Making stamps from rubber off cuts

Some people may know I love to make the most out of my art and craft products and am always trying to think outside the box.

For ages now, I have been collecting a lot of the off cuts from red rubber stamps and I have created my own stamps out of them on many occasions. Mostly though, I just stuck to cutting square or rectangle shapes and making background stamps with them.

After searching on Pinterest for something totally different, I was inspired by many of the watercolour cards, which had different shapes on them, mostly created with stencils. As I didn’t have any plain shaped stencils, I thought I could create a similar effect, if I tried to cut the rubber into different, more rounded shapes, with a goal of making stamps from rubber offcuts.

This can be achieved quite well, as long as you have a good, sharp pair of scissors.

The great thing about creating these shapes from the rubber stamp off cuts I had, is that they already had a clingy back, so I could attach them straight to an acrylic block.

Stamping with inks

When deciding which medium to stamp them with, I took into consideration, how they would stamp onto the card. I decided that Distress Oxide inks would look great. They give good coverage on a flat surface, the colours are opaque, so they don’t all just blend into each other, you can identify each layer.

Had I have used pTo show rubber stamps and stamped imageaints, it probably would’ve turned out quite differently and not as detailed.

I started with one colour and stamped each different shape in that colour. Then, when dry, I picked another colour and stamped each different shape in that, etc. I continued the same technique, for 3 different colours on each card.

I don’t think I wrote them down anywhere, but I know I used BARN DOOR, FOSSILIZED AMBER, PEELED PAINT, (on the red and yellow card.)

showing colours on the cards

The pink and purple card, I believe was, SHADED LILAC, VICTORIAN VELVET and TATTERED ROSE.

The green and yellow card above, was, EVERGREEN BOUGH, PEACOCK FEATHERS AND CRUSHED OLIVE.

Adding interest with stamp layers

Once all my ink layers were dry, I added several stamped images to them, using Black ink, (Staz On or Archival ink will work) and Tracy Scott stamps, from Paperartsy.

Image of green and yellow card with stamping

Mark making to finish off

For further interest, I grabbed a black journal pen and added complimentary marks to them by hand.

To make them pop on the cards, I added a black mat, to each panel, with cardstock and left a small border.

close up of blue and green card

I am really happy with how these turned out, I love anything abstract and I love how simple they were to make.

close up of red and green card



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Till next time,



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