Thursday, July 19, 2018

Art journal with embossing technique by Asia

Hi everyone, 

Today it's time for another Technique Thursday post and I've prepared for you an art journal page with a special embossing technique which I really, really love!


I also  worked with piece of acetate to apply Oxide Distress inks- another of my fav techniques. The sets of stamps used for this project are/ Weed Love & Bling!Bling!, plus some single stamps for the background. So let's start:)

I used my regular art journal and 4 Distress Oxides inks. I rubbed each one of them on  a piece of acetate and  added a tiny bit of water. There is no need to add a lot of water as it will drip onto the page. 

Then I turned the acetate and placed it on the page, pressed with my fingers. By pressing with your fingers you get more control over the fact, where the colours will go. And so I repeated this proces few times, with all the four inks, drying the layers in between and then also sprinkling some water to add more oxidised effect. With the last, blue ink, I did some splatters rather then applying it with the acetate. I wanted to keep the page in green and yellow and do the blue splatters thinking about the raindrops falling on the flowers:)

Then I added some more stamping- with the same Distress Oxides:

...and with Momento Ink- London Fog- which has this lovely, misty look:) And of course all stamping was done with Rubber Dance stamps:)

The next step was to do some embossing. I stamped two biggest flowers from the stamp set- Weed Love and embossed them with Obviously Black EP. Then dried it.

Now the time for my favourite technique. I could not take a good photo of the process, as I needed two hands to work, but I will try to explain it as well as I can. So after drying the first layer of embossing powder I prepared the other EP- this time white in colour. I don't remember how the embossed flowers are called, but I know they are white on the top; hence the white EP. I opened the jar, set it aside, set my heating gun to low temperature and started drying again the flowers. That made the black EP hot and gluey and while hot,  I sprinkled with my fingers the white EP on top of the flowers. I needed to repeat this process few times, but at the end I finished with a irregular, white layer of powder on top of the flowers.

Then I added some more stamping to portray a meadow, so more flowers on the bottom of the page. On a piece of paper I stamped the sentiment to go with the page (I used black Archival Ink), then cut it out and adhered to the page with 3D foam tape. 

The last part was to add some drops with Glossy Accents and draw some borders with black pen. This is my finished page:

I used following Rubber Dance stamps:

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial:) 

See you soon!


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Intuitive Art Journal Page - Video by Susanne

Welcome everyone!

I have an intuitive art journal page to share today. One of my favourite things to relax is to play in my journal without having any plan. I started this page with no idea and I am happy about how it turned out in the end.

I have recorded the process for you. My main images are the Busy Bees from Rubber Dance sitting on some artsy flowers.


Here are some close-ups of the page:

Thank you so much for stopping by today!
xx Susanne.

Rubber Dance

Daily Art Gouache Paints
Arteza Real Brush Pens
Acrylic Paints
Liquitex Acrylic Ink
Archival Ink
StazOn Ink
Acrylic Fineliners

Sunday, July 15, 2018

July 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 inspirational makes we've created
using stamps from Rubber Dance, of course:


played with Collage Elements and Whale Wishes
to create this wonderful card


made this gorgeous card with our
Whale Wishes, Playful Penguins, Dreamcatcher and Happy Birthday


stamped this amazing card with
Carved Whimsy Wood  and African Animals


created this cute tag using
 Playful Penguins and Whimsical Winter


made this wonderful card with the
brand new Dreamcatcher stamp set

made this beautiful tag
with a selection of stamps from Rubber Dance

We are looking forward to your entries!

Join our challenge here!

Friday, July 13, 2018

CAS-ual Friday: Birthday Card by Sue

Good afternoon and happy Friday 13th! It's Sue here, and it's my turn to share my CAS-ual Friday project.  I've made a birthday card 'cos birthdays never go out of fashion, in fact I've had lots, and lots, and lots...

It may not be high tech, but I like it, and more importantly it could be used as a Man Card - I know, that's almost a swear word isn't it!
I won't blind you with the science of how this was made ;-) suffice to say small ink pads were used. I've deliberately made the lines a bit wonky 'cos I think that people would pay extra for that!
I've used stamps from 
Merry Magpie and
Happy Birthday 

All of the wonderful stamps can be found here.
Have a very happy weekend - no walking under ladders, and be kind to black cats. Thanks very much for looking x

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Technique Thursday - building the layers

Hello everyone Debs here with this week’s Technique inspiration, building simple layers on your journal page.

So I started with building up layers of paint and for more interest I used Old Book Page stamp in Blue.

Starting with Washi tape I start to add more layers

And then some fabric and an old tea bag, using Matt Medium.

Once completely dry I stamped my focal image, da Vinci Body Sketch

To finish I sprinkled a tiny amount of Infusions (powder pigment) to add to the vintage look.

Let’s have a last look

All the fabulous stamps can be purchased from the shop

That’s all from me
Take care hugsxx 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Tutorial Tuesday - ATC Coins by Donna Gray

Hi everyone,

It's Donna here today and I thought I'd share with you a tutorial featuring the latest craze in the crafting world....ATC coins :)

What I did:

These ATC coins are made from lovely MDF so they can take absolutely everything you sling at them! They are 2.5 inches in size and you can fit a surprising amount on them.

 Next stage was to paint them using some yummy Multi Surface paints from That's Crafty! These cover the MDF perfectly so no real need for a coat of Gesso first.

I added some stencilling with white paint using some AALL and Create stencils, to add interest to the background. 

I decided I wanted a nature theme for my ATC coins so I chose this wonderful stamp set called Beautiful Bugs which I stamped onto Strathmore Mixed Media paper pad and coloured the images in with a selection of Zig Clean Colour pens, ready to fussy cut out later.

I used the magnifying glass from the Stitch and Frame stamp set which is full of really useful images.  These were fussy cut out so the middle of the magnifying glass was 'empty'.

I attached the magnifying glasses to the ATC coins and added a little piece of Wasi tape here and there to add interest. I also added some Tim Holtz sentiments too that I thought matched with the     
theme. Any type of Washi tape will do for this.....and yes I admit now I'm rather obsessed by them!! 

I then added some doodling using a Posca pen and added the little flower from the Whimsical Summer stamp set which is a perfect size for this.

 I then added some Liquid Glass to the centre of the magnifying glasses and put aside to dry overnight. Do not attempt to heat this stuff as it will go like chewing gum otherwise!!

All that was left to do was add a little bit of white doodling with a Posca pen and adhere the bugs to the coins using foam pads for extra dimension.

I edged the coins with a black Gelato to add more definition.

The flowers were also added with foam pads.

I liked the idea of placing the bugs ON the magnifying glasses rather than UNDER as I thought that appeared to make the bugs more in control ;)

Stamps Used:

Beautiful Bugs

Whimsical Summer

Stich and Frame

Hope you like my Bug Fest today :)
Donna xx