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Saturday, 22 October 2011

Getting Crafty

I was waiting for a verdict on the Red postbox scene on Friday. See above. idea has been brewing in my head for some time now...... I have long been inspired by the wonderful 'Geninnes art blog' and the stamping that she does.  I have been busy accumulating the various bits and pieces required to do some stamp creation. I can tell you it's taken some doing!! I've had to send for bits and pieces from all over the country!! We used to have a wonderful art shop in the town where I live, I know for a fact they would have had all these things, but in these times of recession, it closed. It was awful when it did, I knew I would struggle to find things, and they always had some new projects going off in the shop, with little workshops etc, sadly no more :(
I now have to find things on the Internet, and carefully plan any project, trying to suss out the right colours from charts etc, not so easy!  So now I've had my little rant, (I know the Internet is wonderful) I will show you my little assembly of exciting stamping bits and bobs.

I have had an idea, to make some Christmas cards, I was inspired by this book cover,(up on the right) a year ago! I love the colours here, and the snowflakes against the dark blue. So my idea was to use these colours and my red feature would be a robin, (replacing the lady). I wanted to create the distressed feel of the snowflakes, so I sent for some chalk effect ink pads, I'm looking forward to how that may look. So, I started by drawing my robin, I wanted a stylised little bird. I have some envelopes, so I knew what size to work to, then to get an idea of the size of the snowflakes, I stamped some at the side. When I was happy with my sketch, I drew it on some tracing paper...Hmmmm.....think, think, which way round do I draw this, so that when it stamps down on the paper, it's the right way round, nearly got that wrong! Then before I set about with my lino cutting tools on the lovely 'Pink Stuff' (ooh trepidation). I went to look at Geninnes little tutorial on how to do stamps, she creates a beautiful feather stamp.
Filled full of confidence, (I can do that), I set to work. I cut a piece of the pink soft stuff, just big enough, didn't want to waste any! rubbed my image down and carefully, with the No1 cutter, started cutting away. It was easy to cut through, I just wasn't sure how deep to go, I had given myself some tricky thin lines to do! Just typical of me. But I persevered, and it looked OK.
I worked away, until it all seemed OK to go ahead and STAMP, wheeey.....this was the best bit! Only trouble was, I wanted the bird to be red, and I only had a little red ink pad, so I had to dab it on all over, wondering what the outcome would be.... well, here's my first attempt.
I made a little tiny stamp for the pattern too, that was quite successful, though a little fiddly! I'm pleased with my little bird on the whole. I managed to get a bigger red ink pad yesterday, for only 98p, so I think it will print somewhat stronger now. Just need to stamp these onto my watercolour paper cards, do the lovely blue background,( like the book cover), and then stamp my snowflakes, in all their chalky loveliness, all over the dark blue etc. I think they will turn out OK? I also managed to get a stamp of some Snowy wording (you might just see it on the first photo) I'm going to use that on the blue background too!
It's been quite a lovely experiment, I am sure I will be doing some more ideas, once I've finished this one. I will come back and show you my progress along the way. Hope you like my first foray into stamping, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Sorry if I've rambled on a bit. :)


  1. This is great. I too had trouble when trying out stamping at first as I forgot about the reversal of image. I was given lino though which is quite tough and my fingers end up cut to ribbons - like Edward Scissorhands. Where do you find the soft pink stuff?

  2. Hello! Your new stamp stash looks fabulous, isn't it nice to get all your goodies out to play with! Your card design at the top is lovely too, the eyecatching red post box really stands out against the sketch work, it's a great composition and would be the perfect Christmas card.
    Love your robin stamp too, very inspiring!

    Love Julia x x x

  3. Hello Bella and Julia, thank-you for your comments. I got the pink stuff from a website called Rainbow Silks, they are in Great Missenden, Bucks, they have lots of craft materials. It was nice putting everything together anticipating starting work, just hope I make a good job of it now! I'm looking forward to other ideas brewing, next. X

  4. Oh how lovely is your post box! I agree with Julia, it would be a great Christmas card! Perfect with the houses in back not in color! You are a talented lady! :))))) I'm also delighted to see you playing with stamps! I've tried making a few ~ much fun, though harder than it seems like it should be, it's not quite like drawing with a pencil! ha ha !! Love your little robin, you got nice smooth even lines, nicely done! I have the same cutter tool, I also got a slab of rubber instead of lino. ~
    There is something very satisfying about collecting your supplies and letting some anticipation build...
    Great stuff!! I'm going to go check out your book now too... very curious. :))))

  5. Thanks melody, I did some similar red postbox ones last year. The rubber would work just as well, I got a couple of those, although they weren't big enough for the robin, very similar in texture. I haven't read the book yet? I started it but didn't get too far, it seemed quite good? X

  6. Julie i lOOOve teh red postbox!
    Frankly i don’t know what i would do if my local art store closed down! how traumatic!!
    I can’t believe how much patience you have to create stamps:the bird is so lovely and the little flower must have taken you ages to make!
    xo sandra


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