I've heard of this craft before, and I've even thought about doing it, but it wasn't until seeing this video that I decided I would go out and get the supplies. I love her idea of carving a stamp before buying it, because many times I might get a whole stamp set just for one stamp. I made my first few attempts a few days ago and came up with this leaf stamp that I really like:
I had started by carving some less simple designs, but they didn't quite turn out how I wanted them, so I decided to try something a bit easier for a beginner like me. The leaves were a great shape to carve and I like how the stamp turned out, so I decided to use it to make a background for my next card.
I used two shades of green to stamp the leaves on kraft cardstock. I stamped the entire sheet so the pattern is on the front and back. I added some green seam binding, and since the leaves reminded me of banana leaves I thought this monkey stamp would work perfectly. Once stamped and coloured on white cardstock I cut out the image and adhered it with foam squares.
The sentiment was stamped on a strip of white, and trimmed with banner points on each end. I sponged it with both shades of green ink. Adhered with more foam tape.
This was a pretty quick and simple card, but I love the effect of the background. I think this would be a great card for a new baby or a baby shower., or even a kid birthday card. I definitely see more hand carved stamps in my future!
I will enter this card into the following challenges:
- Catered Crop - B is for Bodacious (baby)
- Creative Craft Challenges - Anything Goes
- Crafty Card Makers - For the boys.
- Papertake Weekly - Cute, cute, cute.
- Everybody Art - Baby
I used the following supplies:
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake. Gina K Pure Luxury 120# Pure White.
Stamps: Unity Stamp & Bella Blvd Itty Bitty Let the Spoiling Begin. Hand carved leaves.
Stamp Carving Supplies: Speedball Speedy-Cut, Speedball linoleum cutter set.
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Color Box Fluid Chalk Ink Lime Pastel, Olive Pastel.
Markers: Bic Mark Its Honey Brown, Tiki Hut Tan.
Ribbon: Ribbon Carousel Moss Green Vintage Seam Binding.
Adhesive: Tombow Mono Permanent Adhesive Runner, Glue Dots, foam squares.
Other tools: Paper trimmer, scissors, sponge.