This is an archived posting from my previous website “Chips Antidotal Wanderings” – a personal blog about family, creative moments, and pain management activities in my life. That blog was active from 2004-2011.

Dragonfly, Dragonfly

My September Artistamp is a dragonfly design. I always like pouncing ink colors onto paper and that’s part of what I did with this stamp:

The first thing I did was stamp a dragon fly image 10 times over onto scrap papers. I didn’t have to worry about the edge of the image being stamped very well, because I knew that part was going to get cropped off. Then using some whimpy stencil brushes (you know the real cheap kind) I pounced on yellow, then pink, folowed by green ink. To finish off the image I dotted the dragonfly’s eyes.

Step 1

Then I used a square punch to cut out the center of each dragon fly. This became the main image for my artistamp. I designed a stamp frame in a matching green.

step 2

Next I ran a green marker along the edge of each punched dragonfly. Some people think this is a little silly because it’s time consuming. But I think it really helps to define the image. Don’t you see a significant difference in the images on the right. They look more “finished” to me!

step 3

I adhered the dragonfly images to the stamp frames. Then finished them off by trimming the edges with deco scissors and adding a doodled line along the outside edge.

finished stamp

And thus was born the September artistamps, each one individually rendered.

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But wait! You know I never stop there! After making the Artistamps they were added to ATC’s for the monthly swap.

ATC examples

TFL ~Cindy

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