Workspace Wednesday – Stamp Street and a Craft Fail

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Hello There Buttoneers, Just popping in today to share with you what I have been playing around with on my workspace this week.

I realised it had been a long while since I carved some handmade stamps and I really love how therapeutic it can be, so I grabbed my tools and had a play.

You can see my other hand-carved stamps here, here and here

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I had the idea to create a little street of individual houses from my Street-scape Stamp but this time around wanted the little houses to be independent so I could arrange and rearrange them differently each time I printed them down. 

I started by drawing out a simple house idea onto the rubber in pencil to use as a cutting guide. I kept the lines simple so that I could start off easy and work in detail as I pick up my carving confidence again! 

Little House of Love Stamp - Workspace Wednesday - Stamp Street and a Craft Fail at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

I cut along to simple lines with my craft knife and then carved out the ‘fleshy bit’ using my Linoleum Cutter (I use this Lino Cutter here)

Stamped Houses - Workspace Wednesday - Stamp Street and a Craft Fail at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

I created a range of little houses and buildings on small pieces of rubber and dreamt them up as I went along.

Heart House Stamp - Workspace Wednesday - Stamp Street and a Craft Fail at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

Carved Stamp House - Workspace Wednesday - Stamp Street and a Craft Fail at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

I then grabbed my ink and held my breath as I stamped them down and hoped that they would print okay!

Printed Little Houses - Workspace Wednesday - Stamp Street and a Craft Fail at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

I like to use VersaMagic Chalk Ink as I love the matt finish and chalky colours that don’t leave any nasty residue. They have such lovely names for the colours too! 

Ink and Stamped House - Workspace Wednesday - Stamp Street and a Craft Fail at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

I really loved how they turned out! They are so sweet when they are printed down in a little row.

I love how child-like they look, like little illustrations of a fairy village!

Handmade Stamp Street - Workspace Wednesday - Stamp Street and a Craft Fail at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

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Stamped Street of Houses - Workspace Wednesday - Stamp Street and a Craft Fail at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

I also attempted to make a hand-carved Eliston Button stamp for my packaging but it turned into a complete craft fail! Can you spot what I did wrong!?

Eliston Button Backwards Stamp - Workspace Wednesday - Stamp Street and a Craft Fail at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

Yep, You’ve got it…I carved it the wrong way around and totally forgot, right up until I stamped it down, that I had to carve words backwards! Ahh! I could have cried as it had taken so long!

Eliston Button Carved Stamp Fail - Workspace Wednesday - Stamp Street and a Craft Fail at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

Luckily, before I threw it out, I realised that if I inked it up and stamped it onto a new rubber block that I would have the words already mapped out ready to carve the correct way around. So before I gave up altogether, I threw myself back into carving and was really pleased with the result. I am so glad I didn’t give up. It’s not perfect yet, but I think with a little practise I can develop it nicely. Practise makes perfect after all! 

Eliston Button Hand Carved Stamp - Workspace Wednesday - Stamp Street and a Craft Fail at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

What do you think of the little houses? What sort of house would you carve in your street? Did you spot the crafting fail!? If you could have a stamp of anything what would it be? 

I am always on the lookout for new stamping inspiration so meet me for a chat with a cup of tea in the comments below. I’ll click the kettle on!

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