So you've heard all this before in this blog post, right? Yes, I've told you about the kit and refill already but that was before I had a chance to play with it myself. To recap, this is what the kit looks like once you open it:
First of all, I love those carving tools! They fit into your hand so nicely that it feels very comfortable carving into the rubber. At first I have to admit it is a bit daunting to have blank rubber in front of you while you're holding a carving tool. The rubber is so perfect---not a mark on it. I was very hesitant in putting that first mark on it. But once I did, it began feeling quite natural and good to be carving into it.
Did I use one of the designs that are provided? No, I had my own little cartoon and then free-handed the script. It's quite obvious that I'm a novice when you look at the results, but I still had fun doing it and my next stamp will be much better. Yes, I'm already thinking in terms of "next" instead of, "well, done that and I'm over it". Actually, I'm quite excited about doing another stamp. Oh my goodness! Is this going to become as addictive as buying stamps has been?
Now that I've gone through the agony of carving the stamp, I should show you what I made, right? Always taking the more difficult route, I carved my first stamp to fit into one of the brand new Chalk Talk framelits. Yeah, I know, why not make it harder for myself, right?
Anyway, the little guy's name is Mugsy. He's a throwback to a mascot I designed for my high school library when I belonged to the Library Club. I just had to resurrect him. I used Chocolate Chip for my stamping ink, Chocolate Chip for my base cardstock, and added some Sahara Sand for his face and Blushing Bride for his ears. His eyes are Summer Starfruit as is the embossed cardstock behind the image. It's a bit crude, but I love it.
It's just a little 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" card, but I love it! Now---don't you want to make a stamp?