become a regular part of my AlphabeThursday.    
This little car fit in nicely for my Letter J: Journey.  

And last week, I carved an Ice Cream Cone

So, I feel this challenge worked out great; 
I had fun, learned a new technique, and   
found something I can use in my journals.


memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Love your heart :) And I think the lines make it more interesting.
What a fun new craft to add to your journals and card making!

Rose said...

I love your stamps! I agree with Edi that the lines really add character to your heart.

BeadedTail said...

I love the heart just the way it is!

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

I liked your ice cream cone when you first blogged about it, but now the heart! Oh my, it's wonderful! I like the little lines at the bottom -- gives it some movement, like it's beating...
Great challenge project!

Splendid Little Stars said...

wonderful stamps! How fun to make your own!
You can mist a stamp with water if you don't want the ink (paint, whatever) to dry. You can also huff on it to moisten it with your breath. I've used the first technique to give a water color effect to a stamped image using stamp ink.
I'll look forward to seeing more stamps that you make.

Judy Nolan said...

I kind of like the lines outside the heart; they give movement to it, sort of like a beating heart. What did you use for the stamp itself?

Jenny said...

I love that little heart! It's so happy and fun!

Erika said...

I featured your post in today's link party!

It’s a Wrap Link Party at Artful Rising


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