I took a quick photo to help me remember the idea that flashed and lit up my light bulb's filaments. It was the title! You get it, right? Never mind if you don't. I tend to need memory aids myself. I didn't want to forget to tell Anna about this book though. Too many thoughts chasing each other like a kitten chasing its tail tend to overload my circuits now, so I am grateful for the iPhone.
I didn't thumb through The Vintage Teacup Club because there were too many books cradled in my arm already, and who needs temptation when their book budget is strained? However, I didn't forget, so here we are. Remember yesterday? I told you about Gertie's stamps. Well, the thought of a-stamp-a-day and The Vintage Teacup Club chased themselves back to handmade stamps, and handmade stamps led me to the idea of a Stamp Carver's Club. Of sorts. Okay, maybe not a stamp club but a stamp swap?
I wish I could make a stamp a day for a year, but I'm not even trying to fool myself. Guess who didn't make it through the mail art 365 challenge. Or the letter-a-day challenge for that matter. Is a stamp a month possible?. Hmm. Probably not. Chances are good that I'd forget, or make a bunch and forget to send them.
This is my last attempt at stamp carving.
I found my tools.
I am a Speedball woman.
Speedball made it so easy to transition from hard lino to the soft stuff. Stamps are easy, right? Some of you are pros. I remember when Patty over at Just Letter Rip made a stamp from a pencil eraser. I thought that was so cool and had sense enough to know not to try it too. The idea of making a stamp and swapping with an unknown recipient stuck in my head, and made me grin. I am still grinning.
This is how I envision it:
1) If you want to play simply give me your name and address.
2) Your name will go on the Stamp Club List.
2) Make a small stamp.
3) Send it to the "mate" chosen for you, and . . .
4) We all get a new stamp! It's fun.
If you're new at carving stamps read Gertie's post here:
Or, simply buy a Speedball kit. They come with easy to follow instructions, and everything you need to make your first stamp.
There's a give-away involved.
( to be continued . . .