Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Recap - December Pretties

Merry Christmas, everyone! We're taking the holidays off here at the blog, but we'll be back soon enough with a new stamping challenge on January 1st! Meanwhile, there is still time to join the December challenge, but before I get back to that.....

Have you seen our new website? I think it's worth a visit ...
Last chance to get a discount is Dec. 24th, so hurry over and buy yourself some lovely Christmas presents! ;-) 
If you need need a last minute pressie for a stamping buddy, we do have Gift Certificates which I will email to your friend right away.

Here are a few of the pretties the fab design team and guest designers have made this month. As you will see, we've been in a birthday mood - celebrating the release of our new birthday stamps! And there is more .... keep scrolling .... ;-)

Tags by Gabriele

Card by Gabriele (she has a funny post about them here)

By Helen (video tutorial here)

Birthday card by Irit

Birthday cards by Helen. Video tutorial here

Birthday tag by Majo

Birthday card by Steph

Birthday tag by Susanne

Birthday card by Majo (tutorial here)

ATC by Majo
(the expired stamp is on one of our new sets with birthday sentiments)

I just LOVE those new birthday stamps!

And now, for something other than birthday ......

Art Journal spread by Gabriele

Framed photo (stamp), by Katy - tutorial here

Mixed Media Christmas Canvas by Susanne
(video tutorial here)

By Helen (video tutorial here)

Wonder how Gabriele made those? See the blog post here

More Xmas tags by Gabriele

Cards and Tags by Helen (video tutorial here)

Tag by Katy,
using one of the NEW stamps that she designed for Rubber Dance!

Card with tutorial here, by Irit

Notebook cover by Katy (technique here)

ATC by Ellie

Invitation by Majo

Speaking of invitations, I invite you to join our December challenge, which you can find right here:


Warm greetings from the DT & Staff at Rubber Dance

Monday, December 22, 2014

Ellie Knol Mixed Media Cards

Hi everyone! Ellie Knol gladly accepted my invitation to guest design, and today I want to show you some beautiful cards she made using stamps from the set called Vintage Birds, and the background stamp called Vintage Script. I think these cards are really cool and I hope you will like them as much as I do!

A closer look at some details:


Start off with a suitable piece of scrapbook paper. Both feathers have been heat embossed in black. I added some cheese cloth,  photo-film, a frame covered with some texture paste, and used a stencil to add texture with the same texture paste. I stamped some script in the background with black ink and white gesso. 

Ellie also made this beautiful ATC!

 Feather stamped with various colors of Distress inks. Backround is sponged with Distress inks (partially with stencils). Stamped script in the background to add interest. 

And last, but not least, this adorable card with eggs in a nest:

Splatter some water onto cardstock and spray glimmermist onto this partially wet cardstock. Leave to dry. Stamp the eggs on a seperate piece of cardstock, cut them out. Color it with distress inks and/or watercolor pencils. Stamp the ‘nest’ with stamps as shown. Sponge the edges of the background with coordinating colors. Stamp the script as shown. Adhere the eggs to the background with 3D tape. Add some white and black accents with marker. Distress the edges of the background, adhere to a postcard and doodle around the edges of the background with a black marker.

Thank you, Ellie! I absolutely love your cards and I think the details, such as the script in the back and the doodle around the edges on the last one, give the cards that extra umph that make them stand out even more.

To see more of Ellie's beautiful artwork, you can all visit her blog here - browse around and admire! :-)

And to see all our cool stamps, visit the web shop here where there's a SALE right now - only two more days!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I'll be back tomorrow with a recap of artwork made in December, so make sure you drop by to see them all :-)  Till then - bee good!


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Happiness is... Stencils and Stamps

Hello, everyone! Here's a festive card by Irit on our Design Team:

Irit posted this card on her blog the other day, and we agreed that I could show it here as well.

Here's how she made it:

1) Punch a circle mask and place it in the centre of a panel of white cardstock. This is where the sentiment will go (see step 6)
2) Use a stencil and add texture paste, peel stencil off, remove mask.

3) Sprinkle a mix of red, yellow and sparkle embossing powders over the wet masked texture and heat emboss it.
4) Punch a new cirle, stamp the sentiment and heat emboss with black emossing powder.

5) Make a mask over the stamped sentiment, then stamp the background text and heat emboss it with red powder. Remove mask.
6) Glue the circle with sentiment over your stencilled panel, which is adhered on a second yellow panel of cardstock, then onto a white base.
7) A
dd some rhinestones randomly, and your card is done:

Both stamps are from Rubber Dance: "Happiness is" from the 'Something Wonderful' sentiment set, and "Art definition" background text from the 'Da Vinci' set.

Thank you, Irit! I love those bright, happy colours - and who doesn't love texture paste, stencils and stamps? They're a match made in heaven if you ask me :-)

You can all see more of Irit's work over on her blog.

And while we're on the topic of Happiness .......

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Merry Christmas Card

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today with a lovely stamp from Rubber Dance.  It's from the sentiment set called Christmas Greetings, which includes 14 Christmas sentiments - enough to complete all your Christmas cards for the next few years....

Merry Christmas is always a wonderful sentiment to use with any Christmas card.  I paired it with some Ornament die cuts that were added to the card with some coordinating ribbon. 

Thanks for stopping by today.


All stamps by Rubber Dance are right here: www.rubberdance.com  SALE right now - don't miss out, just a few days left!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Be true with your Mixed Media art

Hello my dear crafty friends! Irit is here and this is my altered new canvas made with Rubber Dance stamps and Tando Creative masks.

First I made the texture over the background with pieces of paper, chalkboard paint and a lot of misting. Then I made the masked images with texture paste and then stamped over the dry (wait a lot) background and added white shadows around the images.

All stamps are from Rubber Dance:
I used a stamp from the Something Wonderful sentiment set, leaves from Twiggy  Leaves set and made a kind of a frame around with the Fluorishes stamp.

Did you know there's a SALE at the Rubber Dance webshop right now?

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, December 15, 2014

White Stamping Challenge

Hi everyone! Did you know that Rubber Dance is sponsoring the Craft Stamper Magazine's "Take It, Make It" blog challenge this month? 

Indeed there are prizes to be won, one of which is a £20 voucher to spend in the Rubber Dance webshop! 

The theme of the challenge for December is White Stamping, and here's a sneak peek of what Ellie Knol has made - using some of my favourite stamps ... (Yep, they're all from Rubber Dance!) This is but a detail - looks interesting, doesn't it? Check out Ellie's whole card here!

I hope you will join the challenge! Visit the Craft Stamper Magazine's blog and see what else you can win! You will aslo find a lot of beautiful cards for your inspiration.

Have fun!


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Retro Cabinet Card by Katy

I have a bit of an antidote from Christmas for all of those of you who might already be sick of seeing Santas and Snowmen! I created a retro-style cabinet card with a love theme using one of my favourite Rubber Dance stamps called Retro Couple.

I want to quickly talk you through how I coloured the image, creating this vintage tinted look.

1) Stamp your image onto GLOSSY card with permanent ink (StazOn or Archival). You must use glossy for this technique to work and you must also allow the ink to dry completely - I'd recommend heat setting it to be totally sure it's 100% dry.

2) The key to this technique is to work quickly without much hesitation as you need to move the ink around before it dries. Using water-based markers (I used Distress Markers) scribble all over a particular area with a chosen colour - for example I used Tattered Rose on the faces. Quickly wipe over the colour with a piece of kitchen roll or a soft cloth. Some of the colour will adhere to the card but most will be removed giving you a very soft effect.

3) Repeat step 2 to build up colour depth as shading as desired, wiping the ink with a clean piece of kitchen roll each time. Simple as that!

The cabinet card (Tim Holtz die) is decorated with Tim Holtz papers and embellishments and I finished it by stamping the Rubber Dance quote, cutting it into pieces, and using it to frame the focal image.

I used the gorgeous Nostalgic Couples set for this project (the stamp of the couple - called Retro Couple - is also available as a single).

Hope you like :)
Katy x

PS: Don't miss out on the SALE at the Rubber Dance webshop!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Happy Birthday Card

Hello everyone, it's Majo from the Design Team here at Rubber Dance Stamps! 

Today I want to show you how to create a card using one of the stamps from the new Happy Birthday set.

 I stamped the sentiment in four different colours (Ranger Distress Ink Peeled Paint, Old Paper, Stormy Sky and Wild Honey) on white panels and adhered them on kraft cardstock.

After distressing the edges I used glue dots to adhere them on my black card front and added some hemp wire with a little metal heart.

See how much you can get out of ONE stamp by repeating it like this! :-)

Have fun crafting!

Hugs from Majo

To see all the cool stamps from Rubber Dance, you can hop over to the brand new webshop here: www.rubberdance.com

Remember the birthday sale - going on till December 24th!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Art Journal Page

Hi everyone! It's Susanne today and I'd like to share an Art Journal page this time.

For this page I started by covering the pages with gesso and played with my Gelatos to create a basic background. I used the Gelatos Lemon, Tangerine, Red Cherry, Snow Cone and Metallic Mint. To create the white stars on the left I used one of my favourite Gelato techniques: I wiped away the Gelato color through a stencil with a wet baby wipe.
The white snowflakes on the right are doodled with a white pen. To finish my background I stamped some images of the Pines Fir Yew stamp set and the Winter Wonderland stamp set from Rubber Dance. I used my Stamper's Big Brush Pen (turquoise) and my Archival Ink Pads (Jet Black and Monarch Orange).

I printed the "Warm Winter Wishes" with my PC - the font is called "Head Case". Another option would be to handwrite the words on your own. My handwriting is not the best, so I prefer printing it. I cut the words out, colored the pieces with Distress Ink "spiced marmalade" and drew a border arround every word.

For the two snowmen I cut out some circles of old book paper and build my frostys by adhering the circles to the page. I sketched them with a black PITT Artist Pen. A nice feature of the PITT Pens is that you can smear the color at the beginning because it does not dry immediately! I add also some Gelato coconut to draw the snowmen white.

I hope you like my page! I'd be happy if you also visite my blog.
Have a nice Christmas time!



The stamps I used come from these sets, "Winter Wonderland" and "Pines Fir Yew", which can both be found at www.rubberdance.com where there is a SALE right now!

Monday, December 08, 2014

Funny and Happy Birthday!

Hi Everyone

Today I am bringing you a tutorial using the latest stamps from Rubber Dance - Happy Birthday and Funny Birthday!  I love them both and they worked really well together for my card.

These were such fun to make - a great way to use up your patterned papers too!  Pick a patterned paper to suit your recipient match it with two plain colours of card - one dark and one light and off you go.  The tutorial below will show you how:

Cutting Guide:

Dark Base Card - 8" x 8" scored at 4" or 20 cm x 20 x cm scored at 10 cm
Patterned Paper (Cut 2) - 3 3/4" x 7 3/4" or 9 cm x 19 cm
Light Inner card - 3 1/2" x 7 3/4" or 8 cm x18 cm
Light Tags for stamping (Cut 4) - 3 14" x 1 1/4" or 8cm x 3cm
Dark Tag frames (Cut 4) - 8.5cm x 3.5cm
Patterned Tabs (Cut 2) - 2 3/4" x 1" or 6.5cm x 2.5cm
Dark Card Tabs (Cut 2) -2 7/8" x 1 1/8" or 7cm x 1 1/8" or 7cm x 3cm

As usual I have made the inside match the outside which was the perfect excuse to use the Happy Birthday set for a more traditional greeting but in fabulously on trend fonts!  I love both these sets and I know you will too!

Check out the new stamps by following this link.
Did you know that there's a SALE right now? Details are on the website!

Until next time I hope your Christmas preparations are on track and that you are still finding time to craft.  If you have a spare moment or two why not join in with our colour challenge this month.  Click on this link to play along.  There are stamps to be won!!!!

Sending you Seasons Greetings.

Helen X

Sunday, December 07, 2014

November Challenge Winners!

A big thank you to everyone who played along with our November Colour Challenge!
It's time to announce the winners!

AND OUR PRIZE WINNER (chosen by random number generator) IS..............
#8 Lizzy Hill - who made this really classy Christmas card.

Lizzy wins this awesome prize!
Grabbag worth 25 Euro, full of cool stamps!
Congratulations! Please email us your shipping address: stamplist@gmail.com

OUR DT PICK OF THE MONTH IS.......... #12 Elizabeth - with these wonderfully colourful festive tags.

Our winners can grab a bragging badge for their blogs on this page.


RosA, who used stamps from Rubber Dance in both her entries!
#11: http://paperisticplus.blogspot.com.au/2014/11/a-tidy-inspiration.html
Click the links to see her lovely creations featuring Rubber Dance stamps!

If you want to play along with the latest challenge, here's the post you need. Good luck and happy stamping!

Thanks again, everyone! Our challenge is a big hit and we hope to see you again!

Greetings to you all from the DT & Staff at Rubber Dance