Tuesday, June 19, 2018

You need chaos in your soul... tutorial Tuesday with Asia

Hi everyone and welcome to our Tutorial Tuesday on Rubber Dance blog:)
My project for today is an art journal page for my mini journal and it's, well, chaotic:) But on purpose as I was trying to match the beautiful quote: "You need chaos in your life to give birth to a dancing star"- Nietzsche (Dancing Star stamp set).
So let's start the tutorial:)

Firstly I've applied randomly some black Magical powder to the page.
While the paint was drying I stamped the sketch of a person ( RD stamp- da Vinci Body Sketch) onto an ordinary paper and  embossed it with red embossing powder; then fussy cut it.

 I took the circle cluster stamp from the collection Round in Circles and applied with my finger Magic Leaf glue, then stamped it onto the page. Very important part of this process is to wash your stamp immediately with a running water as to remove all the glue before it dries out. When the glue was almost dry on the page ( I admit, I dried it with a heat gun as I am not a very patient person:), I applied with a brush golden transfer foil.

Then I've added some random stamping with Distress Oxide- Abandoned Coral and Archival Ink ( I used two sets of stamps: Collage Elements &  Stitch & Frame.

Then I stamped the quote I've mentioned earlier on a piece of tissue paper, cut it in few pieces and glued it to the page on the top and in the middle.

At the end I added some writing, doodling and crackle accents in the circles all with the idea in my ind to get as much chaos on my page as possible:) I think the chaos is definitely there:)

Rubber Dance stamps used in this project:

Other products:

Lindy's Gang Magical- Blazing Black
Crackle Accents by Ranger
Lindy's Gang EP- Cuckoo Clock Cardinal

Hope you enjoyed my short tutorial:) 
See you soon!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Easy and Simple Watercolour Artist Trading Cards by Susanne

Hi there!

Susanne here with a trio of watercolour ATCs. I used the lovely Carved Whimsy Wood stamps together with my Mijello Mission gold watercolours, Memento Inks and alcohol markers.

What I did:
I created the backgrounds with watercolours wet on wet. I used washi tape to frame every card before I painted it.
The lovely images are stamped with Memento inks, because I finished every card by colouring some areas with alcohol markers. Finally I added a Tim Holtz word sticker to every card.

Thank you for stopping by today
xx Susanne.



Friday, June 15, 2018

June Challenge Reminder

Hi my dear stamping friends!

We are back today with a reminder for our running challenge! There are more than two weeks left to join the fun and get a chance to win a 12€ voucher to the Rubber Dance web shop!

These are our themes this time:

Of course you can choose, whether you want to go with the colours or the theme. If you want to, you can also combine both.

Here are some gorgeous inspirations by the design team

made this awesome mixed media tag
with Whale Wishes and Round in Circles

stamped this beautiful greeting card

created this gorgeous mixed media tag

made this stunning bright tag

We are looking forward to your entries!

Join our challenge here!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Technique Thursday - Using Clingfilm to create backgrounds by Donna Gray.

Hi everyone,

It's Donna here today using clingfilm to create a quick background....well of course you don't have to use clingfilm just to keep your sandwiches fresh!

I used some wonderful new Flat Matte Sprays from That's Crafty! for this as they're lovely and 'juicy'. You can use watercolour paints for this as well as acrylic paints, just make sure it's quite wet whatever you choose to use. I cut a tag from water colour paper for this as it needed to stand up to a lot!

Here's a mixture of all three sprays on the tag, see what I mean about 'juicy'!

The next stage after spraying the colours is to take a piece of clingfilm and cover the whole tag in it, making sure you wrinkle it up as that's how you get the pattern for the background. The colours pool into the wrinkles and then dry in that pattern.

When I did the first tag I thought I might as well make another one, for this one I changed a couple of the sprays for a different colour combination but everything else remained the same.

This is what they look like all wrapped in their clingfilm coats. Put these aside to dry for a few hours or even overnight depending on how wet they are. If you use acrylic paints then I would definitely recommend leaving them overnight to dry thoroughly.

This is what they looked like after they were both dry, great effect huh? What I like about this is that the effect is subtle so will not dominate anything you then create on top of the backgrounds.

Some subtle stencilling for the background as I didn't want to cover up the pattern too much. I decided to go with the second tag I created as it was brighter.

I thought I'd use the tree from Carved Whimsy Wood but then I thought I wanted to make it look a bit more 'Summery' so how did I do that you might ask.......

Well by stamping some flowers from the Whimsical Summer set and colouring them in with Zig Clean Colour pens of course!!

If you like fussy cutting out then you will definitely enjoy this stage....if you don't then that's a shame ;) I added little foam pads to the back of all the flowers to give them more dimension.

Okay so as you can see I got a bit carried away with the process and forgot to take more pictures but you can see on the tag I used more of the stamps from Whimsical Summer which were coloured with the Zig Clean Colour pens too and fussy cut out. 
I added a little road for the car just by colouring in with Posca pens and added a Tim Holtz sentiment as a finishing touch.

Stamps Used:

Carved Whimsy Wood

Whimsical Summer

Hope you like my Summery tag :)
Donna xx

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Tutorial? it must be Tuesday

Hello everyone! Debs here with a tutorial for you, using some brand new stamps. 

I designed this stamp for Rubber Dance to be used in lots of different ways. Today I share how I’ve created this retro feel tag, with its own little mason type jar.

To start I created a crackle background by first painting tag blue, then adding the crackle medium and once dry the last coat is a gorgeous cream paint.

Next I stamped my focal point and little extras for interest. Note how it didn’t stamp fully in the middle. If that happens with you, don’t worry -   just add in the lines with a fine black pen, as I did. Stamping over a rough surface can be tricky, so a top tip is to use your stamp platform if you have one, as you can re-stamp it at the exact same place.

I heat set the tag a placed it to the side while I worked on the jar. I stamped it and cut round it so it was ready to decorate.

Using Artist Pitt Pens I added some colour, I wanted to keep it translucent this time but you could easily use an opaque acrylic paint, which would look quite affective. Once happy with the colour I wound some fine twine around the top of the jar and then added a tiny heart from my set of whiteboard hearts which I had pieced so I could thread the twine through so that it could hang from the twine. I coloured this in the same way but gave it a rust colour.

Again using the Pitt Pens I built up the colours of the different flowers and leaves.

Once it was all dry, I added some highlights with a Gel Pen and the sentiment. I thought I was finished but couldn’t leave it alone so added some white dots to some flowers and some yellow pearl drops from Nuvo by Tonic Studios.

I used 3D tape behind the jar below the twine and glued on the twine to adhere it to the flowers, this helped to give it a 3D effect

To finish I edged the tag in gold and added a twine bow.

I do hope you like this tag as I had so much fun creating it.

The stamp set I used:

Take care