Thursday, January 27, 2011

Lets Use Up Scraps Of Rubber!

So what do you do with all of the scraps of rubber that come with your Stampin' Up! stamp sets? 

Do you:
1. bin them
2. hoard them away as ONE day they might be useful
3. use them as Dimensionals (take the paper & rubber off and the gray foam makes a great Dimensional)
4. make them into new rubber stamps.........

Well this is what we did at a party workshop recently - used up scraps of rubber & card stock (but that's a different blog post!). My wonderful husband used up some scrap wood in his workshop and made me some wooden blocks for mounting the rubber onto and I cut up my scrap rubber and made these:

Pretty cool hey! Ohh and if the rubber won't stick on one side due to it either coming from a clear mount stamp set or just being stored for way too long - adhere it down with the awesomely versatile and strong Crystal Effects - it's definitely more than just a paper lacquer! IPersonal experience does lead me to comment that I don't use normal scissors for this or it will be a labour of love - the Stampin Up! craft & rubber scissors really do make life easier as they cut rubber like butter.

You will never get the crisp precision details of a commercial stamp, but you can make some terrific background stamps (also a wonderful school holiday activity for children - just be careful of the scissors!). Now these are NOT for hoarding either - the fun is to do something with them. Here's one quick idea I did:

How cute is that giraffe - this one is from the new hostess set It's The Thought from the Summer Mini, but it would also look fantastic with the giraffe from Animal Stories.

Stamps: It's The Thought & handmade background stamp
Ink: More Mustard, Early Expresso
Card Stock: More Mustard, Early Expresso & Whisper White
Accessories: Early Expresso 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, sponges, Aqua painter, SNAIL, corner rounder punch.

I'd love to see what you make with scrap rubber - or better still what other uses you have for it, leave me a comment and let me know. Of course if you would like to learn a technique or get ideas around a theme, why not get together with a couple of friends and book your own workshop and I'd be happy to come and show you some different ideas!


  1. Hi Ann, these cards are just amazing, you're bordering on being a genius you know!!!! I love how the giraffe looks with this background, absolutely adorable. Thanks for sharing this great tip with us, lots of inky hugs from Charmaine xxx

  2. Hi, I did a similar project making dozens of different stamps (animals, shoes/skates, christmas stockings, mittens, fruit, a tea service...) from scrap rubber, the possibilities are endless. Here are links to the instructions and the finished images.