I was trying to think of something awesome to carve on a stamp. I’d already made Calico Fatz while I was at Stampin’ Up! Convention, but I hadn’t carved anything since. So as I was trying to come up with something, my husband started going on and on about Axe Cop this and Axe Cop that. He really likes Axe Cop, and I am a fan even though I’ve never read an Axe Cop comic. He’s told me so many lines and scenes, though, that I feel like I have. (And we watch the show together.)
While he was talking, I knew that I had to try to make an Axe Cop stamp for him. I wanted it to be a surprise and also didn’t want him to ask about it if I couldn’t pull it off, so I didn’t tell him I was making the stamp. When he went to bed last night, I got to work.
I found the image on the internet and printed it off, then traced it carefully onto a regular piece of printer paper. Then I rubbed the pencil drawing onto the rubber and started carving.
I decided I didn’t want to try carving the intricacies of the nose or the star on his hat, so I left those off, because I knew I could add them with markers. After I finished carving, I stamped the image onto the wood block in StazOn (the kit comes with an Island Indigo marker for this, but I like StazOn for stamping it on the block), then attached it to the foam backing and cut a rough outline of the stamp and foam. Then I attached the stamp to the block and basked in the awesomeness.
When Frank went to get his coffee this morning, this is the first thing he saw:
Ha! “Good morning, Sweetie. I will chop your head off.” I did clarify on the inside of the card that I will not chop his head off, and he approved of the sentiment I chose (can you tell we don’t take ourselves too seriously in this house?).
Some notes on the colored image — I tried to color Axe Cop to look like the drawing I was using. You may have noticed that the stamped image is a little different from the image on the wood block. That’s because when I started to color him, I made a few edits to my stamp, like clearing out the hat and hand-drawing the star and carving out the axe handle under his hand — I’d inadvertently left that on. Also, I didn’t have the perfect color for the axe blade, so I first colored it in with Cajun Craze, then I went back over it in Cherry Cobbler to get a rusty, deep red. You can tell I didn’t mind coloring outside the lines. It’s a homemade stamp, so it’s okay to have a messier coloring job, I think. I sketched in a few nose details with the pen end of my Basic Black marker and colored in his shades with Smoky Slate.
The whole process, from finding the image on the internet to finishing the card, took about an hour. I made a custom stamp and custom card in about the same amount of time it would have taken me to find a good-enough card at Walmart. And I was giddy when I finished. Shopping at Walmart never makes me giddy.
If there’s an image you’d like to see on a stamp but no one makes it, now YOU can make it. You can buy the Undefined kit in my Stampin’ Up! store, and you can make whatever you want. Here’s a short video illustrating how easy it is to make an Undefined stamp:
Stampin’ Up! supplies used:
Paper: Night of Navy, Crushed Curry, and Whisper White cardstock
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, StazOn black; Night of Navy, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Smoky Slate, and Blushing Bride Stampin’ Write markers
Stamps: Undefined, Designer Typeset photopolymer
Tools/Accessories: Undefined stamp carving toolkit, Big Shot, Squares Collection framelits, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Stampin’ Dimensionals