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Finished. I have super-cool, homemade, flying contraption, “go-with” stamps.

03.26.2008

bon voyage.jpg

Last night, I had anxiety dreams about my stamps and how the images were too heavy. (It is settled, I am crazy.) So as soon as time permitted, about 8 am, I tackled texture on my stamps. I added some detail in the balloon, texture in the basket, and more definition in the tips and bases of the wings. I am much happier with my product. I am going to clean up each stamps’ background later today, but I am submitting this post, stamps as is, to Crusade No. 18.

After I finished adding some detail, I made the bon voyage card pictured above. I used my super cool, homemade stamps, machine made alphabet stamps, ink, glue stick, reproduced Victorian scraps and a copy from a page from a 1965 Paris Michelin guide. I am very happy with my card.

I intend to incorporate my flying contraption “go-with” stamps in card-making, in my journal and in my next bookmaking project. I have another card in mind – a welcome home card, using an old photo of a house I picked up for pennies a few weeks ago.

If you want a recap of my entire stamp carving journey, check out the all the posts listed below. If you just want to know how I came to make flying contraption “go-with” stamps skip ahead to the last post on the list.

An “L” to call my very own.
My DIY “L” stamp needs more.
More work on the L.
Craft or die.
Totally Awesome.
GPP Street Team Crusade No. 18.

And thank you to everyone who left encouraging comments suggesting that I pick up my carving tools and try again.

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. yup, another sara permalink
    03.26.2008 11:59 am

    Every time I check in with you here I find myself humbled anew. The projects are just so awesome– they are things that I would not only make, but that I would buy! You rock!

  2. Katherine Wunderink permalink
    03.26.2008 12:58 pm

    This is fantastic! Really beautiful– your perseverance paid off.

  3. David Stamm permalink
    03.26.2008 2:24 pm

    What a beautiful fantastical thing you have made! I love it! The French text from the Michelin guide adds soooo much.

  4. 03.26.2008 5:22 pm

    I L O V E LOVE LOVE your stamps!!!!! Genius!! I mean it…what a great idea!!

  5. 03.26.2008 7:39 pm

    Lu…….all of your stamps are fantastic. Love the 🙂 That hot air balloon is a wonderful idea for a stamp and your ‘L’ is gorgeous.

  6. 03.26.2008 8:28 pm

    How clever! How complete – it is wonderful to see the stamps in such witty use. They are not heavy at all, they would be fun to use with paints as well.

  7. 03.27.2008 3:21 am

    Very cool! And I love the addition of the clouds, too. The texture on the balloon is great, I’ll have to remember that. I was brainstorming more ideas and rejected a couple things that I thought would have too much blank surface. Duh…Texture!

    I love “L” number 2 – Great detailing! Don’t give up on it…

    Thanks for coming by and your nice words! Truthfully, I was far from fearless but I soldiered on once I had the idea for what I wanted to do. The vast expanse of rubber was pretty daunting.

    Thanks for sharing your whole process – I loved that you put all the links up.

    Laurie

  8. 03.27.2008 10:43 am

    Wow! Thanks for all the links you included to take us through your carving journey. Love the L! And it was fun to see the last link where we could see the stamps you created to make this page. Thanks for playing!

  9. Lu permalink*
    03.27.2008 11:13 am

    Thanks for all of the awesome comments. I can’t stop thinking about the stamps and how I can do better next time!

  10. 03.27.2008 4:12 pm

    Oh my gosh, I LOVE that collage card and your very cool stamp, defently light and not heavy – it lifts me anyway! Go girl!

  11. 03.27.2008 9:50 pm

    It’s very cool to see the journey behind the art. Congratulations on figuring out how to make it work for you. The art the stamps were used on is so charming and joyful.

  12. 03.28.2008 7:34 pm

    Great stamps, and your “Bon Voyage” page shows them off very well! 🙂

  13. 03.29.2008 8:45 pm

    Wow — and I love your writing as much as I love the stamps. You go! -Kim

  14. 03.30.2008 5:33 am

    Ohh this is great…

    Hugs
    Nicole

  15. 03.30.2008 2:45 pm

    What an awesome idea. I love how you incorporated the stamps in your card! The clouds out of found papers are really cool, too.

  16. carin.c permalink
    03.31.2008 4:04 pm

    The hot air ballon (with propeller) is FAB! Great idea! I have to say I really liked your “L” sometimes simple is the best. And your skull image you made in PS rocks even if it was too hard to carve. All very creative ideas (and I cracked up when you said your nights were more like Enter Sandman than Mr. Sandman… what a contrast, LOL!

  17. 04.01.2008 6:58 pm

    These are so great, I couldn’t figure out which were the stamps at first. Take flight!

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