Sunday, May 07, 2006

Home carved stamp

Ever since I saw the tutorial over at The Monkey Basket I've been wanting to carve my own rubber stamp. I've also been thinking of a logo type motif that I could use on my stuff for the craft fair. Today inspiration struck and I decided to have a go at a clothespeg.

Now here in England we are somewhat behind the times on the craft materials front. None of the craft or art shops near me sell any products specifically for stamp carving. But I improvised by stealing a large eraser out of my sons pencil box. I had a lino cutting tool, so with an episode of Lunar Jim on TV to keep the little ones out of the way, I set to work.

I did a bit of lino printing at junior school and I loved it. Today gave me a real flashback to that. And here's my stamp on it's inaugural outing. I've done a bit more trimming and I have to say I'm pretty pleased with the effect.

Now I know it isn't that refined and the image is ever so slightly stumpy because the large eraser wasn't really large enough but I had so much fun. I'll certainly do some more. Just need some funky images.

13 comments:

Angela said...

That turned out really cute! Great job. I've been wanting to give that a try to especially after seeing the ones that THE SMALL OBJECT makes. I look forward to seeing what you do next.:-)

capello said...

That turned out so incrediably cute!

I guess I'm a bit spoiled -- completely surrounded by craft stores and artists stores. If you ever need some supplies, let me know!

jojo* said...

I love it! It looks great--not stumpy at all.

quenna said...

That is the coolest stamp! Looks like it's time to raid my daughter's school supplies. Thanks for the commenting on my blog!

Melissa said...

Stamp looks great! Looking forward to seeing future versions. Thanks for the comments over on my blog-I'm hoping for the best with Whiplash given the many prizes and very few participants for week 4!

manda said...

Oh Ali I totally agree about the craft supplies desert that is the UK! Your stamp has turned out brilliantly though!

Linda said...

Ali-
Loved the stamp. It's kind of rusticky looking. Looking at your stamp supplies reminded that I purchased a lino cutter and I don't have to hunt a tool down to get started. And that got me to thinking about starting a craft supply swap. My kids are getting older and I have stuff that they never used and some stuff that is still in the orginal packages. Would anyone else be interested in swapping - you know the saying "Someone else's trash is someone's treasure" or something to that affect.
Linda

Ali said...

Linda - sounds good. You'll have to drop me an e-mail though alisonhudson03(at)hotmail(dot)com

moki said...

great job! I'm glad the tutorial helped! Is this your first stamp? because it's fabulous!

raspberryfairy said...

great peg, I love its chunkiness!

le chat qui coud said...

woaw!!! great!

m/j said...

Hi see the updates on my blog.

From matt

babybug said...

cutest clothespin/peg i've ever seen :)