Saturday, February 16, 2019

A Tag Trio by Sue

Good afternoon and happy Saturday. I've been having lots of fun playing with the new Grungy stamps sets and the very happy cows. It's ages since I made a page for my tag book, so here's one now!

I started by making some Oxide backgrounds then stamping with the new Grungy Borders and Grungy Stuff stamps.

 Then I stamped, coloured, and cut out the cows, and added some die cuts. All of the cows are on one large stamp plate From Moo To You, and they are also available individually. This is Christmas Cow.

This is quite a sad post for me as it's my last one as part of the Rubber Dance design team. I've had a fab 2 years here and would like to say a huge thank you to Bibi, Susanne, everyone on the team, and to all the Rubber Dance lovers out there.

Don't forget to join in with our colour/anything goes challenge over in the Stamping Lounge.

Stamps Used

Have a very happy weekend, and thanks so much for looking x

Friday, February 15, 2019

Valentine's Card with our Bold & Beautiful Flowers

Hi there!

Susanne writing today. I have to share a late Valentine's card with our Bold & Beautiful stamp set. These are wonderful flower prints, perfect for backgrounds.

I used my Memento Dye Inks and stamped some of the flowers in different sizes with different colours. I used white cardstock. The sentiment comes from our Fave Flowers stamp set. I cut a border on top with a STAMPlorations die and mounted everything to a craft cardbase with a strip of glittered Washi tape on the bottom.

I hope you had a gorgeous VALENTINE'S DAY!
Thanks for stopping by today!


Rubber Dance Stamps:

Memento Dye Inks
STAMPlorations Border die
Glittered Washi Tape
Cardstock/ Cardbase

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Whale Love - Painty Card Tutorial by Dot

Hi everyone,
It's Dot here with a fun tutorial for you.
I've tried something a little different today.  Recently I came across a style where you have a scene in the background, then you paint over it and have a scene over the top.  The background scene just pops through.

It looked like a fun idea so here is my take on it.  I hope you give it a go too.  And being Valentine's Day today it has a love twist.

This is the finished card.
Now for the process.  Sit back and watch how my mind worked with this.

The Whale (from Whale Wishes):
I added some watered down paint to a gesso-ed piece of card and dried with a heat tool. Dabbing with a baby-wipe as I went to create some fun lighter areas.  Then stamp the whale and cut out.

I later edged the whale with a little black ink and added a tiny bit to his body to give him more dimension.  You can see the effect in the finished card.

Step 1: 
I put some gesso onto my white card.  This gives a good base to play with paint.  It also makes the colours a little brighter.  After it was dry I added some blue/green paint randomly using my fingers. Then blended grey paint towards the outer areas and a little in the center.

Step 2:
I stamped with the green/blue paint some bubbles and seaweed from Whale Wishes. Dry.  Then stamped some seals from Playful Penguins with black ink.  When dry I added a white-wash of watered down white paint over the top.  The idea is to fade everything out so that it is pushed into the background for later.

Step 3:
Now to push the scene back a little more.  I grabbed my brayer and some white paint and started rolling.  More emphasis to the outside, and just a little through the center to make it look better (in my eyes anyway).

Step 4:
Being satisfied with the background, it is now time to start the foreground. I've used the hearts from our new set called From Moo To You. I love how there are 3 different sized hearts to play with. The sentiment is from Whale Wishes.

Step 5:
I've decided to add some seaweed from Playful Penguins.  This is a fun way to create a border.

Step 6:
Attach the whale. Colour in the seaweed.  And add a little black ink around the edges to add more of a border.  As an after thought I added some more bubbles from Whale Wishes and coloured them in with white paint. And one more big heart too. Then mount it all.

I've been learning heaps about playing with paint from Susanne and Melina.
You can follow them on you tube and see how they work.  Amazing!
They also have loads of videos on this blog for you to check out.

I'm new to painty things.  But I am having fun with it. 
I've discovered that I like to paint with my fingers and use a brayer.
And to not be scared. That's a huge thing with something new isn't it?

Products Used:
DecoArt Paints
Distress Oxides
Archival Ink 

Rubber Dance Stamps Used:


A reminder that we have a challenge that goes all month on our face book page which you can find here.
It is always ANYTHING GOES/ or a colour combo if you wish.

Happy Stamping!
Dot x

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Merry Magpie - Art Journaling Video with Distress Oxides & Inks

Hi there!

I have a new art journaling video over on my YouTube channel. I used our lovely Merry Mag-pie stamp set for this.

The background is created with Distress Oxides and Distress Inks. I used our brand new Grungy Stuff and Grungy Borders stamp set.

Enjoy the video:

Here are some close-ups:

Thank you so much for stopping by today!
xx Susanne

Rubber Dance Stamps:

Distress Oxide: Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed
Distress Ink: Mermaid Lagoon
Archival Ink
Tissue Paper

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Mixed media ATCoins with Doodle Flowers by Melina


It´s Melina here today with a quick little Sunday inspiration for you.
It´s my first post on the blog this year - hope you have missed me ;) LOL

I´m so happy to stay on the team and I wish to give all my new teamies a 
very warm welcome! I have been on the team for several years now, and 
Rubber Dance has a really special place in my heart.
Due to personal stuff, Susanne has kindly enough agreed to let me stay
on the team on my own terms. This means I will not appear on the blog 
regularly, but as often as I can. You will of course find me in the
Rubber Dance Stamping Lounge, where I so much enjoy to see all your
awesome projects using Rubber Dance stamps!

These are the coins I want to share with you today, and a quick description.

I use the That´s Crafty! greyboard coins and give them a layer of gesso.
I cut three circular pieces of gelliprints and glue them down using gel medium.
I do the background stamping using the leaves from the Doodle Flowers stamp set.
I choose three flowers from the set and stamp onto different colour gelliprints, 
cut them out and adhere with gel medium again.
I use DecoArt Media fluid acrylics to enhance the colours on the flowers 
and also add some splashes.
As a final touch I add details with black and white pens and add the words.

Rubber Dance stamp set used:

Versafine Onyx black and Olympia green
Archival ink Sepia
That´s Crafty greyboard ATCoins and gesso
DecoArt Media fluid acrylics
Posca pen white
Black permanent fineliner pen
Matte gel medium
Tim Holtz word stickers

Thank you so much for stopping by today!
xx Melina

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Create a Grungy Art Journal Background - Video Tutorial

Hi there!

I have a new art journaling video to share over on my YouTube channel. I used spray inks for the background and our new stamps of course.

Enjoy the video:

Here are some more photos:

Thanks for stopping by today!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Habt ein schönes Wochenende!

Rubber Dance Stamps:

Brushos Sprays
Archival Ink
Watercolor Pencils

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Mixed media Art journal page with video tutorial - by Gerry

art journal page by gerry's craft room

Hello lovely crafty friends, it's Gerry on the blog today with another art journal page with some fun layers to show you. I use lots of different products to create this fun look among them the gorgeous Rubber Dance textured flowers and grungy borders.

I used the stitching on the hearts from the Rubber Dance Grungy Borders stamp set

 Rubber dance stamps

And I used the Rubber Dance textured flowers in two ways, looove this set:-)

 Rubber dance stamps

And here is the video for you. Have fun watching!

Thanks for stopping by!

Gerry van der Velden

The products I used: 
Rubber Dance Stamps – grungy borders
 rubber dance stamps

Rubber Dance Stamps – textured flowers
 rubber dance stamps

Nuvo - Crystal Drops - Autumn Red 
Craft Perfect - Watercolor Card – White
Nuvo - embellishment mousse – orange blush 
Nuvo embossing powder gold enchantment 
Tim Holtz - Bigz Die - Heartfelt 
Lindy’s starburst spray Red hot Poker Orange & poinsettia red gold 
Distress Oxide Ink Pad - Peacock Feathers & old paper
RANGER - Archival Ink Pad - Jet Black
coarse salt

Monday, February 04, 2019

Art Journal Book ► Majo

Good morning, crafty friends.

This is my debut posting as a design team member. Some of you may remember, that I had been on the Rubber Dance Team some time ago, now I'm very excited to be back and look forward to new adventures with new stamps and new people on the team.

For my little tutorial I made a small Art Journal Book.

 I just had to use the awesome new Doodle Flowers along with a stamp from the Textured Flowers stamps set.

In case you wonder why I show you an Art Journal Book with these colors and my tutorial is with different ones, well, you know, it's the freedom of the artist and I just took advantage :)

Just a joke, I just changed my mind in between, but I will show you all.

Without further ado here we go. I used a technique which is called "Watercolor Smooshing" and it allows you to play with so many colors on top of each other.

These are the colors I stared with:
I used Watercolor Paper because it will hold up to lots of water, an acrylic stamp block, a Distress Sprayer and of course, many Distress Oxide inks. I tapped the first color onto the acrylic block, spritzed with water, smooshed my panel around a little and left it there to allow the ink to be absorbed into the paper. I dried the panel with a heat tool. This is very important, or you will end up with a muddy mess.

 I repeated these steps with the other colors, making sure again to dry each layer of ink before using the next.

I diluted the colors even more and used a brush to create the splatters. Again it is very important to dry the splatters right away to prevent the colors absorbing into the background.

 I stamped the flowers and also some stars and took off the color on the flowers with bleach. Now you will understand why I changed my mind and started all over. I just wanted more white on my images.

This time I decided to stamp the flowers first, heat emboss and mask them. Then I used the same steps as before and voila, much better ...
 The colors I used are Distress Oxides Scattered Straw, Bundled Sage and Dried Marigold.

After binding my little book, I added magnets for closure and added a little charm on the spine.

I hope you enjoyed my (little) tutorial and have as much fun with our new stamps as I had.
I used the following stamps:

Stars from the Textured Flowers

Happy Crafting ♥