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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Rainbow hedgies...

So this is what I came up with, with the rainbow stamped/stenciled paper from the other day.  I had about a dozen pieces of white card stock decorated.  Six each of the stencils, and six of the stamped.  After they had fully dried, I trimmed them to fit the front of an A2 card.  I added rounded corners to the corners of the stenciled pieces, and a more decorative corner to the stamped fronts (they just looked more delicate, more fitting to the more lacy corner).  Everything was mounted using a tape runner, except the sentiment piece, which I used dimensional foam mounts on to help them pop a bit.

Anyways, I went with 12 different colours of card base.  I stamped 12 hedgies - six in black, and six in sepia onto white card stock and different sentiments.  I then made different strips and mounts to fit across the fronts of the cards.

Cute and colourful - I am thinking I like them!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Reuse - cheapie stamp mounts for homemade stamps...

So I had asked the Hubinator to cut me some wood blocks to use as stamp blocks - but that is one of many things that I ask him to do, and got lost in the shuffle and the melee of life in general (as do many other requests - HANG MY SHELF!!!!)  Anyways, I was waiting patiently (well, maybe not so much, but more so than for other things).  Then I went to Michaels - they had a grand opening for a new store nearby.  As part of their special, they had a lot of their little items for 50% off.

You know their CraftSmart brand of stamps - the ones that used to be only $1, but are not $1.50 or $3 for a two pack?  Well, they were 50% off and I had a thought - why not buy a bunch of them and remove the stamps, and reuse the blocks for my own stamps???  The images on the back are often printed on tape and applied to the wood, so they could be easily peeled off, and the stamp was pretty easily pried/peeled off too - and for that matter, the stamp often was not destroyed, and could be used with an acrylic block still.

You can just see the tape edge, and just using my fingers, with no tools, I was able to peel off the stamp. They do have them in different sizes too - some long thin ones, some square ones, etc.

Anyways, I used one to mount my hedgie stamp onto.  After removing the stamp and tape, I removed any remaining adhesive.  I then took the hedgie and stamped the back of the mount with an image with a permanent ink (Ranger Archival Ink).  Then I used a pencil to outline the carved stamp on the bottom base, after figuring out the best fitting alignment, so that when I glued it, it would match the stamping on the back, and fit the base best; to both help the stamper visualize placement well, and also to best fit the carving onto the block.

I then mixed up a 2 part epoxy to glue the stamp to the base - the shiny stuff - it dried within a few minutes, so you do need to work fast - the outlining helped for placement.  You also don't want too much adhesive because you don't want it overflowing into the crevices of the stamp, or to dry mounded above the edges and get in the way of the stamping.

It worked well.  I did notice that the rubber stamp I peeled off had a bit of foam backing the stamp between the stamp and the wood mount.  Maybe what I would do next time is cut a bit of foam and glue that the the stamp before mounting the entire set onto the block - it would raise the profile above the wood more, and there would be less ink getting onto the ink, and also perhaps give a bit of softness/give for an even better stamping of the image.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hedgie cuteness...

I found a cute image of a hedgehog I liked and printed and transferred it onto thin lino-like material for cutting a stamp - the same stuff I used for the linocut of Nugget.

I transferred the image onto the material in the same way, and went to town.  This is about 2.5" at the wide point, roughly.  I think he turned out rather cute.

This material is a bit stiffer than rubber, so a bit slicker.  I think it works better with a better quality ink.  I thought I would test stamp it with a cheaper ink - the Studio G stuff you can get for a buck (or less if they have a sale) at Michaels  - but the stampings came out quite pale and patchy.  Probably as the ink has less pigment, and maybe the pad is a cheaper material.  But when I used a good quality ink, it came out much nicer - I used Tsukineko's Versa Fine for this test print, and Ranger Archival Ink to stamp the image on the back of the stamp block.

Now what to do with the sweet little hedgie?