If you’re like me and fall in love with an image and then want to put it on everything you own, making your own rubber stamps is a great option. The tutorials and techniques in Making an Impression: Designing & Creating Artful Stamps are just what you need to do it! Making an Impression covers all the basics you need to create hand carved stamps and then takes you on a creative adventure of using the stamps to make all sorts of pretty things. I particularly loved how adventurous the projects got in what they stamp on. Here’s a hint, “They ROCK!” If you simply like the author’s style there are a whole bunch of her motifs included as well for you to make your own stamps with. I thought I’d try out carving a stamp from an eraser I was so inspired by Making an Impression. See the maple leaf stamp I carved and the labels I made with it over at Sweater Surgery.
More about the book from the publisher Lark Crafts:
“Popular illustrator and stamper Geninne Zlatkis has a passion for nature and color that distinguishes her work. These 20 beautiful projects–including cards, an embellished journal and tote, and decorative wall pieces–provide the keys to Geninne’s creative process and image-making process. In addition to technique-specific primers with step-by-step photos of the essentials, Making an Impression includes 50 motifs showcasing Geninne’s signature designs that crafters can copy and use for image transfers, stamp designs, and collages.
Geninne Zlatkis is an illustrator (etsy.com/shop/Geninne) and blogger (geninne.com). She uses a wide variety of techniques (painting, collage, writing, stamping, and more) in her whimsical work. Her illustrated prints and licensed designs have been available through Urban Outfitters, and her designs are featured on an organic cotton fabric line with Cloud 9 Fabrics and a pocket planner from Galison. Geninne’s hand-carved stamped-cards project was included in Craft Hope (Lark Fall 2010). She lives outside of Mexico City in Querataro, Mexico.“
By Stefanie Girard