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1  Baby Bombs (got a Yudu for Xmas!) in Screen Printing: Completed Projects by Rusty on: December 31, 2010 01:51:02 PM
My mom got me the Yudu for Christmas, which was really sweet. I was on the fence about buying one for various reasons, but for free? Heck yeah!

I designed this in MS Word using their shape drawing tool - very primitive, I know - but it made the design I was looking for.

I printed on an adult sized T-shirt first, hated the adhesive platen and just started printing on kids' clothes with just some paper inside to prevent bleeds. I have no trouble with things moving around, but I'm not doing multi-color designs or trying to keep track of register marks, either.

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2  Hand-Carved Baby Panda Stamp in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by Rusty on: November 10, 2007 01:16:44 PM
I posted a tutorial for how I go about carving these things here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=205507.msg2193799#msg2193799

aaaaand - here's my latest venture!

Pandas are a near perfect subject for a one-color project becuase the white can be represented by negative space. I was very pleased with the way the fur-face turned out and I put a border in place to counter the fact that I was doing more of a panda portrait than a whole panda.

I love pandas!  Grin

My sister and I are sharing a birthday party tomorrow, so I'm including a package of these in her present. Hope she likes them!

Here's the stamp I carved:

And here's the whole project, drying on newsprint:

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3  Hand-Carving a Snowflake Stamp - "tutorial" - step-by-step process (IMAGE HEAVY) in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by Rusty on: November 04, 2007 06:28:46 AM
When I blog about these projects or just post up pictures somewhere about my stamps, I get asked several questions about the process.
This post will hopefully inspire anyone curious about the process to Go For It! (it's so easy) and I'll also be able to refer to it in the future if someone would like to know how it's done.

Without further ado - the birth of a handcarved stamp.

1) I start with a search on the internet, or in magazines, for an image of what I'd like to carve - I use it as a general guide.

2) I gauge how big I want the stamp to be, and draw my cutting lines on the carving block (Speedycut was used here).

3) I use my way-nifty Speedball cutting multi-tipped tool to slice that sucker up.

4) I don't even have to cut all the way through - a deep enough cut will give me a clean break.

5) Then I sketch, generally in pencil, what I'd like to carve. I have to be careful not to create grooves or nicks in the block with the pencil tip, however.

6) I start carving by cutting around the picture with a larger tip.

7) Then I start carving out the details with a smaller tip.

Cool Sometimes I take breaks...

9) But finally, I complete the stamp.

10) I mix up the color I want to use with Speedball ink and use a brayer to roll it across the stamp - I'm looking for anything that's picking up ink that shouldn't be.

11) I make a lot of prints, trying to get the balance of pressure and ink right.

12) Finished!

For these more delicate designs, I think I need to pick up some ink-drying retarder - the sticky nature of the ink does not lend itself well to small lines.

Still, I'm happy!

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4  Hand-Carved Sea Turtle Stamp in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by Rusty on: November 01, 2007 06:33:55 PM
This is my third attempt to manipulate that wonderful medium called Speedycut!

I looked at a photograph and sketched it with pencil, then I carved using Speedball cutting tools. The finished stamp makes a print that I was so happy with I was actually dancing!

The scratches on the shell were actually intentional, because mighty sea turtles do see their share of shell-wear in a lifetime, but in retrospect I probably would have preferred the print without them. Still, I'm mighty happy.
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5  Making Christmas crafts with my daughter! in Winter Holidays by Rusty on: December 16, 2005 07:05:19 AM
This year I wanted my kids to be able to give gifts, so I picked three projects out and this is what my 5 year old and I put together for her to give.
This was a simple kit from Michael's, but I'm sure you could find the components at any craft store. The kit contained (5 of each):
cardboard (graham cracker)
thin brown foam (chocolate)
white wooden beads (marshmallow) - 5 plain, 5 w/ faces
leather thread (sticks)
black washers and black beads (hat)
red pipe cleaners (scarf)
white pipe cleaners (to hold it all together)
silver thread (for hangin)

We used a hot glue gun, that's why mommy was involved, on a low setting. We glued the chocolate to the graham cracker, then cut the white pipe cleaners into 3" lenghts and put a bead of glue on the end and threaded the plain white bead onto it - the glue caught it at the end. We put a drop of glue on the chocolate and set the little "post" we'd made on the glue. Then we cut the leather thread into 4 or 5" lengths and tied them around the post.
Here were are at that point:

Then we put glue there to secure the white beads with the snowman faces. Then we put more glue on top and threaded the black washers on for the hat brim. Then more glue, and the black beads for the top hat.
Next we used a pliers to curl the remaining white pipe cleaners down to make a loop and put glue on the top of the hat to secure. We cut the silver thread into 8" lengths (my daughter had a great time measuring all this stuff) and threaded them through the loops at the top and knotted them to make hangers.
Finally, we cut the red pipe cleaners into 4 or 5" lengths and wrapped them around the snowman necks above the arms to make scarves, and curled the ends with the pliers again.

Here's the finished product!

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6  Re: 2005 Completed Costumes Scrapbook (completed projects with pictures go here) in Halloween Costumes by Rusty on: November 01, 2005 06:56:26 AM
And lastly - here's my three-year old as "Batman Beyond" - he was grumpy, only lasted about 20 minutes in this costume and getting him to put his arms up was akin to scaling Mount Everest.

This costume was really simple and we forewent the boot covers that went with the pattern. The wings and mask were felt and super simple to work with.

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7  Re: 2005 Completed Costumes Scrapbook (completed projects with pictures go here) in Halloween Costumes by Rusty on: November 01, 2005 06:51:58 AM
My 10-year old wanted to be "Evil Anikin" - his red eyes were coincidence.
The hardest thing about this costume was definately the body armour. The material needed to be topstiched but wouldn't go through my machine - it took three hours to topstitch by hand and go through several layers of vinyl... Also - I had to safety pin the shoulder pieces to the tunic neckband because they kept falling off his shoulders - just a design flaw I guess.

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8  Re: 2005 Completed Costumes Scrapbook (completed projects with pictures go here) in Halloween Costumes by Rusty on: November 01, 2005 06:48:31 AM
This was made from a pattern - I'll look up the exact brand and edit this post, I forgot to bring it with me...

The hardest part about this dress was the slip for sure. The ruffle was supposed to make it really poufy, but the pattern didn't actually have a pattern piece for the ruffle - just the measurement for the crinoline. Well - I purchased the crinoline in a different bolt size (smaller) and just bought a wider piece of it when in actuality, it needed to be 54 inches from selvage to selvage in order to work - so I improvised and I'm not happy with the result.
The dress makes me really proud, but I'm going to work on a different hoop skirt or something to go under it.

Here's my five-year-old, who ended up being sick yesterday, so her nose is a little red and she's a little tired.

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9  Re: Thrift Store Pic Revamp III in The Swap Gallery by Rusty on: October 13, 2005 08:11:36 AM
I looked up my tracking report and this was delivered yesterday to LiquidScissors, so I'm going to go ahead and post pics (because I have meetings the rest of the week and probably won't get on here again before Monday). I had so much fun with these - they were the perfect thing to revamp. I tried to bring them from the 70's, firmly into the 21st Century.


And After:
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10  Re: Zombie Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Rusty on: October 06, 2005 12:32:23 PM
I recieved this oh so amazing superawesome bag that is a rage-infected monkey from 28 Days Later,a Shaun doll from Shaun of the Dead to protect me from zombies in my sleep, a shirt with the biohazard symbol upon it from 28 Days Later, and a really really great zombieskull bracelet!!!

You're very welcome - thanks for waiting forever for me to mail them out!
Here are pics:

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