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Carving Stamps

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While taking the class at Donna Downey’s studio, Donna showed us how to carve a stamp.  I carved some stamps in December 2015 when Julie Balzer hosted a Carve December challenge.  I love how Julie Balzer’s stamps create a repeating pattern when stamped multiple times on a tag. Julie’s book “Carve Stamp Play” helped me so much.  I became addicted.  I haven’t carved a stamp in a while due to other projects that I have been playing with. When carving this stamp, I was inspired by Carrie Lynn Cordero’s Self Love 365 Day 28 design.  The right side of my stamp above reflects Carrie’s tangle pattern image found here. Tomorrow I will post how I used this stamp on a page.

Posted in Stamps

Carve December

Julie Balzer is carving a stamp a day in December.  I have never carved a stamp before so I started working in Julie’s book “Carve Stamp Play” to learn how to carve my very own handmade stamps.  It is a very good book with lots of detailed pictures.  Then, I decided that I wanted  to carve some large letters that spelled art.  The letters below measure 4.5 inches tall and the word is 6 inches wide. Next, I had 2 pieces of rubber left over, so I carved the positive and negative of dominos on the edge of the tag.  Carving stamps is so relaxing!

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Happy Creating!

 

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Carve December Repeating Stamp

Julie Balzer is carving a stamp a day in December.  I have never carved a stamp before so I started working in Julie’s book “Carve Stamp Play” to learn how to carve my very own handmade stamps.  It is a very good book with lots of detailed pictures. I have always found Julie’s repeating stamps to be so beautiful, so I tried my very first repeating stamp.

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Posted in Stamps

Carve December

Julie Balzer is carving a stamp a day in December.  I have never carved a stamp before so I started working in Julie’s book “Carve Stamp Play” to learn how to carve my very own handmade stamps.  It is a very good book with lots of detailed pictures. The first stamp I learned to carve was a small solid heart as shown in the middle on the right.  Then, the next stamp I learned to carve was the arrows as shown below on the left.  I just couldn’t stop so I created several more stamps. On page 23 she says, “Carving stamps tends to become an obsession.” I agree!!

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