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Good morning Stamp TV Fans!  I have the honor of hostessing this week's Mix it Up Monday Challenge (thanks Lori!) - I hope you like it!

A few years ago, to celebrate Stamp TV's or Gina K. Designs' anniversary, Gina listed ten challenges for us - one of which was the rubber band background technique.  At first I thought "hmmm... that looks like a lot of work, maybe I will skip this one... I don't even own an acrylic brayer...' but I had completed the other 9 challenges and the OCD in me just didn't want to leave one unattempted.  I am SO glad I didn't because I was thrilled with how the card turned out with this technique!  And here's a tip - if you don't have an acrylic brayer - no worries!  I just used 3 empty cardboard TP rolls and put the rubber bands around them!  But really - anything cylindrical shaped will work as long as you can get a rubber band around it!  So I hope you will give it a try!  Here is my card I created as your sample using Gina's 'Cool Beans' set:

 Kinda reminds me of burlap - I like it!!  My last card used three shades of green, that had a nice Earthy effect as well.  Here's that one if you wish to see it: Koala Bear.

You can view the Rubber Band Background Technique Video HERE

You can see all the cards from this challenge here: STV12MON42

Now a little reminder about the rules:

The deadline for this challenge is Sunday October 28th at 8:00 pm CST.  One week following this challenge one of the Mods will pick a winner and post in the Big News section on Stamp TV.  Good Luck!  Can't wait to see what you create!!  :D

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Great challenge, and it IS a challenge. Question: how do you get the ink on the tp roll without getting it all over your hands? Or - do you just get your hands inky??? Haha.....not a bad thing when we're stamping I guess. Love your two cards, the texture on the background is wonderful!!

AWESOME card, perfect colors for your background!!  I am glad you are bringing back this technique, so many wonderful ones I always forget about them! Congrats on hosting and count me in! (oh and I also did all 10 of those challenges, OCD or competitiveness???.....WAIT......don't answer that!)  :)  Great Challenge!

This will be fun to try again.  I didn't have the brayer for this, either, so I used an acrylic block, which worked pretty well.  I think OCD is competitiveness, but you (or at least me) compete with yourself.

I always wanted to try this technique.  I have to see if I can find some time.  I'm getting ready for a craft fair with my girlfriend.  What was I thinking???? : )

I put one hand INSIDE the TP roll, pressing down so it gets inked well and stamps well, and roll with my other hand on the other end, which does not get inky.  Give it a try!  It's fun!!  :)

Judy Woodland said:

Great challenge, and it IS a challenge. Question: how do you get the ink on the tp roll without getting it all over your hands? Or - do you just get your hands inky??? Haha.....not a bad thing when we're stamping I guess. Love your two cards, the texture on the background is wonderful!!

Great thinking!  A child's rolling pin would probably work too!

Golda said:

This will be fun to try again.  I didn't have the brayer for this, either, so I used an acrylic block, which worked pretty well.  I think OCD is competitiveness, but you (or at least me) compete with yourself.

YES!  Only with myself!  :)

Golda said:

This will be fun to try again.  I didn't have the brayer for this, either, so I used an acrylic block, which worked pretty well.  I think OCD is competitiveness, but you (or at least me) compete with yourself.

Oh I am wicked competitive with myself!  I always try to make more cards this year than the last...

Golda said:

This will be fun to try again.  I didn't have the brayer for this, either, so I used an acrylic block, which worked pretty well.  I think OCD is competitiveness, but you (or at least me) compete with yourself.

Those were fun challenges weren't they?  Though I am still not a fan of the cracked glass technique to this day...

Donna said:

AWESOME card, perfect colors for your background!!  I am glad you are bringing back this technique, so many wonderful ones I always forget about them! Congrats on hosting and count me in! (oh and I also did all 10 of those challenges, OCD or competitiveness???.....WAIT......don't answer that!)  :)  Great Challenge!

Great...I knew you would have an answer for me. I'm definitely gonna try this....now all I have to do is use a lot of toilet paper to get at that roll....bwahaha!!!!
 
Crafty Math Chick said:

I put one hand INSIDE the TP roll, pressing down so it gets inked well and stamps well, and roll with my other hand on the other end, which does not get inky.  Give it a try!  It's fun!!  :)

Judy Woodland said:

Great challenge, and it IS a challenge. Question: how do you get the ink on the tp roll without getting it all over your hands? Or - do you just get your hands inky??? Haha.....not a bad thing when we're stamping I guess. Love your two cards, the texture on the background is wonderful!!

LOL, live in OK?  We have a bunch in our bin waiting to be recycled?  ;)  Anything cylindrical that you can roll will work - a can, a dowel, pens are probably too narrow...  And I used 3 different rubber bands rather than cleaning them, just me.  ;)

Also, you can try putting BOTH hands inside the roll and using your fingers to 'walk' the roll over the ink and over the paper, helps minimize the inkiness as well!  Good luck!!  :)

Judy Woodland said:

Great...I knew you would have an answer for me. I'm definitely gonna try this....now all I have to do is use a lot of toilet paper to get at that roll....bwahaha!!!!
 
Crafty Math Chick said:

I put one hand INSIDE the TP roll, pressing down so it gets inked well and stamps well, and roll with my other hand on the other end, which does not get inky.  Give it a try!  It's fun!!  :)

Judy Woodland said:

Great challenge, and it IS a challenge. Question: how do you get the ink on the tp roll without getting it all over your hands? Or - do you just get your hands inky??? Haha.....not a bad thing when we're stamping I guess. Love your two cards, the texture on the background is wonderful!!

I believe you could use an empty water or soft drink bottle. Place rubber bands in the center so you have something to hold to on either end. Also, a piece of PVC pipe would work. I was fortunate to have a cylinder which would later become a soda bottle, given to me after a walk through of a plant that made those. Glad I kept it around. It's perfect for this technique.

 

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