I'm going to take a quick break from the Christmas gifts to bring you some valentines! Wait, what? But it's still January...right? Yes, it is. It is still January. And I have valentines. You are probably sitting there scratching your head thinking that this is not normal (and you are right!) But I was sitting at my computer on Wednesday desperately trying to come up with an alternative to paying holiday bills and I spied the rubber stamp carving kit I bought several months ago. Perfect. I had already drawn a picture of Perry on one of the blocks (back when I was all excited to try carving my own stamps) so I pulled out the carving tool and got to work.
Now, if you have ever carved lino blocks then you have the basic idea of how one carves rubber stamps. But the rubber is much, much, much easier to carve (much easier). It's like carving butter. The only drawback to the lovely buttery softness is that you sacrifice detail. Well, maybe you won't, but I did. It is very easy to accidentally chunk out a piece (or pieces) of your drawing and very hard to get thin lines and small bits. Still, it's a fun project with semi-instant gratification (and way better than paying bills...no matter how many eyes you accidentally chunk out).
Anyway, after I had Perry all carved out I thought he would make the perfect motif for some um, unique valentines. I mean, think about it. What says love better than a waving cockroach? Honestly, can you think of anything? It's like love defined... So, if you happen to be the kind of person that can get away with valentines like these, they'll be in the Etsy shop.