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!