Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hand-carved Rubber Stamp Halloween Card

This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is all about the letter O! I've chosen to showcase two cards celebrating my favorite day in October (Halloween, of course!), and using monsters carved out of "Oops!" brand erasers I bought from Walgreen's for $.50! 

I've been practicing my stamp-carving skills over the past few months, and these creatures were the result of that fun project! :)

Two of my four monsters in these cards were inspired by Lawn Fawn's designs, and the other two (the big green guy and the furry blue guy above) came out of my head. I used the stamp carving tools I'd gotten from Yellow Owl Workshop, along with an exacto knife, to carve these fun creatures and their accessories (the wand, the trick-or-treat bag), along with a handful of other fun stamps inspired by our recent trip to Boston, and other musings.

For the background of the cards, I used a technique I learned from a Lawn Fawn video, blending harbor ink and a purple ink that I don't remember the name of. The two moons were made from blending colors from a color wheel ink pad, and I used the masking technique to keep the colors crisp between the sky and the moon. Both cards were given a spooky tree, cut using Lawn Cuts from Sweater Weather, and were mounted on Paper Source cards (Persimmon and Peacock).

In this square card (my favorite of the two!), I heat embossed three tiny bats using a Paper Source stamp, and added the Happy Halloween paper cut from a 12 x 12 page. I also stamped the chartreuse paper (used as the hills in both cards) with a woodgrain stamp from Paper Source before mounting, and I liked the dimension it added to this card, over the Persimmon one.

These two cards are currently displayed as you walk in our apartment, and I'm not sure I will want to take them down after Halloween ends! :)


  1. Oh my! Such wonderful stamps! You did a fabulous job creating them. I tried carving once, and I wasn't very good at it. These images are wonderful! Such great cards too. Fabulous use of color! Thank you for sharing your work with us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

    1. Thanks, Michelle! I've really enjoyed creating my own stamps lately, and the super cost-efficient erasers have given me freedom to practice without fear of imperfection! :) Lawn Fawn's monster stamps were SO CUTE, so I thought I'd try my hand at creating a few monsters for fun. I've found that I hate fussy cutting them myself, and love how Lawn Fawn's designs are PERFECT, and how they have the matching lawn cuts dies. I'll probably end up buying their set to join my little monsters, too. :)

  2. Super fun and cute! Love the cool colors you blended in the background paired with your ghoulishly fun monsters! Thanks for playing along with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  3. Thanks for your kind words, Suzanne! I'm really enjoying participating in these challenges when I can! :)