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« on: September 12, 2006 12:39:09 PM »

As a long-time lurker who received much inspiration from the board, I had to share my latest project.

My family is into this hobby of letterboxing (http://www.letterboxing.org/), and it was time that we had our own unique stamps for stamping in the log books.  Since my husband has the habit of attracting rain, I've been signing the log book as "Scattered Showers" and decided to carve a set of weather-related stamps.

Here they are (I hope I link them right...) -

and stamped together in a log book

It wasn't as hard to do as I feared.  I'll probably be making more soon.

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« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2006 12:51:48 PM »

Not only are those cool stamps, but now you have me totally intrigued about letterboxing!  What a cool art/sport!  I am going to have to read into it some more.

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« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2006 01:07:46 PM »

The stamps are beautiful! I never thought about using stamps that could "stand alone" as a set... so rad. And I looked at the letterboxing website... that's so cool! I, too, will go learn more! Thanks for sharing  Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2006 01:28:58 PM »

Those are lovely stamps, and thank you for the link - checking the site, I determined that there's several hidden within walking distance of my house.  Thanks for the new hobby  Grin

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« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2006 08:11:33 AM »

What a fabulous idea!  Your stamps are pretty; how did you make them?
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2006 09:38:30 AM »

Your stamps are so pretty!  And I may be checking out this new hobby as well.  Thanks for sharing.

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« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2006 10:29:39 AM »

Thanks for all the compliments!   

I got the supplies for the stamps at Michaels.  The carving tools and rubbery material can be found near the calligraphy supplies.  For the artwork, I searched through my computer clip art for inspiration, altering the designs as desired.  To transfer the design to the rubber, I used cheap carbon transfer coating the back of my printout with pencil scribbles and then tracing over the design.  Then I carved away everything I didnt want.  (Carve away from the design to make sure you dont cut off what you want to keep!)  The carving tools made it easy to gouge away the rubber.  As it got close to what I wanted, I would ink it up and make an imprint to see how it looked.  For backing, my husband cut up some cedar shingles that were left over from making the kids playhouse.

Weve had a lot of fun letterboxing.  We get exercise (the mile long hike up a hill last weekend was equivalent to a 25 story building), explore new places, and get a reward (a stamp in our book) for doing it!

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« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2006 01:04:25 PM »

Waw those are amazing. And letter-boxing sounds like such an amazing idea!

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« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2006 08:40:11 AM »

You have also intruiged me with this hobby.  damn - I really didn't need another passtime, but I'm gonna have to try this one.
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