As I mentioned in my last post I had fun carving my first stamps on the weekend. I started without really researching it - now I realize gouging more out around the shape would make a clearer image, I think I could also trim them a bit more. I used this starter kit from Michaels (with a 40% off coupon!) which has everything you need to get started, although you need to supply your own stamp pad or paint.
The first design I tried was some simple holly shapes, one with "two bump" leaves, another with "three bump" leaves. I find the first ones easier to draw but I think the second look more realistic, what do you think?
Next I worked on a design that's been percolating in my mind for a few months. I love white on kraft and the bit of gold really makes it stand out. The third gift along is made out of washi tape, not part of the original plan but I love it! This was a test design, on the final version I'd like to use gold leaf for the accents (I just used a gold marker here).
Carving is something new for me, this was an easy way to start and I think I'm hooked!