Saturday, July 05, 2008
What rubber stamp designs are you looking for?
When I first started rubber stamping about 10 years ago I found it extremely difficult to find Art Nouveau or Artsy/Elegant/Fantasy Art themed stamp designs. While many companies have recently added Victorian / Vintage theme and other beautiful designs to the market, I still find that most of the others lean towards the "cute" side.
I do appreciate cuteness of course, but at the same time it's just not my taste in art. I've never been very good with drawing teddy bears, cartoons / comics or cuddly creatures. I think I'm missing out on a big chunk of the market because of that, but also think there are artistic stamps people are looking for that haven't been made yet either.
I try to keep up with the latest crafting trends while keeping true to my own artistic preference.... but I do need some other perspective! I'd love to hear suggestions for types of stamps you're looking for. Have something in mind but just haven't found "it" yet? Leave me a comment on this blog and I'll keep it in mind the next time I'm drawing.
Anything from a certain type of picture, character, designs/borders/patterns to fit a certain size or shape, word sayings etc. I genuinely love to create and nothing gives me more pleasure than seeing the cool things people make with my stamps.
I can't guarantee that I'll end up providing the stamp design you want (and I don't do custom orders,) but if I love your idea/enough people mention a certain type of thing I'll definitely give it attention! Currently I've made stamps that fit many of the popular stamping sizes such as Artist Trading Card 2.5" x 3.5", Jumbo domino pendants 1" x 2" and I'm working on a "mini" domino set that will be 1.5" x 0.75" that will fit on smaller/travel dominoes, bamboo tiles or handmade clay beads for bracelets. I also have many art doll theme sheets for making paper dolls and provided a free template you can print out and decorate.
Speaking of the doll stamps and paper art doll template (including a body with a few optional mermaid tail designs)... and my LOVE for amazing art my customers make... I found these great examples from the talented Kimberly Sherrod's flickr photo stream ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/calamitykim/ ) Or check out her crafty blog at: http://calamitykim.typepad.com/