I bought some rubber sheet at my local hardware store. I did a careful test, then decided to go ahead and do more with it. Note: please don’t ask about settings, since I used non-PG materials. If I get enough feedback, i’ll open a new topic in BTM.
First, I needed to fine-tune settings. Rubber is not ideal for raster gradients, but it did enable me to develop a gradient file; ok, maybe a little overkill, but had the time & curiosity. Sample, sample, sample.
then, I took a detour and did some acrylic wings:
and then combined the two with my first stamp (I’m all about using my scrap)
I had to use a Sharpie since I don’t have any stamp pads. However, I have a friend who does have stamp pads, so i called her and asked what stamp she wished she had. “Heart with wings” was the request, so:
Don’t you hate it when you have a single-point handle on a large stamp? You never get a good all-around impression. My long, scrawny fingers can’t hold regular upright handles very well with stamps, so I made something more to my liking. That’s two layers of scrap acrylic for both the mount and the handle. To get a good attachment of the rubber to the acrylic, I made a very coarse engrave into the bottom piece so I’d get a better glue bond.