Last week, a terrible monsoon struck Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon, but luckily, the sun decided to shine just in time for the weekend. I wasn’t able to do much crafting or art during the monsoon’s stay because efforts were focused elsewhere, so I welcomed the much needed positivity from crafting.
Some weeks ago, Reg and I had agreed to meet up for a stampmaking afternoon at Mary Grace. I met Reg through the internet and started talking to her more often through Instagram this year, but I had messaged her a couple of times before because I just really admire her style. This was the first time I was meeting her in person and I was beyond nervous. I don’t feel comfortable meeting people one-on-one, even when we’ve talked online before. I’m prone to nervous blabbing and oversharing and I know last Saturday, it wasn’t an exception. Good thing for me that Reg was easy-going and fun to be with that spending the afternoon with her was not difficult at all.
After a few minutes of introduction and ordering our hot chocolate drinks, we brought out our carving tools and rubber blocks.
Reg brought her Speedball cutter and let me borrow it. I don’t think I would have been able to make my stamp look as I’d wanted it to if it weren’t for this amazing tool. All the tips of the tools I have are so much wider than the one shown here so until then, I’d been having a hard time with narrow areas and thin lines. I’m surely going to get my own.
It was fun watching Reg go through her carving process. I saw her sketch out her designs, trying out different ones, until she got one that she was comfortable with. We generally follow the same transferring technique, rubbing the lead on to the rubber from the paper, but she’s just more patient with the process than I am. Sometimes I feel so lazy that I draw directly on the rubber and that usually results in disasters haha. Definitely not recommended!
Here are the stamps that Reg made that day. Aren’t they the cutest?
Those are my hands working! I was still struggling a bit with the Speedball cutter because it was my first time using it, and the handle is so much wider than the woodcarving tools that I normally use.
Isn’t everything better when there’s hot chocolate around?
I designed my stamps with the goal of using them to make cards so as soon as I got home, I lined up my kraft board cards, already cut some days ago, and made these. I used three separate stamps for this one image – a simple rectangular block stamped with white ink, the envelope with wings stamped with black, and a tiny heart in red. I had to carve the heart four times before I got the right one.
I also made a mason jar stamp, which I absolutely love. It was extra fun making these cards because I combined stamping and drawing.
If you’re interested in making stamps of your own, you can easily use erasers and any carving tool like a paper cutter or an X-acto knife, if you can’t find rubber blocks and linoleum cutters. Try it out!