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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Hand carved rubber stamps! EDIT: Added tutorial! on: June 13, 2007 06:15:53 PM
The first time I carved a stamp was in the 5th grade and it was some sort of monkey for a school-wide "Save the Rainforest" campaign. Anywho I'm now a sophomore in college and suddenly got the urge to carve some more, partly due to my discovery of "letterboxing" thanks to this post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=157748.0

So here are some stamps I've carved!

Here's all 4 of them together.

A close up of the mustache stamp. There was no real reason for me to carve a mustache stamp...I just felt like it. The little guy is a dingbat from a font on this site: http://fonts.tom7.com/

A close up of my personal favorite, the sea-horse. I traced the design myself in illustrator based off of a couple sea-horse skeleton pictures.

And now for the actual prints of the stamps...

Mustache man. I enjoy him because you can draw in his eyes and hair and mouth and stuff depending on how you're feeling.

Anchor. I'm into nautical things as I live right by the beach and have this same anchor stenciled onto a bag of mine.

My favorite sea-horse. I really love this one. Don't know what I'll use it for yet, but I love it.

My friends and I came up with this design for our letterboxing name. If you're from the Jersey Shore like I am, you know we're often referred to as "shore points" on many road signs, thus our "team name." This was the first stamp I carved so it's a little rough, but I love it anyways. The duck is another dingbat from a font from the site listed above.

All the stamps are mounted on pieces of wood, except for the anchor. I just glued that to an altoids tin cause it was the right size and it does the job just fine.

If anyone wants a tutorial, feel free to ask! Enjoy Smiley

EDIT: Added my little tutorial!

Step 1: Print out your image so that it will fit on the piece of stamp material you're going to use. I did a skeleton key that I traced from a pic I found online.

Step 2: Trace all the outlines of your image using just a regular pencil. Easy peasy.

Step 3: After finished tracing, cut around the image so the area around it is smaller. Lay it, traced side down, on top of the stamp material. I usually tape it down so it doesn't move around.

Step 4: Using a pencil again, scribble all over the back of the image making sure to scribble on top of all the pencil lines on the other side.

Step 5: Voila! Your image should be transferred onto the stamp material. At this point I cut away any excess material with scissors

Step 6: After the image is transferred, I use the smallest blade that I have to carve an outline around the entire image. I also carve out any tiny areas that require detail.

Step 7: Once detailed areas are done with smaller blades, I switch to larger blades and carve away any other unnecessary areas. I trim with scissors then super-glue it to a piece of wood.

Step 8: Finally, push it into some ink and stamp it!

A few notes on supplies
As stated above, I use Speedball's Speedy Stamp (also called "pink stuff") to carve my stamps into. Great stuff! It's not crumbly and is really easy to carve: http://www.misterart.com/store/view.cfm?group_id=3553958&store=003&AID=10273655&PID=1606362

I use Speedball's Linoleum Cutters with different size blades / cutters to carve the stamps with: http://www.misterart.com/store/view.cfm?group_id=3553401&store=001&AID=10273655&PID=1606362

I use Versacraft Ink Pads (http://www.blockheadstamps.com/ink_versacraft.html) for stamping onto fabric but for paper I just use any old ink pad that I can find. I have some from Wal-Mart, Rag Shop...any brand will do. Also littlehands, I think the way the ink thins out was just a fluke, but I like it as well Smiley

Thanks for all the compliments. Carve some of your own and post em here!

2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / seahorse stencil on: April 09, 2006 08:24:43 AM
I haven't stenciled anything new in a long time (thank you, school and midterms) so here's something I just finished last night!

It's my own design that I came up with one day during school: an upside-down seahorse with two tails forming a heart. Stenciled using freezer paper (cutting out all those islands was fun, let me tell you) and Tulip Soft fabric paint (all I ever use - highly recommended!) Also I sewed a little black heart button onto each sleeve. Enjoy!
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Love Token Things for Boyfriend on: December 06, 2005 01:14:39 PM

I made these as part of my boyfriend's Christmas gift this year. They're supposed to be little love token / voucher thingies that he can "cash in" in exchange for whatever they say on them. I made them out of polymer clay (Sculpey), poked a hole in them with a bamboo skewer, baked them, painted them with acrylics (after realizing the ink wouldn't stay on just the clay itself), stamped on the writing using individual letter stamps and black ink, sealed them with clear nail polish, and put one of those metal chains in each one.

Oh, and I wouldn't normally charge him for kisses or a back massage. Though that could turn quite a large profit...
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Scrapbooking with dried rose petals on: October 27, 2005 01:53:05 PM
I have a whole bunch of rose petals that I have dried and pressed from a bouquet that my boyfriend gave me for one of our anniversaries  Smiley What I was wondering is, what would be the best way to glue these to a scrapbook page? Should I preserve them with something first? Dip them in wax? What glue should I use? I just want them looking as nice as possible and I don't want to use a glue that will discolor them or anything. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide! Smiley
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / It's Hammer, go hammer, MC Hammer, yo Hammer! on: February 20, 2005 06:58:59 AM
And the rest can go and play: You can't touch this.

That is the end result that I am super pleased with.

Close up.

This was done in two layers, first a red octogon, then the white text. I can tell you this: Freezer paper is not good for doing multiple layers. It does not stick well on top of paint. I had to work with this:

Ick, right? This is what it looked like when I pulled the freezer paper off the second layer. But luckily I had the red background, so I took to it with a toothpick and red paint and made it all better again.

All in all it was worth all the troubles. I like it a lot.
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / No mere mortal can resist, the evil of the ________. on: February 05, 2005 08:19:22 AM
Just finished this up about an hour ago.

I used freezer paper with this paint:

*Note how it says MATTE- as in, not shiny paint. Which makes us all happy. Enjoy.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Scarf with pockets on: January 24, 2005 06:42:47 AM
I had been asking my mom for a while to make me a scarf with pockets at the bottom. Yesterday (my birthday) my wish was granted. My mom crocheted this whole thing, then just flipped up the ends to make pockets. It keeps my hands warm plus I can just stick my CD player in there. Awesome.

8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / More Wes Anderson homage. on: January 17, 2005 04:04:17 PM

Things I've learned:

1) Freezer paper is the best. I got the cleanest lines I've ever had.
2) Tulip brand brushable fabric paint works quite well.

I made the stencil from this image:

...which is young Richie Tenenbaum and his bird, Mordecai, on the inner cover of The Royal Tenenbaums DVD. At the bottom of the DVD cover it says "Go, Mordecai!" which I was thinking of stenciling somewhere on the shirt. Suggestions, anyone? Should I leave it be?
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / The Life Aquatic stencilling adventure. [Many pictures.] on: December 31, 2004 10:30:24 AM
I hope you have all seen "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou," because it has inspired me to make this- my favorite stencilled project ever.

It began with a plain blue hoodie I recieved for Christmas. I decided it needed serious stencilling.

So I found a box of Freezer Paper. I have used contact paper for all my stencilled projects in the past, but I decided to give this a try.

Here I am tracing my design onto the freezer paper.

Two completed stencils. (The image with three Z's is Team Zissou's logo.)

Got my paint and textile medium- what I always use.

Ironed the first stencil on and painted it. (I used pieces of contact paper for the triangle in the "A" and the circle in the "O".)

First stencil done! The picture makes the edges look kind of rough but they're quite crisp in real life.

I decided I didn't want to use freezer paper for the Z logo so I cut it again, this time out of contact paper. Put it on and painted the big Z light yellow...

And the little Z's white.

Voila, stencilling complete.

I decided it needed something more, so I found brass buttons with an image of a bird holding an anchor on them. They seemed especially appropriate.

So I sewed six of these buttons on...and...

It is done! [Note how cool my friends are for getting me a life size Derek Zoolander for Christmas.]

10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Cutout-style Self Portrait on: November 14, 2004 03:21:59 PM
Well I just finished (about 15 minutes ago) my newest completed project from my Visual Communications class, so I thought I'd show it to all of you

For this, I photoshopped a picture of myself, used the cutout filter so that there were 8 different shades of gray (including black), and printed this image out on 9 seperate pages. Then, I used an X-acto knife and plain scotch tape to piece the pages together , and then covered the entire back of this image in charcoal (using a soft pencil). Next, put this on top of a canvas so that the charcoal was touching the canvas, and traced over all of the lines with a pen, thus transferring them onto the canvas. Finally I mixed all the paints, and basically just painted-by-number. Not a difficult process, but tedious.

Finished product!

Here you can easily see the 8 different shades, going dark to light.

The whole thing measures 18 by 24 inches.  Cheesy Whoo-hooo
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