Whoosh! Shutterfly is fast on delivery of the books I have designed. I ordered this one late on June 29 and received it in the mail on July 2.
The subject I chose for my book this time was the use of my hand-carved stamps. I have been carving for years - sometimes with a craft knife and sometimes with Speedball carving tools, sometimes using erasers (both pink and white) and sometimes using pink or white carving medium. Personally my preference is for the carving tools on pink carving medium. I think it yields a much better result.
In any case, I have quite a collection of hand-carved stamps and use them a fair bit. Some are more popular than others: Hummingbird, Roses and Butterfly.
For the book, I collected photos of projects and grouped them by the stamps I used along with simple labeling.
The cover piece is made with watercolors, overstamped with the butterfly:
I had two photos of projects using the Two Feathers stamp:
The next spread features the Window on the left page and the Phoenix on the right:
Until I gathered the photos, I didn't realize that I had put a red bow-tie on the Penguin every time I used it! On the right page the Raccoon goes fishing every time:
On this left page I featured the Hat and the Llama. The right page has three stamps - Aladdin's Lamp, a Hibiscus, the Dragonfly:
This whole spread is single uses of different stamps. On the left are Crayons, a Dip Pen, a Lightbulb and a Fingerprint. On the right page are a Moon, a Postage Stamp and Fish Skeleton:
You can tell what my favorite stamps are by how many times I have used them. This whole spread is on the Hummingbird. Although mostly cards, I do have a set of coasters I made using white tiles:
This next spread features single stamps around the edges and one card that combines them all in the center. On the left is the Lighthouse. At the top-right are two different Fish and the lower-right shows the Tulip Cluster. The center card uses all except the Tropical Fish.
The most used stamp is a set of 3 Roses. There is a full bloom, a half bloom and a bud. This spread uses single blossoms:
This page spread features the full set of 3 Roses. Through the use of judicious masking I am able to create small to large bouquets:
Another favorite stamp to use time and time again is the Butterfly. The parchent box with the butterfly on the lid was created by my sister-in-law for a wedding. The card on the front cover of the book is not repeated here:
The last page features the Iris:
On the back cover I included the actual Panda stamp I carved for my grandson but never used on a project. My other grandson has a Train Engine I carved but never stamped.
The back cover also includes Author and Studio information.
Another fun project is 'in the books'.
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