Saturday, April 27, 2013

Blogging Drive By

Hi there. Here is a quick drive by blog post to show some stamped flower cards.
Flowr Card created using my hand carved stamps
Using my own hand carved stamps. 
Hand carved stamps make cards
Perfect for Spring. 
It is a sunny day here in New England, I hope wherever you are it is equally as nice.
Have a nice weekend.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Printing on a Manila Tag

Printing on a manila tag

Recently I was trying to come up with a way to print on a manila tag.
I tried this technique which really worked well:


All you need is a tag, removable Scotch tap and a computer with a printer.

1. Open a word document and create your words or image
 within the size perimeters of  your tag. 
 Mine was  a #5 tag that measures 4 3/4 x 2 3/8" .
 Keep in mind the placement of the printing on the tag, 
 For instance not too high and level.
2. Print out a sample page.
3. Hold that sample page up to a window to see where to place the tag 
and center it on top of the page and secure with removable Scotch tape,
placing the tape along the top and the bottom of the tag, not interfering
with the printed area.
4. Run the tag taped to the paper through your printer in the same direction
it was printed.


Printing on a manila tag and stamping
And there you have a neatly printed tag ready to be embellished or used as is. 
Of course I had to stamp on mine. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Mounting My Hand Carved Stamps

Hand Carved Stamps by Autumn Hathaway
With hopes of becoming  more organized in my studio, I knew it was time to get as many of my unmounted hand carved stamps onto something stable and easier to identify. 
Hand Carved Stamps by Autumn Hathaway
I use many different mounting techniques.  Primarily it has been easy for me was to just simply use double stick tape on acrylic  mounts. The problem with that is I have to attach and remove the stamp with each use and visibility is limited when trying to locate stamps when I go to use them.
Hand Carved Stamps by Autumn Hathaway
So this week I spent a day mounting my stamps on various materials. This is what I used. I like using wine corks (okay, I might just have a few...  ;D) on the small stamps. The corks make them super easy to stamp with because of the height. The small wooden blocks that are available in different sizes at the craft store are great too. On both of those I paint a coat of paint on the top before stamping the index, this gives a crisp image.
Also I use extra thick fun foam available at the craft stores. The best kind I have found are the large pieces used as floor puzzle pieces for kids, this is the blue you see in the pictures. The red you see is simply the fun foam that you can sometimes find in the extra thickness.
Hand Carved Stamps by Autumn Hathaway
Another great material to use that I learned from Michelle Ward is the garden mats that are used for kneeling on while working in your garden. One of those can go a long way. These are the pink ones you see here, they provide a nice high mounting block. I cut all the foam with a large utility blade, making sure to fully extend the blade and use a single pass when cutting to keep the foam from shredding.
Hand Carved Stamps by Autumn Hathaway
When stamping the index image on the top of the stamp I have stamped directly on the foam, but have found that fades over time. This time I stamped all the index images on white paper and used gloss Mod Podge to adhere the image on top of the stamp, making sure to give a good coat on the top for protection. I also did this on some of the painted corks for a crisper cleaner image.
Hand Carved Stamps by Autumn Hathaway
Of course, you could always use wood mounts available from different sources online or at stamp conventions.
Hand Carved Stamps by Autumn Hathaway
It feels good to have some organization and clarity in my creative space. Now.... time to stamp!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Hand Carved Custom Logo Stamp

Autumn Hathaway Stamp Carving Pure Pastry custom stamp
I had the opportunity to carve a logo stamp for a local Organic Baker, Kim Gregory who owns 
in Beverly, MA.
Her pastries are organic and she is working on a line of gluten free products too.
The best part is that they are super delicious. 
She sent me some samples and her gluten free angel food cake is better than any angel food cake my daughter and I have ever tasted. Seriously.
Autumn Hathaway
 Kim drew this image and I got to carve a stamp for her I think it turned out quite nice.
Autumn Hathaway Stamp Carving Pure Pastry custom stamp

Autumn Hathaway Stamp Carving Pure Pastry custom stamp

Autumn Hathaway
Please go to Pure Pastry's Facebook page and hit the like button.


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Art Journal Pages from Art Table Scraps

It was inevitable that my art table be finally cleared off.  When I finished the this much needed endeavor, I ended up with a pile of paper pieces that had been hidden and waiting for a home. Since I can hardly bare to throw away small interesting pieces of paper, I knew what I had to do to keep them from landing in another spot somewhere in my studio where I would have to deal with them later. I took that pile and opened up my art journal and a bottle of matte medium and started gluing.  I also decided to very quickly carve two small stamps to accompany my art journal page creations.  I ended up with three pages. Ta-da!!!  I loved the fact that I utilized my extra scraps and had two new stamps.
Collage Art Journal Page, Part 4
Art Journal Page Started with Collaged Paper, Part 2
Collage Page in Art Journal, Part 3
So, here is how these pages came about....
I will show the carved stamps at the bottom of the post.
The top page started like this
Collage Art Journal Page, Part 1
Like I said many small pieces of paper.
Then I added a layer of white gouache to tone down the busyness of it all.
Collage Art Journal Page, Part 2
Next I added some colored gouache to compliment the main colors on the page.
Collage Art Journal Page, Part 3
And finally I stamped on the page with my small newly hand carved stamps.
Collage Art Journal Page, Part 4
The next two pages were created with the same process.
Step one...
Art Journal Page Started with Collaged Paper, Part 1
Step two and three...
Art Journal Page Started with Collaged Paper, Part 2
And, finally step four with the stamping...this time I stamped the image in a diferent orientation creating a whole different pattern. 
Art Journal Page Started with Collaged Paper, Part 2
Again the same process. 
Step one...
Collage Page in Art Journal, Part 1
Step two and three...white gouache then colored gouache
Collage Page in Art Journal, Part 2
Then step four with the stamping to finish. Now I must admit these pages will have more added to them as I use different pens to doodle and write the events of my life. I am thinking these little raindrop shapes need to be outlined with a gel pen. 
Collage Page in Art Journal, Part 3
And, now the carved stamps. They are small but I have found that small stamps when stamped in repetition can create a lot of movement in the pattern.
Hand Carved stamp raindrop design
Hand Carved stamp raindrop design
Hand Carved stamp raindrop design
Small Hand Carved Stamp
Hand Carved stamp raindrop design
Hand Carved stamp raindrop design
I like how these two little stamps have big design possibilities. 
Hand Carved stamp raindrop design
So there you have it, three new art journal pages and two new carved stamps.
Thanks for stopping by.



Monday, April 1, 2013

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