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Saying Goodbye to Stampin’ Around Wheels

One of the true staples of the Stampin’ Up! catalog over the years is the Stampin’ Around wheel system.  It is almost unthinkable that they will soon be only a memory!

I’ve had a few techniques that use the wheel, but they always get pushed to the next month…then the next month…and so on.  Well, this week, it was time to pull out my wheel techniques and finally share them with my stampers.

I actually showed two techniques.  The first technique I taught was how to take the rubber off the wheel and convert it to a traditional stamp.  All you need is a sharp scissors and cling foam.  You peel off the rubber, cut the cling foam to size, and attach them together.  Voila!  You now have a traditional stamp.  The “I” block is the perfect size for our wheel “stamps”.  You do need to trim a bit off, but it is a great size to use with cards etc.

I’ll try and add more pictures to this post later to show this more clearly.

However, the other technique truly is a recycler’s dream.

What to do with the “leftover” plastic wheels?  Why not make them into mini or jumbo brayers?

Wheel Blank

 

You do need to get the excess glue off the wheel blank after removing the rubber.  Goo-Gone is perfect for this!  Once you get off the glue, make sure you clean the wheel blank.  There is a seam on the blank, but it only adds to the texture you will create.  Now all you need is an inkpad and some neutral card stock.  I found that the newer foam pads work best with this technique.

Ink up your wheel blank and roll over the neutral card stock.  Start with a lighter touch – you can always add more ink layers.  Use as a background!  This is a perfect background especially for intricate designs like Swallowtail.  Here is the card my stampers made:

Swallowtail Wheel Blank Background

If you want to do a two-color background, make sure you use the lighter shade first.  We used Coastal Cabana for the background and Baked Brown Sugar for the main image.

If you have some older wheels just taking up room, why not convert them to stamps and use the wheel blank for something new?

 

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