Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Starry Sky Gift Tags and Hand-Carved Eraser Stamps
I love carving erasers and corks. The two tree stamps are my first attempt and I call them Uptree/Downtree. I carved them a few years ago and I used them to make the gifttags. At the time, I did not have a woodcarving set. Instead, I was using my flat craft knives which made the carving slow going. The curves were especially difficult. As you can see, the trees are all curves!
On the Uptree I accidentally cut through one of the branches, which causes a broken print when stamped. At first I was going to try to fill it in, like with putty, clay or something. Then I changed my mind because I feel it gives my stamp character. I like the broken imprint afterall.
The cork stamps, a star and a leaf outline, were more difficult to carve. The cork kept crumbling, though my knife was sharp. These are used bottle corks. I don't know if buying a bag of unused corks would have made a difference.
The tags were cut from gray cardstock and designed using torn decorative paper. I spread Inca Gold metallic acrylic paint on a piece of glass and used as a stamp pad to stamp the trees. The tree topper stars are hand-drawn with a silver paint pen. Each tag is hole-punched and tied with a metallic gold rope.
Starry Sky Gift Tags, art stamping, collage, 6 pk.