I’ve recently been following an Instagrammer who makes amazing little stamps out of regular pink erasers, and felt inspired to try that technique myself!
I was working on an ATC for theme “FROGGIES” and knew I wanted to try making an eraser stamp, but decided to start simple with just footprints instead of a whole frog. I used a really cheap lino cutter and a pink pearl eraser, and here’s what I came up with:
It was a bit difficult to cut exactly how I wanted it, but I thought it turned out alright!
Next, I drew a little croaking froggie:
Then I cut it out and collaged a background using the stamp, different colors of crepe paper, and some dried flowers:
Since that card went well, I got more ambitious with my next one! I’d claimed the theme “sloth,” and as I tried to think how I could use a stamp for that, I almost immediately came up with an idea that I couldn’t get out of my head: I’d draw most of the sloth with colored pencils, and would make a stamp of just its face, which I’d paste across its head with a contrasting bar, almost like a censor/anonymity bar. I wasn’t at ALL sure I could pull it off but definitely wanted to try.
At first as I was working on carving the face, I was SO sure I was making a mess of it. The eraser itself did not look great at all, and I felt like I was just gouging it to pieces. But I figured at least it would be practice and I could learn what to try differently the next time, so I stamped with it just to see…and was honestly astonished with how nice it turned out!!
Seriously, I can’t even tell you how pleased I am with this! It almost didn’t feel possible with how badly I’d thought I was doing!
As for the rest, I drew the sloth as planned and popped it all on a lovely masterboard from a swap:
Now it’s all ready to deliver tomorrow!