Friday, September 13, 2013

A Parade of Elephants - my Stamp It Up Swap pouch finish!!



A few weeks ago I signed up for Nicky's Stamp It Up swap. I was, to be honest, pretty apprehensive about my stamp-carving abilities and how it was all going to work out, but willing to give it a try. In the back of my mind, my plan was if the stamp carving all went terribly wrong was to buy a stamp, rather than disappoint my partner.

I ordered my supplies, raided the local pound shop for rubbers (at 27c each, they were not a huge investment of money!) The supplies duly arrived and I looked at them fearfully for a few days until I finally worked up the courage to give it a shot.



Luckily though, the stamp carving turned out to be a LOT more fun that I imagined it would be. I had a look at some of the tutorials recommended and gave it a whirl. I played around with lots of different ideas - some turned out terribly, some worked ok and could be developed a bit more. It became pretty addictive actually. (Despite stabbing my finger pretty badly with the scalpel in the process.)

My creation

But I was still looking for an idea, and rummaging around in my fabric stash I came across an elephant print and decided to try it.  I managed to replicate the shape reasonably well on the rubber. My first effort was too small, and didn't have the sort of clarity I wanted.

Parade of elephants

So I tried out a bigger carving, which I was much happier with. And then I realised my big and small elephants could work as a parade of mum and baby elephants for real cuteness factor.


Elephant parade 2nd version!


I was pretty sure my partner would be happy with that, but I tried another idea, just in case. The elephants won out in the end though. I was really happy with these leaves though and think I might try and work them into a design of some type when I only have myself to please.

Leaf stamp


The process of carving stamps is definitely fun and worth a shot. Fabric stamping is something I'm new to but I will be continuing and I think I'll buy a little set of letters as they would be so useful to have.


Once I had my idea in place, I stamped it on some Essex linen, and used some of my new Koi fabric to set off the purple and pinks. I back it with fusible fleece and added some hand quilting and beading for the eyes. Then all I needed to do was add the lining and zip and sew it up into a zip pouch.



And its all ready to send off to my partner, in perfect time for the mailing window. I hope she likes it because I certainly had fun making it!





Linking up to Finish it Up Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts.





20 comments:

Isisjem said...

I LOVE the elephants and the final pouch is fab. I need to get some rubbers and start practicing. But I'm kind of scared of scalpels and don't want to lose any fingers!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Really cute elephant parade! I love the leaves too, the mustard colour is gorgeous!

cheeky monkey said...

So cute! The fabrics and the ink work so well together. Your partner will be very happy!

Yvonne@thatssewcreative said...

I know your partner will be happy with it. It's so cute! I really love the leaves too.

Di said...

That is great stamping. your partner will be delighted. Di x

Flying Blind... said...

Wunderbar! My artistic talents would have stated and ended at rectangle stamps!

Katy Cameron said...

Aww, so cute! You totally need a finger guard, I had the same problem slicing my fingers open when I tried carving stamps last year

Nicky said...

I'm sure your partner is frightened of elephants so you'd better send it to me Sarah!

Oh well worth a try! It is gorgeous - it will be loved.

Glad you had fun - apart for the self impalement.

Kirsten said...

Love your little parade of elephants!

akainik said...

Oh my... those elephants are too cute!! I love them!!!!

Dinki Dots said...

Love it - perfect!
Maria x

Indianna said...

Your elephants are oh so cute. I love fabric stamping...just not brave enough to make my own design!

Green said...

Kudos on choosing the perfect stamps! I love that little pouch. Have a great weekend.

Emma said...

Well done on the stamp carving! Your finished bag is lovely. I'm a stamper myself, but on cards rather than fabric. I must try it one of these days.

Catrin Lewis said...

Seeing how I love elephants and Koi is one of my favourite lines at the moment I hope I'm your partner! Oh wait, I didn't sign up for the swap :-( boy do I regret that now. Beautiful x

krista said...

i love the idea of stamping fabric. i recently bought some linen to try it on, eventually! love your pouch, its darling. someone's going to be very happy to receive that!

Adrianne said...

This is really gorgeous - well done!

Kathleen OGrady said...

Your zipper pouch is awesome! I love your little elephants, you did a great job.

Janine said...

This is so beautiful! Your partner is very lucky :)

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