Feathery Fun!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sorry for my absence, it's been a bit of a juggling act this month with Isabelle on her summer holidays and trying to meet commission deadlines, the poor old blog suffered a bit! Isabelle's been having a great time, she did a gymnastics camp and a horse riding camp, so there's been a lot of traveling around!

I'm all up-to-date with my work now and I finally got to make a card just for fun!! I made this feather patterned paper using my hand-carved feather stamp a few weeks ago and I was dying to use it on a card.

I did a bit of experimenting with this, stamped onto damp paper, added some splatters for a watercolor effect, then once dry I stamped over the feathers again slightly off register and added some color to the stripes using Distress Markers!

The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn and I added some fab turquoise Core'dinations cardstock and some from the Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Shattered Collection. The ribbon is from May Arts and I couldn't resist adding the fun turquoise feather!

I've a stack of stamp carving blocks that I ordered that I'm just itching to get carving! So, you should be seeing some more hand-carved stamps on here pretty soon! : ) Off to have some crafty fun! Have a super week!

Hand-carved feather stamp

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

So, I've been having so much fun making hand-carved stamps I made a few more! I love feathers and I really wanted a bold feather stamp, so I sketched a simple dotty feather, transferred it to my rubber carving block and carved it out using my lino cutting tools.

I used Distress Inks - Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean and Mustard Seed to stamp a simple background pattern. The sentiment is also hand-carved, that was a little more tricky to carve but I took my time and it turned out ok! The yellow cardstock is from the Core'dinations Essentials Brights Collection and I embossed it using a chevron embossing folder from Crafter's Companion. I made a second card using the same color palette but created a watercolor effect background instead.

To create the watercolor effect I repeat stamped the thanks sentiment using Mustard Seed Distress Ink, then brushed it with a wet paint brush to blend the ink, then while still wet I splattered some Salty Ocean Distress Stain on top. Once dry I stamped the sentiment using Salty Ocean Distress Ink.

The feathers I stamped, simply cut out and popped on some foam pads for dimension. The thanks sentiment is also hand-carved!

Here's what the carved feather stamp looks like! I'm pretty sure you're going to see some more hand-carved stamps soon, I think I'm addicted, I've even ordered more rubber stamp blocks to carve!

That's all for now! Our dry spell has finally broken here, it hadn't rained in nearly two weeks, we just had a downpour and the water butt is overflowing! I'm glad I won't have to water the garden this evening! : )

Cheery florals using hand-carved stamps

Friday, June 20, 2014

I have to say I'm loving making these hand-carved stamps, I'm thinking up ideas for more of them already! I did find the rubber blocks a bit hard to find, they don't sell them in the craft shops here so I had to buy some online. I already had the lino cutting tools from my school days, believe it or not, they're about 20 years old, still working well though! : ) I used Distress Inks to stamp them here and they stamped really well.

I used Mowed Lawn, Barn Door and Picked Raspberry. If you're interested in getting started with hand-carving your own stamps, then I highly recommend Geninne's Art Blog, she gives some wonderful tips. She's also written a book Making an Impression: Designing and Creating Artful Stamps, which I bought a while ago and just love!

The sentiment stamp is from Lawn Fawn, which I thought went pretty well with the style. I also made a second card, with some fun folds, this one's called a swing card. Here's a link to a tutorial.

It folds completely flat, so perfect for mailing! I used some of my hand-carved stamps again, this time I did a little fussy cutting and added the flowers to the swing panel using foam pads.

The patterned paper is from Love Notes by Crate Paper and the sentiment stamp is again from Lawn Fawn. What I love about the swing card is that fun center panel that flips round to reveal your message!

Ok, that's all for now, I hope I inspired you to maybe give stamp carving a try or at least try out the swing card, it's a lot of fun! Have a great weekend, we're off to a flower and garden festival in my hometown and the weather looks promising! : )