Thursday, July 30, 2015

Recap July - Lots of Inspiration!


Hello, you wonderful FFF's - Friends, Fans & Followers! ♥
It's Bibi here today, and as usual at the end of the month, I'm sharing a selection of the pretties made with stamps from my company, Rubber Dance.

Some of these pretties have been posted here on the blog in July, some were posted on the DT's own blogs, and a few on other places in blogland .... This time I will give you the link to the Rubber Dance DT members and our July Guest Designer (pages open in a new window) so you can go to their blogs and become a follower there, too, if you like. They post a lot of pretties that are not for Rubber Dance as well, and I bet you'll want to see what they are up to! Such a lovely group of talented women!! ♥

First are some pretties made my DT member Irit (click link to open her blog)







Irit made this faux stone necklace for the Makin' Clay's blog (step by step).
Moon Lady stamp by Rubber Dance.



The following pretties are made by DT member Katy








Next are pretties by DT member Majo










Next are some pretties by DT member Susanne




Watch Susanne's video tutorial 



Here is a sample from DT member Gabriele's altered book.
She made a quick video to show you how she works, which you can see here.



Here are some tags that I made:



The next four photos are pretties made by July's Guest Designer Paula Whittaker:






This beautiful AJ page is made by Anita/Niti:



And last, but not least, a tag by Sandie in the UK, who entered this prettie for our July challenge:



How's that for a good selection of pretties, ey? 
I hope you found something that inspired you to go make your own :-)

All the pretties have been made with stamps from my company, Rubber Dance:

The next post you will see here on the Rubber Dance blog is the August challenge 
which goes live on the 1st. See you there!

Till then, be awfully good to one another ♥


XOX,
Bibi


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Bubble Backgrounds by Bibi


Hi everyone! It's Bibi the Boss here (owner of Rubber Dance). Thank you for stopping by on this very fine day (pouring rain here in the south of Norway right now ..., so it's a good day to stay indoors to play & create!)

Have you seen all those cool soap bubble backgrounds people make these days? I don't think it's a new technique but it seems to be quite popular right now. I thought it looked really fun to do, and I was right - so much fun it's hard to stop!

To do this, you need mixing bowls, water, some soap, liquid ink, drinking straws, light coloured paper, cardstock or tags ...

Mix water with some liquid dish washing soap - not too much, just enough to create the bubbles ....
The less water you put in your bowl, the less ink you need to add. I tried mixing my soapy water with Brusho pigments and it worked quite well, but I achieved better results with a few drops of Distress reinkers (other brands might work just as well). Now, just blow into a drinking straw to make bubbles, and you're ready to go!


Here's a photo from my soap bubble lab:



You can scoop some bubbles (or foam like here) out of the bowl and leave it on your paper ...


The result might look like this - 
Bubbles to the left, foam to the right:



Or you can simply dip your paper/tag into the bubbles like this,
which turned out to work better for the results I wanted:

double dipping is allowed ... ;-)



Tip: If you leave your bowls out overnight, some water might evaporate. Just add more water - not more soap or ink, mix well and they're good as new.

I tried different kinds of paper - regular envelopes, two kinds of watercolor paper, regular tags and coated tags. The envelopes worked well, but since the paper is rather thin and absorbent, I had to be careful not to add too many bubbles at once or the envelopes would curl in all sorts of directions ..
The coated tags didn't soak up a lot of colour, so those ended up being rather pale...but perhaps that's the look you want on yours. I ended up using regular tags most of the time. - Experiment and see which results you like the most.



Some of my tags:



After one layer of inky bubbles was dry, I added a new on top of a different color.
How COOL is that?? (No wonder this technique is addictive...)



I decorated some of my tags:
Rubber Dance stamps from Take the Plunge, New Retro Beach, Something Fishy.


Close-up:



Here's a background I got when I tried the inky bubbles on a white gift bag...


I thought it looked much like coffee bubbles, so I decided to make this gift bag for a friend who loves to grind his own coffee - I'll fill the bag with yummy coffee beans of course:


I made a flap for the top, stamped my sentiment on a label of bubbly background with contrasting colours, and to close the flap I used a bronze brad on both sides:



I know - that bag would have looked SO much cooler with some stamped coffee images!
One of the women on my DT is actually working on a set, so if you come back in a few months... I'll show you how my bag looks with these stamps! :-)))

Meanwhile, here is one of the stamp sets I used on my tags above.......

New Retro Beach
actual size is 13 x 18 cm (5 x 7 inches)

......and whomever orders Rubber Dance stamps (any set) from me first AND mention this blog post, 
will get the order shipped in this bubbly envelope:

you know you want it

So that's all for today, m'ladies and gents. Now go to your kitchen, grab some of that soap and start bubbling :-)

Till next time, be immensely good to one another ♥


XOX,
Bibi

Next stop:
Rubber Dance Stamps: www.rubberdance.com

Thursday, July 23, 2015

My Altered Book goes Rubber Dance


Hello, how nice to see you here at Rubber Dance art stamps! My name is Gabriele from Art-a-tag and I am a mixed media artist from Germany. Today I want to show you how I use the wonderful Rubber Dance stamps in my projects, like an altered book.
I very much like this one, because it has many vintage photographs, which really inspire me. The following video shows a walkthrough to give you an impression of the project. This is my first video, so please be kind with me and forgive the stuttering and "hms" and "ehs" and my searching for words. But I hope you will have some fun with it.


You can see how wonderfully Rubber Dance stamps work with mixed media. I can use them with ink or acrylic paint and they blend nicely with the background just the way I like. The following photos show clips of some stamped areas. Mostly I used permanent ink, some are done with acrylic paint. If you need a crisp image, you should stamp on paper and collage the image, like I did with the face.

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Many of the pages, you saw in the video, are still in progress. I posted the pages on Pinterest, but they might be changed, as I am coming back on them to change little things, some more doodling or stamping. And new ones will be added. If you are interested, you can find them on my Pinterest page

Here are the stamps I used from Rubber Dance:
Flourishes, 
Vintage Script, 
ATC Backgrounds 1, 
Round in Circles, 
Collage Mix, 
New Retro Beach, 
Antique Botanicals, 
Something Fishy,
and CP Checkers and Diamonds (from Cherry Pie Art Stamps)

Thanks for being with me today. I hope I could give you some inspiration and it would be lovely to see you next month. You are also very welcome to visit me on my blog artatag.wordpress.com.
I wish you a very happy and creative time!

Gabriele from Art-a-tag

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