Every year when June rolls around, the month of Father's Day and my husband's birthday, I am at a loss for masculine cards. There are only so many times you can use the same images and the same techniques and create a new look. This year I was determined to come up with a brand new technique. After tossing around theme after theme, I decided I was going to create my own Camouflage stamps from left over rubber from my wood mount stamps.
Those of you who have been following along with me, have probably already seen my faux mosaic stamps made with leftover rubber scraps. If you missed this technique, you can watch my YouTube Videos on how to create the stamp (here) and then how to use it (here). I decided this same technique could be utilized to create my own camouflage stamps.
The process is simple:
- Take your left over rubber scraps just as you would for the faux mosaic technique. This time it is best to choose scraps from a stamp set that has lots of waves and variations to the shapes, as well as areas of large open space.
- Cut portions of the rubber away to create individual camouflage shapes of various sizes.
- Mount on wood blocks (if you don't have any 'extra' wood blocks lying around, do a search online - many stampers are unmounting their wood stamps and trying to find a home for their leftover wood blocks). These are your new stamps.
- Stamp the images in various colors on neutral cardstock. If you do a search online, you will find that camouflage comes in a wide variety of colors depending on where it is being used. I have chosen to go with a 'woodland' theme.
Once your camouflage is complete, use it as you would any patterned paper on your card, scrapbook page or other paper project. The card above is a Father's Day Card I put together for my husband. I hope he appreciates how far outside of my own comfort zone I've gone here ... although, I have to admit, using the Lovely as a Tree stamp set gave me some familiar comfort!
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Supplies: leftover rubber scraps, wood blocks from a set I unmounted, Craft and Rubber Scissors, Very Vanilla Cardstock, Always Artichoke Cardstock, Crumb Cake Classic Ink Pad, Soft Suede Classic Ink Pad, Chocolate Chip Classic Ink Pad, Always Artichoke Classic Ink Pad, Big Shot Machine, Billboard Alphabet Decorative Strip Die, Crop-a-dile, Metallic Eyelets (Antique Brass), and SNAIL adhesive