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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Re: T-Shirt for Girl Scouts on: January 08, 2011 10:07:50 AM
They look beautiful!
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Re: Baby Bombs (got a Yudu for Xmas!) on: January 08, 2011 10:05:39 AM
Its super cute!  and i use word and paint programs  all the time to make/alter stuff to my liking.  ive been wanting a Yudu since i saw the comercial for it ages ago.  i was thinking it would be a great way to print my own wedding invites.  what are your thoughts?

I always think of Gocco when someone brings up silkscreening on paper - I haven't done that with the Yudu yet, though.
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Baby Bombs (got a Yudu for Xmas!) on: December 31, 2010 01:51:02 PM
My mom got me the Yudu for Christmas, which was really sweet. I was on the fence about buying one for various reasons, but for free? Heck yeah!

I designed this in MS Word using their shape drawing tool - very primitive, I know - but it made the design I was looking for.

I printed on an adult sized T-shirt first, hated the adhesive platen and just started printing on kids' clothes with just some paper inside to prevent bleeds. I have no trouble with things moving around, but I'm not doing multi-color designs or trying to keep track of register marks, either.

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: wintery purse with matching wallet on: November 17, 2007 07:42:42 AM
They look fantastic and very professional - good job!
5  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: I made a mini "Yip-yip" alien! on: November 10, 2007 06:16:15 PM
Oh my!! An icon from my childhood REVIVED!! I'd love to have my very own, and I could sit there and chant "yip yip yip yip yip... teeeeeelephone, yip yip yip, uh-huh uh-huh"

Ha HA!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Origami Tree ornaments, help? on: November 10, 2007 06:08:03 PM
I know my mother has used spray starch (craft store stuff) to make really stiff ghosts out of cheesecloth.
You could make them stiff like that and then spray them with shellac or varnish?
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Pink Christmas Ornaments with TUTORIAL on: November 10, 2007 06:04:43 PM
These are really fantastic!
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Hand-Carved Baby Panda Stamp on: November 10, 2007 01:16:44 PM
I posted a tutorial for how I go about carving these things here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=205507.msg2193799#msg2193799

aaaaand - here's my latest venture!

Pandas are a near perfect subject for a one-color project becuase the white can be represented by negative space. I was very pleased with the way the fur-face turned out and I put a border in place to counter the fact that I was doing more of a panda portrait than a whole panda.

I love pandas!  Grin

My sister and I are sharing a birthday party tomorrow, so I'm including a package of these in her present. Hope she likes them!



Here's the stamp I carved:



And here's the whole project, drying on newsprint:

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Altoid tin sea turtle "shrine"- lots of pix. on: November 04, 2007 08:13:50 AM
That is loveley! I've come across so many really great sea turtle items since I made my stamp!

Thanks for linking me here!

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=205507.0
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Hand-Carving a Snowflake Stamp - "tutorial" - step-by-step process (IMAGE HEAVY) on: November 04, 2007 06:28:46 AM
When I blog about these projects or just post up pictures somewhere about my stamps, I get asked several questions about the process.
This post will hopefully inspire anyone curious about the process to Go For It! (it's so easy) and I'll also be able to refer to it in the future if someone would like to know how it's done.

Without further ado - the birth of a handcarved stamp.

1) I start with a search on the internet, or in magazines, for an image of what I'd like to carve - I use it as a general guide.


2) I gauge how big I want the stamp to be, and draw my cutting lines on the carving block (Speedycut was used here).


3) I use my way-nifty Speedball cutting multi-tipped tool to slice that sucker up.


4) I don't even have to cut all the way through - a deep enough cut will give me a clean break.


5) Then I sketch, generally in pencil, what I'd like to carve. I have to be careful not to create grooves or nicks in the block with the pencil tip, however.


6) I start carving by cutting around the picture with a larger tip.

7) Then I start carving out the details with a smaller tip.


Cool Sometimes I take breaks...


9) But finally, I complete the stamp.


10) I mix up the color I want to use with Speedball ink and use a brayer to roll it across the stamp - I'm looking for anything that's picking up ink that shouldn't be.


11) I make a lot of prints, trying to get the balance of pressure and ink right.


12) Finished!


For these more delicate designs, I think I need to pick up some ink-drying retarder - the sticky nature of the ink does not lend itself well to small lines.

Still, I'm happy!

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