Saturday, March 1, 2014

Repurposing rubber stamp text

This is from Karen at Starshine Salon.

The rubber stamp sets from Sin City Stamps are a really great deal, even if you don’t plan to use every stamp on the sheet.  And here's a way to use some of those phrases that aren’t quite right for your current projects.  I made these pendants using only single words from phrases in Sin City stamp sets.

If you want to use part of a phrase, you have several options.  You can stamp the image and cut away the part you don’t want.  You can mask the part you don’t want.  Or, if you are using unmounted stamps, you can cut out the part you want to use and stamp only that part!  And you can still use the whole phrase later.

I wanted to embed words in resin in the bowls of some brass spoons.  Some were part of longer phrases, so I just cut out the part I wanted from each.  Then I adhered them to an acrylic block with double-sided tape and stamped them with ColorBox Chalk Ink onto scrapbook paper.

“Believe” comes from the Angel of Time set.  I took “love” from the Dress Forms set and the Wings of Love set.  And “passionate” comes from the Rosette Hearts set.

I cut the words out and dabbed the edges of the rectangles with Chalk Ink.  Then I coated the front, back and edges with Mod Podge.  This seals the paper so the resin doesn’t soak through, leaving the paper opaque.

I prepared the spoons, adding patina, waxing and burnishing them, and punching holes for jump rings.  I cut the large ones in half and turned part of the stem into a bail for hanging.

Then I mixed ICE Resin according to the package directions.  This is a wonderful product!  You mix the two liquid components and they cure into a clear, permanent solid.  If you have been wanting to try resin but have been hesitating, I recommend you take the plunge! 

I floated the slips of paper in the resin.  I added some sead beads to one spoon.

To make sure the resin was level, I rolled up some aluminum foil and set the spoons on it.

Then I just let the resin cure!

These spoons are now pendants, and some of them have already gone to new homes!  And I was able to use stamps I thought might never be used!

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful ideas and use for those words and phrases stamps.


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