Rubber Band Technique

By | July 23, 2015

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Technique Thursday:

Today, I have a fun stamping technique to show you with rubber bands and a clear acrylic block.  I used this technique to add a unique strip of interest on my card below.

My card today features the By The Tide stamp set.  This is the stamp set that I’ll be using for my next round of Stamps In the Mail, so you’ll get a little taste of the types of projects I design for this program.  Stamps In the Mail is a program I offer to seasoned stampers who have a lot of their own supplies at home.  It’s like having stamp club, but in the comfort of your own home and on your own time.  For more information on this program, click on the Class Calendar tab on my website.  This will be my fourth round of Stamps In the Mail, and my customers love it!  If you’re interested in signing up for the By The Tide Stamps In The Mail, please email me at or leave a comment below by July 31st.

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Now, let me show you how to do the rubber band technique.  First use some scrap paper to mask off a section of your background.  I used some old washi tape to secure my masks.


Next, gather varying sizes of rubber bands and place them haphazardly on a clear “D” block as shown.


For my card, I used three colors of Stampin’ Write Markers:  Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay, and Old Olive.  Using the brush end of the marker, color the rubber bands.  The picture here shows two colors at once.  I later decided to only stamp one color at a time.


Stamp over the mask.  The results will vary depending on how you position your rubber bands, but here’s how mine looked after one stamp.  I continued to stamp multiple times, twisting and flipping the acrylic block and using each of the three colors.


Here’s what my paper looked like after stamping all three colors.


Next, I sponged Tempting Turquoise ink starting at the bottom and fading to Pool Party towards the top.


After removing the masks, here’s what my paper looked like.


To complete my card, I stamped the coral and script stamps from By The Tide with Pacific Point ink.  Then, I sponged the edges of the Whisper White card stock with Pool Party and Bermuda Bay inks.

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I stamped the seahorses with Calypso Coral ink and used a Blender Pen to color them with Blushing Bride ink.  If you’ve never used a Blender Pen, they are one of the easiest ways to color stamped images!  Simply squeeze your ink pad to pool ink on the cover.  Then, dip the Blender Pen tip into the ink and color.  The more you color, the more the ink will fade for a nice blended look.  When you want more color, simply dip the Blender Pen tip back into the ink.  Then to clean the pen and change colors, simply draw on a scratch piece of paper until the color runs out entirely.

I stamped one of these seahorses directly on the background, and two on scratch paper so I could cut them out and adhere them with dimensionals.

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I cut down my 1-1/4″ White Jute Ribbon and pulled it apart for a used look.  Then, I added a Antique Brad tied with some Linen Thread.  Voila!

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If you like this card and would like to learn more stamping techniques, consider signing up for Stamps In the Mail.

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Supplies used on my card:

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Have a wonderful day!

Tami Hewlett

2 thoughts on “Rubber Band Technique

  1. Chris Hnatiuk

    I really liked how you used this technique on a masked-out portion of the card, for the ‘water’ look! Truly effective!

  2. rosemarie c

    Thank you for such a thorough explanation of the rubber band technique. Your card is absolutely gorgeous!


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