Thursday, November 15, 2018

Stamping with Paint - Art Journal Page by Dot

It's coming up to the busy time of the year
so it is important to remember to take some time for yourself
and have fun with stamps.

Today I'm sharing an Art Journal page that I made using paints.
As I was playing at finger painting I thought it might be fun
to stamp with the paints too.

To start with I added a thin layer of gesso to my pages, I tend to do this each time I use paints as it makes the colours more vibrant.

Then I added some more paint, purely because finger painting is so much fun.

I added a watered-down coat of gesso to tone the colour down a little.
Then came some stamping with Round in Circles and some stenciling.

A little more stamping, but this time I added some stamping with paint.
There are a couple of things to remember when stamping with paint ...

Firstly, spread your paint out on your craft sheet thinly. 
It is easy to have the paint too thick and this leads to 'gluggy' stamping.
Sometimes gluggy stamping is okay, but then sometimes you might like a crisper image
so thinning the paint helps.
I would suggest that you might like to grab some scrap pieces of paper and practice first,
it gives you an idea of how it will look.

Then clean your stamp STRAIGHT AWAY!!!
Once it dries on the stamp it is difficult to remove.
This isn't so bad with a circle stamp like in this pic, but later I stamped with some words 
so it was super important to clean the stamp straight away.

I have a rag at the kitchen sink so I just clean it with that.

I added some white paint to the corner and stamped the circles with black paint.
And coloured them in with a contrasting colour.

The words are from 'Something Wonderful'.
I've stamped it onto some tissue paper and added it with gel medium
You can see a tutorial for this technique here.
And some more stamping with paint just for fun!

I'm in the process of packing up my house and shifting
so the words were ideal for my page.

And this is the finished page.
I stamped some butterflies from 'Butterfly Trio' and carefully
painted some gesso around the images.
This made the butterflies stand out.

I stamped 'Old Book Page' with black paint it it looked great.
A little doodling, a few flicks of paint and the page is finished.

I left the other side of the art journal spread blank 
because I thought it would be fun to add a tag there in the future.

I hope you enjoyed seeing this page come together.
Stamping with paint is something I highly recommend
that you have a go at.
It is just fun to do!

Rubber Dance stamps Used:
Round in Circles
Something Wonderful
Old Book Page
Butterfly Trio
Floral Wreath

Other Products Used:
DecoArt Paints
Archival Ink

Happy Stamping!
Dot x

Monday, November 12, 2018


Hello.  Gail here with a bit of news. The wonderful Bibi, owner of Rubber Dance stamps and one-person all singing, all dancing stamp company employee has hurt her hand!! As a result she has taken the difficult decision to close the webstore this week as she is unable to press stamps at the moment. We are really sorry for this but I am sure you will join me in wishing Bibi a swift recovery, and hopefully the shop will be back in business again very soon. Big HUGZ Bibi. God Bedring. 

I have decided to send Bibi a cyber get well soon wish by sharing this card I made a while ago.  I only shared it on my own blog so maybe now's a good time to show it here.

Here's a giraffe to make it all better, because as you all know, nothing beats the healing power of a giraffe's stare. Hugz

Sunday, November 11, 2018

A Wintery Card by Donna Gray

Hi everyone,

It's Donna here today and as the nights get longer and there is a chill in the air my thoughts turn to the more Wintery themed side of things hence my card for you today ;)

I drew a circle and cut it out from a sticky note pad (make sure you still have some of the sticky side still on the circle after cutting of course). I used this as a mask for the moon so I could add Distress Inks in two shades of blue for a dusky sky around it.

When you take the mask off, go around the edge of the moon with a little more Distress Ink to soften the whiteness of it.

Next step was to use the smallest of the cute snowflakes from Whimsical Winter which were randomly stamped on the background using a blue archival ink.

The star from Whimsical Summer and the trees, in both sizes, from Carved Whimsy Wood were stamped on a book page and then fussy cut and adhered to the background. I drew a little line with a black fine liner pen to 'hang' the stars from.

The finishing touches were to add a few strips of a Washi tape to 'ground' the trees and then added a sentiment from Whimsical Winter with a red Archival ink to make it pop from all the blues. I also added a touch of Stickles on the trees and stars to make them look a bit frosty too.

Hope you like my card.....brrrrr I feel cold now!!

Stamps Used:

Whimsical Winter

Whimsical Summer
Carved Whimsy Wood

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Christmas cards with 3 x embossing, video tutorial by Melina


It´s Melina here today with a video tutorial to share.
I made these four rather quick Christmas cards and I´m quite happy
with the outcome - simple with a touch of gold.

I used the Music and Whimsical Winter stamp sets for the background and 
one of the trees from Four Seasons as focal image.
The trees are stamped and cut out from a piece of Brusho coloured paper.

Here is the video, hope you´ll enjoy!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!
Hope you´ll get a wonderful and creative weekend, hugs

Rubber Dance stamps used:

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Easy Greeting Card with Distress Inks and one Embossing Folder

Hi there!

Susanne writing today, I have to share a very quick and easy card with our Crazy Flowers stamps.

I used Distress Inks together with an embossing folder to create the background. I inked up the folder before I embossed a piece of watercolor paper with Pine Needles. The rest of the colour was added by squishing the ink onto my glass plate. I gave it a spritz of water and dipped the paper into it. I used Fired Brick and Walnut Stain.
My main image, the flower, is stamped onto a piece of watercolor paper that was coloured with Distress Inks before. I cut it out and adhered it to another piece of white paper. I cut this also to add some white space at the outside of the flower. This makes it pop more from the background.
My sentiment is embossed onto black cardstock. It comes with the Floral Wreath stamp set.
I added some glitter washi tape to the bottom of my cardbase before I adhered my front.
You will find a process video at the end of this post.

Thanks for stopping by today!
Have a wonderful Sunday afternoon.
xx Susanne.

Rubber Dance:

Distress Inks (Walnut Stain, Fired Brick, Pine Neeles, Wild Honey, Picked Raspberry)
Sizzix Embossingfolder (Tim Holtz)
WOW! Bright White Embossing Powder
Washi Tape.

Thursday, November 01, 2018

November Stamping Challenge

Hi there!

We've just uploaded the November Challenge Folder! We have moved the challenge to our new group on Facebook, the Rubber Dance Stamping Lounge, so do pop over and join! If you are not on Facebook, you can always enter our Forever Challenge here on our blog for all your projects featuring Rubber Dance Stamps.

The team will be posting inspiration here and in the Rubber Dance Stamping Lounge throughout the month so don't forget to check it out and also join up your stamped makes using those lovely autumn shades and/or make a greeting card.

Big Hugs,
The Rubber Dance Crew
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