Kathy Rac’s 30 Day #6, Homemade Pumpkin Stamp 

Hey Crafters!!  It’s Day 6 in Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Color Challenge, today she did some beautiful Copic coloring of an Indian Chief stamp from Paper Smooches.  Click on her name to go to her post.

I chose to make my own Pumpkin stamps and use them with Crayola washable markers in a water color technique.  If you follow my blog, you know I LOVE to use these markers for water color.  

The 1st Panel:

2nd Panel:
This is a recycle project using the left  over red rubber rom wood mount Stampin’Up!  wood mount stamps and scraps of wood cut to size for the hand cut stamps created in pumpkin shapes.
1)  Draw on red rubber with a fine point sharpie marker.             

2)  Cut out hand drawn shapes with sharp scissors.  I used little teflon coated scissors by The Paper Studio.   This step seems to work best with small sharp scissors.  Cut detailed areas first while you have the bulk of the rubber to hold onto and keep the stamp deep in the back of scissors for the cleanest cut around the whole image.  Clean up any jagged edges  by cutting just the red rubber.
3)  Lay the shapes on scrap wood to gauge what size of a strip to cut.  Be Careful, used my right hand to hold this board and guided the miter saw with my left hand, even though I’m right handed.


4)  Draw a cut mark between images as a guide of where to cut.  I like a bit of margin around shapes.

5)  Use another scrap board to hold smaller pieces as you cut, so you don’t injure your fingers or hands.  And wear safety glasses,, because small pieces may fly away from the saw blade! I lost a couple

Or get a skilled guy to do it for you.  ; )

6)  Lay each stamp on it’s respective block, so there’s no guess work when you get back to the craft room. 

My crafty husband assured me the blade was at the right depth, even though I had to continually break off little odd pieces not touched by the blade seen here on the middle block.  What Ever…it was easily broke off by pressing the block to the board I was cutting it from.  And I did it after every cut. ;0  Yepper!!
7)  Apply a blob of Glossy Accents to the ugly side of the block you want to mount your stamp on, smooth out with your finger to a thin layer, applying any excess glue to the sides of the block.  Set aside and let dry.  You can apply it over the whole blog if you wish, but my main purpose is to have a surface the stamp will stick to very well since it’s already adhesive backed. 😉

8)  Ink up your (unmounted) stamp with StazOn and stamp the image onto the nicer looking or smoother side of your bare wood block, using your fingers to get a good impression.   Or freehand draw the image  on the block.

9)  Remove the release paper from the stamp and adhere it to your block.  Or add some E6000 to the sticky part of the stamp if the release paper takes the adhesive with it.  I had to do this for the big Pumpkin and weight it down fo r several minutes while assembling the others.
10)  Use your brand new one of a kind homemade stamps!!!  Yay!!  Creativity…Here I come.  Tomorrow’s share will be a more indepth vide on how to make and use these type of stamps.

Technically, draw on a solid image stamp with water friendly markers, spritz with water and stamp.   Use markers to add more character to your stamped images by drawing directly on them or scribbling the color onto a slick surface to pick up there with your paint brush, add shading, draw leaves, the ground, sun, corn stalks, etc.   Add as much or as little water as you like.  Let Dry.  Use a fine point sharpie marker to outline  and doodle on everything!  Enjoy or share your art work with someone you love or who just needs a card hug.

SU spare red rubber from wood mount stamp sets.

Scraps of plywood or trim cut down wiht a miter saw.

Sharpie fine point marker.

Crayola Washable marker, an aqua painter or a paint brush and water, a spray bottle with water.

Canson Water Color paper (I love the 9 x 12 inch pad from Wal-mart).

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