Sunday, January 14, 2018

#52stamps : Week 2

My first post about this challenge is HERE. I hope to share at least one new stamp made by me weekly from now on. My word of the year is SHINE and I am hoping to create some Magic this year : 
Things learned this week 
* the blade I used in week one was a little wide, narrower is easier
* I need to SLOW DOWN - when I rush that makes for cuts in the wrong places
* I could keep 'fixing' these but I am embracing the imperfect look 
I free-styled my lettering for Magic (and transferred it by rubbing to transfer pencil to the eraser) but used this stencil for SHINE
It's useful for tracing through since you can reverse the lettering easily. 
I've added a blade to my tool kit - it's useful for cutting ends off that are not needed (utilise for smaller stamps later) and for carving off large bits. I'm also wondering if it might be easier for some carving applications since it is a flat blade...I'll let you know.
I am far from expert but practice = improvement and I am having fun so that's a win. Hoping my imperfection inspires you to have a go at this. My first every post about stamp carving HERE has some useful links and inspiration.
You can see all my posts about #52stamps HERE or you can join in on Instagram. Let me know if you're doing that - would be great to inspire each other ♥ 


  1. Oh, you have inspired me! One a week - I could do that!

    Smiggles sometimes has big erasers, and sometimes very big ones - I just looked on line and it appears there is a shop in Palmerston North - Shop 37 The Plaza, Church Street - if it's still there.

  2. Yay - glad I have. I assumed Smiggle to be a bit expensive and have had good luck with some of the $2 and cheap shops around town - Terrace End seem to have a couple of good stores.
    Enjoy and please share 😊

  3. I've been meaning to carve my own stamps, but never find the patience for it! I've got all the supplies as well! Thanks for all those tips so I don't have to learn the hard way! Look forward to the other ones!

  4. Thanks Zsuzsa - Yes I'm enjoying the idea of having at least 52 by the end of the year. I think biggest hurdle is going to be silencing my inner critic that mine "aren't good enough" and embracing the imperfection


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