Hand Carved Stamp and a Birthday Card

The other day I was playing around with a new sketching app on the iPad called, Sketches.  I was experimenting with the different brushes and drawing some simple shapes to see how the app worked.  It was so easy to use – I made this fun little star by simply drawing on the tablet with my finger.

Hand Carved Stamp and A Birthday Card - Birdwing Paper Designs

I liked this star so much I decided to turn it into a stamp using Stampin’ Up’s Undefined stamp carving kit.  (I used this kit once before to make a “hello” stamp.  Read more about it here.)

Hand Carved Stamp and A Birthday Card - Birdwing Paper Designs

This was not an easy stamp to carve!  The little spaces were time consuming to carve out (mostly because I am a bit of a perfectionist) and it required a steady hand with a lot of concentration.  Some of the edges aren’t very smooth, but I think that adds to the character of the stamped image.

The star stamp was then used as part of a birthday themed card that I needed to make for a card swap.  Each month I hang out with some fellow crafters for a card making evening (really just an excuse to get away from the kids for a night) where we also swap cards.  It was the perfect occasion to use this freshly carved stamp!

Most of the supplies are from Stampin’ Up including the adorable paper from the Sweet Sorbet designer paper series.

Hand Carved Stamp and A Birthday Card - Birdwing Paper Designs

And here is the final card design…

Hand Carved Stamp and A Birthday Card - Birdwing Paper Designs

Hand Carved Stamp and A Birthday Card - Birdwing Paper Designs

This series of paper is so versatile because the colours and patterns work great for adults or kids, boys or girls.  Change up the greeting to a “congratulations” and you have a baby, graduation, or wedding card.  It would also work as a “Thank You” or a “Happy Easter” card.  Perhaps I will have to make a few more of these cards to add to my own stash!

Each month for 2015 I will be featuring a hand made card design, so be sure to follow the blog, Facebook Page, or Pinterest to see more.

Leah

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