I meant to get this post in before the Holiday Season ended but didn’t have enough time, or it might be because I was to busy eating chocolate, reading, and taking naps
Using stamps that I have carved from rubber, (except for the gnome stamp which I bought at Paper Source), paper grocery bags, ribbon and colorful paper, I was able to wrap some gifts. I love doing this, whenever I have the time, because the gift wrapping becomes like an extra gift. It’s a nice way for me to show people I care about them, even though I may not be able to afford an extravagant present (at least that is what I tell myself).
I recommend using a pigment based (or thicker) ink for the stamp so it really stands out against the brown of the bag. Color Box stamp ink is my absolute favorite.
Okay, I apologize for the following bit of shameless (or shameful) self-promotion…. but I am just so excited/honored that I had to share!! A few months ago I sold a greeting card of one of my wave carvings to someone through my etsy shop. Here is a picture of the stamp:
What’s the big flippin’ deal right? Well, this amazing individual messaged me a few days ago to show me pictures of her arm.. Why did she send me a picture of her arm you might ask….BECAUSE..she got my wave carving tattooed on it:
I feel incredibly honored and flabbergasted. It is kind of crazy to think that something I created is on someone’s arm forever (unless of course she opts for laser removal surgery) …that’s a lot of pressure! What if it becomes one of those tattoos she regrets?
I really got into carving stamps when I was planning my wedding. I couldn’t find the designs that I really wanted so I figured I would make them.
It turns out, it is a lot of fun to do them….kind of relaxing in a way…..
and well I kind of got carried away.
this tree is the largest and most intricate stamp i’ve made….its about 6″ x 6″ lately, i’ve developed a strange obsession with fake mustaches and disguises…so, i made a stamp….errrr. i call him “sexy mustache.”