So if you know me in real life you probably know that I grew up with dogs and am a dog person. I do get more cat stamp commissions than dogs (cat owners are more crafty, perhaps?), but this time it's a custom dog and name stamp for a couple in Baltimore and their wedding stationary.
Starting with a pencil sketch, using a photo provided by the customers and their wedding photographer.
I put together a quick Photoshop mock-up of the dog portrait and the typography design the couple requested for the name stamp.
Once the sketch is approved it's carving time! The fur took a long time. In the photo below I have completed carving and cleaning the stamp; when I carve, I stain the stamp with a light-colored ink pad so I can see what I'm carving better.
Completed and mounted on wood, these stamps are good to go!
You can write to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) for commissioning your own custom stamp, or look at the designs in my shop for inspirations :)