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.
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!
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)
I created a range of little houses and buildings on small pieces of rubber and dreamt them up as I went along.
I then grabbed my ink and held my breath as I stamped them down and hoped that they would print okay!
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!
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!
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!?
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!
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!
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!