Sunday, April 24, 2011

Recipe 'Off Centre' - Handcarved stamp

The challenge for this week on the Less is More Challenge blog is to make cards that are "Off Centre" - We are looking for cards with little or no symmetry but perfect balance, which doesn't necessarily mean gems in all four corners, or any corners for that matter.
Do you have the new lizard stamp? Of course you don't - that's because I carved it myself!! I've been wanting to try my hand at carving a stamp for some time but couldn't think of an image to start with - Caleb drew the lizard in the above picture and I carved a stamp!
Carving your own stamp is easy. Just pencil your picture onto the provided tracing paper and then use the paper to transfer your drawing to the pink "rubber" material.
Once you've carved out your image, cut around it closely with scissors and you are done! My lizard definitely is no match for the original drawing but, all in all, you can tell that it is a lizard and that's the goal, right?
Here is what inspired the lizard stamp - Clyde. The top picture was taken on 12/05/10 and the bottom one was taken yesterday - 4/23/11. WOW!! Has he ever grown. The large rocks he was posing on in the top photo are dwarfed by him in the bottom picture. Clyde is in his new BIG tank now. I've tried to explain to Caleb that he can grow big like Clyde if he eats his greens (and crickets) daily but to no avail.

The sentiment is from the A MuseStudio stamp set - Foiled Again (Polka Dot Patterns and Woodland Friends). A lizard may not necessarily quote, "say what?" - but I say it a lot when I see how big he has gotten.


veronica said...

that is one great lizard stamp! what a terrific project for mom and son to do together!

Chrissie said...

Wow, well done you!
Awesome stamp, terrific card!
Thanks so much Michelle!
Lady LIM

jen said...

nicely done! I'm pretty sure a lizard WOULD say 'say what'! ;)

Aileen said...

Very impressed. Looks fab. x

Stamps and Paper said...

This is great....well done for making your own stamp


Dolly Daydreams said...

Gosh I am impressed what a lovely project and perfect card ! What's the pink stuff called. !?


Jenny said...

Fab card and very creative to make your own stamp, that's something we tried at school years ago with lino :)
Jenny x

Kimberly Jones said...

Great drawing Caleb! LOVE the lizard stamp! What an original idea!

Jen W. said...

Awesome stamp and a brilliant card! Clyde is one good looking reptile! :)

Laurel said...

Fab card, and even better that you made that stamp!

Suze Bain said...

How cool is this, bet Caleb's going to be using that stamp too! x

Lynne said...

Wow, how clever are you? Brilliant card.
Lynne xxx

Mandi said...

Check you out!
FAB michelle, just FAB
I chuckled at the "it's easy to carve your own stamp"...yea right lol
Thanks so much
Diva LIM
Less is More

Susan said...

Wow Michelle! This is fabulous! You did an awesome job with that stamp!

Anonymous said...

OMG! I need a dragon stamp! Too fun!

By the way, Latios (my dragon) thinks Clyde is almost as big a stud muffin as he is.

Dolly LaBelle said...

I have been looking at these stamping maker sets. Very impressive. What a great way to savor your children's art too!
Love all your card ideas. I was away for one week and missed so much. You are one busy (and talented), lady!

sasa said...

Fabulous all round - so creative and original.

thanks for sharing!
Sarah at 182

Faith A said...

So original and creative, clever you