Beads and Butterflies

Alison's Crafty Adventures

Pastel Stamping November 30, 2011

Filed under: Rubber stamps — Alison @ 3:31 pm

Pastel sweet floral cards

I recently came across this method (on Pinterest, where else) and read this tutorial on Patty’s Stamping Spot. I had, or could approximate, everything I needed so I thought I’d give it a go using some of my hand-cut stamps. I think the results came out pretty well and would definitely like to try it again.

I used regular artists pastels, clear ink, and cotton wool (I don't own sponge daubers)



Teardrop Rubber Stamp September 29, 2011

Filed under: Greetings Cards,Rubber stamps — Alison @ 2:55 pm
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If you are thinking of making your own rubber stamps, I would say a good shape to start with is a teadrop. It is easy to draw, easy to carve and very versatile. So far I have used it for the petals on the flowers on this wrapping paper (stamped onto normal brown packaging paper from the post office) and as balloons on this birthday card. Obviously they can also be used as raindrops; I’m thinking of doing a big silvery cloud with rainbow coloured droplets falling from it. If you’re doing a flower with a stem you could also use this stamp for the leaves. The opportunities are endless!

I also found a really nice blog which has lots of tips and inspiration for creating your own rubber stamps. Start here but check out the rest of her site too.

Happy birthday balloons cardFlower stamped wrapping paper


Stamping September 5, 2011

Filed under: Rubber stamps — Alison @ 10:38 am
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I recently came across Geninne’s Art Blog and was inspired to try and make my own rubber stamps. The results look amazing, and although I’m sure I could never produce something as intricate and detailed as some of hers, it looked pretty simple to get started.


I had several erasers kicking around anyway, some of them weren’t even opened, and I purchased a lino cutting tool with one blade for around £3.00 from an art shop in town.


I decided that a heart would be my first attempt, and I wanted to try making both an outline and a filled shape. I think they came out pretty well for a first attempt and I think they work really well on the brown paper. I’m going to use them for both cards and wrapping paper.


Any ideas on what shape I should try and cut next? I’m thinking a simple bird and maybe a flower. I would like to try a butterfly as well but will have to think about the design as I don’t want to try anything too complicated. Also I’m concerned about having to make it symmetrical! Let me know if you’ve got any ideas.


Heart stamps