Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Artist Trading Block by Susanne Rose

It's my day today as a guest designer on the Rubber Dance blog! My name is Susanne Rose and I am from Germany. I'm very happy to share with you my Artist Trading Block today. I used the Travel stamp set to create it. I really love the Rubber Dance stamps! They are high quality and so versatile!

Here's the tutorial on how I created the Block. There are also more close ups at the end of this post.

First of all you need two pieces of craft cardstock that measure  8 1/2 inch by 2 1/2 inch.
You need to score both of them at:  1/2", 3", 5 1/2", 8".

Before the block will be build it needs to be painted and stamped. I started with an irregular  layer of gesso.

After this is dry I paint with my Gelato® Chocolate and blend the color with my finger.

Before I start stamping I distress my background using a stencil (Tim Holtz Speckles) and a baby wipe. On the areas covered with gesso the Gelato color will come off if you wipe with the baby wipe through the stencil. After that I started stamping with Archival Ink Coffee.

After I colored with some Distress Inks I put the block together.

I fuzzy cut the compass, colored it with Distress Ink Mustard Seed and added some golden Stickles. The flowers are dies from Marianne Design.

I hope like the ATB. I'd be happy if you'd also visit my blog.

See you next time,

To find the Travel stamps used for this project, go to this page:


  1. Love it, so very, very vintage!

  2. Oh I love this one! Very cool vintage style!

  3. Absolutely gorgeous!!! Thank you so much, Susanne! The instructions are so easy to follow - thank you for sharing those with us. Wonderful ATB!! :-)))

  4. WOW!!! Susanne, it's so beautiful!!!
    ~Olga Kovalchuk

  5. Wow really neat! Sounds like something easy enough that *I* could do it - thanks for explaining it so well. & I like the fussy cutting too - I don't do that often enough!

  6. This is gorgeous. Love all the details.

  7. Excellent ATB and excellent instructions. So easy, even I could do it. Many thanks for sharing :D

  8. Fabulous! I adore that background technique - I might be borrowing that idea! This stamp set is wonderful and you have shown it off beautifully. I need this die now LOL x


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