So I half-jokingly told AR I should probably sell my stamps since I never used them.
But when I really thought about it, I realized I couldn't bear to part with them. Not only are they my carefully-selected collection of stuff I really like, apart from paper, they're the one essential in art-making I use.
So AR suggested why don't I start a challenge blog or something to get people to use their stamps. And I said, nah, been there, done that.
I don't know if I can even make anything regularly since I'm busy with writing my book. But I will try to use my stamps more often, so yay for stamping!
I figured I'd use my blank index cards as a stamping surface. The paper is pretty smooth for stamping, but, unfortunately, as evidenced in these, the paper does warp since it's pretty thin.
Above is the first one I created. I wanted to sort of mute the colors and tried smooshing out the colors with a wet wipe, but I didn't really like how it ended up. So I decided to make some more, in the same pattern and style, but with different colors.
The blue one is my favorite. The yellow one, ack, was the last one I did, so it still ended up a little messy with fingerprints. Grr. I really am not a neat stamper.
I used a window/mirror plastic display thingie from one of those dollar stores as a background stencil.
I also used a variety of inks from the cheap set ones from National Bookstore and SM to the more expensive ones from Lasting Impression.
The Alice in Wonderland tape is from National Bookstore.
Stamps are from all over the place. Literally.
The background script stamp and the Tokyo postage stamp is from Queen Kat Designs.