Some of the blogs I read have been talking about rubber stamps so I've been looking through my collection. Eons ago a friend and I would get together and create, but when I moved to England all my things got packed away and I haven't done anything with them in a long time. I have a fishing tackle box that opens up to three tiers to store my stamps in, it makes it easy to see everything at a glance. When I started reading about rubber stamps on blogs I got out my things and had a good rummage to see what I had.
Limner over at Oh, write me! has been talking about carving stamps. I've never done this and felt a little intimidated by it but Limner proposed a swap so I thought I would give it a try. I save old corks, I always thought I would make a cork board from them but I'll save that project for another time. I chose a champagne cork as it was bigger and I figured there was room to save the image if I made a mistake. Choosing something to carve on the stamp wasn't as easy as I thought. Even simple designs start to get complicated when you begin cutting. In the end I decided on a ladybug. I just got a new exacto knife and I had a pointy tool in my bag of tricks that looked like it may be of use and that is all I really needed. I drew my design then transferred it onto the cork. There was writing on the end of the cork and I probably should have sliced a bit off to give me a clear surface but I wasn't sure how clean the cork would slice and didn't want to waste it so I thought I would just go for it. I probably should have forgone the antennae, I know ladybugs don't really have them but I thought it made my stamp more interesting. It made it a heck of a lot more difficult too. The first stamp I cut came out pretty good actually. It was a bit frayed around the edges, but not bad for a first attempt. I got another cork and made some adjustments that I thought would make the cutting easier and the second try looks all right, so that will go in the post to Limner and I hope she will like it.
I think I may just continue on and try to carve more stamps. I'd like to try carving an eraser as well as lino and see how they compare. I'll keep you posted on progress.