Archive for March, 2011

{week 40} stamp making

Wow. Week 40. Only 12 to go. If you have any top ideas for my last 12 weeks please comment below – I’m sure there are tonnes of crafts I haven’t tried yet.

I’m not in my usual surroundings at the moment and don’t have any of my craft supplies to hand so I had to start from scratch for this week’s project. I was very happy to find a Paper Source store yesterday so I could stock up on some bits and pieces and as it’s tipping down with rain today it is a perfect excuse to stay in and make pretty things.

Alongside lots of crafty goodness I picked up a Speedball stamp making kit – it included rubber, two blades, tracing paper and instructions. All I needed to supplement it was some ink, a craft knife, a pencil and some cards to print on.

I started off with a simple monogram. I drew it on paper (after several attempts to find a design I liked), traced it and then transferred it to the rubber by scribbling on the back of the tracing paper with pencil (remember when doing this that your letters need to be backwards so they’re the right way when you print them).



Then it was time to get cutting. I first cut a square around the letter with the craft knife to make it easier to handle. Then used the smaller blade to cut the outline and details. I swapped to the big blade to cut away the larger pieces – it’s easier to cut away from your design and safer too as you’re less likely to damage your creation. And remember to keep your fingers out of the way of the blade. You don’t need to gouge big lumps out, just enough to make the design raised higher than the rest of the rubber.

Carving a monogram

In progress

When you think you’re done, ink it up and do a test print.

C monogram - more cutting needed

Cut away any areas you’ve missed – and print again to check. I personally quite like the slightly rough look so I didn’t go too mad getting every single bit. Photo of the final print coming up in a few photos time (this is an image heavy post to say the least).

I felt I’d got the hang of this stamp-making lark so I moved on to a more complicated design based on my freehand embroidery from week 2 (sigh, seems like only yesterday).

In progress

(note the lack of a cutting board so a complimentary copy of USA Today stands in for the job)


Stamp in progress

This design took quite a while and some patience to cut out. But I got there in the end.

Carved stamp

I’m still insisting I like the rough look… I really do actually and I love the resulting cards. And monogrammed envelope.

Envelope with monogram and card with flower

Flower cards

I loved stamp making – it’s almost meditative, all that cutting. And it’s fairly low-cost and easy to do. I’ll be doing it again definitely.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s craft. Have you tried stamp making? I’d love to see your fabulous projects.


Creating your own creativity challenge

Welcome to 52 crafts in 52 weeks if you’re visiting here from Indie Fixx. I was so happy to be able to share my thoughts on setting your own creativity challenge with Jen and the lovely Indie Fixx readers.

If you haven’t seen it yet, pop over and have a read. Please feel free to leave a comment on the subject here or over on the column post itself and share your thoughts on creativity and challenging yourself.

{week 39} drawing

“What did you do as a child that made the hours pass like minutes? Here is the key to your earthly pursuits.” — Carl Jung

I find this quote so inspiring.  Making things would make the hours fly by for me as a child. I was always playing with bits of paper and making cards, decorations and even a nativity once (entirely out of empty toilet rolls).

So I love this paper doll tutorial by Carla Sonheim (which is also where I saw the quote). As soon as I clapped eyes on it I knew it had to be one of my crafts.

I don’t really think I can draw but with Carla’s guiding hand I gave it a go…

Carla Sonheim inspired paper dolls

That’s me on the left and Toby the dog on the right – not a very exact likeness! They were fun to make though – I’m quite tempted by Carla’s book. Has anyone got a copy?

{week 38} assemblage

I came up with the idea for week 38 after seeing this tutorial on CRAFT by Abigal Patner Glassenberg. I didn’t really know what assemblage meant but I did a little research…

Assemblage is an artistic process in which a three-dimensional artistic composition is made from putting together found objects.” Wikipedia

And I thought: “sounds like the perfect craft for Christine as she hasn’t planned anything yet again and has no time to buy new stuff”.

So here’s my own assemblage birdie (I didn’t follow the tutorial exactly but used it for inspiration). My finished little bird is made of pretty vintage fabric scraps, some spare bits of wire and is mounted on a gesso coated canvas.

Birdy made from vintage fabric

Week 39 is coming up very shortly as I’m a week behind. And thanks to food poisoning I’m likely to end up behind by another week if I don’t come up with this week’s craft soon! But at least I’ve managed to update my blog layout so I can post larger photos at last – hope you like it. I’d like to do more work around here soon and I need to go back over old posts and update the photos but I think it’s all looking much better.


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