Friday, September 20, 2013

ATC's -Stamp Carving.....

My ATC Group theme for September was stamp carving. There are tons of video's out there, and more than one way to carve stamps for the beginner like me : )

 For my Swap ATC's, I tried to draw a flower and carve it, and did not do too well, so I found a picture on google and printed it out and went from there. The background is Glimmer mist sprayed onto cardstock, and the image is stamped with Versamark and embossed.

 You can see that I used a variety of carving supplies- erasers from the dollar store on the upper Lt, an eraser from Dick Blick that has  little engraved raised areas- made for cool texture in the flowers I stamped and the pink is Speedball carving block.

 This is the 1-4-1 ATC that I made using the blue and white stamp above and the dotted stamp (bottom LT). I used the end of a pencil- empty eraser/metal end piece and pressed it into the eraser I was carving on, and then carved around it- the other side of the eraser was also used, and is the opposite image where I carved out the circles- you can see I used it on my ATC.
  I took a doodling class at Create Chicago with Joanne Sharpe, and was trying to use some of my newly learned technique...... ( I am so end-processed thinking, that this is really hard for me!!!).  The eraser had little impressed areas in it- you can see them in the flower petal leaves.

 This is the beautiful ATC I recieved in the 1-4-1- made by Mary:

 For the group swap, many members made many different ATC's- so this is the selection I came home with:
Lt made by Carol ; Rt side made by Linda

Lt made by Diane- she made multiple shape stamps and used them in the background, Rt made by Mari

Lt made by Diane M ; Rt made by Cindy

Lt made by Harriet (using foam stamps- picture later), Rt Marci

 Lt made by Mary W ; Rt made by Deb- also using foam.

Here is how the foam stamps (by Harriet) were created:
On the Lt is a stamped image using the foam- which is glued onto a foam 'block'........

I loved this swap and will most likely be doing some more stamp carving- before I go though, I want to share a couple more pictures : )

 I had to take a pic of Diane M's 1-4-1 card- using the Chicago skyline as above- but in a Halloween theme- I just love this ATC : )    I am not sure who picked this one out of the hat, but it was not me, so I needed a picture......

After the swap, Diane S had index cards and Deli paper and we passed around the stamps we carved and stamped images........ here is a look at some of them.......

I love this group- it really has challenged my creativity!

Thanks for stopping by- Have a great day



Penny said...

Goodness, Shelly, what a lot of fun creations to see! And you are so talented, creating your own stamps! My goodness, I would never attempt that, lol! Love what you did with them, too! :^)
Hugs, Penny
Have a great weekend!

jimlynn said...

Shelly, you did a great job carving that pretty flower. Love the way you did the background too. VERY talented!!!!

kiwimeskreations said...

You really did have fun Shelly - it's great to challenge ourselves and try something that initially makes us uncomfortable, and you did it with great results.

Beth Norman-Roberts said...

I've never attempted carving my own stamps. Kudos to you and your wonderful results. TFS the ATC's with us.

NanaConnie said...

WOW, Shelly, great carving! I wouldn't even attempt it having no skills in that area whatsoever. Love all the ATCs. What incredible work everyone did. :-D

Anonymous said...

I think your carved stamp is amazing!
I tried my first stamp carving (aside from when I was very young child at school) and I had the most fun creating a mustache, the possibilities are endless, aren't they?
A lovely post.

Anne Temple said...

Wow, what a great challenge (it definitely would be a challenge for me). Love all the results.

*Vicki* said...

Oh my word girl!! You are a pro at this! I tried it once and can't even do a smile face!! LOL!!

Love your ATCs and shares!! HUGS :)

Terry said...

In my book the fact that you would even attempt this stamp carving proves how talented you are! Love your flower and I think it is one fabulous ATC! Hope you had a fabulous weekend!

MiamiKel said...

Oh Shelly, these are each so,absolutely splendid! Gorgeous each and every one, so vibrant and full of color! Wow!!!

Juliet A said...

I've done that with the craft foam, but the erasers and such? too timid for that! you have some gorgeous stamps, and ATCs, and you are very lucky to have such talented people to swap with.