I've been playing with new stamps. Or to be more precise, I've been playing with my Teresa Collins Stampmaker and I've been making new stamps. I bought the machine last November - it was going to be a birthday present but I changed my mind before my birthday, thinking I probably wouldn't use it. But then it was on offer and I managed to get 35% off, so I decided I needed it after all. And there it's been, Darnell - languishing in the NBUS department.
Before I get to the detail, (and before I forget!) I'm entering this into Darnell's NBUS challenge which is a friendship theme (there's no sentiment on mine, but flowers are a token of friendship) and Time Out Summer Flowers.
So. Two things prompted me to have a go with the machine:
This fabulous creation by Ruth which was the winning entry in the Craft Stamper Take It Make It potato stamping challenge. Ruth used gingko cookie cutters, I've drawn some flower shapes and made stamps from the images.
|Ruth's card - isn't it fabulous?|
The other thing that prompted me was that I wanted a walking boots stamp for male cards and I couldn't find one. Not one to take the easy route, I decided that I would create my own stamp from a photograph. Got walking boots, got a camera, got a stampmaking machine. Easy, right? Almost. I couldn't fade out the background completely so in the end I printed it out then traced over the photo to get my image. The quality of the stamp isn't brilliant because I printed the negative on the wrong setting, but I actually like the roughness of it, reminds me of a charcoal drawing. The photo on the left is what I traced, and the image on the right is the stamped image rather than the traced image.
So here are a couple of cards I made with the stamp:
I'm entering this first one into One Layer Simplicity Challenge where the theme is I've Been Framed and Keep It Simple, where it's Splatters.
And I'm entering this second card into Simply Less Is More where it's a One Layer Off The Edge challenge, and Just Add Ink where you've to use three out of the five colours.
The HB2U stamp is part of the new release from STAMPlorations. Look out for our birthday blog hop coming soon!
Sorry it was a mega post but two of the challenges are closing today and it was easier to combine into one "new stamp" post. Thanks for sticking with it to the end ;)