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Old 05-04-2012, 08:30 PM   #1
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This is probably a dumb ? but while I was mounting my Stampin UP wooden stamps, tonight was wondering: does everyone just throw the rubber stuff away (that comes around the stamp itself). I don't want to throw them away if someone has a use for them? The landfill will be loaded with all the stamps we all buy.

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You could make yourself a mosaic background stamp. SCS has a tutorial in their resource section: Stained Mosaic

I took an extra wood block and mounted my rubber pieces so I'd have a permanent stamp to use. Below is one of the cards I made with this technique.

Some of my stamping friends cut up the rubber waste to use as dimensionals/foam dots. Not sure if the adhesive is acid free, though.

If there are large enough expanses of left-over rubber, you could cut it with a die and use that shape as a new solid stamp.
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Thanks, I guess it wasn't a dumb question after all. I have thrown lots of these away but I am going to hang onto them now. Thanks for the link of the mosiac and your beautiful card.

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It certainly wasn't a dumb question. And you're welcome! The resource page suggests using black ink to fill in the "grout" lines. For my projects, I found that colour a little harsh. I think I used Crumb Cake on the card I attached. A lot depends on the look you want to achieve. Have fun with your rubber waste!!
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You can also create "frame" stamps. If the void is a square and you have enough room to trim a square around it, you just made a frame stamp! Works with any shape you have enough room around the space where the stamp was.
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You could make yourself a mosaic background stamp. SCS has a tutorial in their resource section: Stained Mosaic

I took an extra wood block and mounted my rubber pieces so I'd have a permanent stamp to use. Below is one of the cards I made with this technique.

Some of my stamping friends cut up the rubber waste to use as dimensionals/foam dots. Not sure if the adhesive is acid free, though.

If there are large enough expanses of left-over rubber, you could cut it with a die and use that shape as a new solid stamp.

this was suggested by my demo (at the time) several years ago. I made some cards doing that. It looked great at the time....but, they aren't acid free. So, it has since come through the card....and looks yucky!!! This card is probably about 6 years old now.

If the pieces between are big enough...save those. You can use the solid piece as a reverse stamp. Ink up you stamp...and then put it on that solid piece of rubber.....then use it like a regular stamp. It then puts your design in reverse. Pretty cool!
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You could make yourself a mosaic background stamp. SCS has a tutorial in their resource section: Stained Mosaic

I took an extra wood block and mounted my rubber pieces so I'd have a permanent stamp to use. Below is one of the cards I made with this technique.

Some of my stamping friends cut up the rubber waste to use as dimensionals/foam dots. Not sure if the adhesive is acid free, though.

If there are large enough expanses of left-over rubber, you could cut it with a die and use that shape as a new solid stamp.
Great idea! I use to cut them and use them for pop dots! BTW, you card is pretty, TFS!
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You could make yourself a mosaic background stamp. SCS has a tutorial in their resource section: Stained Mosaic

I took an extra wood block and mounted my rubber pieces so I'd have a permanent stamp to use. Below is one of the cards I made with this technique.

Some of my stamping friends cut up the rubber waste to use as dimensionals/foam dots. Not sure if the adhesive is acid free, though.

If there are large enough expanses of left-over rubber, you could cut it with a die and use that shape as a new solid stamp.
My sister and I did exactly that. Her hubby cut some wood blocks for us (around 4 1/2" x 5 3/4"), we cut up the rubber into smaller pieces and mounted them on the wooden blocks.
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I've also cut small pieces to use on the bottom of baskets and such so they won't scuff my table.
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I save all of my extra rubber and use for pop dots.
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BTW, you card is pretty, TFS!
Thanks, Connie.
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Shirl, I just stumbled across another use for the left-over rubber. Wish I had seen this earlier...

Save the backing on your die cut stamps--by Barb Mulikin

Suzy...thanks for confirming that the adhesive on the rubber waste is not acid free, unlike real dimensionals/pop dots. Fine to use if you don't care if your card lasts, but I know of some recipients of hand-made cards (myself included) who keep them forever. It would be awful to ruin the cards with the wrong adhesives.
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Shirl, I just stumbled across another use for the left-over rubber. Wish I had seen this earlier...

Save the backing on your die cut stamps--by Barb Mulikin

Suzy...thanks for confirming that the adhesive on the rubber waste is not acid free, unlike real dimensionals/pop dots. Fine to use if you don't care if your card lasts, but I know of some recipients of hand-made cards (myself included) who keep them forever. It would be awful to ruin the cards with the wrong adhesives.
This is a great idea! TFS
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Shirl, I just stumbled across another use for the left-over rubber. Wish I had seen this earlier...

Save the backing on your die cut stamps--by Barb Mulikin

Suzy...thanks for confirming that the adhesive on the rubber waste is not acid free, unlike real dimensionals/pop dots. Fine to use if you don't care if your card lasts, but I know of some recipients of hand-made cards (myself included) who keep them forever. It would be awful to ruin the cards with the wrong adhesives.
Thanks for that link about using for masking. Now, I wish I had kept them all, but then I would need more storage room, lol, and I am having a hard enough time trying to figure out how to store all my stamps. I noticed you are in Canada. Me too although my "handle" doesn't say that. How do I rectify that, do you know?
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Thanks for that link about using for masking. Now, I wish I had kept them all, but then I would need more storage room, lol, and I am having a hard enough time trying to figure out how to store all my stamps. I noticed you are in Canada. Me too although my "handle" doesn't say that. How do I rectify that, do you know?
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Thanks for that link about using for masking. Now, I wish I had kept them all, but then I would need more storage room, lol, and I am having a hard enough time trying to figure out how to store all my stamps. I noticed you are in Canada. Me too although my "handle" doesn't say that. How do I rectify that, do you know?
Just figured out how to add Canada to my "handle"

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If you do other crafts such as sewing or crochet, you can use your scrap rubber or cling foam as stuffing for baby or toddler toys. Babies love exploring different textures. Just make sure the lining is secure and the filling isn't going to get out. It's a good way to recycle the excess rubber from unmounted or clear stamps from other companies.
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Great idea; beautiful card!
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I've also cut small pieces to use on the bottom of baskets and such so they won't scuff my table.
This is a GREAT idea! Thank you.
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Who woulda thought??? I love Splitcoaststampers and everyone willing to share all these great ideas. Thanks!
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In addition to saving the rubber, the cling foam backing can be useful. It will stick to mirrors and to stainless steel. So for all the things with magnets that won't stick to your new fridge - put them up with foam backing.

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You could make yourself a mosaic background stamp. SCS has a tutorial in their resource section: Stained Mosaic

I took an extra wood block and mounted my rubber pieces so I'd have a permanent stamp to use. Below is one of the cards I made with this technique.

Some of my stamping friends cut up the rubber waste to use as dimensionals/foam dots. Not sure if the adhesive is acid free, though.

If there are large enough expanses of left-over rubber, you could cut it with a die and use that shape as a new solid stamp.
Wow....great ideas, especially cutting it with a die and making a solid shape!
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Wow, what an awesome technique. Thanks for sharing the link. I never think to look at the tutorials on this site. This one is a winner!
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I took an extra wood block and mounted my rubber pieces so I'd have a permanent stamp to use. Below is one of the cards I made with this technique.
This is what I do every now and then. It works really well.
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You would of course need a full sized steel rule die not a low profile die to cut rubber. You can actually get foam meant to stamp with for use in dies even low profile ones. It is similar to fun foam but better quality and has temporary adhesive on it already. Quickutz makes it, or at least they used to. So any die you own can become a stamp. Doesn't use up rubber bits, bit of a side point!
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Another idea for the left over rubber is to use the punched out shapes or cut shapes to make a camouflage background stamp....much like the mosiac stamp.
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I reuse mine! Of course they are too thin to carve, but I've made some nice abstract backgrounds with them. I've made stripes and little squares backgrounds! Plus, I also made the top of a cattail for the SU 'Inspired By Nature" set and custom shapes for the SU tag/label stamps. Oh! By the way don't throw away the pre-cut-out shapes either!!!! You can use those for even more precise stamped backgrounds for the stamp it wnet with. Take the SU 'Sew Suite' set: the button board had the extra rubber pre-cut from the middle. I used it to stamp the inside of the board for a multi color look! See pic.
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Thanks, the file was too small to really get a good look at it unfortunately.
btw i love your picture of your cat.

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Sorry about. Try looking at it in my gallery. I don't have many cards in it, so you should find it fast.

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Oh, thanks, that worked great for me to see your card. You are very talented. Great card!

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they also work great to put on the corners of cupboard doors so they don't slam
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I have made animal prints for backgrounds. Either put them on a spare block or on a wheel that has been unmounted from its stamp. Easy to make zebra/tiger and giraffe/leopard. They were so easy andI had so much rubber that I made tim as gifts for my stamping friends.
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I used pieces on the insides of my kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors so they wouldn't make such noise when they close. Works like a charm!
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