Friday, September 17, 2010

Working with unmounted stamps

Grow Your Own Flower Garden stamp set of 8

The more I learn about rubber stamping, the more I get into the usage end of things as well as the design and production. As you may know from previous posts, I've been wrestling with mounts, trying to find the perfect one and the best way to print/varnish/etc. them. I am now discovering on message boards and stamp sites how many people prefer stamps to be unmounted for easier storage, less cost and usability. One woman used unmounted face stamps to wrap around her fabric doll faces (the effect was quite beautiful!). Another stamper talked about how she liked unmounted stamps because she was very particular about her mounts - in her case, they had to all be the same exact brand of wood mount. Many others liked to use them with acrylic mounts and EZMount. Looking into this technique, I see this would be a marvelous way to use my flower garden stamp sets like the one above. You can attach several stamps on one block creating a pattern.

This makes me want to take mounts out of the equation all together. Kristin Lee's stamps were unmounted and I have sold several of the unmounted flower garden sets. (I need to make more!). Now I want to buy some acrylic blocks and play! My stamps are thicker rubber than the ones in the video and that extra thickness gives you the cushioning you need so you won't need that layer of foam. I could check out the EZMount, but I think that double sided tape will work just fine. In fact, I've got an ATG gun and that will work even better because it sticks great then rubs off like rubber cement.

Yay! So that's that. I've got some new one of a kind stamps to share and I'm going to be listing them unmounted. Some sweet stamps are coming soon - stay tuned!

Kristin Lee Cards - take two!

Here is another gorgeous handmade card created by Kristin of Greeting Cards by Kristin Lee made with my stamp as seen above and another stamp by a fellow Etsy carver. It's always so much fun to see what people make with my stamps!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Greeting Cards by Kristin Lee

Round abstract stamp by Green Garden Stamps

It's always such a thrill to see what people are making with my stamps! Kristin of Greeting Cards by Kristin Lee just contacted me to share this marvelous card she made with my round abstract stamp. Isn't it so lovely and fun? Be sure to visit her shop for more beautiful, handmade greeting cards for a variety of different occasions!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Handmade wedding invitation

The customer that purchased my custom sunflower stamp just sent me this image of her finished wedding invitation. Isn't it just gorgeous!? I always love to see what my customers are making and this was a real treat. Congratulations to you Ema and Devin! Here is a wedding blessing for you.

The Way -- Unknown origin

The way is long -- let us go together
The way is difficult -- let us help each other
The way is joyful -- let us share it
The way is ours alone -- let us go in love
The way grows before us -- let us begin