The Traveller by Donna Gray


Hi everyone,

Donna here today and I’m still enjoying doing my hand carving so I thought I’d carve a little hedgehog to go with my toadstool that I showed you all last weekend.

What to do:

Take a sheet of Strathmore Mixed Media Paper and swoosh through a little puddle of various spritzed Distress Oxides on your craft mat. Keep going until you like the effect you’ve achieved, dry thoroughly.

Then take a Tim Holtz circles stencil and pounce through a brown Distress Oxide, dilute the same colour with a water brush and add it to the bottom of the card for an earthy ground effect.

A little doodling with a brown Distress Marker and a black fine liner pen and then you’re ready to stamp your newly carved stamps! Stamp these with black Archival ink once again on Strathmore paper and use diluted Distress Markers to colour them in. Fussy cut them out and adhere to the front of the background.

For the finishing touches add a couple of Clippings sentiments and some twine, mount onto white cardstock.

Oh I nearly forgot to show you the little hedgehog. 

I really hope I’ve inspired you all to start stamp carving, it really is not difficult and it’s so satisfying too……try it, you may like it!

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Hope you like it

Donna x

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  1. One day I am going to try carving stamps! Love your hedgehog - love your design too - quirky as ever :) xx

  2. Wow your hand carved hedgehog is brilliant and looks wonderful on your card. Tracy x

  3. Such a cute hedgehog Donna and he goes so beautifully with your lovely toadstool. Love the background you created for this too. Gorgeous!
    Fliss xxx

  4. Love your fabulously carved hedgehog and card (smashing background!)
    Gill xx

  5. Dear Donna, you really make me want to try carving, but it looks much more difficult , than what you tell :-)
    Your hedgehog is the most wonderful little fellow, and as I wrote before, you made his spikes look amazingly reel- a fantastic creation. I wonder if you draw your motives first ? so beautiful autumn-like scene, with him slowly wandering under the wonderful toadstools shadows. Hugs, xxx

  6. Your hedgehog is brilliantly carved, but no more than I would expect from you. Great card made even greater 'cos you carved them all yourself.
    Amanda xx

  7. I love your hedgehog stamp and your amazing design too - quirky as always and looks BRILLIANT!

  8. Your so clever with your hand carved stamps Donna and he goes together so well with your hand carved toadstool. As much as I would love to try it myself the time is just not there for me with everything else. You've created a spectacular card that really is Handmade.. Hugs Tracey xx

  9. Your carved hedgehog is really fantastic, Donna. A great card!
    Mar xx

  10. I need to get my speedy carve out, Donna. This is magical. Love it.

  11. Donna this is just gorgeous. That sweet little hedgehog roaming through the mushrooms. He is the sweetest hedgehog and those mushrooms are fab. Looks to be a tricky thing carving them out but you've done a great job.
    Much love, Bev. xxx

  12. Your hedgehog is just adorable - perfect scuttling around under your fabulous fungi. Brilliant work on the carving and a great card.
    Alison x


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