Wednesday, March 11

National Craft Month DAY 11

Some of you may know how hard it is for me to throw stuff away - up to the littlest bit of paper, ribbon or any craft supply, I try to keep.  One day while I was trimming my unmounted rubber stamps, getting ready to mount them to their respective wood blocks, I thought of re-using the leftover rubber.  They still have the adhesive foam in the back, and maybe if I cut them into irregular shapes, and mount them to another wood block, I'd be able to make a background stamp.

So I did.

I bought some of those small cedar wood blocks (2 x 2.5 inches and 3/4 inch thick).  They are the ones you put in your closet to get rid of musky smell.  They also come in ball shapes, and you can buy them in regular home stores.  The size and thickness is enough to mount stamps on.  Then I cut my left-over rubber and mounted them to the wood block.  In this case, I used leftover rubber from my Stampin' Up stamp sets.  To maximize the wood, I mounted on ALL sides.

Using my now custom-made background stamps, I was able to create this card.  I was thinking about chocolate during the process.  And my background stamp looked like white shredded coconut toppings on a big chocolate bar.  The sentiment is by Deadbeat Designs and the edge punch is by Fiskars.  I also used Nestabilities in oval, scalloped oval and Labels 2.  For the zigzag stitch, I used Bazzil Insitchz as a guide.

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