Thursday, March 13, 2008
Things With Wings & Stamp Carving
I have carved stamps before, even with the 5th graders at school, but when I saw that the GPP Street Team Challenge this month was stamp carving I had a fun idea. I decided to carve my own stamps for my Things With Wings itty bitty swap at Frenzy Stamper. I started with a stamp that I had doodled and carved with the kids for my background. Next, I carved a bird stamp that would be my focal point. I know you may be thinking why do you need to carve a bird, you have a million, and you can buy birds everywhere. While that is true this is a special bird inspired by my favorite lime green pajama bottoms. (Even after making my Color Wheel Book that I posted earlier I am still not over this bird.)
For some reason the Quick Cut I was working with would not let me transfer the bird image. Believe me I tried everything I could think of! Finally, I just cut a stencil of the bird and traced it onto the quick cut and I finally had a shape I liked. Next, it was time to carve. WARNING: Carving stamps is addictive! If you've never done it you should try! It's so fun to think I made that stamp. I always have little wavy edges or bits that I didn't all get carved out that I must leave because I like their charm.
I stamped the larger back ground stamp with a soft green Memories ink pad so that it was so light you could just see a hint of it and put the bird on top. I am always adding a quote and this one says "For a long time, she flew only when she thought no one was looking." A bit of ribbon, and a bit of my photocopied pajama paper and I was set.
I also noticed that Kelly Kilmer had a few of her carved stamps in a post the other day that were so cool!