Sunday, September 23, 2018

Simplicity Sunday - Dreamcatcher Card by Dot

Hi and welcome to Simplicity Sunday.

The background for this card literally took about 5 mins to make using oxides.
Adding a little background stamping with stars and dots from Textured Feathers.
And then the beautiful Dreamcatcher stamps were stamped onto some scrap white card ... you know the sort, the leftovers from other projects. Cut out and added.
An after thought was to white emboss some words from the Dreamcatcher set to add to the background.

This is a close-up of the dreamcatcher itself. It was so easy to add just a couple of bits of colour.

Did you know that we now have a facebook group that is all about Rubber Dance?
It is called the  Rubber Dance Stamping Lounge
It's a place for you to be inspired, share your projects if you like and to ask about stamping.
Hopefully I'll see you over there.

In the meantime ... have fun with your stamps!!!

Dot x

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Autumn Colours - Art Journaling Video by Susanne

Hi everyone!

Susanne writing today and I am sharing an autumnal art journal page with you. I used the Funny Fungi stamp set together with some leaf stamps from Rubber Dance.

Enjoy watching the video:

Here are some close-ups:

Thank you very much for stopping by today!
xx Susanne

Rubber Dance Stamps:

Sizzix Autumn Leaves (Tim Holtz)
Acrylic Paints
Nuvo Shimmer Pen
Arteza Real Brush Pens

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Simplicity Sunday - Three easy greeting cards with gelli printed backgrounds by Melina

Hello everyone!

It´s Melina here today with three greeting cards to share.
Some time ago I shared a video here for a Technique Thursday blog post,
on how I made these backgrounds. I didn´t use all my printed backgrounds at that time, 
and now I have turned them all into quick and simple cards.
I also used already coloured and cut out images made for other projects, but
never got used at that time. I love the feeling when actually making something 
out of the pile of stuff laying on my table, don´t you?

For the first card I used Friends Fur-everJust a Note

For the second card I used Crazy Flowers #1Just a Note

For the third card I used Tropical SummerBeautiful Words

If you would like to look back at the blog post on how I made the printed backgrounds,
you´ll find it HERE.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! It would be lovely if you join us in the 
xx Melina

Rubber Dance stamps used:

Thursday, September 13, 2018

ATC's, Using Water with Distress Inks - by Dot

Hi everyone,
I hope that all is well where ever you are in the world.

Today I've put together a ATC tutorial for you using the Merry Magpie and Round in Circles stamp sets.  It was inspired by my football team (the Magpies) making it to the footy finals this year.

You can see more examples of projects made with the Merry Magpie set here, here and here.

Although Oxides seem to be popular at the moment, Distress Inks are still heaps of fun when using them with water.  This tutorial shows a few different ways that water can be used with these inks.

Step 1:
Swipe some distress inks onto your craft sheet, spritz with a little water until it beads up, and swipe your card through it. Dry. This is the 1st water effect.
I used Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed and Vintage Photo as they fit this month's challenge colours.

Step 2:
Touch up the card by blending the same colours that were on your sheet. I always start on the craft sheet and blend on to the card in a circular motion.

Step 3:
For my 2nd water effect I've spritzed a little water onto my fingers and flicked it onto the ATC's.  Let it sit for roughly 10 secs (until you see the colour 'thickening' around the edge of the drop) and then blot and dry with a heat tool.

Step 4:
For the 3rd water effect - spray a fine mist of water over the 'Grungy Swirls' stamp and place onto your ATC.  This stamp is especially designed to use on ATC's.  After a few seconds lift the stamp. Let the water sit for a little bit (until it starts to leave an edge, like before), blot and dry.

Step 5:
I've stamped the Merry Magpie onto some scrap card using my stamping platform. Then cut him out.  He is an easy bird to cut out. My footy team is black and white, so that is why I've gone for a black and white magpie.

Step 6:
Stamp the mapie onto your ATC.  It doesn't need to be perfect stamping because we only need the feet really.  These were cut off, deliberately, so that when the bird's body is glued on later the feet will look good.

 These are the finished ATC's
To finish them off add some background stamping. For this I've used some of the extra little bits that come in the Merry Magpie and Round in Circles sets. Stamping with the matching colours in oxides. There are brilliant for stamping with.
Stick the magpie onto one of the ATC's.
A little white gel pen here and there. Just play to your heart's content.
Sketch a quite border around each ATC.
I added some water-colour pencils to the outside of the grungy swirl so that it would pop a little more. The swirls started to get lost a little as I was having fun with the stamping. Problem fixed!

I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and decide to give it a go.
Even though these are ATC's, these techniques work equally well with cards and art journals.

Stamps Played With Were:

Various colours of Distress Inks

A quick reminder that we have a new facebook page called Rubber Dance Stamping Lounge.
You will see our latest challenge on the fb page with great prizes are up for grabs.
We hope to see you over there.

Happy Stamping!

Dot x
(Go the 'Pies!!!)

Sunday, September 09, 2018

An Autumnal wreath card by Donna Gray.

Hi everyone,

It's Donna here today with a card which captures all the joy of Autumn I think ;)

What I did:

I sprayed a piece of water colour card with a mixture of Flat Matte Sprays (red, orange,yellow and green) and then stamped seven times an acorn leaf from the wonderful I Love Leaves which was created using real leaves from the very clever Boss Lady.

I fussy cut out the leaves and added foam dots to the back of them and then arranged them in roughly a wreath shape on the Kraft card.

I took a piece of corrugated cardboard and inked it with a brown Distress Oxide, then added the sentiment from Four Seasons to it and adhered it to the middle of the wreath.

The finishing touches were to add a little beetle from the Beautiful Bugs stamp set coloured with Zig Clean Colour pens and adhered with a foam dot, a greyboard berries embellishment which was coloured with Posca pens. If you look really, really closely you might just see some glistening dots on the leaves that I added with Glossy Accents to look like raindrops.

Isn't Autumn just glorious, a fitting closing curtain to Summer.

Hope you like it
Donna xx

Stamps Used:

I Love Leaves

Four Seasons
Beautiful Bugs

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Art journal page - combine your stamps, tutorial by Melina

Hello everyone!

Today I have a tutorial for you, giving an example on how you can combine 
your Rubber Dance stamp sets and create your very own quirky characters.
This is the art journal page I created.

A tip is to take out your stamps, let your imagination flow and just stamp on a scrap 
piece of paper without masking or anything - just to see if you find a useful combination.
This is what my scrap paper looked like...

Here´s the steps:

Glue down a piece of gelli printed paper with gel medium
(or use pattern paper / make your own background)

Stamp the owl from Carved Fox & Owl with a permanent ink,
I used Versafine Onyx black.

Mask off the owl and stamp the feathers from the Dreamcatcher twice.

Draw a pencil line to make a fat little body to the owl, and when happy
fill in the line with black Posca pen (or another permanent marker).
Draw the feet, nothing too complicated - it just adds to the quirkyness ;)

Follow the same steps and stamp the Fox, mask it off and stamp one of 
the trees from Four Seasons as the body.

Draw a black line for a finished look where the mask was.

Mask off the fox. Mask off the Hedgehog and ink up the lower part of the stamp.

This is what it looks like now.

Fill in the missing parts with a permanent fineliner pen and add feet.
Again, nothing too perfect!

Mask off the fox again and stamp the "tail", that is one of the wings 
from the Dreamcatcher stamp set.

Stamp the leaves from the Four Seasons stamp set and add the quote from the 
Carved Fox & Owl stamp set.

Make your characters pop by adding a little colour to them.
I used the Distress Markers and a waterbrush.
Add a few highlights with a white Posca pen, draw a scribbly frame
 and the page is done.

Rubber Dance stamps used:
Carved Fox & Owl (you have until tomorrow to get them on a 20% discount)

Thank you so much for stopping by today!
It would be lovely if you join us in the Rubber Dance Stamping Lounge
Facebook group. This is the new place for our challenges.

xx Melina