Cathy Daulman popularised rubber stamping in South Africa and took what once was a virtually unknown craft into the hands of artists and crafters throughout that country. She now designs and produces her own range of clear polymer stamps under the "My Stamps" brandname, and is the author of "An Introduction of Fun Rubber Stamping". Cathy conducts workshops across Australia and internationally.

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Part 2
by Cathy Daulman

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Hair Dryer
A hair dryer is a must on a stamping desk to speed up the drying process of stamped items.

Hand Cream
Polymer clay artists will cringe at this, but I had some very, very old crumbly polymer clay that was the right colour for something I wanted to make. So.. I brought it back to life by covering my hands generously with hand cream whilst working the clay (1 needed it!).

Miscellaneous Supplies

Bathroom Scale

Use a bathroom scale to weigh your stamps (not yourself!).



Shower curtain shapes


To make your own embossing ink for calligraphy, mix one part ink with one part glycerine. You may adjust these measures to suit your style.

Try making your ownTry making your ownembossing pensas well, using old. dried-out markers and glycerine. Remove the pen back seal to take out the pen's inner foam colour core. Stand this core in the small jar of 'embossing' liquid mix. When you are satisfied that the pen has 're-inked', replace all the fittings and lie the pen down flat for a while. I've found that this works well.

Make your own blender pen refill fluid. Mix the following together in a small bottle: one part glycerine to two parts distilled water, plus one teaspoon of Isocol (rubbing alcohol).

If your rubber stamps have got stick with age or heat damage, paint the rubber with some glycerine. Allow the stamp to stand for a few days and then clean it.

Have you struggling to get watercolour or paint to stick to gloss card? I have a bar of bath soap in a saucer on my desk, I dip my brush into water, then paint, then wipe over the soap to create soapy paint, This will now stick to gloss card. But be careful to not overdo the amount of soap that you use.

Shaving Cream
Squirt some cheap shaving cream foam to a depth of about 3cm to 4cm, into a container larger than the card or paper that you want to marble.

Using two or three complimentary colour inks drop spots here and there over the surface. Swirl with a toothpick/skewer/Afro comb but do. not over mix, Carefully place a piece of card on top of this foam. Push down gently. Pick up one end of the card and remove it from the box with a sliding motion.
You can take the excess foam off the card with an old credit card. Dab the rest of the cream off with a paper towel or toilet paper but do not rub the wet card. Allow to dry. One pan should do many sheets of paper or card.

Hair & Cosmetics Items

Afro /Wide toothed Combs
These are very useful when doing paste papers. They are also great for mono printing. Dab a pigment pad or spread pigment refill ink over a piece of glass or clear acrylic, about the size of the
card that you want to mono print. You can then create patterns in this with an Afro comb

You can also stamp into this inked sheet with an art stamp to 'remove' ink (or anti stamp). Very carefully lay a piece of card over this 'etched' ink sheet. Press to pick up the design. Sprinkle with clear or glittery clear embossing powder and heat. Ideal for marbling paper the proper way.

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Isocol Rubbing Alcohol
Brayer gIoss card with dye ink, then spritz or splatter droplets of alcohol onto the card. It creates the most
amazing backgrounds because the alcohol 'pushes' the colour out of the circle. Using this technique is fabulous for making water-themed cards.

Listerine/ Anti-bacterial

When watering down white paint add a drop of listerine mouthwash. Most water has bacteria and the listerine will help prevent mould growing in the paint. With this in mind. whenever I put my air-drying paperclay away, I always spritz it with a water and Listerine mix. If my paperclay has already hardened more than I would have liked, I mix Listerine into the piece I am working with as this seems to bind it better than water does.

In the Bath or Shower
Shower Curtain

Trim 1 small piece of shower curtain from an inconspicuous place. Heat with a heat gun, It will go soft and distorted. Stamp into it. This piece can be painted with metallic paints or markers and used in collage. If you are molding something thick like a molded face, place the softened shower curtain onto a mouse pad before pressing. It holds its share well too.

Bath Sponge

Ordinary bath sponge is great for sponging on card, paper or fabric. Cut a bath sponge into squares with a sharp craft knife, different textured bath sponge makes a fabulous textured shadow stamp.

I've searched high and low in the .kitchen and recommended many items just waiting to help you with your stamping needs. In the previous two issues of The Rubber Gazette I explored the kitchen and in this issue I've made some great discoveries in the bathroom. .

In the Cabinet

Electric/Battery Toothbrush

I use a cheap battery toothbrush to clean the ingrained fabric paint off my stamps. It's well worth a place in my craft box.
I also find an electric or battery toothbrush fabulous to polish small clay items.

Baby Wipes

These are terrific for cleaning stamps, especially if you are travelling and do not want to cart around the water, sponge, towel etc, They come in a leak- free box that is extremely useful when the wipes have run out. Or - you can refill it with more baby wipes.

Ear Buds/Cotton Wool
Inexpensive and very useful sponging small delicate areas. Great for spreading chalk or Pearlex over a 'versamarked' image.

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Toilet Paper
The great stamper's supply - every craft desk should have a roll on it! Not only is it cheap and packaged perfectly, it does not take up too much space. It is extremely absorbent for all those messy spills.

The roll is the right size to roll over a card front to blot off excess ink.
It can also be used as casting paper.
Ink a stamps with a clear embossing pad and turn the stamp over (image up). Place a few sheets of toilet paper on top of the image and saturate with a water and starch mix. Use your fingers to mould the paper over the stamp. Leave to dry. Trim and use this as you would a paper cast (either side up) to decorate a card.
Empty toilet rolls should be saved to make Christmas crackers / bon-bons. They can also be cut up to make festive serviette rings.

Old Toothbrushes
Great for cleaning stamps. Create a splattered background by inking the old toothbrush with 'real' ink or paint. Hold it in one hand with a comb in the other hand. Hold it over your card. Rub the brush against the comb and ink droplets will splatter over your card. Also try masking areas before splattering.

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