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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 102 ENTRIES / A whole lotta hand-carved rubber-stampy stamps! on: September 08, 2014 08:00:08 AM


So, here it is, short and sweet:  I *love* to hand-carve stamps.  Love love LOVE.  So every now and then I'll host a hand-carved stamp swap.  Just to get my groove on.  [And, ooo, do we have *ripping* fun when that swap rolls around, just in case you haven't had a chance to participate!  (hint hint hint)]

The sets showing here were made for Hand-Carved Stamp Swap--Round 4.

In the interest of full-disclosure---these were made for *nine* separate partners, but all as part of one swap---so if this doesn't fit under the "one project with multiple components clause" of the Craftster Challenge rules, I am happy to bow out!  Smiley

And, yes, I do get obsessive and feel compelled to package all my stampies in little baggies.

So, without further ado,

Here are the stampy-stamps!

This one was a design I copied off the web:

Original design:

Original design:

All but the lighthouse were original designs:

Original designs:

Original designs:

Okay, yes, these were definitely original designs (naughty, naughty me)
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From a design from the internet:

And for those of you who are thrilled with the idea of hand-carving stamps, check out the link to our most recent swap Hand-Carved Stamp Swap--Round 5.  The swap information section is chockety full of hand-carving info, links, and fun times!  [Yes, tragically, this swap has been completed!  But I may be getting the urge to start up another one].

Okay, ha ha---talk about talking up a swap!  lol  [Bad WideEyedLife!  Bad bad bad!]

And on that note: May the Gods of Hand-Carved Stamping smile upon you!
Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Frederick the Literate: A cross-stitch-topia of obsessive proportion on: September 01, 2014 08:33:37 AM

My completed project (I just can't get this photo to show up any larger!)

So, I started this project in 2005 (yes, folks, 2005), and FINALLY FINISHED!  "What took so long?" one might ask.  "Sure, it's a GIGANTIC cross-stitch project, but still---9 years?!"

Well, what took so long was my strange obsession with not following the pattern.   *ha ha*

This kit, based on Charles Wysocki's painting Frederick the Literate, had, I noticed, lost something in translation from painting to cross-stitch pattern. 

The original Wysocki painting

The original pattern (close-ups are of areas of the pattern that I ultimately altered to be less blocky, or I changed the titles of)

So, to make it more like the original, I free-drew the parts I didn't like, using thread as the medium---which meant I wasn't using the 1/2 stitches the pattern called for, but more like 1/18ths; and all the text in the original pattern?---I ignored the pattern completely, and free-embroidered to match the titles on the original painting as much as possible.

It was the text that got me.  Such a challenge to hand-write in embroidery thread that it took me *forever* to finish the book titles---I'd do a title or two then put it down until I had the patience to do the next.

My version:

So, there you have it.  All done!

Oh, and silly me, I realized in making this post that I'm NOT DONE YET!  I missed THE WHISKERS!  Ha ha!  What a dork!  So, still a little more to go---
But you get the idea!  lol

3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Hand-carved Stamp Swap--Round 5 Gallery! :D on: February 05, 2014 07:05:08 AM

Post all your lovely rubber-stampies here!  Smiley

Original Swap Thread
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Hand-Carved Stamp Swap--Round 5 (Signups 1/5 to 1/31; SEND OUT 3/1) on: January 05, 2014 12:04:40 PM

We have a sender!

Hello all!  Ring in the new year with the ripping excitement of another round of hand-carved rubber stamps!  Doesn't matter if there are a few or many participants in this swap, it will be a heck of a lot of fun.  Come join!  Yay!


List of participants:
1. WideEyedLife   ---WideEyedLife's pinterest---
2. Koreena  ---Koreena's pinterest---
3. elyxandra   ---elyxandra's pinterest---
4. dfabbric    ---dfabbric's pinterest---
5. Wulf  ---Wulf's pinterest---
6. jexxican  ---jexxican's pinterest---
7. kosmicgirl
8. ameliarator
9. SilverMoon  ---SilverMoon's pinterest---
10. adrienne_bowers  ---adrienne_bowers' pinterest---
11. Artmomto5 ---Artmomto5's pinterest---
12. Oath Keeper ---Oath Keeper's pinterest---
13. vincentvanbuck ---vincentvanbuck's pinterest
14. euphemasaurus ---euphemasaurus' pinterest
15. skittlebub ---skittlebub's pinterest---
16. KittyHerman ---KittyHerman's pinterest---

Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy  Partners!  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

Sending late with communication
Please contact organizer
Flaked (Please don't make me use this color!   Undecided)
Feedback given

1.   WideEyedLife---------------->Artmomto5, Wulf, adrienne_bowers, KittyHerman
2.   Koreena----------------------->jexxican, euphemasaurus, KittyHerman, Wulf, adrienne_bowers
3.   elyxandra--------------------->SilverMoon, Wulf, jexxican
4.   dfabbric----------------------->jexxican, vincentvanbuck
5.   Wulf--------------------------->WideEyedLife, kosmicgirl, elyxandra, Koreena
6.   jexxican----------------------->elyxandra, Koreena, dfabbric
7.   kosmicgirl--------------------->Wulf, SilverMoon, ameliarator
8.   ameliarator------------------->euphemasaurus, Artmomto5, kosmicgirl, KittyHerman
9.   SilverMoon------------------->kosmicgirl, elyxandra
10. adrienne_bowers----------->WideEyedLife, KittyHerman, vincentvanbuck, Artmomto5, Oath Keeper, Koreena, euphemasaurus
11. Artmomto5------------------->adrienne_bowers, ameliarator, WideEyedLife
12. Oath Keeper----------------->vincentvanbuck, adrienne_bowers, KittyHerman
13. vincentvanbuck-------------->KittyHerman, adrienne_bowers, Oath Keeper, dfabbric
14. euphemasaurus------------->Skittlebub, ameliarator, Koreena, adrienne_bowers
15. Skittlebub--------------------->euphemasaurus, KittyHerman
16. KittyHerman------------------>adrienne_bowers, vincentvanbuck, Skittlebub, Oath Keeper, Koreena, WideEyedLife, ameliarator

Rubber stamps can be made of carving rubber (can be purchased online or at a craft store like Michaels) or from erasers (youll need a new one of good quality).  Scroll down for some answers to frequently asked questions.

For this swap you will be making one stamp for each partner assigned to you (optional 2 to 10 partners
---See Frequently Asked Questions below for more info about partner assignment.).

Youll have 4 weeks for designing/carving, but of course you can send out as soon as youre ready.  It's a good idea to go about purchasing supplies as soon as you sign up, so you can make sure you've got everything you need.  Smiley

Swap name: Hand-carved Stamp Swap -- Round 5
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: WideEyedLife
Sign-up date range: Jan 5 to Jan 31
Date to send item by: Saturday, March 1st

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No, but I'll need a co-org if we go over 25.
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
Additional Age requirement? No

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Send questionnaire in to WideEyedLife  IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.  Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

1. Please PM the organizer when you send or receive a package.  (It's also good to notify the person you received from or are sending to.)
2.  Label the message as Stamp Swap--Sent or Stamp Swap--Received.

*Name of swap: Handmade Rubber Stamp Round 5
*Craftster username
*Email address
*Your real name
*Mailing address, formatted as it must written for a package to correctly reach your home, including the country.
*Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
*Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)
*Do you have a camera or scanner so that you can post pictures of the stamps your receive?
*Is delivery confirmation (or its equivalent) required for this swap?
*Do you consider yourself a beginner, intermediate or advanced stamp carver?  (See Frequently Asked Questions below)
*What is the max number of partners you want to have for this swap? (2-10)?
*What is the ideal number of partners you want to have for this swap? (2-10)?
*Are you a gouger or a X-acto knife carver (or other, please explain)?
*Do you use erasers or carving material?:
*Is there any design that you would absolutely not want to receive?  (eg.  nudity, Japanese, zombies, swearing, religious...)
*What kind of designs would you like to receive? (tattoo flash, floral, victorian era stuff, games, abstract, animals...)
*What kind of designs would you like to make?
*What kind of crafts do you use your stamps for?
*Do you have a pinterest?  (Any special pinterest "boards" your partners could reference for this swap?)
*May I post a link to your pinterest for others to browse?
*Do you have any allergies?
*Are there any allergens in your home (pets, smoking?)
*Anything else your partners need to know about you?

Round 1
Round 2
Round 3
Round 4

It is OH so important to post pictures of the amazing stamps you receive!  This is the best way in the world to let it be known how special it is that you've received a wonderful treasure of someone else's creativity!    Cheesy
Please post pictures/scans of your received stamps in the gallery (or make arrangements with your partner to do so).


How do I know what "level" I am?
Heres a rough guideline:
  • Beginner: Youve never done this before and consider yourself, umm, in more of an experimental stage.  Perhaps you dont own any tools, erasers, or carving medium.
  • Intermediate: Youve done this before, but are hoping to improve your technique.
  • Advanced: You are mostly satisfied with your technique.

What size stamps am I making?
Just be smart.  Larger than 3x3 inches probably wouldn't be typical---though is totally acceptable---, but smaller than 1x1 would probably be too small,---of course it may be that quality makes up for size, so the rule isn't for sure.  If you have any concerns about the size of what you're making, PM your receiving partner, or post your question in this thread.  Be sure and check out the links to previous swaps to get an idea what others have done.

How are partners assigned for this swap?
  • Participants will be organized into swapping groups according to their questionnaire answers.
  • Groups will have 3 to 6 participants each.
  • Individual participants might be part of multiple groups.
1)A person will be assigned no more partners than the max partners they stated they would accept in the questionnaire.
2)A person will be assigned partners as close as possible to the ideal number they stated in their questionnaire.

What about extras?
In this swap more than others I've seen, people may tend to send extra stamps.  *THIS IS NOT REQUIRED NOR SHOULD IT BE EXPECTED.*  Sometimes people send along a "goof-up" stamp, or stamps they made just because they were having too much fun to stop.  Or even some small extra supplies or doo-dads.  For this specific swap, extras are okay.  But neither need anyone feel at all guilty that they only send the swap requirements.

It's a good idea to communicate with your partner about extras.  And please remember that if you choose to send extras without communicating with your partners, they have no obligation to send you any extras themselves.  Smiley

How do I know if the stamp I made is good enough?
 Kiss  This is a swap for crafters of all levels.  But if youre concerned about your stamp, a good rule of thumb is that if you like it enough to wish you could keep it yourself, than youve hit the spot.   Make something that you like; no doubt your partners will, too!  No one is expecting perfection. Smiley  Please, however, do put in your best work!

What is the best chance I have for getting a stamp I like?
*Please try to appreciate what you do get.
*Signing up for more than two partners gives you a chance to get a variety of artists work.

How do I ship the stamps?
DO NOT SHIP THESE IN A STANDARD ENVELOPE. Let's please try to avoid the crying and the weeping and the sad sad sounds of people who send stamps in standard envelopes only to realize too late that when they are run through the postal machines they get caught and have their guts ripped out.  Mangling and crushing and breakage of beautiful little rubber stampies!   Cry

These stamps will be too thick to just send in standard envelopes.  They will need to be packaged in bubble wrap envelopes, or other sturdy ways, and be handled as packages and not as letters.  DELIVERY CONFIRMATION REQUIRED, or MAILING RECEIPTS for international senders.   Wink

Do you know any tutorials?
Any more tutorials?
  • Google search "Stamp carving tutorials" for a bunch of tutes and images.
  • This craftster board has fun samples of tutorial-less sample stamps as well.

What kind of carving rubber can I use?
This is personal preference.   Smiley
I wouldn't go so far as to warn anyone off of buying any one material.  There are just too many variables than to be all-or-nothing with carving materials.  The Speedball Master-Cut is crumbly and delicate, but it is great for fine details with light pressure and if you're mounting your stamp and careful with it, no problems.  When I first started, everyone told me to get the pink stuff (Speedy Carve) or the orange, grade A PZ Kut because they were the best - and I hated both of them!  Plus, stampeaz hasn't come out with a batch of PZ Kut for over a year.  Each material is different and better suited for different levels of details as well the preference of the carver.  I'd suggest taking everyone's opinion into account and trying out a few small pieces so you have a foundation idea of what you like to carve for what.  Then you know if you prefer solid or gummy, crumbly or rubbery, thick or thin, etc.  This swap might be a great chance to swap out a few pieces of different materials you have with your partners so you can try them without a huge investment.

If I use erasers, what kind of erasers should I use?
This is also personal preference.  Go for a mini shopping spree and pick up several types to try!  Many people recommend vinyl erasers, (not pink rubber ones), as they have less tendency to crumble.  You might try WalMart, or a dollar store, or any office supply store.

What tools do I use to carve?
Anything that will dig in with a clean cut.  Some suggestions:
  • Speedy brand carving tools.
  • Sharp sewing needles work great for fine detail-work.
  • X-acto blade knives.

Do I have to mount the stamps?

How do I get the image on the carving material?
Some ideas:
  • Draw on it directly.
  • Draw it in pencil on something else and transfer it through rubbing. (Make sure lettering will stamp the right way!)
  • Laser printer method:
Print out an image with a laser printer (found out the hard way that mine isnt!!) cut out image.. put face down on your rubber and lightly dab the back with a cotton ball dipped in nail polish remover (with acetone) ... then lift paper.... image will be on your carving medium!! great for letters as you then carve our whats on your stamp and then it stamps the right way!! great for a doofus like me!! Smiley

Remember, when carving text or lettering, to carve it backwards so it stamps forwards!  lol

Grin Grin Grin  LETS GET CARVING!  Grin Grin Grin

5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Creepy Pin-Up ATCs; a little naughty, and oh so nice! on: September 10, 2013 07:06:35 AM
Creepy Pin-ups!  Just in time for fall!  Smiley

Handdrawn/handpainted, all original by WideEyedLife
Watercolor, with touches of Prismacolor Pencils

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Welcome Fall!  Cheesy
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / UNDER CONSTRUCTION SIGNS: downloadable, printable, with tutorial! on: August 28, 2013 02:34:18 PM

Downloadable, Printable, with TUTORIAL!:
Five minutes could save you many mutilated projects Wink!

So, it has come to my attention that there has been some recent tragedy in craftsterland---in the form of projects inadvertently being destroyed by unsuspecting husbands and family members, who had no clue that the kluges and piles sitting in various places around the house weren't trash---but rather treasure in the making that ought to NEVER UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES be moved!

You know, the whole using the most recent potential decoupage as tissue for one's nose, or other arbitrary "Oh my God, you didn't!" moments.

Is it possible that such accidents could be avoided [in most cases] if there were a clear indication what ought NOT to be moved?  Shall we assume that our poor family members may be just dying to not "step in it" so often or so easily?  Could it be that we simply haven't made it obvious enough what is the danger zone?

Have I got a deal for you!

Just for jollies, I whipped up the following UNDER CONSTRUCTION signs---along with a downloadable/printable copy for anyone having a similar problem!   Cheesy

Shown in action:  After all, who would suspect this tower to be a craft project that ought NOT TO BE TOUCHED---unless it's clearly marked as UNDER CONSTRUCTION?  Cheesy


1. Download the PDF files located at the very end of this post

2. Print on sturdy paper (P.S. My color printer is out of ink, which is why these look so BAD!)

3. Cut out all pieces.  [The "barricade" will be stronger if you don't cut out between the legs"

4. To finish "barricade":

*Where it says "glue"---take the easy way and staple.

5. TA DA!

6. Explain to The Family how they work

7. USE!

P.S. The flat ones may be better in a pet-friendly household---less tendency to become toys to the felines!

And the fun thing about this is, it's an awesome way to register if we have WAY too many crafts in the making!  Reminds us to clean up a touch, when necessary, so we're not stumbling over our own crafts!

7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Ice and Fire on: August 09, 2013 07:29:56 PM

Ice and Fire--
an original ATC by WideEyedLife

For me, craftster is about Artist Trading Cards!  Yay!  I started out on Craftster in 2010, with no clue what ATCs were.  It had been years since I'd drawn (over 10)---but thanks to Craftster and [a megaton of] ATC swaps, I've gotten back into drawing and art as well, like never before!  Thank you, Craftster!

For the challenge, a watercolor ATC---watercolor being a medium I would never have tried without the influence of all my friends on Craftster.   Grin

Ice and Fire
Hand-drawn, watercolor

8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Uber-noobie-to-Watercolor ATCs---picture INTENSE! on: March 30, 2013 07:33:09 PM

So, thanks to the MANY inspiring watercolor artists on the ATC swaps---because I finally had to try it out myself!  These are my first watercolors ever, and I'm so excited by the possibilities!

Here goes nothing!  Smiley

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"Begging Eyes"

"Haute Couture: Froggy Style"

"Spring is Coming: Everyone is going out on the town"


"Just Strange"





"Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes"

"The Princess on the Glass Hill"




"April Showers"




Thanks again, all you amazing watercolor-ers, for being my inspiration!  Smiley  I hope, one day, to improve my technique to the level I want it to be at!  I am SO addicted to these now!

So, I'm wondering, all you watercolor peoples, what do you use as outliners?  I'm using a waterfast pen---but do any of you use a special pen, or pen and ink?  Or brush and ink?  How do you get the variable lines in some of your outlining?

9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / My newest ATCs on: March 01, 2013 08:55:58 AM

Been a slow few months for ATCs, but I did manage to pull these out of my hat.  YAY!:

Prismacolor Pencils.

Artist's Oils

If You've Got It, Flaunt It
Prismacolor Pencils

Silly thing, now that I've got them posted, I keep on seeing all sorts of flaws.   Roll Eyes  That's life, lol.   Grin

10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Hand-carved stamp swap, anyone? :) on: February 22, 2013 01:47:10 PM

Anyone up for another hand-carved stamp swap?  I get the itch every year or so.

Not sure if I could host or not this time, though...

(Although if I did end up hosting, it would be at least a couple of months away.)

Any thoughts?

Round three swap
Round three gallery
Round four swap
Round four gallery
Hand-carved Stamp Sample
Hand-carved Nudey Pin-up Stamp
Mini-tutorial on a hand-made stamp carving tool
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