Ah, the old days of cutting off the excess rubber to mount your stamps onto the wood block. They're gone! Now almost every stamp in our new Catalog is die cut. Most of us say 'Good Riddance' right? Well, now I want some of those rubber pieces back! Why, or why didn't I save more of it? I'll show you why I want/need it back.
You can actually make your own stamps. Yes, you can.
If you have a Big Shot & either a Bigs, Original or Bigz XL die you can cut any shape you want from pieces of rubber. I got the idea from another Demo here.
Roll it through your Big Shot & peel off.
I wanted the little inside pieces to form another stamp too, so I peeled off the backing from the little teardrops first & then pressed it onto the wood block.
See the next image:
Here is my new stamp!
Since the rubber is smooth & new, it helps if you sand the rubber a little bit with your sanding block to give the rubber some 'tooth' & the ink something to grab onto.
Here are the stamped images I got from the four stamps I made.
And if you can believe it, I did not use my Stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp the Summer Sun image around the Tangerine petal one, and on the first try too!
Click on this image once to make it larger. Can you see the white lines between the stamped pink petals? I scratched a line in the rubber with my paper piercing tool. It left a soft definition in the rubber to indicate petals.
So now you've seen my four new Big Shot stamps. I double mounted these because I did not have many extra wood blocks laying around.
If you wanted to, you could cut out these images in black card stock with your Big Shot & dies & then mount them on a wood block just like SU does. Cover the die-cut card stock with sticky paper/shelf liner etc to create an image on the wood block.