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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Repair and re-cycle All at the Same Time - Un- Mounted Rubber Stamps

Yesterday I was assembling a set of clear mount stamps,the peel-off piece from the back of the stamp (which I usually discard) looked large enough for me to fix one that had torn on another stamp which has a sticky back.

So I placed the new piece over it.
traced around the outline
then cut out the new piece.
Last step was to place the new piece on the stamp.
Easy Peasy.
Now I save all my larger pieces of backing for who knows what other handy solutions.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Think of the back side of a clear stamp as a bonus image!

To stamp a solid design (say a lantern shape), ink the back side of a clear mount stamp that has a definite shape, then heat emboss. To enhance it even further, ink the detailed side of the  lantern with a darker ink and  stamp  into the embossing powder while still warm to create a slightly indented design with a solid mat.  This technique can be used with any closely cut clear stamp. Just think of the back side of the stamp as a bonus image especially if you don’t have many solid image stamps.
I tried with gold embossing powder and black overstamp and white embossing powder and Razzleberry overstamp.

I used the resulting images for a card. I chose the gold and black  and fussy cut them out.  I added eyelets to the handle part and strung gold chord.

 I used black cardstock as the base.  Then some washi paper. Then a strip of Chinese red cardstock to highlight the lanterns.
Finished Card