After several tries, the Contest Winner's stamp is finally done. And I am super pleased with how it turned out. I especially like her fiance's sideburns and beard, even though they were fairly tedious to carve.
Part of the reason that it took several tries to carve this bad boy was the fact that the set of Mastercarve blocks that I'd bought for this had a much different texture than the previous ones I'd bought. They were crumbly and the surface was somewhat pocked.
I also tried this on the pink Speedy Carve Block but found it much harder to carve. Hard in both senses of the word... both firmer as well as more difficult. I still haven't made up my mind as to which type I prefer.
I guess I'll have plenty of time to figure it out as I carve all the Christmas presents for the cousins this year.
Update- As requested by several people, here's the original picture, as well as one of my tests for the stamped image.
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