Archive for July 29th, 2007

Playing with stamps

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

I’m always looking for fun gifts to make for people. Time is always a bit short around PMC Designs, so I like to come up with something that is quick to make, yet pretty. And, it always has to have some “bling”.
As mentioned in an earlier post, I’ve made postcards, ATC’s, journals, altered bags using my rubber stamps. While in New York City I met a delightful artist and she was making unique bookmarks from left-over scraps of fabric from her quilts. A light went on and when I came home I started making bookmarks.
Audine is inside a small book – 7-inches. Oh, and the book is by an artist I met at ComicCon this past Friday. Be sure to check out her website:
Christy makes really unique more primitive dolls.
My “bookmarks” range from 8-inches to 9-inches depending on the face stamp I used. This grouping shows Audine, Jilianna, Valandrial and Banbury Cross Beth.
At my website I have a new offer. If people buy two, or more, of my rubber stamps I’ll send the pattern to make the bookmarks.
Making the bookmarks is really easy. I used Pelmet Vilene, but Timtex, Peltex, Craft Pellon are all good choices. I appliqued the clothing, colored the faces and hair with a combination of Copic Markers (both Ciao and the large square markers) and colored pencils. I did learn to stamp the face first, then trace the bodies. Much easier, believe me.
How long does it take to make one of these? About 2 hours, tops. Of course, it depends on the amount of bling you add. I just used the hot-fix crystals and a few bits of fabric and lace here and there.