Sunday, 26 June 2016

I made a stamp!

Hello - I have a bit of a different card today - not because of the colours, or the techniques, or the design, but because the leaf stamp that I used is handmade. 

Handmade by me!!!
My brother gave me a lino cutter and stamp carving kit a little while ago. It has some little rubber discs and a mini lino-cutting tool and blades, so that you can design and carve your own stamps! (The kit is from a company in the UK called Essdee - you can find them HERE). 

So, you start with a blank white disk of adhesive-backed rubber:
 You draw your design on it in pencil:
 You get out the appropriate blades - I remembered a little bit about doing lino cutting in school, and I started with the smallest blade to carve the detail, and then used the wider blade to remove the background:
I then decided to cut the stamp down so there was less background, and I mounted it onto an old acrylic block to test it with black ink.  This allowed me to decide which bits needed to be carved out a bit more:
I then cleaned it thoroughly before inking it with Versamark to white-emboss the leaves. Then I blended some Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover and Peacock Feathers Distress Inks over the top, then stamped the leaf using the same ink colours over the top. I wiped the excess ink of the top off the white embossing with the ink blending tool. 
 I then prepped the card surface with my powder tool, before I used my MIST to stamp the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp's "Big Scripty Greetings" in Versafine Onyx Black ink, and then embossed with clear embossing powder.
 Thanks for visiting :)

5 comments:

  1. This is so awesome - love that leaf! Great card; love the colors too!

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  2. So cool!! And your card is great too!!

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  3. Well done Michelle!! Your stamp and card looks great!!

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  4. This is so pretty! Great handmade stamp, too!

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  5. Wow! That's great. Love the card you've made with your stamp.

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