stamp carving 101

I am taking an online course with Julie Balzer, Stamp Carving 101. I have hand carved my own stamps before, but not for a really long time. So this class really interested me because I especially wanted Julie's 'take' on the how-to's and any hints and tips. The first lesson was basic as it should be and a very needed refresher for me on how to hold the tools, etc. the best part? I carved my first stamp with Julie, a heart!

we used speedy carve, which I think is great! 

Her lessons include very good videos 
and details online in a blog format.

There is my little heart, stamped plain on the card (right)
and embossed in the journal. 

I started my new art journal which I have been
majorly procrastinating about!

I also did some tags . . . 
one for me and one for Linda Kunsman, whom I am taking the course with!

I added black paint just to see, what it would look like.

and here is my journal entry with my carved heart . . . 

I am looking forward to doing lesson 2!

The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.  ~ Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes

(This is pretty funny that the Bill Watterson quote came up randomly . . . my 2 sons used to carve stamps with me and what would they carve? Calvin & Hobbes!)