Sunday, February 18, 2018

How to - recycle packaging into Art

Hi everyone Debs here with one of my how tos, and this week I’m focusing on recycling packaging. You know that stuff that comes in boxes along with your goods to hold it all in place. This pieces is 8x12 and about 1/2in thick, it’s not solid, as it has strips of card sandwiched between outer layers of card, and is quite sturdy.

I gave the substrate a coat of white Gesso first to seal it, and provide a light hue base upon which to work.

Wanting more layers of acrylic paint I chose Fresco Finish from Paper Artsy in mauves, blues and greens.

I built up several layers of the paint and then with the end of my paint brush I added some scraffiti 
And then dried it thoroughly with a heat gun.

Next I used water colours by Zig Kuretake GansaiTambi 
in the same hues, and with my water gun made the paint drip and run. I then flicked on some gold, as well as adding some to the edges.

I wanted the illusion of thick under growth and so used the leaves from a stencil (corners1) from ArtZone, first with acrylic Paint and then blended with Big Brush Pens from Fabre Castell

I now had my background and was ready for my stamps. I started with my favourite leaf stamp at the moment, from Crazy Flowers2. It was 
difficult to get a clear definition as the surface was quite bumpy and textured.

I then stamped the feature bird from Merry Magpie. I heat set all the stamping but before this, with a damp cutip I tidied 
where the ink had smudged.

I used the brush Pens to paint the bird and a black gel pen to fill in the gaps.
I deliberately left the leaves uncoloured as it is on trend at the moment.
My sentiment is from Adore Me.

A last look, as you can see we had a dusting of snow the day this photo was shot.

Here’s a reminder of the stamps I used

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Mixed media ATCs with video tutorial by Melina Dahl


It´s Melina here today sharing how I made these four ATCs. 

I used heat embossed and already cut out butterflies, from Butterfly Trio stamp set,
 that I didn´t use on a previous project.

You can watch the whole process in the video. Hope you´ll enjoy!

Rubber Dance stamps used:
Wings from Collage elements

Thank you so much for stopping by today!
xx Melina

Friday, February 16, 2018

Stamping onto Tissue Paper - Video Tutorial by Susanne

Hi everyone!

I have a video tutorial for you today. The owl on the art journal spread is stamped onto tissue paper!

The stamped tissue paper is adhered with Gel Medium, this is a great way to get a crisp and clear image on a rough surface. I used the Mama Owl set for this page. The greenery stamps are perfect to create an interestin background.
Enjoy the video!

Here are some more detailed images:

Thank you for stopping by today!
xx Susanne.


StazOn Inks
Acrylic Paints
Tissue Paper
Archival Ink
Tim Holtz Alphabet Thinlits

Thursday, February 15, 2018

February Challenge Reminder

Hello everyone!

Today we have a challenge reminder for you! We have a nice theme this month and you have time to join us until February 28th. It's up to you if you want to go with our colour scheme or follow our theme. Of course you are welcome to combine both!

Here are the inspirations from the Design Team


used our colour scheme and followed the theme for her card
with Arty Hearty and Rascal Rooster 


combined also colours and theme on her art journal page
using Entangled Heart, Watercolour Xmas and Textured Spring 


created a bullet journal spread with hearts and the colour scheme
using African Animals and Pick a Number


made a greeting card with the colours and our theme
with the African Animals, I Heart Art, Whale Wishes,
Old Book Page, Whimsical Winter and Textured Spring


created a wonderful mixed media heart
using Bonny Bunny and Crazy Flowers #2 


made this lovely card following our colour scheme
with the Sew Sweet stamp set

Join our challenge here!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Vintage MDF Shrine Tutorial by Bibi

Happy Valentine's Day! On this very romantic day of the year, my shrine is dedicated to love and I gave it to my sweetheart this morning:


I used this shrine kit from That's Crafty:

Step by step instructions:

Step 1: 
I painted all the parts with a dark brown paint,
before adding a thick layer of white crackle texture paste.
I wiped the paste off the parts that later will be glued together:

Step 2 & 3: 
2: Leave the crakle paste to dry completely,
before rubbing dark brown paint into the many cracks. Wipe the excess off.
3: Rub some light pink and blue paint onto all the surfaces:

Step 4:
The parts are now ready to be stamped!
I've used Vintage Script, Grungy Harlequin, and some round digits from Pick a Number.

Step 5:

Because of the crackle effect, some areas may be too "bumpy" to get a good impression when you stamp. You can stamp some images on tissue paper instead, cut out close to the edge and adhere.

Paper doll stamp from Collage Elements.

This stamp is part of Nostalgic Couple.

Step 6:
Glue all the parts together. This was so much easier than I had feared.
I used Multi Purpose Craft Adhesive from That's Crafty,
which dries clear, fast and permanently. 

Step 7:
Embellish the shrine to your heart's desire!

The cogs may be rusty, but they still make our love tick ...
Altered with various texture paste.

Crackled heart, more cogs, lace ribbon and gold embossed grid.

Altered metal corner and some gauze I had dyed.

Gauze is easy to dye with acrylic paint.

More hearts and torn gauze.

The small bottles are Corked Vials from Tim Holtz. I filled them with glitter and glass beads,
printed out the labels and made a little shelf out of cardboard for the top row:

The words on my bottles are some of the ingredients I think are important in a loving relationship.

So, there you have it - a shrine to love:

What do you think?
Please let me know in the comments below.

Stampes used (all from Rubber Dance):

digits from Pick a Number, Paper doll stamp from Collage Elements

Other Supplies:

That's Crafty: Shrine Kit, Multi Purpose Craft Adhesive, Multi Surface Paint.
Prima: Finnabair White Crackle Texture Paste, Patina and Rust Effect Paste.
Tim Holtz: Corked Vials.
Various embellishments from my stash.

Thank you for stopping by!

With Love,
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Have you seen our February Sale?
You can find it in the Rubber Dance web shop here.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Easy Joseph's Coat Technique - Sue

Good afternoon and happy Tuesday. It's Sue here with a really easy way of doing the Joseph's Coat technique.

This is traditionally done with lots of black ink over coloured embossing. It looks lovely but it can be a bit patchy, and your ink pad has to be really juicy. I once made my Dad a card and he looked like the police had taken his fingerprints for days! 
Anyway this technique is much simpler as it uses black card rather than black ink.

The first thing to do is to go over your black card with an anti-static bag (or talc in a pop sock - glamerous eh) as you use white embossing powder and any little flecks will show.
I've just stamped and embossed Textured Flowers,and Fly Fly Flowers. The stars are also from the Textured Flowers plate.

Yes it's those inks and daubers again! You just pick up the colour with the small pointy end and dab it over the white embossing. The Stazon colours it beautifully and dries really quickly - no messy paw prints! Be as careful as you can as Stazon can show on dark card too.
 This is my envelope book that I made here. There is still the opening in the envelope, so I made sure to stick my panel down only as far as this - that way I can put a tag or anything I like in there and it's getatable but not on display.
Next I just matted my panels onto some white card and added my go to Tim Holtz stickers, and we're all done! If you've not tried this, give it a go. It's fun and simple and I think it has the 'wow' factor. 
I hope you like my Springtime flowers, and thanks very much for looking.

Stazon inks
Latex daubers
Tim Holtz stickers and washi tape

Rubber Dance Stamps