Sunday, March 29, 2015

Recap March Pretties

Hello everyone! It's almost the end of another month and time to share some of the cards and artwork we've made in March. This time I've added a note under each photo so you can see which Rubber Dance stamps have been used on each pretty so it'll be easier to find what you're looking for in the webshop.

Humming bird from Vintage Birds, sentiment from A little birdie ...,
flowers from Antique Botanicals, Weed Love and Bold & Beautiful

Heart stamp from I Heart Art

I Heart Art, Old Book Page Stamp, Arty Hearty (love sentiment)

Leaf stamps from I Love Leaves, sentiment stamp from Think Again

Music Notes, Dancing Woman Collage, Dream from Da Vinci

Stamps from For the Birds
Trash to Treasure by Katy, step by step tutorial here

Stamps from A little Birdie, flower stamps from Bold & Beautiful,
sentiment stamp from Think Again

Stamps from Round in Circles

Flower stamps from Bold & Beautiful
Learn how to make this resin covered flower necklace with Irit here

Butterfly stamp from Antique Botanicals, hummingbird from Vintage Birds
Easter home decor by Susanne, step by step tutorial here.

Antique Botanicals, Da Vinci (art definition), Think Again (main sentiment)
Trash to Treasure project with video tutorial here

Round in Circles + sentiment stamp from Something Wonderful
Susanne made this for Cards und More, but I'm sharing it here since she used Rubber Dance stamps.
The inside is well worth a look - see it all here!

Funny Birthday (if age is ...), Antique Botanicals
Susanne made this for Noor! Design, and again - I'm sharing it since it features stamps from Rubber Dance. Such a funny birthday card, don't you agree?

Several different stamps - please see tutorial for more info.

Learn how to turn a cheap plastic frame into this vintage and romatinc one!
Step by step tutorial here, also for the vellum flower.

Da Vinci set of stamps

Da Vinci  woman

Vintage Script, Something Wonderful (main sentiment)

Several stamps, please see tutorial for all info.
This cool column with "poster ads" is actually a gift box!
Such a great idea. Full tutorial here.

Bold & Beautiful flower stamps
Majo's Decoration boxes, tutorial here

Round in Circles and Collage Mix (woman)
ATC by Susanne

Round in Circles, Collage Mix (face and main sentiment),
Winter Wonderland (lips), Happy Birthday (have fun)

Susanne has also made this adorable mini album to store her fave ATCs:

Flowers and Butterfly stamps from Antique Botanicals

Dragonfly from Beautiful Bugs, Sentiment from Something Wonderful,
 the gothic text on the circles is the Old Book Page Stamp

Old Book Page Stamp, Butterfly from Antique Botanicals

Sentiment stamp from Something Wonderful

And now over to some larger projects - paintings, art journal pages, and more...

Weed Love, Round in Circles, Da Vinci (sentiment)

Leaf stamps from I Love Leaves, text stamp from Herbal Text

Sentiment stamp from Think Again

Something Fishy, A little Birdie, ATC Backgrounds 1, Da Vinci

Da Vinci, Vintage Birds, A little Birdie...
Adorable birdhouse!
Check out the realistic looking roof:

Round in Circles, Weed Love, Antique Botanicals (butterfly)

Round in Circles, Big Dragonfly, Something Fishy, sentiment from our Think Again stamp set

Vintage Birds, Round in Cicles, Old Book Page Stamp
Canvas with stamping by Susanne, video tutorial here

Round in Circles

Round in Circles, swirl from For the Birds, hearts from Just a Note

Stamps from Round in Circles and Antique Botanicals
Trash to Treasure project. Lear how to make the tissue paper flowers,
milk carton vase and newspaper butterfly in this tutorial here)


Quite a busy month here at Rubber Dance!
In addition to all these pretties, there have been several artwork featuring our stamps over at the Unruly PaperArts Blogozine, where Trash to Treasure was the theme for March.
You can find them all here:

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you found some (or a lot) of inspiration here today.
Now, go make your own pretties! :-)


A big, BIG thanks to all my fabulous Design Team members
for all the wonderful artwork you make with my stamps!

 You are the best! 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Brusho + Bibi = True Love

Hi everyone! Bibi here to share some cards I've made using Brusho and Twinkling H2Os. What a match made in heaven!! Before I go on and on about these products,  I want to stress that I am not affiliated with the manufacturers, nor any of their retailers - just a very happy customer! :-)

I heard about Brusho for the first time just a couple of weeks ago when I saw it being used on several projects on a few blogs, and I really, really liked what I saw. Making splashy backgrounds is something I enjoy very much, so when I saw those vibrant coloured backgrounds people made with Brusho, I knew I had to get some!!

If you are not familiar with Brusho, they are highly pigmented watercolour/ink powders, currently available in 24 different colours. To use as regular watercolour, one should mix the pigments with hot water to make sure all the ingredients dissolve. I have not done that yet (I got my Brushos 3 days ago!), I've only used the powder as it is, straight out of the bottle. You'll see...........

I made colour samples for each container and poked a hole in the middle of the lids so I can use the containers as salt shakers to sprinkle the pigment onto my watercolour paper.

I'm having a ball making backgrounds!

Here is one of the techniques I've used for my cards: Sprinkle Brusho powder on the paper, spray with water, add a piece of plastic film on top (while the paint is still wet), wrinkle it up and let it sit for 15 minutes or so.

Another technique I used: Sprinkle Brusho onto watercolour paper, spray with water, then use an airbrush thingie to spread the paint out. (What are those air brushes called??) This is just one colour, but you get so many different ones when you use the powder straight out of the containers since the colours are mixed up by several pigments - like here to make purple.
Here's a better example - this is black Brusho only. See all those colours! So cool.

And this is what my keyboard looked like after my going wild with the airbrush technique... Ooops!

OK, let's see the cards I made with my Brusho backgrounds:

Different backgrounds on this card; the bottom layer made with sprinkle and spray and the top one (purple) with an airbrush, same for the piece I stamped the sentiment on. After having cut out my background panels, there were some leftovers of them, so I punched out some circles and stamped on top of them. The dragonflies are stamped and cut out, then coloured with Twinkling H2Os. Love the shimmer of those paints!

I curled the wings of the dragonflies, so I guess this card won't be sent in the mail ..

I just love the contrast between the matte finish of the Brusho paint and the shimmer in the H2Os!

Here's another card:

These flower dies are from Elizabeth Craft Design and the Thanks is a new die from Quietfire Design. I love the calligraphy stamps Suzanne Cannon makes and HAD to get one of her new dies, too!

These flower dies come in two different sizes (same set). I stamped on the larger one after having painted both with Twinkling H2os (the shimmer is much better in person)

My third card:

Flower and Butterfly stamps from the Antique Botanicals set
Isn't that airbrush background cool? I am officially in love with Brusho!
The green cardstock is a white one that I painted with Twinkling H2Os to match the green flower leaves.

I cut the stamped flowers and butterflies out and added several layers to my card.
The photo does NOT give the H2Os justice. Those flowers and butterflies really sparkle!

And finally, my last card for today:

I didn't want to add any flowers or butterflies to this one, as I think the Brusho background is so pretty it shouldn't be covered by anything. I stamped the sentiment on a different background and added a white panel under it before adhering it to the main background.

I hope you have liked seeing me experiment with Brusho for the first time, and watching me fall deeply in love ♥    I'll certainly try other techniques with this fabulous pigment powder and share another time.

Thank you for stopping by today! If you are more experienced with Brusho, I'd love to hear from you in the comments below - and I welcome you to share links to anything you have made with Brusho.
And of course (goes without saying), if you haven't used Brusho I welcome a comment from you, too! :-)

Stuff I've used:
Brusho Colours from Colourcraft Ltd
Cheap watercolour paper + Water spray + Air Brush thingie
Twinkling H2Os from ColourArte
Flower dies from Elizabeth Craft Design
Thanks die from Quietfire Design
All stamps are from Rubber Dance, and to that company I am definitely affiliated since I own it ... ;-)