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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Nugget - multiple ways... my first more complex stamp... on: Today at 07:01:54 PM

I made this recently for legatostroke for the Craft my Pet Swap that is going on right now.  After she sent me pictures of her dogs, I looked at the one of her dog Nugget and thought he had a perfect face for making into a carved stamp.  I edited it into a a stencilized image, reversed it and printed it out on a laser printer in the size I wanted. 

I was going to try to hand draw the image of Nugget onto my stamp carving material, but then I had an idea.  I had used an orange oil to transfer images onto clothe, wood, and other things before, and thought I would try it to transfer the image onto the stamp material - and it worked!! (more about it here)

It transferred a really nice image onto the material and it made carving it out so much easier - I was able to do most of it in one evening!  I was very happy with the end result (bar a couple of little mistakes).

I stamped several times with it to try to see where I could clean the image up more, and after finishing it, I decided to use it to make two finished pieces to send to legatostroke as well, as crafted extras.

This is a 9x12 canvas that I painted with a sky-like background.  I stamped Nugget in several different colours, and trimmed them out.  I used gel medium to attach each one onto the canvas, and went over them all with another layer of gel medium to smooth it out more.  I added one of my test prints to the back as part of the title and signature - I called it Nugget - Nine Ways (+1). 

Also, I took the Nugget stamp, and inked him with a nice brown ink, and printed him several times onto a tan paper, and cut those out to make some note cards - a set of a half dozen, in tan/blue.  I loved the combination of the colours.  I added some plain beige envelopes to couple with them.

What can I say - I was thrilled how he turned out!  I was half tempted to keep him, but it would just be wrong, especially as he was not my dog!
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Silhouette Cameo Cut Notecards on: Today at 06:38:18 PM
Oh I love the fox cards!  I have been looking at that machine, but I just spent a lot of money for my annual craft festival/workshops, so I will admire from afar - those cards though, really make me want one!
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Spam, sausage, bacon, and spam - another Monty Python swap? on: Today at 04:31:13 PM
Oh that is cute!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Spam, sausage, bacon, and spam - another Monty Python swap? on: Today at 02:04:20 PM
oooooh... love RD,  and Fawlty Towers too.  Anyone ever watch Keeping Appearances, or Are You Being Served too.  Or the puppetry shoe Spitting Image?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Very simple dress on: Today at 07:19:51 AM
That looks so summery and comfortable - love the stitch detailing on the straps
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Re: Crafted Notecards Round 3 (signups 7/14-7/24 sendouts August 15) on: Today at 07:18:02 AM
I know - they become addictive.  I took a small workshop on making them as filler for some empty space in my schedule for a crafting festival/workshop series I go to every Fall, a couple of years ago, and I've been hooked since.  I just signed up a few minutes ago for another 5 days of workshops.  So I am all jazzed up to craft something 'cause I am looking forward to this year's festival.  If we get partnered soon, I may just be motivated to finish and send fast!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Whimsical Shrine Gallery on: Today at 07:13:03 AM
Darn... I sent mine off yesterday and I just had another idea for it.

I can't wait to see what everyone made!
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Re: IYP 26: So you think you can craft? SU 7/15-8/5 SO Sept 20, 2014 on: Today at 06:46:11 AM
Hello hello!  I too have been trying to restrain myself so I can concentrate on non crafting life (I'm almost 40, why should I have homework for goodness sakes - someone please talk to my boss!) or personal chores (I hate housework - I'm trying to build a strong immunity by exposure!)... but someone keeps casting out a lure and I can never say no to good bait.  This time the lure was cast by tapestrymlp and the bait is good... how could I say no?

Besides - I love to dance!
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Spam, sausage, bacon, and spam - another Monty Python swap? on: July 23, 2014 09:03:19 PM
... but we're fresh out!

<cue bazouki player>
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Re: HP emblems on: July 23, 2014 11:35:26 AM
You could do a high quality colour print - maybe a toner/laser print so there is no ink smearing, then go over the gold areas with gold paint, before gluing it on, then going over with a clear coat.
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