The Craft Curmudgeon
|Posted: 9/14/2013 11:55:02 AM|I'm feeling a little bored--not that I don't have stuff that needs doing--so I thot we might play a little...
Let's pretend that you have the talent & means to design & produce your own line of stamps. If you already have the talent & means? Good for you! You can still play!
First choice I'd like to hear is... Rubber or clear? And why you choose what you choose as the stamp material.
Second part is lots more fun. Tell us about your (imagined) stamp designs--theme, style, etc. Feel free to be as detailed as you like. Would you do sets? Would your stamps be something brand new for stampers to use?
Let the fun begin!
The Craft Curmudgeon
|Posted: 9/14/2013 12:13:12 PM|
OK. I'll start the 'game'.
My material choice would be rubber. I like the way it allows for greater detail in the etching & accepts inks & paints with a minimum of problems.
My design lines? I'd do one line that was 'heads & hands'. The hands would be in pairs & offer the stamper various combinatons--grasping, waving, etc. The 'heads' would be themed--holidays, occasions, everyday, animals.
I'd also design home decor/fashion stamps that allow the stamper to mix & match images on household & wearable items. I might theme the home decor ones by rooms--bedroom, kitchen, etc. The fashion might theme by day wear, sports wear, evening wear, etc.
|Posted: 9/14/2013 12:36:02 PM|
I would do cling rubber because rubber works best for me with coloring with markers and I like to have cling rather than woodblock. Also, the image would be on the back of the cling part, in an ideal world.
Picking what I would make is hard, I don't have any specific ideas, however, I would like realistic looking flowers, and more rare ones, like a trillium, columbine, bleeding hearts or peonies. Also, in contrast to the realistic, it would be nice to have more solid, silhouette or reverse look stamps of rare flowers too.
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 9/14/2013 12:52:28 PM|
I'll play...Cling rubber is my choice; not a big fan of clear, and while I love most of my wood mounted images, the cling is so much easier to store, and is so ideal for art journaling and the "roll on" technique.
If I were to design a line? Perhaps something with completely different color in characters not so "cutesy." ( I'm tired of Magnolia, Kraftin Kimmie, MFT Pure Innocence - I have so many of those, not inked for ages.)
I've never been a fan of stamp sets - there's always only a few that you use.
|Posted: 9/14/2013 1:36:50 PM|
I'd have to give this more thought to come up with the actual images I'd like to make into stamps but I vote for the cling rubber too.
I agree about rubber being better to use than clear, but I like the flexibility of the foam backing and I like that they can be trimmed closer than wood mounted ones so they are easier to place in a design...not quite as easy as clear, but easy enough. I hate trying to use aids(like that stamp a ma jig thingy) to place stamps I always seem to mess up.
I don't mind 'cute' designs but don't care for those super, sugar sweet, little girls in flower dresses and big hats. And I really dislike the 'cute' images with eyes, but without a nose or mouth...they creep me out.
|Posted: 9/14/2013 1:40:14 PM|
It sounds like a couple want people, but not all those "cute" people! I wonder what they would look like. I would probably be more interested in people stamps if there were more styles too.
The Craft Curmudgeon
|Posted: 9/14/2013 2:05:59 PM|Hooray for a good start, pals!
Heidi. Love the idea of rare flowers--silhouette & outline! Could also see you doing 'weeds'--dandelion, goldenrod, etc. Good idea about 'indexing' on the cling back. SugarLoaf & Ink Boutique used to do that.
Molly & Joanne. Good posts. You both are not fond of 'sugar sweet' cute. So what would you design to be less cavity-causing. And LOL on the 'creepy' comment, Joanne!
I'm so-so on sets. I prefer components.
|Posted: 9/14/2013 2:47:32 PM|
I love this thread!
I would definitely do cling rubber.
I agree with the people images. Those that are missing facial features really weird me out!
I would do a nature and botanical line. I really like Heidi's that she would design. I would do a seasonal line for the nature/botanical. It would be fun to do some building sets. Like, different styles of the same image for layering, creating a scene. Not sure if that makes sense?!
I gotta think on this some more.
|Posted: 9/14/2013 3:14:31 PM|
Cling rubber for me too. I have wondered why companies have dropped printing images on the back on cling. It certainly was helpful but maybe it is a cost factor.
I would be making a full out series of complimenting vegetable stamps. In the midst of many a garden season I have wanted to make cards with some on the basic veggies I am give love and care to every day. With the wave of "grown locally" I am surprised our stamp companies have not jumped in. We have a few each season but no one seems to ready create a full-line of stamps that compliment one another. I'd be making mostly midsize basics including tomatoes, lettuce, zucchini, onion, carrots, parsley, squash, beets, strawberries, corn stalks...with add-ons of potting containers,gathering baskets, fencing and lattice for supporting growing plants and used as mini backgrounds, tools, salad bowls, canning jars, home grown sentiments and vintage seed packets. And expansion into some complimenting mini stamps for making recipe cards and food labels, farmer's market and pick your own market.
Heidi, I totally agree with also wanting realistic flowers!
Daniel, thanks for the fun break from my chores!
Loc: South Carolina
|Posted: 9/14/2013 3:43:54 PM|
Jan and Heidi, I love your line of stamps! I like cling rubber too. I don't know what stamps I would make, but I like beautiful artsy looking ones. I like cute too, but I am choosy about them.
Come to think of it, I would like to make pretty flowery vines, lattices, birds ( I have a million birds though, LOL! ), pretty gates, etc.
Now can we get hired by some stamp companies? LOL!
Thanks for a fun discussion.
Loc: In an altered state of mind
|Posted: 9/14/2013 5:35:54 PM|well way back in my "other" life (designing)
I did a set of cling rubber called Identity Femme.
(a bit before it's time I think) but it had off the wall words on it, a crown, etc.
The words were things like metaphor, I, am, crazy, etc.
If I were to do it now
hmmm... perhaps take a cue from the movies, think more like Ferris Bueller, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club but do them with some sort of grunge/altered twist
|Posted: 9/15/2013 8:31:18 AM|
So I started looking up stamps after this thread yesterday and I saw that the PSX company had a lot of realistic flower stamps with all kinds of flowers. they are going for a mint on ebay. Not all of them were exactly as I pictured, but it makes me wonder why more people don't adopt the style that PSX did since so many people still seem to love them.
|Posted: 9/15/2013 9:56:33 AM|Heidi, I looked at some of those stamps on eBay after your comment. Wow! Those are some gorgeous stamps! But the price tags, yikes .
Their style reminds me of Northwoods stamps a bit. I have a few of theirs and I love them. They are a bit pricey too, I've got mine at yardsales.
Jan, I like the idea of a garden theme set too. I have a cling rubber set from TPC studio that's called victory garden. I would love to have some more like that.
The Craft Curmudgeon
|Posted: 9/15/2013 11:36:53 AM|
I like the idea of the veggies+ images, Jan. Lots of your suggestions would be fun for those who grow & stamp. Done on labels, they'd be great for putting on home canned or freezer items.
Loc: Way up north
|Posted: 9/18/2013 3:46:07 PM|Just seeing this now. I had to laugh at the 'creeped out' comment. I've said for years that the people stamps with no mouth are weird. The artist couldn't draw one, or what? I have seen a girl upload cards in an online gallery where she drew them in - WRONG! It looked horrible. Really.really.bad. I have some stamps of those cute kids with the big hats, but at least all their faces are hidden.
My stamps would be cling rubber, too. I like clear for seeing where you are stamping without aids, but they sometimes they don't stamp as nice if you're not careful.
Subject - probably western-ish. Not cutesy, more realistic. Nice scenes and images that are fun to color. I scoop up any western design stamps that I come across. Thankfully, there aren't that many.
My childhood obsession with horses seems to spill over into what I like for art, too. Lots of horse stamps are apparently drawn by people who don't really know horses, because if a real horse looked like that, they'd be unsound, not to mention just plain ugly. I definitely couldn't do better, but this is a fantasy question, right? I like animal stamps, unless they're doing people things. A cute puppy sitting with a child is awesome - unless he's reading to them! LOL!
Boy! I bet you wish that I'd given you a lot less information!
"A smile is happiness you'll find right under your nose." Tom Wilson
The Craft Curmudgeon
|Posted: 9/19/2013 10:42:34 AM|LOL, Pearl! The more info; the better!
Another line I'd design? Arches & images to 'fill' them--like windows, doors, etc. I'd design pointed & rounded & whatever arches. Then I'd design the 'filler' images so they work with all the arch openings.
As Pearl says, this is fantasy so I can dream!
Loc: Manchester, MI
|Posted: 9/22/2013 12:18:20 PM|
I would choose clear, photopolymer stamps and if I could I'd get it manufactured by the people who manufacture Lawn Fawn because I've had the best luck with their stamps, hands down.
1. I would have several sets of just "words" that are all mix and match and like LF they would all be rectangular so they match up. There would be a ton on every sheet. It would kind of be in the style of the little magnetic things that kids get at middle school age with around 200 little tiny word magnets. That would be sweet.
2. I want a line that is just all layered stamping. Like flowers that you stamp the petals, then the inside and such. There would be a ton of these and NOT just flowers. For us that have issues with coloring or don't have a ton of markers, pencils or what not it would be awesome.
3. All my stamps that are images would have a matching thin die set. You would be able to see through it.
4. I would offer photopolymer custom return address stamps. I would love to see this available from a crafty company. I like seeing where I'm stamping and that is the biggest con for using wood mount or cling mount stamps. I do have a stamp-a-ma-jig but it's a pain for just one stamp. I'd rather just see what I'm doing and I want to be able to do so many things with it.
5. I would have more masculine stamps. Personally, I find masculine stamps usually (not always) quite the same. I would love some stamps of honey-do lists and more tools. Sports teams or topics. I would love a big score board with customizable numbers. Also stamps that would coordinate to list assists or little details that sports fans would like. Also a coordinating stamp sets that you would make a play of off that and be cute and such.
6. I want more stamps like the new stamp set that Simon Says Stamp released with the circles, solid and outlined in various sizes. Mine would all be standard sizes and lots of stand shapes, like circles, squares, stars, hearts, scalloped circles, and then sets that would do stitching lines in those shapes. I would also make around the card stamps that do stitching lines all along an A2 card. I see so many cute cards with stitching and I would love to have my stitching stamped then heat embossed. Also other around the card stamps, for example, the fun types of stitching, doodles, scribbles, uneven lines, etc.
7. I would not pull the stunts of "limited edition" stamps or retire stamps. That annoys me. I would also encourage mixing and matching sets and make the stamps a similar style so it didn't look so funky when mixing happened (think LF here guys, their stamps coordinate beautifully).
8. A ton of inside and out sentiments. There are not enough of these. I would also like tons of things to embellish the envelope. ]
9. A make your own "emoticon" set.
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The Craft Curmudgeon
|Posted: 9/22/2013 12:31:28 PM|Great post! Lots of interesting ideas! TY for responding!
|Posted: 9/22/2013 1:19:16 PM|
Lots of ideas!
I like the idea of emoticons, that could be cute for kids cards. I also like the outline and inside stamps.
Your #4 is available at Stamps of Life.