October 21, 2011

Creating Your Own Mosaic!

As stampers, we learn early on that everything has a purpose and some of us save everything! Today I am showing you how to re-purpose the rubber frames that are left-over once your stamps are assembled. The frames below are what I am referring to:

 And this is what I achieved with those left-over frames. How? Keep reading:

Using your scissors, cut triangles, polygons, hexagons, squares until you have a bunch of shapes to play with:

For my rubber, I used the left overs from a clear mount set. Remove the backing from your rubber. NOTE: If you are using the rubber from the wood mount stamps, you will also need a wood block to mount them on.

Using a Clear Block, arrange your pieces so that they are about 1/8" from each other, creating a pattern. Don't worry if some of the rubber lays past the block edges:

Ink up your new "background stamp" and stamp your background:

Complete your card as desired or follow my design:

Card Supplies:
  • Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Sahara Sand
  • Stamp Sets: Fabulous Florets, Teeny Tiny Wishes
  • Accessories: Baja Breeze Seam Binding Ribbon, Pearl Jewels
  • Tools: Decorative Label Punch, Scallop Circle #2 Die, Snowburst Textured Impressions Folder, BigShot Machine, Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Inks: Soft Suede Ink
  • Misc: Left-over rubber!
Thanks for visiting me today! I hope you liked my mini-tutorial and try it yourself. Let me know what you think!


  1. Great idea and thanks for the mini tutorial. I like how used the embossing folder with the scalloped circle.

  2. Such a cool idea - and the results made one beautiful card!

  3. How clever...and I have a pile of these things (guess a lot of us do!)....will have to give this a try...thanks for sharing!!!

  4. This was just a WOW factor for me! How clever and creative! That is why I'm a new follower of your blog. I truly wish I had as much imagination and creativity. You inspire me to do better. Thanks for sharing Debbie!

  5. Beautiful card, and a WOW idea for the background!! GREAT idea! Thank you soooo much for the tutorial and the pictures!!!!

  6. I love that background! I love how you think! Love that card too. Those rich colors are so pretty! Hugs,

  7. Creative idea. Oh the possibilities. Your card is beautiful.

  8. What a great idea and a gorgeous background, Debbie! It looks so real! TFS!

  9. I love this technique and always wanted to try it, but thought, this is really time consuming. Then I saw your suggestion on the wood block. I would only have to cut and attach once to make my background stamp! TFS such great ideas! Gorgeous card BTW!!!

  10. So very clever, Debbie! Way to recycle….


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