Tea for Tuesday – Stamping Techniques

We're back with week 2 of Tea for Tuesdaythis time with stamping and an invitation for you to join the party.

Swirly pot foam stamp.

First, the invitation. We've created a PinTeaTuesday board on the Cloth Paper Scissors Pinterest page. You're invited to create your own your own tea-inspired board and enter to win our Pin Tea Tuesday contest.

One lucky pinner will receive a set of screen-printed tea towels from me, plus a selection of mixed-media books and DVDs from Interweave.

Name your board "Tea for Tuesday" and tag your pins with #PinTeaTuesday so we can find them!

Now, to this week's tea-themed challenge: how to make a stamp. Referring to my post on how to make a stamp with craft foam, I carved four stamps (three teapots and a teacup) using a ballpoint pen on craft foam.

Busy teacup foam stamp.

I made the teacup stamp first. I decided the background needed texture, so I cut in the squiggly lines. But when I printed the stamp with Distress Ink, I decided the whole thing was too busy. Plus, it's hard to tell where the lines are when you're "carving" the stamp with the pen until you print. Not happy with that example-but I may try cutting around the teacup and seeing what results that yields.

Next I made the top-handled teapot art stamp. I carved it freehand without looking at a teapot, because I wanted the stamp to be stylized and not too realistic. I'm happy with the shape of the bowl and the handle, but the handle and spout are out of proportion.  The simple lines in the background work for me though.

Striped art stamp.

Stamp #3 was my attempt at a more modern shape, with the dots and the gridded mat. I think I would have liked it better without dots on the handle. But I like the shape and the steam.

Finally, my favorite: the swirly pot. I admit, I snuck a peek at one of my teapots to get the shape of the spout and the proportion of the handle. To me, this one makes the best graphic statement-not too busy, not too plain. And it's the most "me."

What I learned from this series:

1. Keep it simple. You can always go back and carve in more lines or a background later. (And heck, it's cheap foam-you can make oodles of these stamps for pennies.)

2. Remember you're carving in reverse! I'm right-handed, so I carved all the handles on the right, which printed left. If I were to make a series of stamps again, I'd want some of the handles going the other way.

Blue teapot art stamp.

3. Everything makes and impression on foam. Because my piece of foam had been kicking around a while, it had some nicks and scratches that showed up when I printed. This doesn't necessarily detract, but it's something to be aware of.

What do you think of my foam stamps? Do you agree with my assessment? What would you do differently? Any other thoughts or suggestions?

Leave a comment below, and don't forget: #PinTeaTuesday!


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