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In the midst of the darkest days of the year, I surprised myself and created a little bit of spring. This botanical stamp was made using an acrylic block and some $0.75 adhesive back craft foam. I drew my design onto the foam, cut out the stem and leaves, peeled the paper of the back of each piece, and fixed them onto the acrylic block. I had been thinking about this technique, and then read about it in Lena Corwin's beautiful book, "Printing by Hand." Oh boy , I love that book!

It was a simple process, which produced a beautiful print. In general, while printing with stamps, it is always a good idea to work on a solid, hard surface, but it is especially important when working with foam stamps. If the printing surface is at all raised, the excess ink on the acrylic will get all over the printing material (paper, fabric, etc.). I worked on my wood floors since it doesn't get any more solid and spacious than that. A kitchen table or desk would work just as well.

Here are some note cards that I plan to bundle into sets of 6 with envelopes.

I made a repetitive pattern at the bottom of these cotton dish towels. Perfect for last minute gift giving!


xo e

13 comments:

  1. I love them! (And the trivets!) Where do you get the blank note cards and envelopes? xo E

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  2. oh and where do you get the block and foam? :)

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  3. Thanks! I bought these blank cards at Michael's along with the craft foam and acrylic block. Hastings sells blank cards too. Let me know if you plan to do it and want more tips. xo e

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  4. how on earth did you keep the girls away from the fun drying-card-maze on the floor?

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  5. I guess Michael's would make sense, eh? :) what about cotton dish towels? love em, em!

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  6. I closed the door, Katie! The cards would never ever have survived in the main part of the house.

    Erica - I bought the tea towels online, but you could probably buy some locally at Target.

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  7. Oh, I love that stamp! And the trivets are lovely! At first I thought you had printed on thick felt. Do you think that would work as well? The cork is a marvelous idea. Hope the sniffles are long gone.

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  8. 偉大的致富萬能之鑰,正是幫你充分掌握自己心志所必須的自律自制..................................................

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  9. The cards are so simple, but they are really striking. Anyone would be lucky to receive such a lovely bundle.

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  10. I'm new to your blog - stumbled upon it from a link on another blog and must say that I love what you are doing! I'm inspired by your stamps and hope to try it myself soon. I'll be back to visit and see what other fun things you are up to as well :)

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  11. I love these! They're so simple and fresh. And now I'm coveting dish towels that look just like that.

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  12. Inspiring... I just love this.... I am running to get some supplies now to make my own! I'll send pics! soooo creative!
    xo-Michelle

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