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

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Simplicity Sunday - The Merry Magpie by Sue

Good afternoon and a very happy Sunday, it's Sue here with my quick, simple, and ever so slightly blingy piece.

I love to create my backgrounds with paint and a brayer, and for every days background pieces you also have a mop-up sheet where you clean up your brayer.  This is one of those sheets, I've just chopped it down to size and brayered a border.
I fixed the Merry Magpie to my stamping platform along with the sentiment from the same set. I always like to use this when I'm stamping over lots of paint so that I can re-stamp if I need to, then I embossed with jet black embossing powder.
I stitched it all into my black album, and as all magpie's like a bit of the shiny, I added a few (lots) of sequins.
I hope you like him, and thanks very much for looking xx

Saturday, June 09, 2018

FREE shipping - last chance!

Have you seen the new stamps from Rubber Dance? We've offered FREE shipping all week, and today's supposed to be the last day ...

However, most of our customers tend to place their orders on a Sunday so we're extending the offer for a couple of days - till midnight Monday the 11th, in case you missed our release last weekend.

Bibi played with one of the stamps from Fish, Swim, Love
and this is what she came up with!

Original stamp:

Turned into a Christmas tree:

Susanne used stamps from the same set in her bullet journal:

Same triangle fish, totally different look:

Watch Susanne's video tutorial here.

Debs has been having fun with the Hydrangea stamp, embossing and Brusho's.
Love how the colours blend and run for an "imperfect" look!

Or how about this colour:

Watch Susanne's video tutorial for this card.

FREE shipping on your entire order
when you order any or all of the new stamps:

 Use coupon code SummerFree2018 to get FREE shipping! 
This offer is good till the 11th of June. Offer is good world-wide.

Order the new stamps in our web shop.

Before you go - here are two more samples!

Hydrangea by Debs, Fish Diet by Susanne:


Thanks for stamping by :-)

With Love,
Rubber Dance Creative Crew
♥ ♥