Saturday, 28 November 2009

Stamp carving

I've been messing around with stamp carving on and off for a while now, but I've never made a stamp I'm really pleased with. Recently I joined an interesting postal letterboxing swap for which I need to carve two stamps and make a couple of little booklets to imprint other people's stamps. The four that I came up with this morning left a lot to be desired: the eye was probably the only useable one, and I think this will become my "signature stamp". The one in the top right hand corner is a megaphone but looks very much like an axe head.

I really liked the idea of the "snail mail" stamp, but the first one I made looked more like a squirrel peeking out after I accidentally cut off some material next to the snail's shell. So I decided to have another go at making a snail on a mailbox, and this one came out a little better.

This evening I made one of the booklets. The cover is made of paint chips - I was going to make the whole booklet out of paint chips, but when I tried stamping onto one of them, it was not only very easy to smudge, but the ink took way too long to dry. I guess they are not absorbent enough. So I just have ordinary paper inside the booklet. Ho-hum, I would have liked something a bit different, but it was not to be.

That's pretty much all I've done today, apart from get a haircut and do some washing. I did sleep in this morning though - my next door neighbours were having a noisy party and I think the last (very drunk) guests left about 3am!


Angie said...

That is so cute. What are paint chips?

Sam said...

Paint know, the little cards with paint colours...I always raid a few whenever I go to Bunnings....see my flickr, I'm just about to post what I made.

marionjoy said...

excellent stamps sam ..

MafiosaGrrl said...

Awww, I love your snail- mail stamp. That's darling!

Sam said...

Thanks, Angie, marionjoy and MafiosaGrrl!

Related Posts with Thumbnails