Sunday, November 30, 2014

Dreaming of a White Christmas, mixed media card

Hello everyone! It's Olga again here today and I will try to inspire you :-) I hope you all enjoy this new day and have some time for new creations ;-)

I want to share with you my new winter card "Happy holidays". It's again a little vintage and very snowy :-) I love snow and I love to add gesso, texture paste and some glitter to make my winter cards more natural.

I used some of the stamps from the set Pines Fir Yew stamped with green acryl paints, and StazOon for the phrase Happy holidays. You all know that I love to use stamps with paint and StazOn and then cut them from the paper and put on my card. 

I really love how it looks and I hope you will like it too :-)))

Notice how I put a dew drop over the 'o' in Holidays. I think it adds a cute detail.

I didn't use a lot of decor for this card and I love how it came out. Let's create something sweet and cute for our friends and families!!! :-) 

Wish you a wonderful day!

Big hugs, 

All the stamps used on this card are of course from Rubber Dance and you can find them here:

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Recap Thursday - November Pretties

Is it Christmas yet? Not quite, but we've been in a Holiday mood at Rubber Dance this month. If you need more Christmas stamps, we've got a few of those and there's still time to order - especially if you live in Europe (we ship from Norway - free gift wrapping upon request!)

Need some inspiration for the holidays? - We have LOTS, so make yourself ready for a looooong post with many pretties all at once! :-)

By Majo. Instructions here

By Majo

By Susanne

By Olga

By Gabriele

By Katy

By Susanne (video tutorial here)

By Bibi

By Susanne

By Helen (video tutorial here)

By Katy

We've made more than Christmas pretties this month ... here are some samples:

By Katy (fun aging technique - instructions here)

By Irit

By Olga

By Gabriele

By Susanne

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By Ashley

By Majo

A big, BIG thanks to my FAB team and guest designers for making so many awesome pretties with my stamps. I'm grateful beyond words for all the wonderful artwork you create!

Your "boss" (gawd, I hate that word) Bibi

And to all our readers and devoted fans, thank you so much for all your support and lovely comments! It really means a lot to us! :-)))) If you want more ideas and inspiration, check out our many boards on Pinterest

Le shop:

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Frosty Paper Lantern

Hi everyone! It's me, Susanne, today and I've another Christmas decoration today to share with you. I loved loved loved how the awesome Pine Fir Yew stampes turned out when they were embossed on the cards in my previous post. This time I did nearly the same. The only difference is that I embossed them on white vellum! Awesome! What do you think?

I used my Silhouette Studio Cutting file from my last lantern and added a new window style. I cut everything out of red cardstock and added some "snow" using white acrylic paint, some white texture paste and finally lots of Distress Glitter Clear Rock Candy!

I cut my vellum and embossed the stamped images with white detail embossing powder. After I adhered them into my lantern I ripped some of the paper out to create the look of broken glass.

I used this funny sentiment stamp from Rubber Dance. I love it!  It's so charming!

I also used the fir branch in a more traditional way. I stamped it on white paper and fuzzy cut it out. I used tons of Stickles Dry Glitter Ocean on the deer. I love how this color and the red turned out.

You'll find the free cutting file for the lantern on my blog.

All stamps are from Rubber Dance :)

Thanks for stopping by and have a nice day, 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Make art: Two tutorials for one project

Hello my dear crafty friends!
It's Irit here and today I have two whole tutorials for one art piece I made with Rubber Dance stamps. 

This project was made with two separate tutorials: one for a frame and one for the central stamped art piece .

Supply list:

 IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko: VersaMark Watermark stamp pad, StazOn inks: Blazing Red, Azure, Mustard; Walnut ink Antiquing Solution: Terra Cotta, Walnut Ink; Goosebumps Clear Texture Spray; Shimmer Spritz Sparkle, Jumbo  dauber; Fantastix tool
Rubber Dance stamps: Dancing woman collage , Music background, Da Vinci set, Vintage Birds set
TCW: Wood grain stencil
Prima: Flowers
Flourish with a bling: Pearls
Other: white chipboard, ruler, gesso, glossy cardstock

Step by step instructions:

Stamp your Dancing woman collage stamp with VersaMark ink over 8*6'' glossy cardstock and heat emboss with fine black embossing powder
Cut a piece of a cardstock around the stamp to use as your mask and adhere it to the stamped image with2 repositionable glue as shown. Stamp around the mask (and over it) to make the background with two background stamps (Music and Lace) and add Art and Dream words on the left bottom of your stamped
piece. Use the same VersaMark heat embossed black embossing powder technique as we did previously

Take some smaller stamps and fill the gaps around the image and on the background with the same technique. Add some stamped dots using the backside of some round brush or another small round tool, stamping directly into the pad and then heat emboss the dots in the same way as we did before

Gather three StazOn inks that will be used as primary inks to make the rainbow look of our stamped and heat embossed image. Use three Jumbo daubers to spread three inks around the stamped piece and try to connect them to make this piece rainbow perfection. Those three StazOn colors work as primary ones and we can make all seven rainbow colors using just those three

Mist your colored art piece with Shimmer Spritz Sparkle and when it's dry add some Goosebumps Clear Texture Spray to get some more interesting texture. Let it dry as we are moving to the Faux Wood frame tutorial for a few minutes.

 Make your own brush tool: cut with scissors each second row inside the old or bad and unused tooth 
brush. Apply gesso with this brush over the A2 piece of thin white cardboard and let it dry.

 Make wood grain texture with more gesso and a wood grain stencil over the first gesso layer. Let it dry a lot!

 Spray some Terra Cotta Antiquing ink over the dry wood grain texture and add more over the edges and less in the middle. Wipe the extra ink with baby wipe and add some more layers if you want your "wood" to be dark.

 Make the faux plaque look with adding some dark ink lines with a simple metal ruler. Use Walnut Antiquing ink and Fantastix tool to make all those lines.

 You sure don't need a tutorial to make this frame from your Faux wood piece and to insert the art 
piece (really should be dry now) into the frame. Embellish it as you wish and enjoy your creation!

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed it


To see all the stamps from Rubber Dance, visit the webshop here:

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Fall Gift Set

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today with some lovely stamps from Rubber Dance.  I've used the stamp set Pines Fir Yew, and began by randomly stamping the white gift bag.

I inked up the entire sheet of rubber stamps with shades of brown ink.  Leaving the rubber flat, I placed a sheet of beige cardstock on top and used a brayer to transfer the images to the cardstock.  I cut the panel to fit and matted it with kraft cardstock.  I also inked up some ribbon so it coordinated better with my project.

A Spellbinders die was cut from beige cardstock and added just above the ribbon.  Stickers spelled out Fall. 

Using the same stamps, inks and papers as the gift bag, I made a coordinating card.

I totally love these stamps and hope you do, too.

Thanks for stopping by today.


To find this Pines Fir Yew set of rubber stamps, check out the Nature section over at the Rubber Dance web shop:

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Vintage Tags

Hello everyone! It's guest designer Ashley here again, and today I am sharing two coordinating tags I made with the Travel stamp set and the Beach stamp set. These stamps remind me of vintage, muted, kind of messy things so I tried my hand at something not normally my style.

For my first tag, I used a mask + misting on the background. The beautiful blue mist reminded me of the ocean. I stamped the sea shell stamps on the tag and heat embossed them with gold. Then I used a navy ink to stamp the sentiment a few times on a piece of patterned paper. I misted with gold and then cut it out in bits and pieces. Of course I heat embossed around the edges of my card with metallic blue embossing powder.

For my next tag, I wanted it to coordinate with the vintage/travel theme but not be too matchy matchy. So for this one I blended distress ink for the background. I used walnut stain + antique linen distress inks which blend so beautifully and I think make the perfect combo for an antiqued finish. Then I used white embossing powder on the stamp with the man standing on the shoreline and I stamped the sentiment with StazOn ink. I stamped the compass with the same walnut stain ink and added a pop dot. For the 'Carte Postal' stamp I used the stamping off technique where you ink up your stamp and then stamp off on a scrap piece of paper. Without re-inking, you stamp again on your project. It creates a more subtle effect.


I hope you've enjoyed these projects! Thanks so much Bibi for allowing me to work with your beautiful stamps!


To find the stamps used for these tags, and many, many more, please visit the Rubber Dance website:

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Christmas Luminary

Hi everyone!

It's me, Susanne, today and I'd like to show you a Christmas decoration piece. It's a star luminary. I love little lights all around the house when it's dark and cold outside. I stamped the lantern with the beautiful images from the "Pine Fire Yew" stamp set from Rubber Dance.

I used craft cardstock for my lantern. After I cut my pieces I stamped my images with Versamark and embossed them with white detail embossing powder.

I put some vellum on the inside of my luminary windows. The one on the side you see above is embossed with an embossing folder. After I glued everything together I painted the edges with some white acrylic paint. I inserted some LED fairy lights.

The stamps I used come from this sets from Rubber Dance (image is reduced - the stamps are much bigger!)

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

November Colour Challenge Reminder

Still lots of time to get your hands on lots of lovely rubber in the monthly challenge!

All you need to do is make something using this traditional Christmas colour palette of red, green and gold and, if you like, use a stencil in your creation (optional). 

So many of us are making stuff for the festive season right now so no excuses for not entering! Find all the details here.

In case you need a little inspiration, here's my latest make using the gorgeous and versatile Pines Fir Yew and Christmas Greetings stamps.

Good luck in the challenge everyone!

Katy x