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91  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Am I pricing too high for handcarved stamps? on: April 16, 2010 09:27:14 PM
I haven't sold a thing.  Personally, I think these stamps are worth more, as attention and care equals "great product".

Right now, I charge by details.  My most expensive are: the Twilight set, and that's because...I spent over 8 hours on these.  The smaller pieces are cheaper because they take much less time to carve.

The Twilight set:

I'm thinking of creating and selling a set of Harry Potter house crest stamps.  (That's Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Slytherin, Gyrffindor in one set.)  How much should I charge then?  (It usually takes me a couple of days to make these...)

Also, my packaging is of concern.  I imprint the image on a piece of paper, and then shove it into a small polybag (like for extra buttons).  Does this exude a professional feel, or not?
92  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Take a look at my photos - should I create a light box for my products? on: April 13, 2010 09:01:58 AM
The link is down in my signature.  Just wondering if it is needed for it!

I sell stamps/imprinted stuff.

93  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Handstamped Custom Business Cards on: April 12, 2010 04:33:00 PM
Carving this took the whole day!  I made a little mistake on the bottom, the in the url.  (The "e" in shophandmade is nicked a bit...)

2 inches by 3.5 inches!  Way too small - had to do all of the lettering with a magnifying glass!
94  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Twilight + Hufflepuff = A Stamp Carver's Dream! (Guineverefree - don't PEEK!) on: April 11, 2010 09:18:57 AM
Here's some stuff I made for a personal swap:

Hufflepuff logo, Cullen Family Crest, Voluroti (sp?) Logo.

Wedding stamp - my cousin is getting married on August 28, 2010.  I dunno, it looks a bit generic, but I don't know this cousin too well.  (Image taken from another Craftster's ATC - this is going on invitations within the family probably!)

All were made with "Big Mistakes" eraser.  (I made sure to not use the section that said "mistakes" in the wedding stamp, thank you very much!)
95  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Pretty Ravenclaw rubber stamp! on: March 22, 2010 05:11:01 PM

This was a custom stamp request from a friend.  Think I did the Ravenclaw house justice?  Smiley  (I'm a Hufflepuff, I promise!)

It's about 1.3 X 1.5 inches.
96  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Anyone up for Nintendo DS themed swap? on: March 22, 2010 07:22:58 AM
I can organize by April...middle of May.  This would probably be anything Nintendo DS related - cases, purses, repurposed items.  One medium or two smalls.  Smiley

Extras can be included.  Just talk to your partner before hand.  Nobody wants to feel like they sent too much or too little!  Some ideas for extras can be:  a Pokewalker case, extra stylii, screen protection, lanyard, or just random stuff.

Information to be aware of:  what type is your DS?  (Original/Phat, Lite, or the DSi)
97  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Not sure if this is the place to ask...(alchemy request?) on: March 21, 2010 07:33:46 PM
I would love to get my hands on a Hufflepuff House scarf.  I rather pay it forward for a homemade scarf than buy something mass produced.

I would love to swap for it.  (I decorate bags and other stuff.)  Or I would love to pay upfront for materials and shipping to get it done.
98  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Ah, the wonders of insomnia...for stamp carving! (Mini Tutorial Included) on: March 05, 2010 07:05:47 AM

Made with a "for big mistakes eraser", plus a speedball carver.  Acetone transfer (had to desaturate and print in high quality mode.)  Inspired by a piece I had to do for the One Tiny Harry Potter Thing swap!

Tutorial for Acetone Transfer:

Materials Needed:
-  nail polish remover (acetone - I like the lemon cutex, it doesn't smell like ass)
-  an old laser printer
-  good paper

Fiddle with settings.  I like to desaturate colored pictures - the original Hufflepuff house logo was in color - gold and black.  Desaturation takes it to black and white and shades of grey.

Print on normal paper.  Print at the highest quality.  Cut out the image, and place on carving medium/eraser.

Fully drench the image with acetone.  Working quickly, press down on it hard to get the image transferred.  Check image, and if the paper dries too quickly, add more acetone to the area.  (I like to use paper towel, it captures most of the run off and you can use it for a couple more presses.)

-  don't carve too deeply - you can always go over the thing again
-  for tight corners you can always do two cuts
-  for smaller cuts, you can do shallower cuts
-  for small areas, you can approach from two angles (like the claws on this stamp) --> the tool tends to skip on smaller areas
99  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Stamped Envelopes! Water lilies! on: February 22, 2010 12:02:08 PM

I had a cute, hand made stamp - and decided to make this.  It took a couple of tries to find my pencil crayons.  *eyeroll*
100  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / How about another round of the hand carved rubber stamps thing? on: February 21, 2010 06:19:16 PM
I feel ashamed of missing both swaps last time.  I would love to join and do so, and I'm sure a lot of stampers need more stamps in their lives!  Cheesy

So, what do you guys/gals think?
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