Hey, fans! It's Bibi here today, you know .... the owner of Rubber Dance? I know, I know....you don't hear from me very often - mostly this blog is devoted to artwork by my Fabulous Design Team, and they all do such a great job that I've wisely stepped aside to let the masters be the chefs. Not so today, but nevertheless wise - sprinkled with a wholesome portion of pride, because I'm here to share with you that for the entire months of February AND March, Rubber Dance is honoured to be the sponsor of the Unruly PaperArts Blogozine! :-D
I know a lot of our readers are familiar with Unruly PaperArts, but in case you are not - UPA is one of the coolest places I've been to (with Iceland as a good runner up). Why? Oh, maaaan - if you have to ask that question, you've been missing out! But worry not, dear friends in the dark, for I come bearing gifts to enlighten you - a blogozine of gifts in the form of archives packed full of inspiration & information, new articles several times a week, challenges, readers' submissions, oh and prizes, and ...
Want to find out more? Then read on ....
On their website, Unruly PaperArts says this about themselves:Unruly Paper Arts is a collaborative Blogozine featuring regular and guest columnists as well as reader-submitted articles on stamping, mixed media, collage, altered art and scrapbooking. Believing that creativity is boundless our articles are designed to introduce new products, techniques and simply inspire, encouraging our readers to discover all that is magnificent and messy in their own art.
All that is true, but way too modest in my un-humble opinion. I know it isn't easy to brag about your own stuff, so let me do it for them: Unruly RULES! So there. But don't take my word for it, go over there and see for yourself. Maybe you'll love it, too.
Unruly Paper Arts has a theme this month that they've called "Fully Booked!" - not because they are fully booked already (YOU can submit artwork, oh yes you can!), but because the theme is alllll about all types of book projects, from book binding, altered books, tag books, etc, etc .... I'm going to have to say "etc" since I don't know what they will be sharing with us throughout this month, all I know is that it is going to be fabulousiously funtastic! I know that because I'm a fan of that place and I know it because many of their talented regular columnists will be using MY stamps! And my stamps are FAB, as you already know (forget what I said about self-bragging earlier, 'cos it doesn't apply to me when it comes to my stamps - obviously! *grins*)
If you want to know how I made my tag, read on. If not, jump over to the Unruly PaperArts Blogzine right away. See you there! :-)
For those who are still lingering on, here's my tag again. I guess I interpreted the book theme a little outside of the bookshelf when I made this tag, but there ARE old book pages on it! Stamped book pages, that is, but nevertheless ....
Supplies: Large tag (8 x 15 cm, 3 x 6 1/8 inches), watercolor paper, Distress inks, waterproof inks (I've used StazOn and Archival), stained teabag paper, letter stickers, ribbon, jute string, metal embellishments, spray bottle, tape.
Description: Drink a cup of tea, set aside teabag for several days to dry. Hot tip (this one with our British friends in particular in mind): If you use milk in your tea, take the teabag out before adding the milk. (Milk left out to dry produces a nasty smell. Just trust me on that, 'K?).
Using a waterproof black ink, stamp with the Old Book Page Stamp repeatedly to cover the whole tag. Do the same on your stained teabag paper, and adhere a piece on the top of the tag. Fold another piece of the teabag paper for a "pleated skirt" at the bottom of the tag. Set aside.
Colour a piece of watercolor paper with Distress inks and a foam applicator. Stamp "Vintage Script" with Vintage Photo Distress ink to cover the entire piece. Unless you prefer to sew, stamp the "Cross Stitches" on both sides with black ink (I never prefer to sew, hence the practical stitch stamp). Spray the watercolor paper with water and let the Distress inks run. Tear and distress the edges, adhere to the tag. On a piece of white cardstock, stamp "Mona Lisa" with Coffee Archival ink. Color her cheeks with pink Distress ink. Cut out, soot the edges with black ink, adhere to tag with foam tape. Wrap some jute string stained with black ink around the tag. Dye a white ribbon with pools of Distress inks, dry with heatgun. Stamp "Old Book Page Stamp" with black StazOn (or similar) on one side of the ribbon. Stain two decorative metal corners with black StazOn, heat set and adhere to tag with Glue Dots (or similar that won't show through). Spell "Read on!" with stickers, add shadow around the stickers with blue Distress ink. Last, but not least: Hold your beautiful tag up and admire it! Pat yourself on the back. Make one more. Repeat. But before doing so, make sure you pop over to Unruly PaperArts and check out what's going on.
If you are still here, you deserve a Patient Blog Reader's Stamp Discount! I'm offering a special on the Old Book Page Stamp this month! You'll need a coupon code in order to get your discount, which is OLD20 - use that one and get 20 % off the Old Book Page single stamp OR the entire set of stamps where this stamp can be found! "Collage Mix" is a large sheet of unmounted, red rubber stamps - measuring 20 x 26 cm (8 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches).
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