So, in a fit of boredom, I've taken up carving stamps. The two chinese ones read: "tae ma die" ("**** your mother), and a rather drab "love" one. The one under the chinese swear word is "operation beautiful.com" - my reason for getting into carving. It's addictive; even if I have to clean up a shed load of eraser shavings!
So, I'm heading to Anime North...and I'm going as a crafter's corner person (I can't afford to not do this without it...) Most of my stuff is going to be stamping stuff (Flamel's logo, MK logo, whatever).
So, I'm carving away like mad to start my stock. Just now, I made three Flamel's logo from FMA.
- how do you guys/gals package your stuff for craft shows? (I'm thinking polybag with an insert) - how do you guys set a price point on your work? - what usually sells the fastest? - how do you attract customers?
So, being a novice stamp carver - I had confidence that I can work on tiny areas with not much trouble. (I had a bit of practice.) Until I decided to get fancy and carve a small portrait of a certain electric mouse.
Things that went wrong:
1) Spilled almost 1/4 of the jar of acetone on the eraser. 2) Using a very soft "for big mistakes" eraser 3) Didn't change the pikachu to black and white 4) Carved it in low light settings.
The stamp looks like a soul-sucking pikachu. *creepy* Pikachu! Use soul-suck!
- you start to like the smell of vinyl being carved - you find stamp shreds everywhere! - you rescue used, "unloved" erasers, and turn them into mini art pieces - you have way too many erasers in your stash - you like your cuticle remover! - you don't know how to use photoshop, except to make stampable images
Edit: Quick question: Anyone have a good inkpad brand to recommend? I've been using office type inkpads, and the not so intense color is driving me up the wall!