Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Retro Rubber Blog Challenge #08, Eyelets

Today I reveal my Retro Rubber Blog Challenge #08, using eyelets.  Do you have any of the  eyelets we all fell in love with back in the late 90’s!  Remember pounding them in before we had the wonderful Cropadile tool?  I do, and have a few layouts in scrapbooks with eyelets applied in this manner.

Some of my early stamp purchases were made at the annual Rubber Stamping Convention held in Portland, OR over Labor Day weekend.  The local stamp stores would run a shuttle to and from their stores, and there was a big turnout of stampers.  This was just before the scrapbooking craft started to take off with their own conventions.   I attended the convention and had a blast looking at samples, taking classes and of course buying stamps.   My earliest unmounted rubber purchases were mounted on homemade wood blocks . . . because we had not started with acrylic blocks yet! 

One of my favorite booths was Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers . . . and their pit of rubber.  They would throw all their unmounted rubber in big bins, and we would sit on the floor and sort through the images that we just had to have!  Hand held mirrors were important so you could read sentiments more quickly!  Ah, the memories. 

All of that to say, my card this week is made with some of my RBBB stamps purchased in 1996 or 1997.   


The front image is stamped in Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black on white card stock and is fussy cut around the outside.  The porthole is masked by stamping the same image on a post it note and fussy cutting just inside the stamp line before it is placed over the image.  This prevents a shadow effect when the diver image is stamped in the center . . . as if he is looking in through the porthole!  The porthole and scene are colored with Chameleon pens CG8 Cool Gray, BL3 Sky Blue, BG4 Aqua Marine, and BR5 Bark.  Each of the “rivet” holes are punched wit the Cropadile and the silver eyelets are mounted to the image.  Craft card stock is trimmed to 3 7/8” x 5 3/8” and pressure embossed with Darice Woodgrain embossing folder.   The raised portion is inked with Ranger Van Dyke Brown, along with the edges of the card stock.  The porthole image is mounted to the wood grain and to the front of A-2 card, 4” x 5 ½”.  

The scene inside the card is stamped in Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black.  The sentiment by Unity is stamped in Technique Tuesday Caribbean Sea Ink.  Each of the images were masked and Tsukineko Dew Drop Versa Magic Sea Breeze is sponged into the scene.  The images are colored with Chameleon CG8 Cool Gray, BG4 Aqua Marine, BR5 Bark, OR4 Seville Orange, and PK3 Bubble Gum.

Our rules are simple:
Create a new project, card, scrap book lay out, whatever.
Use eyelets.
Use a stamp from your stash that you have owned (preferably) for at least a year.

Come and join the fun at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog!  


  1. Ha, you win the gold medal for using the most eyelets! What a fun card you made! I also used to go to these Rubber Stamp Conventions but in MA or CT. That was before all these online companies! I still have lots of unmounted stamps that I bought there! The trouble is that often I don't know which company made them so I can't give credit...

  2. Love this card! All those eyelets with the perfect stamp set! Love!!

  3. WOW!! This is a superb use of eyelets - love the stamps too. Cx

  4. I am so impressed with your eyelet setting! Wow!! Your card is adorable!


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