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Topic: Hand-Carved Stamp Swap--Round 5 (Signups 1/5 to 1/31; SEND OUT 3/1)  (Read 7213 times)
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« Reply #40 on: January 20, 2014 08:07:50 AM »

Welcome Oath Keeper!  Smiley
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« Reply #41 on: January 21, 2014 10:34:11 AM »

I've had most of my craft supplies packed away for the last 6 months, but our roommate is moving out at the end of the month, so I'm slowly unearthing everything. If I can find my stamping stuff, I think I may join!

I just use cardboard about the thickness of cereal boxes to back my stamps. I trace around the edge of the stamp to get the shape, stamp it, emboss it, and glue it on. That way, I can see where I'm placing my image when I stamp. The cardboard seems to be holding up. I use a wet cloth to wipe the ink off of my stamps instead of running them under water, which loosens the glue on wood stamps anyway... If I find my stuff soon, I'll post a picture to show you what it looks like.
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« Reply #42 on: January 21, 2014 08:46:29 PM »

Work has been pretty calm the last few weeks, so I just sent in my questionnaire!  I'm really excited for this swap.  I'm participating in both the Harry Potter Craftalong and the Winter Nerd Battle this season, so I figure that making some practice stamps will be an excellent way to finish prompts for both.  Wink
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« Reply #43 on: January 22, 2014 08:31:29 AM »

Welcome, vincentvanbuck!

And, meowari, we'd love for you to join!
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« Reply #44 on: January 22, 2014 03:57:15 PM »

I've been out of the craft swapping game for a while, but this one was too good to pass up! I'm really excited to make some stamps. I used to carve lino prints in high school and I loved it. I think I'm still up to the challenge. Smiley
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« Reply #45 on: January 23, 2014 09:53:38 AM »

It's great to see so many more people joining this swap ~ Hello everyone Smiley

Thanks, too, for all of the tips & advice on how you put together your stamps...  As a somewhat beginner, it's always great to get advice & try out new techniques.  Cheers~
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« Reply #46 on: January 23, 2014 12:06:41 PM »

ordered all the stuff I'll need, and can't wait to start!!
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« Reply #47 on: January 23, 2014 09:09:57 PM »

WideEyedLife -- Many have mentioned that they are making/will make practice stamps.  Would it be acceptable for us to post pictures of our practice pieces, either here or in the gallery?  I, for one, am working on something now, and would love to get feedback on it from the talented folks here.  Grin

Months ago, I bought an 8" x 10" sheet of something called "Jack Richeson Easy-to-Cut Lino" at Hobby Lobby, which says it can be used for either block prints or stamp making.  It's what I'm using for the thing I'm working on now, and it is very different from stuff I have worked on before.  It can be easily be cut up into smaller pieces, and gouges beautifully with my size 1 Speedball carving tip.  But when I switch to the size 2 or 5, I have to be *very* careful not to gouge too deep... the material is thin, and I have already gone all the way through in 4 or 5 spots when gouging out areas of negative space.  The piece I'm working on is a bit bigger than regular stamps, so I will try making a couple of regular size stamps this weekend, and see how it goes.
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« Reply #48 on: January 24, 2014 04:46:47 AM »

WideEyedLife -- Many have mentioned that they are making/will make practice stamps.  Would it be acceptable for us to post pictures of our practice pieces, either here or in the gallery?  I, for one, am working on something now, and would love to get feedback on it from the talented folks here.  Grin

Ooh, yes! I made two today, just to make sure I still had the hang of it, just little ones on erasers - a "random act of kindness" one for tags and labels, and a "Knit by Lynda" one for my first raok (to my knitting sister, to make her own labels/tags). Letters and fine detail was a lot harder than I remembered. But it's so addicting!
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« Reply #49 on: January 24, 2014 08:43:04 AM »

I vote YES, you should be able to post pics of practice stamps here, it just makes sense to me. Pics are the best part of swaps, well, other than the whole getting a box of awesome made just for you in the mail part.
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