The way I used to stamp

Back in 1991, when I started doing this, I mostly stamped postcard scenes using all sorts of nutty images from Ken Brown, Rubber Stamps of America, Stampa Barbara, Leavenworth Jackson and Museum of Modern Rubber among others. So many stamp companies lost to the mists of time.

I was thinking about this today while I was sitting at my stamp area because I was not feeling the photopolymer love and I wanted to make something. I tried checking out the web sites and blogs that are fairly well known and that depressed me somewhat as the examples were mostly single images with a sentiment and that wasn’t what I wanted to do.

I took a poke through my stamps and found one I forgot I had from Beeswax and decided to put it on an ATC blank and then see if any other inspiration struck. I ended up with this:

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The grass, reeds and clouds were all from Stampscapes. After stamping the images, I took some Prismacolor pencils and added the colors in. I then stippled using Colorbox dye ink (Putty) and Memento dye ink (Toffee Crunch). The clouds were stamped using Memento (London Fog).

I’m still deciding if I’m going to just leave it as an ATC or mount it onto a card. But it made me think of those Carson Conventions I went to in 1992 and what my initial enthusiasm for the hobby was like. I need to reclaim that.

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