Having just celebrated yet another birthday, my adorable friend and stamping buddy Carol gifted me with three wonderful items: a can of spicy sesame crunchies, a Strathmore sketch pad of Kraft paper, and this delightful wooden elephant stamp . . .
Originally designed to stamp on fabric with various paints, these densely grained wooden images are finding their way into the stamping world. Stamping with inks will give a distressed look as the hand carved wooden ridges won't make perfect contact with the paper. To get more even coverage, use a soft pad underneath to maximize ink transfer. Or, as Carol does, stamp with acrylic paints instead – making sure to clean the block right away.
While I had hoped for much better results with this card's layout, I had a lot of fun working on it nonetheless. Also, I'm delighted to be able to enjoy this stamp in another way: as an art object! It sits happily on the shelf behind my desk and sends its unique charm over my shoulder as I work. May it help me come up with a better layout next time . . .
Cardstock: Bazzill Raven, Strathmore Sketch Pad Toned Tan, Generic
scraps Red, Orange, Green
Stamps: Wooden stamp Elephant, Rubber Baby Stone Wall
Inks: Hero Black, Copic Warm Grey #4, Wink of Stella Black
Colored Pencils: Inktense Poppy Red, Tangerine, Hooker’s Green
Dies: Studio Calico Nested Rectangles, Simon Says Ribbon
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