Sunday, December 15, 2013

And Now For Something Completely Different

Nope, it's not knitting, or photography, or even cooking. Not tonight. Tonight was rubber stamping. Yep, that thing I used to do constantly from the time I was about 14 years old but that I haven't done for about 5 or 6 years. 

I was SO rusty and it took forever to come up with something I liked and could actually handle. I stamped no fewer than twenty-five 1x2 inch white rectangles (on BOTH sides) with the words "thank you" before I remembered how to properly line up a stamp, and still the words are off center in every single one. So I distressed those little rectangles, and no one will ever know. 

I like distressing. It means to wreck something on purpose for artistic effect. I know! It's sounds great, right? You should try it. 

Distressing aside, I used techniques that are old and simple; nothing innovative or fashionable here, and please don't zoom in and look closely. There is little of the clean perfection that graces the pages of stamping catalogs. Actually, we probably should call it Wabi Sabi rubber stamping, so put away your rulers. I'm pretty sure Stampin' UP! does not have a Wabi Sabi section in their catalog, but I'm okay with that. 

I never was perfect, but tonight I remembered that I used to be pretty good at this and had some fun. I figured out a design I could mass-produce to send to Sara. It's good for missionaries to have cards and notes on hand, and I still have gobs of supplies, so now I have a cute little set of 10 thank-you notes to send to New Mexico for her to use to share the Love of God with others around her. 

I'm kinda proud of myself, because it really has been years and years...and years!  Every so often I get rid of a few more stamps and sometimes I think it's time to get rid of all of the paper-crafting stuff. Then I go and have a nice, productive evening like this. Sigh. 

Now that I've crashed through the walls of the past to the forgotten crafts, you never know. It might be quilting next. 

1 comment:

  1. I LOVE that you send some home-made cards to your girl so she could give them away. That is a beautiful thing :)


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