Saturday, November 25, 2017

Challenge Reminder - Movie Makes

Hi everyone! I've made this picture for our current challenge, where the theme is to make something inspired by a movie. Can you guess which this is?


 
'Mr. Popper's Penguins' is an American comedy from 2011, with Jim Carrey, Carla Guino, and Angela Lansbury, among others. Mr. Popper is a real estate entrepreneur in New York who inherits six penguins from his father. As Mr. Popper transforms his luxurious apartment into a penguin friendly winter wonderland, his professional life starts to unravel..

I've used a free photo from Wikipedia Commons for my backdrop - one can see the Empire State building from Mr. Popper's apartment. My "window" is a mini printer tray from Tando Creative, which I painted white. The snow on the window frames are mini art stones and glitter glue. It's really blingy in real life, like a thousand dimonds on glittery snow, but this was impossible to caputure on camera - so I edited my photo by adding some bling reflections in Photoshop.

I stamped the Playful Penguins from Rubber Dance on watercolour paper, coloured them in with Zig markers, cut them out and glued them to the window. And that's it! A quick and easy make, inspired by a cute movie.




There's still time to join our challenge 
- you have until midnight CET on the 30th of November to join 
(you don't have to use stamps from Rubber Dance).


Have a great weekend!

  Hugs,
Bibi














Friday, November 24, 2017

Live With Passion - Stamping and Alcohol inks - Tutorial

Good morning and happy Friday, it's Sue here and I'm happy to be sharing something that I've not used in ages - microscope slides.




I started by choosing some strong shades of alcohol ink and colouring the slides. Then I gave them all a second coat to build up the depth of colour.


They look so good after the second coat. There's no blending fluid used, the colours just mottle by themselves.


For the stamping, I used my Tim Holtz platform as I wanted to be able to re-stamp if the image wasn't strong enough. As it happens it was perfect first time which is all down to the quality of the stamp! I used Potting Soil Archival. It has to be Archival ink for this technique, but any colour will do.


You just wait a few seconds for the ink to dry, then rub with a soft cloth, and the Archival ink removes the alcohol ink the reveal the pattern of the stamp. Can you see the beautiful large butterfly from Butterfly Trio?


I love how the white stands out against the bold colours. You need to choose a stamp where there's something going on all over otherwise there's nothing to remove the alcohol ink. This butterfly was perfect! I've just stuck it to white card and gone around the edges with silver paint.


Time for the background now. I painted a wooden plaque with Tinting Base and Diazoxide Purple, as the purple on its own would be far too strong.


Then on with a layer of crackle paint. The purple shows up nicely through the cracks.


To finish I've added some Tim Holtz stickers and Remnant Rubs.

I hope you like it, it was fun to get out the slides again, and I'm really happy with how it's turned out. There's still time for you to join in with our Movie challenge, so please get stamping!

Have a wonderful weekend, and thanks very much for looking xx

Supplies

Rubber Dance Stamps - Butterfly Trio

Other 'stuff'

Wooden plaque
Strong colours of alcohol inks - I used 3
Microscope slides
Archival ink - any colour
DecoArt tinting base, diazoxide purple, and crackle paint
Tim Holtz Chit Chat Stickers, and Remnant Rubs



Thursday, November 23, 2017

Two Journal Spreads

Hello Everyone,
Shilpa here,

I have two journal spreads to share with you today!!



This is very easy-peasy journal spread. I worked on watercolor paper here. 
For the background, I used two different shades of yellow!! 
On another white paper, I stamped beautiful butterflies from Butterfly Trio stamp set. I colored them with watercolors. Fussy cut them and adhered on the background. 
Further on the background, I stamped these cute flowers from Beautiful You stamp set.
I also stamped sentiments from same Beautiful you stamp set.




This journal spread background is created with lots of layers acrylic paints, inks, stencils and Rubber Dance stamps. 
I have used one of my favorite Da Vinci Woman #3 stamp. I had stamped her image on circle card stock colored her and glued on the surface.
"Believe you can.. Fly" sentiment is from Rubber Dance "Affirmations" stamp set.

Working in my art journals with colors and stamps always makes me happy!!
What about you... what is your "go to" creation..? I would love to read that!

Thanks so much for stopping by.








Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Christmas Cards for Beginners

Would you like to learn how to make unique Christmas cards and fun Holiday projects? Then this bundle of 10 video classes and lovely Christmas stamps is for you!

Helen Allen, who has over 14.000 followers on YouTube, will show you how to create Gift Boxes, Baubles, Note Cards, Magical Treat Bags, Birthday Cards and 7 different Christmas Card Designs! Tons of inspiration and fun techniques to get you ready for Christmas.

Helen's classes are taught in detail so that beginners can follow the easy step by steps, but her classes and fun ideas are of course suitable for intermediate and advanced stampers as well. Some of our own Design Team members tested the classes last year and learnt bunches!

This is a re-post from 2016 - I thought it was time to share it again for our many new readers :-)





When you make this purchase you will be receiving:
- This fabulous set of Rubber Dance stamps, which is a
13 x 18 cm sheet of un-mounted stamps.
- 10 video tutorials by Helen Allen.
- A pdf file with all the details you need.

What better way to make sure that you get the most out of your stamps?

All that for only €25!  <--- click to go to web shop.
(Shipping of stamps is included!)

Frosty Friends was designed for Rubber Dance by our very own Susanne Rose in 2015. The stamps alone are €18,50 and you can find them here (without classes, shipping not included).







This is just a small selection of the lovely projects Helen will teach you. Most of her 10 videos are around 30 minutes and very easy to follow - also for beginners.

You will receive a pdf with all the project photos, links to the 10 video classes, materials and tools lists and all the measurements you need to create this bundle of festive creations.

The projects will inspire you to make other creations, too!



When you order, there's an instant download of the pdf file so you get access to the classes right away, while you wait for the stamps to arrive (usually 2 to 5 days to Europe).

If you already have the stamps and just want to order the classes, the price is €12,50. To order the classes only, please email me at stamplist@gmail.com.


Helen, Susanne and I hope that you will enjoy crafting with us this Christmas. 

Order your stamps & classes from the Rubber Dance web shop here.


Merry Stamping!
 Love,
Bibi x



Here is Helen's video ad to really get you in the mood :

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Christmas Bunny

Hi everyone,

It's Donna here today with Bonny Bunny who looks to be getting into the Christmas spirit already!



I took a 6x6 Kraft card and cut a little bit off it to make it narrower.

Next up was the fun of using some Sizzix Dies for the snowflakes and also one for the 'falling snow' effect you can see in the background of the card. I popped a little bit of stickles onto to the snowflakes to add a bit of sparkle to them.

So then it was time to stamp up Bonny Bunny on a piece of Strathmore Mixed Media paper and colour in with my beloved Zig Clean Colour pens. I just had to add a touch of red glitter to his nose too!

The Santa hat was hand drawn and again coloured with the Zig pens, I added some white puffy paint which when you put heat on it puffs up nicely...that's why it's called puffy paint of course!!

I adhered bunny with his hat to the card background and added a sentiment from Tim Holtz. The snowflakes were added with little foam pads to make them pop.

So isn't it nice to know that bunny is all ready and waiting for Christmas......now I wonder if he is on the Naughty or Nice list, what do you think?!


Hope you like it
Donna xx


Stamp Set Used:


Bonny Bunny



Monday, November 20, 2017

Make Watercolour Illustrations with your Stamps

Hi there!

Today I'd like to share a project with the brand new stamps, that had been released a few days ago. They are still 20% off in the store until November 21st!
These Penguins are designed by me and I am  so happy, that Bibi made them into stamps:


http://www.rubberdance.com/shop?shop_section=163311


Today I'd like to share something else you can do with your stamps, than just stamping and colouring. Turn them into watercolour illustrations:


Here is what I did:
I stamped the penguins with a light watersoluble ink (Distress Ink works great). After that, I coloured the penguins with watercolours. I used a wet in wet technique to create some texture with different colours. I also sprinkled some colour on top of the images after they were dried.
Finally I used a black fineliner to bring back some of the outlines and details. It's always good to stamp a reference of your image onto a piece of scrap paper, so you can see where to put the eye or other details.

I used a gelli printed background for these cards and added some additional stamping to create a little more texture.




Thanks for stopping by today!
xx Susanne.

www.rubberdance.com/shop


Supplies
Rubber Dance Stamps:

Others:
Distress Ink (Tumbled Glass)
Gelli Plate
Tim Holtz Stickers

Sunday, November 19, 2017

How to create a Mixed Media Acrylic Clock

Hello Everyone, Debs here with one of my How To projects, and this week it’s working on Clear Acrylic, which can be tricky, but so effective! I apologise in advance that the photos are not our usual quality due to the Clear Acrylic which reflects the lights and blurs the focus.




So first, using the backboard I gave it a heavy coat of crackle paint and let it dry, then added Antiqueing Cream in Patina all over to fill in the cracks.


To apply the cream,  rub in all over the surface you want filled and let it dry. Then with a damp but not wet cloth wipe it off. The idea is to leave the medium that has sunk into the cracks but wipe it off the surface. It can have a really aging effect, but is not permanent so I used a gel medium to seal it once dry. This also gave a great surface to stamp onto. Remember this is your very last surface and so acts as your background. I stamped the leaves all round the clock at the edges and then heat set it.






Now this clock comes with 3 Acrylic surfaces which is fabulous for building up your layers but for this clock I only used two. But first I completed the background layer. I used Alcohol pens to colour the leaves changing the values to give a 3D effect. I also added a white pen to add a highlight.



Easy right? Now the next step(s) are more tricky. I placed the next Acrylic layer on top so I could see the leaves, and then using a Black Ink I stamped the flowers. I used Stazon as it can be dried to be permanent. Now you will see from the photo that it didn’t go right. For some reason the ink started to spread out. I’ve not seen this before on acrylic, but it reminded me of how ink performs on silk unless you use a barrier to stop it escaping. However with  Clear Acrylic it’s simple just remove the ink clean the acrylic and start again. (I forgot to take another photo of the completed composition)



Okay, so once you are happy with your design, use a heat gun to dry the the ink. Don’t worry that the Clear Acrylic seems to bend, it will go back to shape as it cools. Now for my project I continued with Alcohol pens, which created a nice translucent look. However, for a solid look use acrylic paint but work in reverse. So if adding shading and highlights add them first, dry, and then add the main colour. You work this way because once it’s all dry you flip it over and have a wonderfully painted stamp which is under the the Clear Acrylic and won’t rub off. You don’t have to worry about staying within the detail lines either as when you flip it the black ink is the first element and the colour second. 





I coloured all the flowers, working light to dark so that when I flipped it they were in reverse. Once you have added your designs and built your layers you are ready to assemble your clock. Which is very simple and self explanatory. In the clock kit you also receive some MDF numbers which you can stick on, or use the frame from which the numbers were cut as a stencil. 
Let’s have a last look

















Other Materials I used
That’s Crafty - Clock Stack Round
DecoArt - Crackle Paint, Antiquing Cream
Chameleon Color tone Pens


Thank you for joining us and I hope you enjoyed this How To project 
Hugsxx




Saturday, November 18, 2017

Dancing Woman


Hello everyone, 
I always get so excited when it's my turn to share a project.
This time I've made a quick tutorial for you using the beautiful Dancing Woman stamp from Rubber Dance.


She is seriously one of the most feminine stamps around
and I wanted to show that side of her to you on this tag.





Firstly, I've stamped her onto tissue paper (the smooth side) with StaZon and used a water brush to gently tear away the excess tissue paper. I flipped it over and painted her dress, and flowers, with slightly watered down white acrylic paint. 





The background is made by dragging some acrylic paint (Dina Wakely Media paint in Umber) over some cardstock with an old credit card. I've swiped it in different directions.
Then I've used white acrylic paint in random areas around the edge.
It looks a little messy, but that's okay.





I then painted some gel medium, very, very carefully, onto the back of the tissue paper and onto the background where I wanted the lady to be placed. You can see that I've accidentally lost her foot. Looks like I need little disguising in that area.
I've also added some more white acrylic paint around the edge with my trusty old credit card ... then I thought that while I had the credit card all painty I may as well add some lines with it.





Using a sponge I've dabbed some more umber to tone down the white a little.  
Also to add a bit of a border.  I just kept playing with the paints ... that's the fun part.






And to finish off I've trimmed it into a tag shape, white embossed a word from the Something Wonderful set, stamped some flowers from the Antique Botanicals set onto the background and filled the blooms in with a little white paint, flicked some left over paint and edged the card with black archival and carefully blended it onto the tag.

I think she is one of the most beautiful stamps.


Stamps Used Are:

   





Other Products Used Are:
StaZon - Jet Black
Archival Ink - Jet Black
Dina Wakely Umber acrylic paint
White acrylic paint
Old credit card
sponge
tissue paper

Thank you so much for taking the time to see this tutorial.


Dot x





Friday, November 17, 2017

Art Journal inspiration

Hello Everyone Debs here today to share a page in my small journal. It’s a double page spread this time, which is unusual for me as I like to stick to one page, as I find stamping across two can be difficult, although not impossible.


Please join me on my blog to get the details of how I created this spread.







Stamps I used 


Take care everyone 
Hugsxx