Cling back alternative and a fun card

I have a few rubber stamps that remain without a backing of any kind.  One of them this fun fish stamp that I pulled of a wood block and unfortunately the foam came off in pieces. To get a good impression, you really need foam somewhere, either under the rubber or under the paper you are stamping on.
A mouse pad works well for under the paper cushion, but I prefer under- the- rubber- cushion.
Here is a really cheap cling back DIY foam  you might want to try.  It worked for me!!

Using two sheets of regular ol' craft foamy stuff: I glued the two sheet together, and then glued the rubber on top.

I used this Jewelry glue because I had it and I thought it would be the right glue for this job.
It worked perfectly, no doubt you will have something in your stash too.

This is pretty low tech

After the adhesive dried ( about an hour later)  I added Aleenes tack it over and over to the back side and let that dry for a few hours.

This works beautifully with my mega mount

I stamped a couple of the back ground sheets.

And then made the main image for the card:

Taking my color que from this little piece of paper

I brayed a background - a tip here, only roll your brayer in one direction.

I stamped over this with the fish image, Added a layer of Versa mark ink by pouncing it over the brayered ink.

I then heat embossed in clear over the whole thing.

Colored and fussy cut a few fish, added nail polish with iridescent scales. 

and here is the finished card:

Try the foamies for you unmounted's it costs pennies, it is super easy and you get great results!
Thanks for stopping by,
Ginny M


Ah lovely post Ginny what a fun background stamp that is, I love it, and that'd you made.

I have a whole heap of unmounted so, and I just use glue stick to attach them to the ink block and then stamp on my firm but thick grey pricking mat, I don't prick on this one, got it free in an eBay sale once.

That works well and the beauty is can store heaps of unmounteds in clear video case, in cd case stand. Annette at OSA gave me this tip and really love it..

The glue stick washes off well ..
Don't have the Allens tack glue thingy so save expense where where you can't get a lot of things, including foam super cheap.
Shaz in in Oz.x

{Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}
Lisa :) said…
AMAZING Idea with the foam!!
Carolyn said…
Beautiful card and terrific image. Thanks for the tip using foam stock.
Jennifer said…
This is fantastic! I have a few unmounted stamps that I could do this with! Thanks for the inspiration and sharing your lovely card!
Anne said…
I think your stamp is luverly! Great fun and a stunning card! Fun foam and Alenes tacky glue are not readily available here but your tip is a very good one! I prefer my stamps mounted on foam, (EZ?) but as you say, it gets expensive especially with postage costs involved. I do use the glue stick on the back of a stamp but I don't like the mess....I'm one of those 'tidy-up-as-U-go-along' fun at all! I guess with a child around I never know when I am going to hear the inevitable 'Muuuuuuum.....!' so I stay prepared! TFS!
These fish are beautiful, Ginny, but what I admire most about this post and the earlier one for today on your foil paper, is how try so many different ways to save money and how you aren't afraid of a little extra "work" when it comes to something you love. I deeply admire that, now if I only had the brain. . . no time. If I only had the time!!

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