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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Minty Rice Heating Bag on: July 06, 2007 07:27:56 PM
this might be a silly question... but if you make one with corn and then leave it in the microwave for too long...do you get popcorn?  Cheesy
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: Hand carved rubber stamps! on: June 13, 2007 06:32:43 PM
http://www.atlasquest.com/marketplace/misterart/

Here's what I carved them into- it's called Speedy Stamp Carving Blocks by the Speedball company (the second image on that website- the pink squares). My carving tools (linoleum cutters) were also made by Speedball.

I still have some pink stuff left over so I'll make a tutorial soon when I carve the next stamp! Thanks for responses so far, you guys are quick!
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Hand carved rubber stamps! EDIT: Added tutorial! on: June 13, 2007 06:15:53 PM
The first time I carved a stamp was in the 5th grade and it was some sort of monkey for a school-wide "Save the Rainforest" campaign. Anywho I'm now a sophomore in college and suddenly got the urge to carve some more, partly due to my discovery of "letterboxing" thanks to this post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=157748.0

So here are some stamps I've carved!


Here's all 4 of them together.


A close up of the mustache stamp. There was no real reason for me to carve a mustache stamp...I just felt like it. The little guy is a dingbat from a font on this site: http://fonts.tom7.com/


A close up of my personal favorite, the sea-horse. I traced the design myself in illustrator based off of a couple sea-horse skeleton pictures.


And now for the actual prints of the stamps...


Mustache man. I enjoy him because you can draw in his eyes and hair and mouth and stuff depending on how you're feeling.


Anchor. I'm into nautical things as I live right by the beach and have this same anchor stenciled onto a bag of mine.


My favorite sea-horse. I really love this one. Don't know what I'll use it for yet, but I love it.


My friends and I came up with this design for our letterboxing name. If you're from the Jersey Shore like I am, you know we're often referred to as "shore points" on many road signs, thus our "team name." This was the first stamp I carved so it's a little rough, but I love it anyways. The duck is another dingbat from a font from the site listed above.

All the stamps are mounted on pieces of wood, except for the anchor. I just glued that to an altoids tin cause it was the right size and it does the job just fine.


If anyone wants a tutorial, feel free to ask! Enjoy Smiley



EDIT: Added my little tutorial!


Step 1: Print out your image so that it will fit on the piece of stamp material you're going to use. I did a skeleton key that I traced from a pic I found online.

Step 2: Trace all the outlines of your image using just a regular pencil. Easy peasy.


Step 3: After finished tracing, cut around the image so the area around it is smaller. Lay it, traced side down, on top of the stamp material. I usually tape it down so it doesn't move around.

Step 4: Using a pencil again, scribble all over the back of the image making sure to scribble on top of all the pencil lines on the other side.


Step 5: Voila! Your image should be transferred onto the stamp material. At this point I cut away any excess material with scissors

Step 6: After the image is transferred, I use the smallest blade that I have to carve an outline around the entire image. I also carve out any tiny areas that require detail.


Step 7: Once detailed areas are done with smaller blades, I switch to larger blades and carve away any other unnecessary areas. I trim with scissors then super-glue it to a piece of wood.

Step 8: Finally, push it into some ink and stamp it!


A few notes on supplies
As stated above, I use Speedball's Speedy Stamp (also called "pink stuff") to carve my stamps into. Great stuff! It's not crumbly and is really easy to carve: http://www.misterart.com/store/view.cfm?group_id=3553958&store=003&AID=10273655&PID=1606362

I use Speedball's Linoleum Cutters with different size blades / cutters to carve the stamps with: http://www.misterart.com/store/view.cfm?group_id=3553401&store=001&AID=10273655&PID=1606362

I use Versacraft Ink Pads (http://www.blockheadstamps.com/ink_versacraft.html) for stamping onto fabric but for paper I just use any old ink pad that I can find. I have some from Wal-Mart, Rag Shop...any brand will do. Also littlehands, I think the way the ink thins out was just a fluke, but I like it as well Smiley


Thanks for all the compliments. Carve some of your own and post em here!

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fine Silver swirling brooch with a million CZs! Precious Metal Clay (PMC) on: August 21, 2006 11:26:37 AM
It looks like a seahorse tail! I love seahorses and I love this!
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Re: What paint type? on: April 10, 2006 03:28:13 PM
I always use Tulip Soft fabric paint. It works great for me everytime. I apply it in two light coats, iron it to heat set it, and it never fades.
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: seahorse stencil on: April 10, 2006 10:27:00 AM
Thanks everyone Smiley Someone on livejournal actually suggested I submit it to threadless.com so I may be doing that in the near future.
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / seahorse stencil on: April 09, 2006 08:24:43 AM
I haven't stenciled anything new in a long time (thank you, school and midterms) so here's something I just finished last night!



It's my own design that I came up with one day during school: an upside-down seahorse with two tails forming a heart. Stenciled using freezer paper (cutting out all those islands was fun, let me tell you) and Tulip Soft fabric paint (all I ever use - highly recommended!) Also I sewed a little black heart button onto each sleeve. Enjoy!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Love Token Things for Boyfriend on: December 08, 2005 12:33:10 PM
Those are great.  Where'd you get the chains?

I've been looking for a place to get ball chain on the cheap, both in the little sizes, as well as, say, 16-18"...

I actually had all of them on hand, after collecting them from various keychains and stuff.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Love Token Things for Boyfriend on: December 06, 2005 01:14:39 PM


I made these as part of my boyfriend's Christmas gift this year. They're supposed to be little love token / voucher thingies that he can "cash in" in exchange for whatever they say on them. I made them out of polymer clay (Sculpey), poked a hole in them with a bamboo skewer, baked them, painted them with acrylics (after realizing the ink wouldn't stay on just the clay itself), stamped on the writing using individual letter stamps and black ink, sealed them with clear nail polish, and put one of those metal chains in each one.

Oh, and I wouldn't normally charge him for kisses or a back massage. Though that could turn quite a large profit...
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Scrapbooking with dried rose petals on: October 27, 2005 01:53:05 PM
I have a whole bunch of rose petals that I have dried and pressed from a bouquet that my boyfriend gave me for one of our anniversaries  Smiley What I was wondering is, what would be the best way to glue these to a scrapbook page? Should I preserve them with something first? Dip them in wax? What glue should I use? I just want them looking as nice as possible and I don't want to use a glue that will discolor them or anything. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide! Smiley
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