Woo-hoo I've had sooo much fun this morning carving my own rubber stamps. yesterday I showed you and introduction to Stampin' Up! brand new product Undefined Stamp Carving Kit.
I studied textiles at University and prior to that I did one of my A-levels in printmaking and specialised in lino cutting so I was proper itching to have a go at the Undefined Kit from Stampin' Up!. But then I got stuck - what should I carve? My first thought unsurprisingly was to design my own Blue Jelly Bean image. But then I figured Stampin' Up! had done a jelly bean image in the past that I've already used. So I looked around for inspiration and do you know it was right in front of me:
My gorgeous boys having a cuddle. So here's how I got creating:
I grabbed a photo of Zac and Blake I took earlier this week and then started sketching on my small shopping pad in pencil. I knew I couldn't re-create the photo so it would need to be something representing it instead. I got it how I wanted on my first attempt. So next I flipped the image over and rubbed it onto the rubber to transfer the image - back to front, then drew over it using the Island Indigo Marker that comes in the kit.
Then it's time to carve and trust me the slower and more gently you do this the better. If you struggle a bit with dexterity, you can gently warm the rubber with a hairdryer as you go along - wouldn't recommend using your heat tool for this though! I do the outside edges first, then the inside and finally the outer edge - it keeps the image stable as you cut if you leave the outside until last.
Cut your image out and stick to the foam mount included in the kit and before you stick it to a wooden block, stamp it in Stazon onto the block.
So I made three stamps in total (so far). Want to see what I made with them?
A set of three cards. I wanted to keep them simple so that the focus is on the image. Here's the first one I made:
I stamped the images onto Whisper White using Stazon and then coloured with Markers then popped onto a Coastal Cabana Card base.
Next I decided to go really clean:
Just the image of the boys hugging in the corner and a sentiment from Gifts of Kindness.
Finally a card using the Circle Card Thinlits Dies:
This time I've used some Smokey Slate Designer Paper and sentiments from Petite Pairs. Hmm I think I need to get busy and order some re-fills, I can see this being addictive!
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