Card making, rubber stamping techniques and project videos for papercrafters

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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Okay, thanks for the tips. Can't wait to try it!! And yes, we have recycle too, but I'm out of the tubes at the moment. Hubby just went to the dump....LOL
Crafty Math Chick said:

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 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 will have to take a look and see if I can..Sounds like fun and your card is sweet:)

Perfect!!  :D

Linda Stone said:

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.


Hi all I have also used a fondant/gum paste plastic rolling pin (u know those small ones to do cake art)

Awesome!  I have a wooden one that I use sometimes to press paper down on background stamps turned upside down (that probably doesn't make sense, LOL!).  I didn't know if they were made out of other materials, didn't know if the wood would stain from the inks or not.

SallyMP said:

Hi all I have also used a fondant/gum paste plastic rolling pin (u know those small ones to do cake art)

Wonderful card!  What a cool background you've created!  Congrats on hosting - hope to have time to play! : )

Fun challenge and great card sample.  Thanks for hosting.  I switched my card up a little bit and hope it still counts for the challenge.  I put my rubber band background inside the card and just downloaded the inside of the card.  This is for my grandson's 2nd birthday and the brayering reminds me of his coloring technique...The front of the card is simple using the cuttlebug happy birthday embossing folder layered and then his name spelled out with die cut letters and a cupcake on the front, too.  Here's my card.

I had fun with these rubber bands and this technique.  HERE is my card.

It had been years since I did that technique so had to give it a try. Here is my Christmas card.

 OCD= Obsessive Cardmaking Disorder, lol ;-)

Here is what I used:  I put my rubber bands around an old bottle of white glue, after I stamped the design, I cleaned the bottle and the rubber bands with rubbing alcohol, when finished!

Great challenge, I'm going to definately give it a try.  I absolutely love both your cards and find the images go so perfectly.  I would love to know if you had the images you were going to use in mind before you chose the colours or did you just create beautiful rubber band backgrounds and find images that worked with it...hope this makes sense lol!


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