Monday, April 29, 2013

Putting my Stamp on it!

Good morning fellow Ephemeraologists!

I am back after a 4-week hiatus. April was insanely busy, in a good way. In the interim I've made some changes to the blog - I've decided to focus on what I initially intended the blog to be - "taking the discarded and making it arted." So without further ado, let's go!

I've recently started carving my own stamps. I've found that I can "draw" much better by carving than I can with a pencil or brush. A couple months ago I carved this set:

And with that set, I made this collage:

I used handmade (by me!) paper, and vintage tickets and ration vouchers.  I love the different colored buildings and papers - it definitely gives it a big-city feel to it!  
In the meantime, I had also taken my carved stamps and sent them in to Market Street Stamps to have my own sets of silicone stamps made for resale!  Market Street Stamps is located in my hometown of Green Bay, which I love because from start to finish, the whole project was hyper-LOCAL.  Here's how they turned out!

The larger set contains stamps that are the same size as those I originally carved.  But the tiny stamps?  They all fit on a square that's only 2X2"!  When you create wholesale stamps with Market Street you have many different options for sizing, and I wanted to go as tiny as I could!  SQUEEE!  Here's what some of the tiny ones look like stamped out:

On vintage lined paper, of course.  :)  Oh, and both these sets are available for sale on my website - they're only $5 and $10, respectively! :)

The other day I carved some olive stamps for a project I was making - we have an exhibit coming up called "Olive Art!" that I put together with my friend Julie at Ollie's Olive Oil Haus.  It's going to be a combination art show/olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting!  I'm really excited about it - lots of local artists submitted wonderful pieces!  Here's how my hand-carved stamped piece turned out:

I stamped the three different olives but then added strips of vintage newspaper below, accented with some decorative stitching on my sewing machine and then framed.  I'm quite happy with how it turned out!

Look for more stamped pieces in the future - I'm having a BLAST.  :)


  1. Really cool Mel! Love the skyline effect of the buildings would be so much fun to see layers and layers of a whole city....from atop of the SEARS building in Chicago. Love your stuff Mel!

    1. Oh, thank you, Carol! That's a great idea - and layer them so that some are more 3-D than others to really give it depth. :D Thank you so much for your very lovely words! :D

  2. What a delightful idea - beautiful, knock off your socks stamps that meet your needs.