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« on: September 06, 2011 03:21:48 PM »





I was thrilled to see an "Inspired By Nature" Challenge on Craftster.  Something I have enjoyed doing for some time is watching the birds who come to feed in my backyard.  They inspired me to carve these stamps in their likeness.


Though many birds visit us daily, I have chosen my favorites to carve and share.

Each stamp was carved on white PZKut Material (this type is no longer made, I just stocked up on it a while back).  I used a laser printer and iron to transfer my image.  An exacto knife and Speedball Carving Nibs were used to carve the designs.  All images were stamped in black pigment ink.  I used some Crayola Colored Pencils to color in each design.










The stamps will now be hidden in letterboxes and placed in nature for fellow letterboxers to find.  


  
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« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2011 03:28:40 PM »

WOW Shocked These stamps are amazing!!!! They are so unbelievably detailed! Fantastic job Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2011 03:30:08 PM »

So beautiful.  And that means a lot coming from me, I'm really really afraid of birds.  Amazing job.
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« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2011 04:02:17 PM »

These are so beautiful! If you're really putting them in random letterboxes, those letterboxers are so lucky! Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2011 04:04:40 PM »

Thank you!  They will go in letterboxes, most likely on a long trail near my house or a nearby park Smiley  If you're anywhere near Charleston, SC, you should come find them and stamp the images once they are hidden.
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« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2011 04:12:26 PM »

These are gorgeous! Great Job!! Grin
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« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2011 06:41:46 PM »

Amazing! The hummingbird one is my fave, though they are all fantastic!
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« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2011 09:58:38 PM »

I've done linoleum block stamps but never got that kind of fine detail great job!
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« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2011 12:06:42 AM »

Absolutely amazing. They are so beautiful.
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« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2011 12:02:40 PM »

What a beautiful work! yous stamps are incredibles!!!
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« Reply #10 on: September 07, 2011 05:41:48 PM »

I'm really glad I decided not to craft for this challenge because there are so many that just flatten me, this one included. Rock on making them for letter boxes. I totally need to get into that. I've gotten lots of other people into it but haven't yet myself. You rock.
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« Reply #11 on: September 07, 2011 08:47:05 PM »

I would love to carve like this!! The detail is incredible.  And then to get to stamp the carvings and color them!!   Fantastic concept.  My mind is reeling with potential projects.  Great job!!

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« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2011 10:36:51 PM »

I love these birds.  Your carving is so neat and tidy. What a wonderful gift for people to find.  Thank you for all the lovely pictures.
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« Reply #13 on: September 08, 2011 08:37:57 AM »

Like the white borders.
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« Reply #14 on: September 08, 2011 09:49:59 AM »

Oh, these are just beautiful! I am intensely jealous of some letterboxers!
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« Reply #15 on: September 08, 2011 01:02:13 PM »

You guys are the best!  Thanks for all of your kind words Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: September 09, 2011 05:33:03 AM »

Great detail! Amazing!
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« Reply #17 on: September 09, 2011 06:28:39 AM »

Woah! Those are incredible.
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« Reply #18 on: September 09, 2011 08:05:21 AM »

Come hide some in Florida! I'd use these all day everyday, haha! These stamps are beautiful.
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« Reply #19 on: September 09, 2011 08:47:45 AM »

Those are beautiful, I love the detail.
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« Reply #20 on: September 15, 2011 04:01:38 PM »

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« Reply #21 on: September 19, 2011 11:09:54 PM »

I'm IMPRESSED! There's definitely some talent here!
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« Reply #22 on: September 22, 2011 09:02:16 AM »

Awesome:)
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« Reply #23 on: December 13, 2011 12:54:55 PM »

I really just want to cry  Cry

I love letterboxing, stamp carving, and crewel. And have zero art talent, I have to rely on others. I have tried laser and iron, ink and acetone, carbon paper, and can't seem to get any of them right. I tried just last night to iron a design on a tea towel from a laser print and got more smudge than line. Same with transfer paper, I must have drug my hand along with the stylus.

So I thought I would try ironing the laser on Stiffy and then basting it to my towel. That seemed to work OK. After I tore the Stiffy (after having to work on my Singer 99 hand crank I grabbed because I was sure it didn't need any maintenance, wrong . . ) I thought "I know, I'll use basting tape." At 10:0 PM . . . helps if you put the Stiffy under the fabric, not on top next to the iron . . . open to any suggestions. Been searching the web off and on all day looking for "Transferring for Dummies"

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