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Title: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: balkandina on January 11, 2008 12:10:16 PM
Here's the gallery  to post your fab rubber stamps!!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: PlumCrafty on January 11, 2008 01:20:24 PM
Ooooh! I can't wait to see what goodies everyone has received. ;D


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: laminathegreat on January 11, 2008 03:02:45 PM
I hope we are not supposed to wait until we get all our stamps because I got my first one and I am in lurve!! And so I must show off!
I got my first stamp from MunLtStmpr. Bow to her mad skilz.
For starters, check out this packing material...

Then check out how what she did it on, does this not just make the ideas flow?

Because it's on a cube I got 4 prints- you can see them all in a row.

The first is a crown that says 'queen of the universe'- because I am. Then it's lamina, my user name. An A (for my last name)- I've been looking for something like this to mark me and the husband's books! And finaly my etsy store title!

I hope my macro works out well enough that you can see the detail in this. I just boggle at how tiny this is!

This totally inspired me today and I have busted out and almost finished my stamps! (That and thanks to a friend for baby sitting my 2 year old!)
Thanks MunLtStmpr!! I just want to sit and stamp it out again and again!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: tristitia on January 11, 2008 05:56:05 PM
That's amazing!  How do you carve such tiny details?


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Sarcastra on January 11, 2008 06:08:57 PM
I received my stamp(s) from MunLtStmpr today and I'm sorry to everyone on dial up, because this stamp is so awesome I have to post three pictures to explain it.

First of all, the packaging was fun!

Look at all those stars!  They make great padding; only a couple got squished and they popped right back up with a touch.

Then, behold the fact that MunLtStmpr carved onto a rubber cube (die) for a total of FOUR stamps in one!  Four!  Four cool stamps, just for me!

Here is a mosaic to show all four carved sides.  I don't know how she carved such incredibly small details.  They are tiny.  The cube is just under an inch and she got such fine details as Jon Stewart's eyebrows and astronaut suit wrinkles.  Incredible.

Here is what they stamp like (paper tilted a bit, squares are actually square IRL):

I couldn't stop saying "wow".  All four stamps are perfect.  And she did some smart stalking, because I love all the subjects she chose, plus I now have a screen name stamp!

Thank you very much MunLtStmpr for the great stamps.  You are an incredible carver and I hope my comparatively meager skills will at least entertain you when you get your stamp! 


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: FishStikks on January 11, 2008 06:16:58 PM
*Gulp*
Ehhh, I sure hope my carving skills are half as good as those. Look at all that fine fine detail.
What amazingly great stamps those are and I LOVE all those little stars.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Maimun on January 11, 2008 06:54:46 PM
I'm so glad you both liked the stamps and enjoyed the packing.  I was drafted to assist with my work holiday celebration and got rather carried away with making the stars.  (As one of the professors said, "you made all of these??!  We need to find you a husband.")

My student worker (who was not asked to, but was curious so he) counted the stars I made.  Well, he started to.  He gave up when he reached 1,000.  We estimate that I probably made 5,000 of them.

For the record, I agree with the professor!

As for the stamps... when the challenge was posted, I couldn't get the idea of doing carvings on a die eraser out of my head.  One object, 4 images, small, compact size... I just had to try.

I'm so glad you liked them.  I've been carving for 15 years and for a long time probably carved more days than not.  I use an exacto knife and in recent years have started using 3x reading glasses for some magnification.

I'm very much looking forward to everyone's carvings!  As much as I do like stamping, I like carving more and this is my first swap ever of trading the actual stamps themselves.  Michelangelo said, "I saw an angel in the marble and carved until I set him free."  I can't wait to see the angels all of you set free.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: craftADDchick on January 11, 2008 07:12:17 PM
Wow, MunLtStmpr! Those stamps are amazing! And I am now even more firmly cemented in the beginner category, so I hope my partners are not disappointed!

I, unfortunately, won't be getting to carving until Sunday. I offered to help my brother and his wife move this weekend. Fortunately, they aren't moving until next weekend, but they do need help packing. So, I'm driving out tomorrow after a class to help them out. I'll be back Sunday afternoon...and then I can carve! I don't know if any angels will be set free...I'll be happy with a cherub ;)


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Ms Marple on January 12, 2008 11:39:13 AM

 :o

MunLtStmpr, those are gorgeous!! And what a genius idea with a die eraser!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: PlumCrafty on January 12, 2008 12:30:43 PM
MunLtStmpr, your stamps are amazing and that is such a clever idea with the packaging!  ;D

I can't believe you have been carving for 15 years. Eek! I've discovered the joys of stamp carving in the last six months. I hope mine are not too "rustic", though I realise I have made a schoolboy error on one (sorry! I had sent it before I realised what I had done...I hope it does not affect the stamping pleasure too much :-[).


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Maimun on January 12, 2008 12:59:55 PM
I ended up getting into carving because I lived in the middle of nowhere for stamping supplies and have a real name that is NEVER on anything that's mass produced.  So it was either forever hunt for stamps or fork over a small fortune to business office stores for custom rubber stamps aka return address ones.  Too boring for me.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: balkandina on January 12, 2008 01:05:32 PM
These are just amazing!!! I am curious about the eraser-I've never seen one like that. And the detail is so cool.
MunLStmpr-I really think you should post these separate under miscellaneous projects, because not all of Craftsterdom will be smart/savvy enough to know to look in our gallery at the fabulous artiness we are getting ;D



Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: mamaedgar on January 12, 2008 02:54:22 PM
Here's the stamps I got from Penlowe!



Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: SpottedFrog on January 12, 2008 03:00:48 PM
I think they will do a bit better mounted, but I wanted the package to be easy to ship.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Maimun on January 12, 2008 08:57:14 PM
I love the swirls and the door is the coolest!!

I have a hard time working with that pink stuff.  I can't get the exacto blade through it smoothly enough for my preference.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: SpottedFrog on January 12, 2008 09:26:16 PM
It was pretty soft, but the only thing available without driving downtown to the real art store...I HATE driving downtown. The grey is a different brand & much easier to work with, stiffer without being too hard.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: mamaedgar on January 12, 2008 10:46:36 PM
they turned out really well!  i am hoping to use the vines and swirls in a family photo colage i am doing ....... not sure what to do with the door yet though, but i'll find a use!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: FishStikks on January 13, 2008 07:18:11 AM
I think I'll be happy releasing a feather from a cherub  ;D.
I just can't seem to carve so tiny and my stamps are coming out bigger because of it. Drat.
Nice work Penlowe.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: PlumCrafty on January 13, 2008 07:56:31 AM
Lovely stamps, Penlowe.  ;D  This is my first time using "the pink stuff" (TPS? :D) and I hope mine turn out as well as yours....


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: craftADDchick on January 13, 2008 09:13:52 AM
mamaedgar- What a great set of stamps you have there! I love the door- it could either be creepy and sinister, or inspirational ("when one door closes, another one opens" kind of thing). Nice carving Penlowe!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: SpottedFrog on January 13, 2008 04:35:03 PM
We both have Edward Gorey on our favorites list, I was trying for Gorey-esque but I am not capable of the super fine lines that would really make it look like his style :/ Overall I was pretty happy with it though. The swirlies is a big stamp too, roughly 2 1/2 x 4 inches.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: balkandina on January 13, 2008 04:53:40 PM
Penlowe-those are definitely uber cool stamps. I would love them  8) . Hey-when people post would you mind either telling how big the images are, or putting them next to something to compare? I'm just curious ;D


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: SpottedFrog on January 13, 2008 06:47:00 PM
The last 5-6 things I finished I forgot to take pictures of because I finished them at night & packaged them up right away to take to the post office in the AM... need to craft during daylight hours more.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Maimun on January 13, 2008 08:28:28 PM
I had the dice erasers in my stash and forgot about them.  I'm addicted to checking out dollar stores for erasers of any kind.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: balkandina on January 15, 2008 12:27:15 PM


Isn't this stamp adorable??? It's cute, but has a touch of "offness" that I like!! And I have a pet rabbit named DeDe Ramone!
It's about 2 inches tall and cut so cleanly. Sarcastra, thank you so much, it's a very professional, but original stamp!!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: just_lisa on January 15, 2008 12:32:20 PM
I've been lurking around over here,(aka feeling sorry that I missed this swap) and I have got to say that these stamps aare great.  I especially love the bunny one and the former dice.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: balkandina on January 15, 2008 12:40:06 PM
I see a second round in the future :)


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: just_lisa on January 15, 2008 12:52:47 PM
Heck Yes!!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: irasema on January 15, 2008 01:09:50 PM
how did i miss this?? please second round!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: SpottedFrog on January 15, 2008 01:12:58 PM
I'll do another if it starts in late March or after- I have lots of travel happening in March...VEGAS!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: registered99 on January 15, 2008 01:25:16 PM
Are stamps carved with just a knife? Or a scooper, like ones used in clay?


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: SpottedFrog on January 15, 2008 04:12:09 PM
It's a mix, I use both an exacto and some sharp curved blades for carving Lino material that scoop.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: balkandina on January 15, 2008 04:14:21 PM
Some people use exactos, but you can buy whole carving sets.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: sowingdiva on January 15, 2008 04:39:04 PM
Oooo! How pretty! These are fabulous!!! :D


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: balkandina on January 15, 2008 05:11:00 PM
I'm really impressed with the stamps-whether they are figurative or abstract. I'm sitting here studying my bunny stamp just to see how it was carved so well. It beats a lot of stamps I've gotten at stores, for sure :) :) :) :)


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Maimun on January 15, 2008 06:47:55 PM
That rabbit is adorable! and that "off-ness" is just the right touch.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: have2craft on January 15, 2008 08:35:11 PM
I'm loving all these stamps posted!  Before I could take pics of the absolutely fabulous one I received from MunLtStmpr, The Hub decided it was time to remodel my craft room.  :o  As SOON as I can get to it, I'll post pics.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Sarcastra on January 16, 2008 06:56:22 AM
Balkandina, I'm so glad you like it. 

I've been rather nervous in this swap trying to get just the right thing for my partners 'cause what would be more useless than a stamp you didn't like?  Although, I guess one could trade it for something they liked better.

<< Off topic >>
Let me just put out into the ether for everyone, not just this swap: if anyone doesn't like something I've sent them, go ahead and trade it off for something you do like.  You don't need to tell me and I won't get my feelings too hurt even if I do know about it.
<< back on topic >>

I can't wait to see the upcoming stamps in this gallery.  Everyone has such different styles and different carving methods that I don't think we'd make the same stamp if we were each given the same image.  Like Balkandina, I was examining the stamp I've received looking for how MunLtStmpr got such details in the softness and how she cleared material away. 


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: balkandina on January 16, 2008 09:10:58 AM
I would like to wait a few days before updating profile infos for those of you who have completed the swap unless it is necessary for you to go on to another swap if that's okay? It's just a little simpler for me and I don't screw it up as easily if I have a few to do at a time  :-\ And it saves Sweets4ever and the swap mods from having to fix up my computer mistakes ::)
Just a gentle reminder-mailouts are in 2 days-please pm me and your partner if you think you might be late. It doesn't effect your positive feedback as long as I'm kept up to date, okey dokey??


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: have2craft on January 16, 2008 11:04:13 AM
<< Off topic >>
Let me just put out into the ether for everyone, not just this swap: if anyone doesn't like something I've sent them, go ahead and trade it off for something you do like.  You don't need to tell me and I won't get my feelings too hurt even if I do know about it.
<< back on topic >>

Same here.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: SpottedFrog on January 16, 2008 04:34:42 PM
Got mine in the mail today from Sowing diva! she spoiled me & sent extra! (must have been on a roll :D)
I really, really like them! Beautiful job! Even if the Post office manhandled them some  >:( I think every bubble in the bubble mailer was popped...

Without further ado:


Ok, I forgot to put a size refrence thing in, but you can see my Olfa mat, those are one inch grid square.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: balkandina on January 16, 2008 04:42:26 PM
Wow-those are really nice!! Sowing diva-did you find the patterns somewhere?


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: FishStikks on January 16, 2008 04:42:56 PM
Wow! Penlowe you most certainly did get extras! They are all really nice!
What is the one under the ballet shoes? I can't quite figure it out...


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: SpottedFrog on January 16, 2008 04:44:20 PM
DONUT!!!!
yummy :)


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: balkandina on January 16, 2008 04:46:15 PM
Penlowe did the 3 to1 person swap...but it's still a great haul!!!I am very happy with all of the rubber people!!!!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: sowingdiva on January 16, 2008 04:56:27 PM
YEA!!! You received... I'm glad you liked them!!! Most of the images are clip art I found and tweaked a bit and the butterfly I drew freehand. ;D


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: FishStikks on January 16, 2008 04:58:42 PM
No, the one between the donut and the ballet shoes  ;D.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: PlumCrafty on January 16, 2008 05:17:08 PM
Is it a tutu? They are excellent stamps!  ;D

I received my first set of stamps from Ms Marple. I say set, as Ms Marple spoilt me rotten and sent two! ;D ;D


This will give you a better idea of sizing. The "stained glass window" one does not cut off: that is just my rubbish imprinting in my haste to show off my splendiferous goodies (and the fact that I have only two hours sleep in the last two days from too much work)!


They are gorgeous stamps - thanks so much for sending them, Ms Marple! :-*


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: balkandina on January 16, 2008 05:30:11 PM
These are sooo amazing. I really think you rubber artists should post your own stamps separately so everyone on Craftster can see them. I love the round window and seagull-I could use them ;D


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: PlumCrafty on January 16, 2008 05:39:53 PM
mwa!ha!ha! its all mine *evil laugh*

Its easier to explain it as a stained glass window, though I believe it is based on a ruined priory window near where Ms Marple lives. How cool is that?! Ms Marple took my address for inspiration and ran with it. I am totally in love with both of the stamps and have many plans for them already! ;D

Now I must go to bed or I won't get any sleep tonight either! ;)


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: FishStikks on January 16, 2008 05:41:04 PM
WOAH! Those are gorgeous and such detail! Beautiful job Ms Marple!
Is it a tutu? They are excellent stamps!  ;D
That's what I thought but was just not sure. The line under it was throwing me off.
*needs better glasses*


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: craftADDchick on January 16, 2008 06:25:49 PM
Okay, now that I’ve finished the carving for the most part and there is no turning back, and no time for do-overs, I can look at the gallery. And, I just have to say that I am impressed and amazed!

Sarcastra, that bunny that you sent to balkandina is amazing! How do you manage to get such fine lines? I am in awe…

And, sowingdiva, those ballet slippers are fantastic (as are the rest of them!). Wonderful detail!

[/b]Ms Marple[/b] the stained glass window is superb and I love the motion you achieved in the bird.

And now…I don’t want to send mine…*sigh*…remember I did say I was a beginner…

So:

<< Off topic >>
Let me just put out into the ether for everyone, not just this swap: if anyone doesn't like something I've sent them, go ahead and trade it off for something you do like.  You don't need to tell me and I won't get my feelings too hurt even if I do know about it.
<< back on topic >>

Same here.

Ditto…



Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Maimun on January 16, 2008 07:35:18 PM
I got a wonderful cat stamp from Sarcastra today but won't be able to post a picture until tomorrow night.  Sorry.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: SpottedFrog on January 16, 2008 08:20:30 PM
yes, it's a tutu, I think it was a wand? underneath. The Post Office abused the package something fierce :( there was tiny shards of rubber in the bag that came from that spot I'm pretty sure. Everything else survived though!

What did you do to your postman Sowingdiva ?!?! Oh, wait..it might have been my postman... uh oh...


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: balkandina on January 16, 2008 09:12:23 PM
I don't want to hear any swap fear going on here!! I know we will all be happy with our stamps-this is a very cool group!! And besides-if you don't like them send them to me ;D ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: sowingdiva on January 17, 2008 08:39:46 AM
The stamp in question was a tutu with a wand LOL!!! My guess it that the post office has to beat at least one package before its sent!!!  >:( I hate that pieces of the rubber came off.... I may have just carved too deeply on that particular one! ***sigh*** Sorry Pen!!!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Ms Marple on January 17, 2008 09:26:05 AM

I'm soooo pleased you liked it PlumCrafty!!!  :D Thanks for the kind comments everyone!

I've been using lino-cut tools for carving, I think the V-shaped one is quite good for details. If you change the angle/pressure onto the surface you can get a quite good range of line thicknesses.

A question for you ladies; I use a biro to draw straight onto the erasers BUT the problem is when you get it wrong you can't do anything to change it. Is there any better medium to use? (A soft pencil perhaps, but they smear so badly?)
 


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: balkandina on January 17, 2008 11:03:47 AM



I'm soooo pleased you liked it PlumCrafty!!!  :D Thanks for the kind comments everyone!

I've been using lino-cut tools for carving, I think the V-shaped one is quite good for details. If you change the angle/pressure onto the surface you can get a quite good range of line thicknesses.

A question for you ladies; I use a biro to draw straight onto the erasers BUT the problem is when you get it wrong you can't do anything to change it. Is there any better medium to use? (A soft pencil perhaps, but they smear so badly?)
 
I use a pencil myself
BTW England English-biro=American English- ball point :) :) :) Me Mum was a Brit so I can interpret quite well ;) And since my dad was from Kentucky I'm also proficient in Hillbilly ;D


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: SpottedFrog on January 17, 2008 12:16:54 PM
I use blue ball point/ biro, soap & water takes it off Lino-cut pretty well, I haven't tried erasers. When I wanted to make a correction & didn't feel like walking to the sink I just grabbed a black ball point pen & drew over the top.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: amor_fati on January 17, 2008 01:24:38 PM
I have never made a stamp in my life (and up until a week ago I didn't know it was possible) but you have all inspired me to try and make my own! 
Is there any brand of eraser you prefer that is easy to use for a beginner?
Thank you all for the inspiration.  You all have made such beautiful stamps :D


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Maimun on January 17, 2008 03:54:41 PM
Here's the lovely stamp that Sarcastra made for me.  I love the delicate lines and how shallow her cuts are.  I can rarely carve that shallow.  I'm also really impressed at her use of the pink stuff (forgetting the real name).  I just can't get the stamps I want out of it so I never use it.



Sarcastra, thank you so much for the cat.... I love him and will be using him often.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: craftADDchick on January 17, 2008 04:32:00 PM
Sarcastra- Another awesome stamp!

I stamped mine last night to check for spots I need to fix, and they came out better than I thought (for me anyway). I'm going to clean them up right now and then package them up for shipping. So, off I go!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: have2craft on January 17, 2008 05:02:56 PM
I love this gallery!

Here is the spantabulous stamp I received from MunLtStmpr.  I finally waded thru the chaos and found it.  :D  It's my new favorite stamp.



And I told our wonderful organizer that I'd post this one that I sent her.  I don't have a pic of the actual stamp, but this is the image I stamped with it.  I trimmed off the thing by the ring at the top before sending it to her.



Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: PlumCrafty on January 17, 2008 05:10:31 PM
Gorgeous stamp Sarcastra, très elegant! ;D

I am totally loving the die-stamps from MunLtStmpr. I want that cow! :D Have2craft, your stamp is lovely - very retro feel to it! :D


Now, I use a pencil on my stamps, but find trying to get that off is difficult as well.... :-\


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: FishStikks on January 17, 2008 05:40:26 PM
MunltStmpr I still can't believe how small you've managed to carve those! I love that cow too.

Cute Kittie Sarcastra!

Have2Craft that is a wonderful lantern!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: FishStikks on January 17, 2008 05:47:34 PM
I have never made a stamp in my life (and up until a week ago I didn't know it was possible) but you have all inspired me to try and make my own! 
Is there any brand of eraser you prefer that is easy to use for a beginner?
Thank you all for the inspiration.  You all have made such beautiful stamps :D

The Staedler brand is what I loved to use for my first time at carving.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: craftADDchick on January 17, 2008 06:14:21 PM
MunLtSmpr- You continue to slay me with your awesome carving skills. Not only letters, but letters on a small scale. I love them all! Again, I bow to your magnificence! Do you use an Exacto exclusively? Or carving tools, too? You must not drink any coffee... ;)

have2craft- Very cool stamp! How big is it?


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: amor_fati on January 17, 2008 06:42:11 PM
Thanks for the tip.  I will go to the store tomorrow and look for the erasers!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: FishStikks on January 17, 2008 06:56:13 PM
The Staedler erasers, so I've been told, have decided to emboss thier logo onto both sides making it unusable for carving because they want you to buy the bigger carving block which is what I used. I bought mine from Dick Blick. Just a heads up.  ;D


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: mamaedgar on January 17, 2008 07:41:13 PM
I have never made a stamp in my life (and up until a week ago I didn't know it was possible) but you have all inspired me to try and make my own! 
Is there any brand of eraser you prefer that is easy to use for a beginner?
Thank you all for the inspiration.  You all have made such beautiful stamps :D

i use Speedball "Speedy Cut" blocks.  You can get them from art stores and are amazing to carve .. like butter!  A good cutting tool set maked the job easy too!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: balkandina on January 17, 2008 08:00:49 PM
My lamp stamp is HUGE-about 4 inches at least. And very nicely made!And that kitty matches my bunny!!(I really don't usually talk baby talk-but they're such cute stamps ;D ;D ;D )
Is that a desert island on the have2craft stamp, munL stmpr??
I am just so dang proud of these stamps we're all making and sending-I feel like a rubber stamp mummy...not the wrapped in linen  type, the mommy type :P


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: have2craft on January 17, 2008 08:05:38 PM
Thanks!  The stamped image of the lantern measures approx. 4 1/4"x2 5/8".  The other stamps I made weren't that big.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: balkandina on January 17, 2008 08:27:15 PM
And they say size doesn't matter ;) ;) ;)


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Maimun on January 17, 2008 08:42:33 PM
I usually  trace images onto tracing paper, then rub them onto the eraser/carving material.  If I need to fix an image, I'll try most anything until something works enough.  Haven't yet found a sure-fire way. Re-rubbing, drawing directly onto the material, or drawing with a different colored ink are usually the options.

I pretty much exclusively use an exacto knife to carve.  But I do have gouges that I'll use for large areas, a cuticle-remover gouge that works for more tight spots, and assorted poking tools for round shapes (stencil stylus, awl, dentist's pick).

I did monkey with the cuticle-removers that I use.  One of them, I slightly squeezed the blades together to get a narrower V.  The other, I snipped off one blade and "curled" the remaining blade so it's in a scoop-like shape.

Another tool that I use is a tool that was made for scratchboards.  It's a handle with metal combs off one end that I scratch away material with to get a rough surface.

Staedler is embossing both sides of their erasers which really is disappointing as it's a GREAT eraser to carve.  I've found similar erasers in the dollar stores, but none as large as the Grands were.  I do know that there are folks who'll sand down the raised logo and use the Staedlers.  Sometimes, I'll sand down the surface of the material before I carve, even it it's smooth.  There can still be uneven-ness on the plain surfaces but mostly because sometimes the surface is slick and won't take ink well.

And yes, that is a island with a stick figure on the shore.  I hope it works with a blog called "Island Girl" ;)

I'd been carving for years, but lately have gotten into other crafts.  This swap reminded me of how much I love carving and how relaxing and almost mesmerizing it can be.  I spent most of my lunch today carving a stamp and it felt like a mini-vacation. Oh, I have my coffee and more stress than I care for, but getting lost in carving is a wonderful remedy.  Beats medication and it's cheaper than therapy ;)


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Raenef on January 18, 2008 01:19:37 AM
I've recieved a fantastic package from PlumCrafty  :D

She totally spoilt me.


Inside the cute plastic envelope was, a London pencil, three envelopes and cards, a small blue ink pad, and my wonderful stamp.



She went on to my livejournal and found one of my favourite paintings from my favourite artist, Nick Bantock. This painting is from his book 'Museum at Purgatory' and is called Utopias Map.
It's made of the pink stuff and produces a nice clear map of the possible afterlifes one can go to  ;D


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Ms Marple on January 18, 2008 01:20:31 AM
This gallery is looking great!!!  ;D

Sarcastra, I love that elegant cat, can't wait to get my stamp from you!!

And MunLtStmpr, another beautiful stamp collection - they are really impressive! + thanks for the tips, I'll be looking around tool shops with new eyes from now on! Had no idea you could sand erasers - do you use normal sandpaper?

Thanks for the tips on drawing mediums! I really like the blue/black ink tip Penlowe - very simple, and I probably wouldn't have thought of it in a million years... (And thanks for the translation Balkandina  ::) these US/UK differences is a minefield for somebody who has English as a second language in the first place!!...)


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Ms Marple on January 18, 2008 01:28:10 AM

Oh, while I was posting that, Raenef posted PlumCrafty's lovely stamp, what a cool idea!!

And I forgot to say that I really like have2craft's lantern, very Moomin-esque!! (the Moomin trolls by Tove Jansson that is, she is the greatest illustrator I know!)


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: just_lisa on January 18, 2008 05:00:46 AM
So many great stamps!  I especially love the cat, cow and island stamps.  Although I have to say the lantern is pretty cool, and I do like the one with the lines and little round shapes is good too.  You are all very talented.I am so in on the next swap!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: SpottedFrog on January 18, 2008 06:05:36 AM
I am definately down for a second round! I might could possibly be inclined to co-organize if it was needed (which it might very well be).


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: balkandina on January 18, 2008 08:10:58 AM
I cannot believe how well this swap has turned out!! You experienced carvers have been so generous in tip trading and have produced exemplary art and the beginners have shown how "possible" it is to make terrific stamps once you're brave enough to make that first cut.
 I really adore that abstract Bantock stamp,Plumcrafty. I could think of dozens of ways of using it. I think when this is all finished we should start a thread where we show some art using the stamps.
And Penlowe thanks for the offer of help for a second round. I think that there would be a lot more people inclined to swap once they see this gallery.
Yay us!!!!
I will update the profiles on Sunday. I just got a new job (after a year of unemplyment :-[ ) teaching at the local community college  and it's a Saturday class which starts tomorrow !!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: PlumCrafty on January 18, 2008 10:46:14 AM
Put me down for a second round of swapping! ;D

And congrats on the new job, Balkandina! :D


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: craftADDchick on January 18, 2008 02:06:59 PM
PlumCrafty- I love the Utopias Map stamp! It is so clean looking! I might have to try carving on the pink stuff next.

And, MunLtStmpr- Thanks for the carving tips. I really need to use my Exacto more. For some reason, I feel more comfortable using the cutting tools…maybe because I took a woodcut printmaking class and the tools are similar? Whatever the reason, you’ve definitely inspired me to practice a bit more with the Exacto. ;)

And, here is my stamp from have to craft! I will be able to use this stamp on a bunch of different projects. And, I’ll even be able to use portions of it for some projects and the whole stamp for other projects. It’s very versatile! I didn't have a ruler handy, so the ink pad is for scale... Thanks a bunch, have to craft!







Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: PlumCrafty on January 18, 2008 02:22:11 PM
Oooh! I love your stampscraftADDchick, havetocraft did a fantastic job! ;D


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: SpottedFrog on January 18, 2008 02:36:03 PM
Horray paychecks! I hope you're teaching Art Dina :)

I never would have thought to use cuticle cutters, have to find mine & try it! I get bogged down with the exacto because I go way too deep with it, and then I wind up trying to dig in at a very obtuse angle to get my clear surface. I didn't like the pink stuff as well as my old sheet of grey similar stuff (I'm pretty sure it was Lino-Cut brand, it's been in my supplies for ages). They grey was just a bit stiffer without being hard to cut.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: psyche on January 18, 2008 03:30:32 PM
What beautiful stamps! I had no idea there were so many people on craftster into making stamps! (Although some of you I suppose are new to it!)

It's one craft I've been meaning to get into. I'm definitely using all the info everyone's posted (and it helps that I'm pretty good with an X-Acto after stencilling a lot for the past 5-6 years... and that my dad's a woodcarver, and has whole pile of tools that could come in handy!). Hopefully I'll be able to start soon! (Thanks for the inspiration!)


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: balkandina on January 18, 2008 03:38:05 PM
I love the stamp have2craft made for you Craftaddchick(...I swear, sometimes I just wish we used our real names-all of these numerals and caps confuse me :P)
It is a really versatile design.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: have2craft on January 18, 2008 07:59:46 PM
I received this great little kitty from Sarcastra today!  Isn't it cute!?!  Thanks so much!


CraftADD, I'm glad you like it.  I was so critical of my carving skills.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: balkandina on January 18, 2008 08:05:36 PM
I love the cat-clean and simple. My new kitten is sitting here on the keyboard (and I do mean ON the keyboard) watching and giving her approval ;D


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: craftADDchick on January 18, 2008 08:36:14 PM
Sarcastra- Another great cat stamp! I am doubly impressed ;)


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: just_lisa on January 19, 2008 04:50:52 AM
I love the cat, you did a really nice job on the carving.  I really wish I could touch it, to see what it feels like after carving.  * touches screen  :'(


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: PlumCrafty on January 19, 2008 09:46:40 AM
Ohhh, another great cat stamp from Sarcastra. I've turned a lovely shade of green with envy! :D They are so simple yet so expressive! ;D


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Maimun on January 20, 2008 03:14:35 PM
Here's the awesome stamp LovetoBead sent me.  Sorry for the fuzzy picture though... camera refused to cooperate today.

I love that it's subtle enough so that when I need a tree in the dark, it's there, but I could also be abstract with it.

Thanks, LovetoBead!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: craftADDchick on January 20, 2008 05:48:22 PM
Nice stamp, LovetoBead! And, MunLtStmpr if you color the stamp with a marker, you could really make it stand out (but I bet you already knew that ;) ).

I can't wait for my last stamp to arrive!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: balkandina on January 20, 2008 06:49:29 PM
Very unique stamp,Love 2 Bead.!!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: love to bead on January 21, 2008 01:28:48 PM
thanks so much for your kind words. I was  very nervous about this swap. the tree is my third stamp to carve and I think that I have a brand new love


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: PlumCrafty on January 21, 2008 05:04:21 PM
Supercool stamp, lovetobead!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: TwistedRedhead on January 22, 2008 04:00:44 PM
I got mine today, will post photos soon.  I love them!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: craftADDchick on January 22, 2008 04:26:20 PM
Oh, no! My stamps to the folks in the US have been delivered. Now, I'm truly anxious. I'm going to go and finish my book now and try not to obsessively check this thread...


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Sarcastra on January 22, 2008 06:52:04 PM
Here are the recent stamps I received:

from laminathegreat and have2craft, respectively.
For size reference, the umbrella is carved onto a 2"square.

Thank you ladies both so much for my Gorey-inspired umbrella and happy gal.  They are both on my worktable, ready to go straight into use.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: mamaedgar on January 22, 2008 08:45:53 PM
I got mine today, will post photos soon.  I love them!

glad you like them ...... i didn't take pics before i sent them, so i can't really remeber what they all look like!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: psyche on January 22, 2008 08:53:05 PM
Ooh. I'm into the umbrella!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: PlumCrafty on January 23, 2008 02:19:46 AM
Ooooh, I love the stamps you received, Sarcastra! :D

I received this on Monday from Have2Craft:

My ruler is almost completely bare (overuse?) so the stamp pad gives a good idea of size. Is about 4cm x 6cm...


Isn't it just gorgeous?! ;D ;D


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: balkandina on January 23, 2008 12:28:23 PM
Is this not the most creative group ever :) :) :) :)  ?


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: craftADDchick on January 23, 2008 02:50:36 PM
laminathegreat- The umbrella you made for Sarcastra is fantastic! And, have to craft, the happy gal stamp is very cute, too! I also LOVE the one you made for PlumCrafty. ;)


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: laminathegreat on January 23, 2008 03:37:38 PM
laminathegreat- The umbrella you made for Sarcastra is fantastic!
Te hee, THANKS! I almost didn't recognise it sitting there, looking so good! It originally was going to be a solid umbrella but when I started to draw it I drew the ribs and it looked so good I just stopped! Seriously, I think I'm gonna make myself one too. Because THINK of the potentials!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: craftADDchick on January 23, 2008 04:20:10 PM
laminathegreat- The umbrella you made for Sarcastra is fantastic!
Te hee, THANKS! I almost didn't recognise it sitting there, looking so good! It originally was going to be a solid umbrella but when I started to draw it I drew the ribs and it looked so good I just stopped! Seriously, I think I'm gonna make myself one too. Because THINK of the potentials!

I'm thinkin', I'm thinkin'!

And, it was mentioned that we should post pics of things that we make with our stamps. I already have an idea or two brewin' for the first one I received!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Sarcastra on January 23, 2008 04:35:02 PM
laminathegreat- The umbrella you made for Sarcastra is fantastic!
Te hee, THANKS! I almost didn't recognise it sitting there, looking so good! It originally was going to be a solid umbrella but when I started to draw it I drew the ribs and it looked so good I just stopped! Seriously, I think I'm gonna make myself one too. Because THINK of the potentials!


Lamina, I really liked the letter you included showing all the different patterns it could be colored with - that was funny.  I'm glad you went ahead with the umbrella skeleton as well, I like it.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: FishStikks on January 23, 2008 06:14:53 PM
I somehow have managed to miss all this stuff going on in this swap...Darn notify button!

I've received all three of my stamps and wanted to let everyone know how much I love them all. I'm going to try and get some pics tonight of them but it may not be until tomorrow but rest assured I'll get them up. I tried to scan them, heh, not a good idea.

There are some gorgeous stamps posted in this gallery, I love them all, so adorable.
I got so hooked on stamp carving that I now have 6 of my own I carved and yes Balki, I did one of the bird! He had an unfortunate accident so I now have to carve another one but dang he turned out cool.

I would love to see what people do with their new stamps and I second the chorus of a
round 2!!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: TwistedRedhead on January 23, 2008 06:33:19 PM
Here are the stamps I received from mamaedgar.  I love them so much!



The first one is Audrey Hepburn (Holly Golightly)  LOVE IT!

The second and third are funky abstract designs.

Thank you so much mamaedgar!  I am in awe of your mad carving skills.



Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: craftADDchick on January 23, 2008 06:36:42 PM
Wow! mamaedgar, those stamps are totally wonderful! I can't decide which one I like the best (leaning towards the swirly one...I love swirls). The third one reminds me of a slide of bacteria (science geek that I am) and I love the Hepburn one. I, too, am in awe...


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Maimun on January 23, 2008 06:53:37 PM
The stamps are great and I too have been carving a lot since this swap. I look forward to seeing what everyone does with their stamps.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: SpottedFrog on January 23, 2008 07:54:50 PM
ok, I fail at getting tiny circular cuts, I contemplated cutting perfect circles with my Crop-O-Dile but didn't like the recognizable size and the fact that it was a hole.

Any tips on that?


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: balkandina on January 23, 2008 08:47:07 PM
OMG-Audrey Hepburn-and those mod retro ones-Gorgeous!!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: mamaedgar on January 23, 2008 10:10:18 PM
ok, I fail at getting tiny circular cuts, I contemplated cutting perfect circles with my Crop-O-Dile but didn't like the recognizable size and the fact that it was a hole.

Any tips on that?


i use the small "V" blade of the speedball carving set.... basically just put the tip of the V in the middle of the circle and turn the blade without lifting or shifting it ... at least that's how i do it.

Twistedredhead:  feel free to cut away the lino if you want a cleaner stamp..... i just didn't want to do it in case it made them too fragile and my fear of them breaking in the mail!  Glad you like them!  I had a hard time deciding what you'd like.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Ms Marple on January 24, 2008 12:32:23 AM

I love those abstract stamps by have2craft and mamaedgar!! They would be great for my paintings!!...   ;D


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: SpottedFrog on January 24, 2008 05:17:35 AM
I started writing a lot & then realized I probably got dud blades, I think they must have dull spots or something :( My old ones work pretty well but I only had large blades, no tinies. I did buy an extra cuticle trimmer at the store :) I'll be testing it out soon!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Ms Marple on January 24, 2008 08:20:38 AM

I've just received my stamp from Sarcastra!!! It's great, such elegant lines and I love the imagery!!



(baby hand for size comparison, couldn't resist....  :D)

And here it is in action in one of my paintings (detail of, that is)...



THANK YOU so much Sarcastra, I love it and it will see a lot of use!!!  :-*

Sarcastra also very generously included a piece of carving rubber, as I've had trouble getting hold of any and had to limit myself to erasers -- thank you so much for that, I'm really looking forward to trying out a larger design!!!  ;D  :-*


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: craftADDchick on January 24, 2008 02:44:52 PM
Sarcastra, that is a fantastic looking flower. I seriously covet it ;) It looks like it is walking...did you ever read Day of the Triffids? This flower would make a good Triffid (even though Triffids are bad ;) )!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: PlumCrafty on January 24, 2008 02:51:10 PM
Where do I begin....

mamaedgar, I just love all three of your stamps ... I want! I want!  :D

Sarcastra, that flowery stamps is beautiful and looks fabulous in your painting Ms Marple, which is amazing by the way. :D


oooh, i love all the goodies we have all received in this swap, it's been the greatest.  ;D


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Raenef on January 24, 2008 03:43:25 PM
I'm sorry Ms Marple I've had this stamp for about a week now. But here I am finally putting up the photos.

Ms Marple sent me a lovely stamp of an apple tree based on a drawing she did of her parents' garden in Sweden. She did a wonderful job on all the shading.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: craftADDchick on January 24, 2008 03:47:11 PM
Ms Marple I love the look of your apple tree stamp! It looks like a woodcut (which I love). Lovely!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: SpottedFrog on January 24, 2008 04:17:02 PM
aaaaiigth!! My cat has made off with two stamps!
Seriously, she thinks the rubbery stuff is cool. I was helping hubby with some stuff this afternoon & aware that she was on my desk but didn't register that I'd left my initial stamp & "hand made" on my desk...now they are AWOL  >:(


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: craftADDchick on January 24, 2008 05:29:48 PM
That's one reason that I don't have any pets ;) Plus, my house is such a mess, the pets themselves would get lost in all of it ;D

But, seriously...I hope you find it, and that it hasn't been "enhanced" by your kitty...


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: SpottedFrog on January 24, 2008 05:32:49 PM
I'm seriously worried that she's chewed on them :(


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: FishStikks on January 24, 2008 09:12:04 PM
I'm really really loving all of the stamps, you guys are all just so awesome.

I finally got a picture of all three (four, thanks to the wonderful MsMarple). I unfortunately did a horrible print job on them and I'm going to blame it on my brand new ink pad, don't you just love the blue tinge everything has now?  :P.

I love each and every one of my stamps. I've got a poject I'm thinking of using the crows on right away and the rattie foot prints are going on some cards to some friends and I've got to work in my ivy stamp on something with lots of flowing lines.
My crows are 3"x4", the Ivy is 3"x3 1/4" The rat feet are 1 1/4"x1 3/4" and the rat is 2"x1 1/2"

Thank you so much my wonderful partners!



Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: have2craft on January 24, 2008 09:34:05 PM
Great stamps, everyone!  This is such a talented group, and I've had so much fun with this swap.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Sarcastra on January 24, 2008 09:46:04 PM
Ms Marple, I'm very glad you like it.  I enjoyed taking a detour from my normal images to make something that might work for you.  That apple tree stamp you made i lovely!

craftADDchick, I haven't read Day of the Triffids, but it is on my list now.

Penlowe, I really hope you can recover your stamps safely from your cat.  Mine goes playful bonkers over black olives - maybe you could distract yours with one?  Cats are such freaky personalities anyway.

PlumCrafty, those crows all lined up are great.

I am so impressed (all puns are bad!) with everyone's stamps!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: SpottedFrog on January 25, 2008 04:58:29 AM
She's not full grown she plays with everything. I haven't dug through the desk itself, although I've scanned the floor many times. Last time they were just out in the middle of the floor.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: craftADDchick on January 25, 2008 04:16:08 PM
Wow, babetto, you got some excellent stamps!

I’m not a fan of rats, but MsMarple, you did a fanatastic job on both of those. If I had tried to carve little tiny rat feet, they would have been missing half of their toes!

PlumCrafty, I absolutely love the crows! For some reason, I really admire crows, even though I usually see them disemboweling dead animals by the road. I know crows are very intelligent birds, so maybe that is why I like them so much. And, I really like how a crow in silhouette is still recognizable as a crow!

And, love to bead, another great stamp. I love the curvy, almost feminine lines to this one!



Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: psyche on January 25, 2008 04:51:04 PM
Ooh. I need a crow stamp (for what? I have no idea). But I'm into the idea anyway.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: PlumCrafty on January 26, 2008 05:39:41 AM
Ms Marple: Loving the ratty stamps - so cool!

Love to Bead: that ivy stamps is so beautiful

This is the stamp I received from CraftADDchick yesterday. Isn't it just the best? As you can see I have already been playing with the possibilities... ;D




Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: FishStikks on January 26, 2008 06:33:56 AM
Oh how cool is that! And I love the colors combo you used on it as well!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: craftADDchick on January 26, 2008 06:48:07 AM
PlumCrafty- It looks so cool the way you colored and stamped it!  I had only tested it out using black (And, after I tested it, I thought I cleaned up all of the stray marks, but it looks like I missed a couple on the corner. Sorry!) I like how you over-stamped the smaller blocks onto the larger one- I never would have thought of doing that. Hmmm...I might have to make myself one like it now ;)


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: SpottedFrog on January 26, 2008 06:51:27 AM
Quote
looks like I missed a couple on the corner
no, that is only because they aren't mounted, mounted on something rigid they won't flex & put down those distant corners :). I got some wooden shapes in a mixed bag at the dollar store & will be mounting all my hand carved stamps soon.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: craftADDchick on January 26, 2008 06:55:37 AM
Quote
looks like I missed a couple on the corner
no, that is only because they aren't mounted, mounted on something rigid they won't flex & put down those distant corners :). I got some wooden shapes in a mixed bag at the dollar store & will be mounting all my hand carved stamps soon.

Thanks, Penlowe! Now, I feel better ;)

What do you use to adhere the stamps to the wood blocks?


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: PlumCrafty on January 26, 2008 07:16:48 AM
I thought I cleaned up all of the stray marks, but it looks like I missed a couple on the corner. Sorry!

No worries! I love it just the way it is! ;D

I found that if you also trim off the excess rubber, it helps reduces the risk of stray marks. Something I have learnt to do since this swap... ;)


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: craftADDchick on January 26, 2008 07:35:29 AM
I thought I cleaned up all of the stray marks, but it looks like I missed a couple on the corner. Sorry!

No worries! I love it just the way it is! ;D

I found that if you also trim off the excess rubber, it helps reduces the risk of stray marks. Something I have learnt to do since this swap... ;)

And I should know that because I get unmounted stamps every once in a while and I trim them as close to the image as possible. But, for some reason, I never thought about doing it to these. Maybe because I never thought to mount them, and I treat the excess rubber as the stamping block? Maybe...


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: SpottedFrog on January 26, 2008 08:53:42 AM
I'm thinking E6000 will do the job & be washable, sound good to you other glue aficianados?


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Maimun on January 26, 2008 02:15:11 PM
I got an awesome stamp from Lamina yesterday and am posting today even though my camera is sitting on my desk at work and I had to use my cell phone.

I'm hoping the envelope she sent the stamp in will help you figure out size, but mostly used that to include Lamina's mailart that is so appropriate.  After all, how often does the awesomeness of The Shatner yell out your name?  ;)


Thank you so much, Lamina!  I love the stamp.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Maimun on January 26, 2008 02:20:59 PM
I've very seldom mounted my carvings, but I'd recommend that you test the glue's interaction with the carving material before you mount your stamp.  You might find nasty things!

Some carving material react to clear hard plastics and they meld together.  Simply putting a sheet of paper between the plastic and the material will prevent this.

Once, I colored a stamp with a marker and one color melted the carving material so I lost all the fine lines I'd done.  I was ready to cry!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: craftADDchick on January 26, 2008 05:10:34 PM
Lamina- What a great stamp! Of course, I'd need to have the whole crew ;)

And, MunLtStmpr, what kind of markers did you use that melted the carving material? Holy cow!

For some of my unmounted stamps, I put double-sided tape (not the thick foam kind, the thin clear kind...I think it comes in a roll labeled as "psoter tape) on an acrylic block and stick the rubber to it. I wonder if it would work with thicker rubber? Then, I wouldn't have to use any nasty glue...


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Maimun on January 26, 2008 08:12:00 PM
It was a black marvy marker that caused the melting.  Never had it happen before and have been too scared to try is again and none of the other colors did it.  I asked around and no one had this problem, so I have no idea what happened or why, but it was a strong lesson in Do a Skin Patch Test First!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Ms Marple on January 27, 2008 12:17:26 AM

I love those crows, PlumCrafty!! And a lovely swirly ivy too! What a coincidence we all picked a different theme from Babbetto's list - I thought maybe she'd end up with 3 different rats... it was great fun to do anyway, I like gothy stuff  ;D

What a great idea CraftADDchick! That is such a versatile stamp set!



Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: ningy on January 27, 2008 06:28:39 AM
Oh goodness, i honestly never heard of rubber dice stamps before and I'm so psyched to try once I get everything at hand settled!

I just received from Twisted Redhead and I love everything. They look really intricate (: She also sent me some scraps to stamp on! I hope to get back soon with examples of how they look after being stamped! I think Diana also tested to make sure the stamps print well - thank you! :D



<3


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: FishStikks on January 27, 2008 06:59:24 AM
Yeah, did I score or what!

I realized that after I posted I totally forgot to thank PlumCrafty for all the fabulous extra goodies she included in my package. I love the pretty purple plastic envelope everything came in and she also inlcuded a pretty purple stamp pad, a London pencil, a great metal tag with the work wicked stamped into it, 3 blank cards with envelopes I may just have to use for my inchie art and a cute cat card. Amazingly beautiful little package. Totally made me re-think the way I sent mine.

I'm dying to see that top stamp stamped out it looks like an amazing design ningy. Twisted Redhead did a great job on those!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: craftADDchick on January 27, 2008 07:45:20 AM
ningy, your stamps from Twisted Redhead are fantastic. The owl looks so cute, and I really like the flower outline- lots of possibilities with that one. And, I agree with babbetto- can't wait to see the top flower stamp with the curling leaves stamped out!


What a great idea CraftADDchick! That is such a versatile stamp set!


Thanks! I sent sets to all of my partners (only 1 has been posted so far, though). I love sets and since I was going with abstract-ish designs, I thought that my partners would have more stamping options.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: TwistedRedhead on January 27, 2008 09:07:35 AM
ningy, I did test them out before I sent them, to make sure everything was carved the way I wanted.  I scrubbed and scrubbed to get all the ink off, but I wasn't able to.  I am so glad you like them all!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: balkandina on January 27, 2008 02:07:45 PM
WOW. WOW. And not the game, but the exclamation-I've been off the computer a few days to take care of some regular life things and it is amazing to catch up with all of these gorgeous stamps. I think that we are definitely going to have more people jealous interested in a next round-but you all are the pioneers!! And it is so sweet how people send little extras and embellish packaging. I tried to catch up with who has sent/received, but I can see a few I missed so I will get that done so we can look at another round.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: have2craft on January 27, 2008 07:46:14 PM
I received this wonderful package of goodness yesterday from Raenef!  I LOVE this sailboat and the stickers and origami paper she sent.  I've been working on other stuff today, so I haven't had a chance to stamp with it yet.





Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: sowingdiva on January 28, 2008 12:55:44 PM
Everyone has done such a fantastic job on their stamps!!! :D  Twisted Redhead I love the flowers... simply beautiful and Raenef the sailboat is awesome!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: craftADDchick on January 28, 2008 03:53:09 PM
Raenef- That's a great sailboat stamp! Makes me long for the ocean and the smell of the salt air...


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: PlumCrafty on January 29, 2008 03:53:55 PM
Yet more fantabulous stamps! ;D

A fantastic package from TwistedRedhead, I'm coveting the owl stamp, and I adore the yacht from Raenef.  :D


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: something_wierd on January 29, 2008 04:33:34 PM
Well, I found one of our digital cameras, but it was the crappy one, so I apologize in advance for the blurry images.  Also, apparently the camera believes that it is March 2005.  It does not matter how many times you reset it, it never sticks.  Meh.

Anyway, I got some totally sweet stamps!

First, we have the awesome eyes from PlumCrafty!  I love anatomical and stylized body parts. 

I also got some blank cards, a pink plastic envelope, and a metal tag that says "sparkle".  What a beautiful package!

I got my other 2 on the same day!  It was a good mail day until I saw the interest statement for my student loan.  Boo!  Still, I was thrilled to get more awesome stamps.  Get ready for this.  From Raenef I received a wonderful Torchwood logo lino stamp!  It was just in time for season 2 to start here in the US.  Best. Timing. Ever.  I also got some pretty origami paper and cute stickers. 


Finally, from laminathegreat I received a neato face stamp.  It is carved on 2 erasers.  It is a simple face so you can add your own things like Amy Winehouse eyeliner.  Very fun!


I had so much fun with this swap!  Hopefully my partners receive their packages soon!  I feel so bad for being late.  I just had horrific luck the last few weeks.   :-\  I would love to stick around for round 2 if you guys will take me!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: craftADDchick on January 29, 2008 05:39:50 PM
something_weird you got a superb set of stamps! I love the eye stamp from PlumCrafty (such a science geek I am!) and laminathegreat's 2-part face stamp is making the wheels turn in my brain. Different mouths, different eyes and you could have a whole plethora of expressions! I'm not familiar with Torchwood (it must be on cable, which I lack), but Raenef did a fantastic job carving that stamp. The lines are so straight and clean!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Maimun on January 29, 2008 06:20:08 PM
Great stamps!  PlumCrafty's eyes are so cool!  And given that winter had beaten me to a mushy pulp, I really appreciate the sail boat.

now, off to find out when/where Torchwood's starting here.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: balkandina on January 30, 2008 08:35:35 AM
It looks like we have all managed to get our stamps sent out  , so I will see who receives today and then update tonight if that's okay. I love the eyeballs, the sailboat and I think the two eraser face is sooo creative! I'm not familiar with Torchwood-but I love the design.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Ms Marple on January 30, 2008 09:04:09 AM

I've received a very professional looking stamp from Babbetto!!

(pen for size...)




It's great, thank you!! I think I'm going to use it a lot!   ;D

I have to ask as well - what carving material were you using? It's inking up so well, even on my old knackered ink pad! I'd like to try to get hold of some of that...  :D



Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: craftADDchick on January 30, 2008 03:50:19 PM
Another amazing stamp by Ms Marple! So versatile, too! You can use it as a corner stamp, make a small frame, make a mosaic/tesselation. Fantastic!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: FishStikks on January 30, 2008 05:36:30 PM
Yay! I'm so glad that it finally arrived and that you like it.
I understand that my stamp to Love to bead has arrived so I will go ahead and post a pic of that.

I did a little post stalking and saw that she liked unicorns so that's what I made for her.

Now to wait for my last stamp to arrive!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: craftADDchick on January 30, 2008 06:57:21 PM
babbetto- I just love that stamp. The hexagon shape is such a great idea!  And, your carving is awesome!

I hope that love to bead is okay. She received my stamps last week, and said she'd post the next day, so I really hope that she is alright!

If she isn't able to post pics by Friday, I might post the pic that I have (but it isn't a very good one...).


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: FishStikks on January 30, 2008 07:04:16 PM
Thanks so much CraftADDChick.
Yes, I hope she's okay too.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: SpottedFrog on January 30, 2008 07:52:51 PM
Everything in this gallery is so inspiring. BTW I bought a new set of blades- man are they nice! my old ones were really dull!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: FishStikks on January 30, 2008 08:01:24 PM
I have to ask as well - what carving material were you using? It's inking up so well, even on my old knackered ink pad! I'd like to try to get hold of some of that...  :D

Oops,  I meant to answer this question and then promptly forgot.

I used the Staedtler MasterCarve Artist Carving Block and their tagline is Cuts "Like Butter" and they aren't kidding. I love working with this stuff! I bought mine at my local Dick Blick but they do have an online shop DickBlick.com


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Ms Marple on January 30, 2008 11:26:39 PM

Thanks Babbetto; sounds like a great material, I have to try to get hold of that! Love the unicorn by the way!!

I'm a bit concerned the stamp I made for Raenef didn't ink up so well. I thought it was my bad ink pad, but it does seem to differ between different rubbers as well. It was really great for cutting in though (if anybody happens by Middlesborough's Modern Art museum...  ;))


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: laminathegreat on January 31, 2008 05:08:14 AM
wow. I'm such a slouch. I've had my other two stamps for weeks and haven't posted them. Dur....

The one on the right is from love2beas and the one on the left is from babbetto. They are both AWESOME and will get lots of use. Thanks ladies!

something_wierd: for about two seconds I thought about making you the Torchwood 'T'. Ha ha I'm glad I didn't.  ;D
MunLtStmpr: I'm glad you like the shat. and the mail art.  :D


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: FishStikks on January 31, 2008 05:14:08 AM
Yay! All my stamps made it!
Love to bead you did a really nice job on that teapot.

Thanks MsMarple  ;D.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Ms Marple on January 31, 2008 05:33:13 AM

ohhh, a teapot!! I love teapots, and it's a lovely one!!  :D .....


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: SpottedFrog on January 31, 2008 06:11:56 AM
Lovely owl! addictive isn't it?


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: balkandina on January 31, 2008 07:29:07 AM
Babs-is there any craft you aren't good at?????
I basically want all of these stamps for myself. It's interesting that you talked about too soft, Monkeythumb, I kind of felt I needed a slightly harder rubber, too. And I had to keep reminding myself not to undercut , but to cut out from the part I wanted to be the positive (inked) image. And your adorable little owl is welcome here!! I love owls for their connection to Athena and knowlwdge-I have a friend who is terrified of them because they remind her of her Grandmother's 70s style macrame !!
I will update profiles this evening (U.S. Mountain Time) after today's mail.
This has been a really great swap-everyone has sent and you have all given feedback . I think I'm tearing up a little here over the lovely rubber stamp ladies... ;) ;) ;) ;)


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: balkandina on January 31, 2008 10:56:48 AM
I do have a macrame pattern book with an owl in it...somewhere.I'll try to look for it!!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: craftADDchick on January 31, 2008 06:45:53 PM
laminathegreat, those are excellent stamps! The teapot from loves2bead is very nice. It would look very cool stamped on some patterned paper and then cut out! And, babbetto's stamp once again shows off her awesome carving skills!

And, MonkeyThumb, I really like your owl stamp! Owls are just so cute, and your stamp is just great! You should definitely join the next round!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: FishStikks on January 31, 2008 06:53:16 PM
Babs-is there any craft you aren't good at?????

Awww, thanks Balki!

Monkeythumb, I love your little owl stamp.

Thanks again craftADDchick!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: ningy on February 01, 2008 06:24:59 AM
ningy, I did test them out before I sent them, to make sure everything was carved the way I wanted.  I scrubbed and scrubbed to get all the ink off, but I wasn't able to.  I am so glad you like them all!

It's no problem at all! I really appreciate your effort to make sure it stamps well!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: MinorPunk56 on February 01, 2008 08:38:15 AM
I am so in love with the Dice stamps.  I'm I was a stamper, i think I'd have to commission you to make me some!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Ms Marple on February 01, 2008 09:20:53 AM

I received from Raenef today!! Here's the stamp (apologies for bad job inking up)



Thank you very much, I love the personal connection  :D (I am retraining from a scientist to a fine art painter myself, best thing I ever did!) Also many thanks for the extra goodies (some great stickers and origami paper that are sure to find their ways into my paintings too!!...) - wish I had thought of sending some to you too  :-[ Next time!...


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: craftADDchick on February 01, 2008 12:15:42 PM
Raenef- Cool stamp! It has a ton of possibilities, too. I just love curves...

And, as a side note, Ms Marple, what kind of scientist are your retraining from? If it's some kind of research, I don't blame you! After a dose of research in a lonely lab with just me and some plants, I decided that it wasn't my thing. Still loved science, so I became a science teacher instead. Lovin' it right now ;)


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: PlumCrafty on February 01, 2008 01:11:17 PM
Ohhhh, I can't believe there have been so many cool stamps posted since I last wrote....

Babbetto: your stamps are beautiful and so professional - my favourite must be the unicorn.
Raenef: the Torchwood stamp is amazingly finished, I wish I was that good at straight lines, and your stamp for Ms Marple is great too!
Laminathegreat: those split face stamps are a source of endless possibilities!
Love2bead: that is one cute tea pot!
MonkeyThumb: Cool owl; I think you have embarked on a lifelong love affair!

There are sooo many great stamps posted here, I can't wait for a round two! ;D


 


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: craftADDchick on February 01, 2008 06:00:33 PM
Okay, I'm really worried about love to bead, now! I hope that she's just crazy busy and not sick or injured  ???

Since she received, I'm going to post a pic of the stamp set I sent her. It isn't a very good pic, because I carved on the printed side of the stamp (I had already drawn something else on the plain side but changed my mind...). And, I didn't save the paper where I stamped the image to check it... She said that one of her favorite artists was Vincent van Gogh, and I'm always (like now) wrapped in a blanket that has Starry Night printed on it, so I tried to imitate a swirl from the painting. Then, I made some companion stamps...




And, while I'm at it, this is the set I sent to balkandina. I saw a similar image in a magazine and this is my version of it...






Remember... I'm just a beginner... ;)


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Maimun on February 01, 2008 07:28:04 PM
Oh, I love the large swirl!  I love the feel of motion it has.

I hope Love2Bead is ok too.  She did log on on the 29th if that helps any.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: FishStikks on February 01, 2008 08:49:12 PM
Thanks PlumCrafty!

Raenef what a cool stamp. I can see so many possibilities in that.

CraftADDchick I love your swirl stamps but I really like the ones you sent to Balki!
How fun those could be! I "may" just have to borrow that idea for something...


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: have2craft on February 01, 2008 10:02:39 PM
Okay, I'm really worried about love to bead, now! I hope that she's just crazy busy and not sick or injured  ???

She's okay, just crazy, crazy busy with work (we both are lately).  She's my mom and lives with me, so I'll pop my head in and tell her to get her tail online and post. ;)

I love all of these stamps that everyone's made!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: love to bead on February 01, 2008 10:23:49 PM
thanks for posting the pics, I am very sorry for not getting it done. been real busy trying to get a new career of the ground and it takes so much of my time. again very sorry. haven't gotten my last stamp yet.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: craftADDchick on February 02, 2008 06:39:41 AM
CraftADDchick I love your swirl stamps but I really like the ones you sent to Balki!
How fun those could be! I "may" just have to borrow that idea for something...

Thanks! And, borrow away...especially since I borrowed the idea myself!

And, glad you're okay love to bead! Good luck with the new career!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: SpottedFrog on February 02, 2008 07:29:23 AM
I spent 2 hours cleaning yesterday and still haven't found the two stamps kitty made off with :( looks like I'll be re-doing them soon.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Ms Marple on February 02, 2008 09:23:49 AM

CraftADDchick, I agree with Babbetto, those circles are great!! That idea of making a set of stamps is just perfect for playing around with different colours! 

(Side note answer ;D : I first did academic science which involved lots of radioactive DNA, it was boring and kind of scared me in the end with all the nasty chemicals (FORTUNATELY my baby is perfect, or at least I think so  ;)) so I got out and started working in industry, which was even duller. So that made me realise I've made a bad decision and had to change things (you know you have to when you look at that little clock on the computer too many times every minute...!!) The theory of science is fun, but the daily grind -  :P


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: craftADDchick on February 02, 2008 10:12:50 AM
Thanks, Ms Marple!

(Side note answer response ;) : I originally went to college to work in genetics, but once I was there, I realized that I didn't have the single-minded focus that was required (the ADD in my username is there for a reason :) ), and switched to experiments with plants. But, as much as I talked to them, they never did talk back...)


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Ms Marple on February 02, 2008 12:19:26 PM

Ha, in our lab they probably would have eventually, with all the irradiation going on...  ;D

I was thinking of that lovely walking flower stamp I got from Sarcastra, that would have fitted you as well!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: craftADDchick on February 02, 2008 12:56:25 PM
Tee-hee! Again...Day of the Triffids comes to mind...there must have been some reason that venomous walking plants were created...too much irradiation!

And, I do highly covet that particular stamp ;)


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: balkandina on February 02, 2008 03:03:37 PM
Thanks for posting the pix of my super stamps,CraftAddChick! It's been a busy week-I had my art opening last night. It went really well and I've already sold 2 pieces-yay!! I really think that  your stamp would look cool stamped in gesso before painting on a  canvas for texture. Glad Love2Bead is okay.  :) My new job is taking up some of my valuable crafting time, too :( As soon as the final stamps are received (undoubtedly they will be those sent by yours truly :P  ) we can think about a second round


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: craftADDchick on February 02, 2008 03:40:11 PM
Congrats on your opening balkandina! And way to go on selling 2 pieces!! You must be flying high right now!

Hmmm...never thought about stamping in gesso before. I might have some hanging around here somewhere...

And, I can't wait to see my stamps from you!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: balkandina on February 02, 2008 03:42:58 PM
They really are on their way..seriously :P And since I was late I threw in some of my never ending ephemera stash,too!!!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: maiziemama on February 02, 2008 04:56:24 PM
wow!  I am impressed...will be waiting for round 2!!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Maimun on February 02, 2008 08:11:32 PM
Congratulations, Balkandina, on your show and sales!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: love to bead on February 02, 2008 09:22:55 PM
This is the great stamp that I got from something_wierd today. I love it, it makes me think of the movie "Dragonfly". Thanks so much


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: love to bead on February 02, 2008 09:29:08 PM
This is the extras that something_wierd sent as well. It is all so great.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: love to bead on February 02, 2008 09:31:51 PM
I love the set of great stamps that CRAFTADDCHICK sent. I am a fan of abstract art.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: love to bead on February 02, 2008 09:39:01 PM
I know that a pic of this stamp has already been posted but I wanted to post and tell you how much I love it. I used to collect unicorns.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: FishStikks on February 03, 2008 06:31:01 AM
I'm really glad you are okay LovetoBead and especially glad you like your unicorn stamp.  ;D


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: craftADDchick on February 03, 2008 08:03:25 AM
love to bead, glad you're back! And, I really like the dragonfly that something_weird sent to you. Out of all of the insect stamps I have, I probably have more dragonflies than anything else!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: love to bead on February 03, 2008 02:55:07 PM
I had so much fun carving these stamps, and I think that I have found a new love. I just hope that I can find the time to do more of it. I have a great inspiration, my wonderful daughter have 2 craft. She is the one who got me started even trying to do any of these crafts.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: balkandina on February 03, 2008 08:57:26 PM
I'm feeling a little depressed this evening, for various reasons, as I assume all of us must feel at times, and then I check out this swap and I feel very happy. These are incredibly beautiful pieces of art made bysome great artists. Yay for us !!! :) :) :)


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: have2craft on February 03, 2008 09:22:45 PM
I had so much fun carving these stamps, and I think that I have found a new love. I just hope that I can find the time to do more of it. I have a great inspiration, my wonderful daughter have 2 craft. She is the one who got me started even trying to do any of these crafts.

::blushing:: 

I'm feeling a little depressed this evening, for various reasons, as I assume all of us must feel at times, and then I check out this swap and I feel very happy.

I'm sorry you're feeling down, Dina.  I hope tomorrow's a better day for you.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: IceCreamCone on February 03, 2008 09:23:56 PM
I love that unicorn stamp so much.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: balkandina on February 03, 2008 10:44:03 PM
Oh, I didn't mean to depress anyone... it's just sometimes hopping onto Craftster just makes me realize that all around the world there are people very  similar to me who care about arts and crafts and how one person,just  one person, we really can help each other and change our world. I hope that doesn't seem too sappy, but, it's really how I feel. Good night and Good Morning Craftster friends :) :) :)


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Ms Marple on February 04, 2008 04:13:52 AM

It's true, it's a haven of niceness!!   :D


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: balkandina on February 05, 2008 12:08:16 PM
Okay, no more late night schmaltziness from me!!  ;D :D Just want to make sure that we're up to date. If you received in the last few days, please remember to pm me-We're just about ready to close out this round.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Sarcastra on February 05, 2008 01:46:52 PM
I received my final stamp in this swap from Balkandina a few days ago.
Here's a pic:

(as stamped in one of my Moleskines)

It's funny that she made me a skull in a heart, because I recently painted a skull in a heart for a ceramic ornament.  I really like the ghostly image of the skull.  I sometimes prefer the chunkier images and this one works well; it looks ephemeral and fleeting on the edge of the heart.  She also included some extras - the flower stamp, lots of collage fodder and some cute tissue paper, too.

Thank you Balkandina - I love it and it's very me.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: FishStikks on February 05, 2008 02:07:22 PM
Oh Balki, I like those stamps!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: craftADDchick on February 05, 2008 02:44:48 PM
Balkandina- The stamps that you sent to [/b]Sarcastra[/b] are excellent! I really love the subtlety of the skull in the heart. I didn't see it at first, but after glancing away, I caught it out of the corner of my eye and now it's all I can see.

And, I received my stamps today and, as soon as I get back from voting (at the school down the hill and down the block), I'll post pics!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: balkandina on February 05, 2008 03:00:23 PM
Sarcastra-I'm glad you liked your stamp. That was one that I had to recut because I used the back :P I noticed that you liked goth in your profile and thought that was a little gothy ;)
CraftADDChick-we have stupid caucuses here instead of primaries, so we all have to meet at the same time -7pm and sit around and discuss candidates ::)   


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: craftADDchick on February 05, 2008 03:39:53 PM
Well, my vote has been cast (hmmmm...caucuses don't sound very productive), so here are my stamps from balkandina! I just love them both! And, she also sent some ephemera from her stash and I think I'll be using some of it in the very near future.



Thanks so much, Dina, and thanks for organizing this swap too!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: PlumCrafty on February 05, 2008 04:25:51 PM
Balkandina, all your stamps are amazing, my favourite has to be the skull-heart one, I'm really coveting it! ;)

I received a super package from something_wierd this morning in the mail. Not only did I receive a stamp, I am now the proud owner of an entire care package! This is the package that arrive (note the little stamp on the brown paper wrapper):


And here is the beautiful stamp (with obligatory ink pad "ruler"). Its so elegant, I just love it! ;D


Thanks so much, something_wierd!

I have been super lucky with all my partners in this swap, thank you all so much for your gorgeous stamps, and thank you Balkandina for organising the swap! ;D


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: FishStikks on February 05, 2008 04:29:23 PM
Wow! What a great care package and I LOVE that delicate little stamp!

Balki I really like that little square twig/flower? stamp.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: balkandina on February 05, 2008 04:35:01 PM
CraftADDChick...I don't know if I told you, but I took that design of the stylized flower from an old (1903) French art nouveau magazine I have. It's not quite as perfect as the original. The reverse lino type stamp is from an old Japanese book. See, there's a reason I have all that ephemera!!
Something_wierd-I love the stamp you sent PlumCrafty-so elegant and very usable!! And so sweet to send all the accoutrements!
We're just waiting for a few stamps-one is coming from Singapore,though....


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: craftADDchick on February 05, 2008 05:22:21 PM
PlumCrafty, you got a sweet little package from something_weird! I love, love, love the stamp! And, it's so great that she sent other little items along with it.

balkandina- I really love the flower! I have a cube stamp that has an outline pattern that is similar and would make a very complementary background for your stamp, I think! And the Japanese style stamp is so elegantly simple. Ephemera is one of those things that I don't have the patience to collect myself, but I do love it and can see how useful and inspiring it can be ;)

Thanks again!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: love to bead on February 05, 2008 07:13:38 PM
something_wierd you did it again, that stamp is great. you are sooo good.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: have2craft on February 06, 2008 08:19:04 AM
I received two wonderful packages this week!

From something_weird...


A handy little box filled with so many goodies and a GORGEOUS shell stamp!

And from our spantabulous organizer...


Two beautiful floral stamps (I left the ink pad there for size comparison.) and a whole bunch of ephemera!

Thanks to you both!  This has been such a wonderful swap!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: something_wierd on February 06, 2008 02:30:47 PM
I'm glad you guys like the stamps.  I had a heck of a time figuring out what to carve, especially for Plum Crafty.  I finally settled on something that looks roughly like golden wattle (http://www.worldwidewattle.com/images/pycnantha.jpg), the floral emblem of Australia. 


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: craftADDchick on February 06, 2008 02:34:27 PM
something_weird, I really LOVE the shell stamp that you sent to have2craft. And, all of the other items you included look pretty neat as well!

balkandina- I like both of the stamps that you sent to have2craft, as well. And, I am lucky enough to have sample of the smaller stamp. You included it as a stamped sample so I've added it to my growing stash of ephemera ;)


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Ms Marple on February 07, 2008 06:26:45 AM

I really like that flower, Balkandina, it's great and I think the broken lines makes it even more appealing. I love an 'aged' look (sometimes walk on my paintings to get a worn look, even heard of some artist who runs over his paintings with the car a few times when he's stuck!  ;D)

Anyways, it's given me inspiration for some more experimental carving - I'm very excited!...   :D



Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: SpottedFrog on February 07, 2008 08:03:49 AM
/sigh... my initial stamp is still MIA :( stupid cat....

you know as soon as I've finished a replacement it'll turn up- but then I'll have that much less carving stuff  ::)


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: mamaedgar on February 09, 2008 12:11:50 AM
wow these are all such great stamps.  this has been a great thing for me.  since participating in the swap i've really gotten back into carving!  i've already completed 3 new sets!!  Next I am going to work on an "old hollywood starlette" set!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Raenef on February 09, 2008 08:31:51 PM
Well I think I'm the last person waiting on a package. The only problem is - from who?  :-\


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: craftADDchick on February 10, 2008 07:29:16 AM
Well I think I'm the last person waiting on a package. The only problem is - from who?  :-\

Looking back at the list of partners...maybe something_weird is who you're waiting on. So you'll get a great stamp ;)


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: have2craft on February 10, 2008 09:02:56 AM
Well I think I'm the last person waiting on a package. The only problem is - from who?  :-\

There was a mix-up, and I'm the one sending your last package.  I plan to have it out in the mail to you tomorrow. 


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: balkandina on February 10, 2008 06:46:05 PM
We should be able to close this round out by midweek!! It has been a great swap, with a minimum of problems!!! Thanks to you all, especially Have2Craft for helping fix up the mixup for Raenef!!!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: have2craft on February 10, 2008 07:23:45 PM
No prob, Dina.  I have everything ready to go to the post office tomorrow for Raenef.  I won't be able to us a DC#, but I'll pm you both after I've sent.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Raenef on February 10, 2008 10:16:16 PM
Thanks for this have2craft  :D


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: sowingdiva on February 11, 2008 08:40:28 AM
They had a long journey but they finally made it:  Here are the stamps I got from Ningy!!!!



They are about 1.5 inch by 2 inches.  Sorry I didn't have anything to scale them against.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: balkandina on February 11, 2008 10:47:11 AM
FAB!!!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: balkandina on February 11, 2008 11:06:10 AM
We are nearly done...when Raenef receives from our lil' angel have2craft ( very appropriate name :D ) All the rubber stampswill have flown to their new homes. Thanks all for doing a really cool  swap!!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: SpottedFrog on February 11, 2008 01:14:19 PM
I love the butterfly! the motion of it is fantastic! the free form shapes & swirls are seriously cool too :)


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: craftADDchick on February 11, 2008 02:13:23 PM
I love the butterfly! the motion of it is fantastic! the free form shapes & swirls are seriously cool too :)

Hey! I was gonna say that ;)

Nicely done, Ningy!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: something_wierd on February 12, 2008 05:25:25 AM
Thanks, have2craft, for angel-ing for the weird little mix-up!  I got info for the three people I actually sent to, but I was supposed to send to Raenef instead of have2craft.  I felt really bad and PMed Dina after I got some (understandably) confused PMs from have2craft. :D


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: have2craft on February 12, 2008 07:19:00 AM
It all worked out, though.  I sent Raenef's package off yesterday, so hopefully the postal service will be quick about delivering to her.

Love those stamps, Ningy!  The butterfly is my favorite.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: balkandina on February 12, 2008 11:46:41 AM
Everyone worked together very well fixing up the crazy organizer's disorganization!!! Please check your feedback, everyone should have it now. No flakers, great communication, an all-round good swap, I'd say. It has really opened up a new craft for me :)


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: balkandina on February 14, 2008 08:34:27 AM
I'm out of town for a few days-I'll close up shop on this swap after that. Happy Valentine's Day :) :) :)


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: SpottedFrog on February 14, 2008 11:42:52 AM
Have fun storming the castle!

For those interested in Round 2 Balkandina & I have discussed April :) Keep your eyes peeled!


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: balkandina on February 24, 2008 07:46:16 PM
Sorry, I was out of commission for awhile there. Has everyone received and posted now?


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Raenef on February 24, 2008 09:37:59 PM
Nope. Still waiting for the last stamp.
Did you get a delivery estimate by any chance have2craft?


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: have2craft on February 25, 2008 04:41:04 AM
No, they didn't give me one.  I was wondering if you had received yet.  Hopefully it'll show up very soon, though.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: balkandina on February 25, 2008 09:18:00 PM
Poor Raenef...I feel very bad about this. I've unfortunately had a relapse of a weird neuromuscular disorder that I have and have not been taking care of business well, I guess. Sorry if that is too much info :P :P :P


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Raenef on February 25, 2008 11:32:31 PM
Oh don't be silly. You have done a great job organising this swap. I have enjoyed it, and I'm looking forward to have2craft's package. It was just a tiny mix up and your health is *way* more importantl.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: have2craft on February 26, 2008 07:59:11 AM
Poor Dina.  I hope you feel better soon.

Raenef, if the package doesn't show up in the next couple of days, I'll send another one.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: have2craft on March 04, 2008 11:33:29 AM
Raenef, has it shown up yet?  If not, I'll send another one off to you.


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: Raenef on March 04, 2008 08:40:15 PM
Nothing has turned up yet  :(
I don't think you should have to send out another one. It is so much time, effort and money. I'm happy with the parcels I have received, and if yours turns up that will be an added bonus.
Thank you all the same for trying to be my angel  :)

Dina - you can close up the swap now, thanks for everything  :)


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: SpottedFrog on March 05, 2008 06:11:16 AM
What is with the postmen with sticky fingers? They should just join Craftster! Then they can swap themselves instead of snatching our goodies!! Sigh, I'm waiting on a lost item as well from another swap :/ been in the mail for over a month....


Title: Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Gallery
Post by: have2craft on March 05, 2008 11:48:39 AM
Nothing has turned up yet  :(
I don't think you should have to send out another one. It is so much time, effort and money. I'm happy with the parcels I have received, and if yours turns up that will be an added bonus.
Thank you all the same for trying to be my angel  :)

Dina - you can close up the swap now, thanks for everything  :)

No, I'll get you another package in the mail this week.  It's no trouble at all, and I want to do it.