Sunday, May 31, 2015

Recap May Pretties

Hey everyone! It's the last day of May and time to share some of the pretties made with Rubber Dance stamps this month. Enjoy! 

ATB by Majo 

Clay bracelet by Susanne. Tutorial here

Artwork with Video Tutorials:

See Susanne's video tutorial here

12 tags of 2015, see Helen's video tutorial here

See Helen's video tutorial here

See Helen's video tutorial here

I certainly do have the most FAB DT ever! Thank you so much, fab folks! ♥
You can meet the team here.
If you live in Norway and/or can write in Norwegian, check out this DT call!

Before I let you go: Have you joined our GIVEAWAY blog hop that is running until the 19th of June? My DT and I are celebrating my very 1st of blogging for Rubber Dance! Come join the blog hop giveaway with lots of prizes to win. Yes, I said LOTS! ;-)

Thanks for stopping by today. Come back tomorrow (June 1st) and see what our new challenge is all about. I've really been looking forward to this one! :-D

Be good, stay creative and keep on stampin'!


Saturday, May 30, 2015

Alcohol Ink Ombre Technique

Hi Everyone, Helen here!

It is my turn to share inspiration with you today.  I hope you are having a fun weekend and are managing to fit in a little (lot) of crafting ;-)  Welcome to anyone popping by from my YouTube Channel!

Today I am sharing a tutorial and card idea that means you can create quick and vibrant backgrounds that are perfect to stamp on top or with any combinations of your Rubber Dance stamps.  Once you have mastered the technique this is definitely a card design that can be made in a hurry but looks fab!

So if you are like me and absolutely Mrs Disorganised when it comes to birthdays this one is for you!!!

As you can see you can use many different colours for this effect and lots of stamps would work to create this look.

In the tutorial I show you how to achieve this cool background so get out your alcohol inks and off we go………Oh before I forget here are the all important card dimensions as promised:

Cutting Guide:

Black Card: 9" x 7 1/2" scored and folded at 4 1/2" or 23 cm x 19 cm scored and folded at 11.5 cm
White Gloss Card: 4 1/4" x 7 1/4" or 11 cm x 22.5 cm (cut 2)
Black Decorative Strip: 1" x 5" or 2.5 cm x 12.5 cm (after die cutting or punching trim to fit)

Before I go I just want to remind you of the Anniversary Blog hop that is going on to celebrate Bibi's one year in Blog Land anniversary.  So please click on this link and join in the celebration - there are gorgeous Rubber Dance stamps to be won!!

'Till next time……

Thank you for popping by.

Helen X

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Ir(resist)ible technique

Hi all, it's Majo here today to show you how to create a little box with an older technique called “Resist with napkin varnish”. 

I started with cutting my template, it’s a Sizzix Die *Box & Card* and stamped the two beautiful flowers from the Da Vinci Set. Make sure you use permanent ink, as this is going to get wet!

I colored the images with Koh-I-Noor pencils Mondulez and some water. Then I carefully applied the napkin varnish and tried not to get too much outside the image, since this area will not take any color after the application.

I applied different colors of Distress Ink and spritzed & flicked with water. After distressing the edges I assembled my box and tied a little tag around, the word “SEEDS” is computer generated.

 I just love how vibrant the colors of the flowers stand out!

Ready for summer and some new flowers?

You can find the flower images right here at the Rubber Dance Stamps shop!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Art Tin or Art in the Tin - by Irit

Hello my dear crafty friends and welcome to my  new art adventure. This time I made an ART TIN.
This is just a way to contribute to my love to art with this small, but yet very artistic  altered tin creation.
The plain  silver metal tin was the beginning. First I altered the lid using Rubber Dance stamps with pigmented Crafter's Clearsnap ink and black embossing powder. This was not the usual way to stamp over bare metal. The usual way is to use solvent  permanent inks. But then isn't art an experiment? So this was my new experiment and it worked!
 The stamps I used were from different Rubber Dance sets, but all the sets are totally " artsy".
 The face was from Collage Mix set.  The Bingo card from Art Backgrounds 2 set.  The G 53 token from Collage Elements 1 set.  I also used a nature branch stamp from  Vintage Birds set.

After I stamped the images and heat embossed them I added a mix of Ranger alcohol inks over the lid  to make this artistic painted background.
The Art title was made with Makin's Clay white air dry clay and stamping into the wet clay. I use  small Art word from Da Vinci set and then colored it with one of my alcohol inks and glued over with a good jewelry clay.

Now I moved to the inside of my art tin. First I stamped the left panel and the half of right  panel. The stamping was made over white thick cardstock with the same pigmented ink and the same embossing black powder. I picked the small artistic stamps  that fir the tin size and added parts of big backgrounds.
The art doll image is from Collage elements 1 set.  The music background is a part of a very large  Music notes background stamp. The  text is a part of Collage mix set.
On the right side I stamped  artistic Number strip with the very same text background. Both stamped pieces were inked with  a bit of alcohol inks leftovers.
Then I added the artistic trinkets inside the box.

The three faces were made with silicone mold and Makin's Clay White clay. I inked all  dried faces with some alcohol ink and gave them this funny colored look.  Both  sides of the tin were covered with a thin layer of ETI  Easy Cast resin and some more trinket were added inside: a chain, Tim Holtz token, some metal parts and an old broken paint brush.You don't need any glue to fix them all inside the tin if you use clear resin as your sealer.

And is my beauty again!
Can you use it for something? Maybe. Is it pretty? Sure. Is it the real Art? Most probably...

Thank you for stopping by today!
You can find all the stamps here:

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

1st Year Anniversary Giveaway and Blog Hop

Hello everyone and welcome to this fun blog hop with many Rubber Dance stamps to win! Tjooohoo! 

It's Bibi here (owner of Rubber Dance), and today it's been exactly one year since I blogged about something I had made using Rubber Dance stamps! I cannot believe it's been a whole year already, but on the other hand - there has been a lot happening since then. Things really started moving after I had hired my very first Design Team in August last year, and with their help this blog rapidly changed from being a rather quiet place to quite a busy bee hive!

My Design Team members
have made so many beautiful things with my stamps, helped spread the word out there in blogland (and beyond), and they've been such a great support in more ways than I can count. I'd be way up creek without a paddle without them! ♥ Love you guys! ♥

From zero readers to nearly 40.000 hits in just one year - that's pretty awesome!

And if you're curious where all those readers live, here's another stats report
(we have readers from many more countries than these, but the Alltime History Stats shows the top 10 only)

(During this first year, only 2 out of all those people from my homecountry Norway have left a comment on my blog... where are you guys??)

This blog wouldn't be such a fun playground without all our readers, of course, so now that I celebrate my own 1st year blogging anniversary, YOU the readers are the best gift a blogger could dream of!! Therefore it's only natural that the anniversary gifts goes to you, and the best gifts I can give back to this blog's readers are of course Rubber Dance stamps. I know you love'em. I know you want'em! ;-)

Each member of my Design Team have chosen 3 of their own favorite DT makes for their blog posts today, and will also let you know which 3 are their favorite single stamps. 3 seems to be the lucky number here, so let's have 3 winners, too!

  • TWO lucky winners drawn at random will win my Design Team members' favourite stamps! 
  • ONE additional winner who shares this gift giveaway on Facebook gets a €20 voucher (approximately $25) to spend in the Rubber Dance webshop any time she wants! Just tell me that you have shared it when you leave a comment below, and you're in! I trust you ♥

 How's that for some nice anniversary gifts, ey? ;-)

If more than one DT member like the same stamp, I will replace those with some of my own faves to avoid duplicates in the prize. If the winners own any of the prize stamps from before, they can pick their own faves to replace those.

To participate in this blog hop giveaway, all you have to do is to visit the DT's posts below and leave a comment on all of them, as well as a comment on this one. It'll just take a few minutes of your time. You do not have to be a follower of the blogs in our hop, but you're of course very welcome to become one -  if you aren't already.

Hop along and see the Design Team's fave DT makes and fave three Rubber Dance stamps:







Rubber Dance blog: You are here :-)

Thank you for joining and good luck! May the best hoppers win! :-)

The winners will be announced on this blog and on our Facebook page on June 19th,
shortly after noon Central European Time, so remember to check in to see if you won.


I think my own three fave makes are these:


I know that's four - but I'm the boss and can do what I want! *snickers*

Thank you for stopping by today, thank you for stopping by so often! :-)
♥ I look forward to reading all your comments ♥

And finally, a message in Norwegian....

Til slutt, en beskjed på norsk:

Hei! Hvis du foretrekker å legge igjen en kommentar på norsk, er det helt i orden!
Jeg minner om at det fortsatt er mulig å søke om en plass på det norske DesignTeamet.
Mvh Bibi


June 19th: This giveaway blog hop has now closed.
♥ Thank you for all your lovely comments! ♥

To see who won, go to the announcement here.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Stamped Clay Bracelet by Susanne

Hi everyone!

Today I'd like to share a jewelry project with you. I created a chunky bracelet by stamping on polymer clay. You'll find detail photos and step by step instructions in this post.

ca. 50g White and  50g Pearl Fimo (or similar clay, any brand)
Stamps and other stylus tools
Pasta machine would be good, also a cutter blade
Acrylic paint (anything dark, I mixed black and brown)
Elastic cord
Some twine
Bone folder
Something round like a marmalad glass, a glass bottle or something like that with a     diameter of nearly 8-10cm (cover it with aluminium foil)
Any bead for the closure
Sharp kitchen knife
Of course an oven to bake the clay
Waterproof sandpaper (about 300 grit)

Step 1:
You will need different sheets of your clay mixture (white and pearl). One for the backside, one for the middle part and one for your stampings. You should choose the size you need and want. I used a length of 19cm and a height of 6cm (fitting my highest image). I conditioned the clay with my pasta machine using a middle setting.

Step 2:
Stamp your images by spraying your stamps with some water (so that the clay will not stick to it) and press it into your clay. It might be a good idea to test this process first on a piece of scrap clay. Just to get some feeling for it. Be sure to clean your stamps very well after you worked with polymer clay!!!

I used other stylus tools as well in addition to the stamps.

Step 3:
 Press the middle part onto the backside.

 Add some twine into the openings to protect them and press the "cover" on top:

Step 4:

Sorry, I missed it to take photos of this step. Take your bone folder and press it into your bracelet where the single parts should be cutted after baking. Press it not too deep. Take your "construction" and lay it arround your glass (or other round and heat-proof object). Tie the ends of your thread together to fix it. Now you can put it into the oven by following the clay manufacturer's instructions.

Step 5:

After baking you can cut the pieces apart with a sharp kitchen knife. Take your waterproof sandpaper and sand the sharp edges under water.

Paint every part with acrylic paint and wipe the color away with a damp cloth rag.

Step 6:
Thread your finished beads onto the elastic cord. Build the closure by tying an extra bead on the end. This bead can be run through the cord loop on the other end.

If you have any questions please feel free to ask in the comments. Thank your for stopping by today. See you soon,

All stamps I've used are from Rubber Dance:
Collage Mix
Vintage Birds
Think again
Round in Circles
Weed Love

PS: The DT and I would like to say Hurray, Hurray for Norway and all our Norwegian readers on your National Day today, the 17th of May! And of course a big hug to our Norwegian "boss" Bibi, the owner of Rubber Dance. We hope you all have a fun celebration!