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Two Cheese Please
« on: August 23, 2008 03:40:17 AM »

G'day there!

I'm brand new to craftster but I'm a very established stamp-carving addict!

Just recently I carved this little set of fruit stamps for a personal swap over on www.swap-bot.com (I'm also a self-confessed swap addict!), and I thought I'd share because they just came out so well! I'm so happy! I might have to make a set for myself, too Cheesy



A group shot of all the guys (and two girls!):

Peter Pear
Lenny Lemon-Lime
Otis Orange / Annika Apple
Susan Strawberry
Tony Tomato

First you stamp the solid colour, then the character on top.

The great thing about this set is that depending on what colour ink you use, you could stamp an orange, or perhaps a juicy red apple. Or do you prefer shiny green apples? I'm torn because I love granny smith, but I also love fuji and other sweet crisp red apples!


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This is Lenny Lemon!

Well, I didn't have a yellow stamp pad so I guess really he's Lenny Lime.


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This is Peter Pear!

( And you can see Lenny Lemon peeking around in the background! He's a bit of a busy-body! )

Stamped with the same base as Susan Strawberry, tipped upside down because poor Peter is bottom-heavy.


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Please meet Otis Orange!

Stamped with the same face as Annika apple, with a different base colour.

( And there's Lenny Lemon peeking about again! )


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This is Susan Strawberry!

Stamped with the same base as Peter Pear, tipped upside down because Susan has a slinky slender waist but a big head ( but don't tell her that! )


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Tony Tomato, enchant!

Stamped with the same base as both Annika Apple and Otis Orange - what a versitile trio!


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And lastly, here's Annika apple!

Stamped with the same face as Otis Orange, with a different base colour. I didn't get a photo of her with her base stamp but I'm sure you get the idea by now!


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Phew!

Take a bow guys..





( Okay, so I think I had a little too much fun making and playing with these guys but all-in-all I think they turned out pretty cute! )
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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2008 03:47:12 AM »

So cute! I press 'this rocks'! xx
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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2008 04:02:57 AM »

Wow these are so cute!! I want some!

This is a really stupid question but what do you carve them out of? wood? lino? and what do you use to carve them? I'd love to start making my own stamps!
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« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2008 04:11:50 AM »

I'm glad you like 'em! I had a lot of fun carving them Cheesy

These guys are actually carved out of erasers because of the size (they're all approximately 1"x1" or under). Erasers are fantastic because they're everywhere and they're cheap!

However you do eventually get tired of the size restriction and want to carve bigger stamps. When I carve bigger than eraser size I use Speedball Speedy-carve or PZ Kut. If you go to www.stampeaz.com you can get a sample pack of the 4 good brands of carving material for $20 which is a good deal, and then you can try them all out and see which one you like best!

I have a stamp carving tutorial if you're interested (I might post it here on Craftster if more people want? Although I don't know where the correct spot to do that is..). For now it's on my Flickr, here: [url]http://www.flickr.com/photos/24087844@N04/sets/72157606179520144/[/u].

I use my grandfather's tools but you can get a Speedball carving set for very cheap and they're good for what you need - some people also like to use craft knives (exacto blades?) and they're found everywhere too.

Now go get carving! Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2008 07:03:51 AM »

Those are just TOO cute!  I wanna stamp everything with them!!  I'd kind of like to try this, thanks for the link to the tutorial!   
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« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2008 07:59:32 AM »

what did you carve onto? they are so cute!
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« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2008 03:40:27 PM »

These guys are carved into erasers because their size allows it (they're all 1"x1" or under), but bigger stamps I like to use PZ Kut or Speedball Speedycarve.

I'm glad you like 'em! I had a lot of fun making them.

Perhaps too much fun >_>
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« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2008 08:23:47 AM »

Thanks so much for the tutorial - I didn't realise you could make stamps out of erasers!!

Anyway, I decided to try my hand at carving - mine are nowhere as near good as yours but I tried my best with a penknife!  Also I don't have any inkpads so I just coloured them in with felt tips quickly!


(Inspired by your tutorial just with a different top)

Then I made 2 fruits really similar to yours (hope you don't mind!):


Lemon


Pear

Neither are anywhere near as nice as yours but I'm happy for now!

This is what I've used a cupcake for so far:





Thanks so much for the tutorial and sorry for the massive pictures!
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« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2008 08:58:31 AM »

Awesome stamps, Two Cheese Please! I saw em on your blog a day or so ago and it really made me want to crack out the erasers to carve!

JessMeg - your first stamps are really cute! I really like the cupcake artwork you made up, what a great way to feature a stamp, I might have to borrow the technique sometime!
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« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2008 04:27:25 PM »

Those are adorable!   Grin
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