Sunday, December 30, 2018

Birthday Card with Distress Oxides on Photopaper

Hi everyone!

Susanne writing today. I'm sharing a birthday card  with a special background. I used Distress Oxide Inks on photopaper. Before inking up the paper I stamped the Rubber Dance Bold and Beautiful Flowers with Versamark Ink. The ink acts as an resist against the Oxides and creates this nice flower background. I applied the Oxides onto my glass plate, spritzed them with water and dipped in the paper. I dried each layer of colour before I added the next one.

After the background is dry you must "clean" it with a babywipe to get these bright colours. I stamped the sentiment from the Rubber Dance Happy Birthday set. The cool cupcake is a die from STAMPlorations.

Thanks for stopping by today!
xx Susanne.

Rubber Dance Stamps:

STAMPlorations Cupcake Builder
Distress Oxide Inks
Design Paper Gold
Archival Ink
VersaMark Ink

Friday, December 28, 2018

Art Journal Page - Video Tutorial

Hi my dear crafty friends!

Susanne here and I have to share a art journaling video with you today. I used the bigger butterfly from our Antique Botanicals set as my focal point. To create texture and interest on the background I used the Pick A Number and Art Defined sets.

Enjoy the video!

Here are some close ups:

Thank you so much for stopping by today!
xx Susanne

Rubber Dance Stamps:

Inktense Blocks
Texture Paste
Flower Stencils from Stencil Girl
Archival Ink
Aqua Ground
Twinklings H2O
Tim Holtz Mixed Media Die

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Mixed Media Projects to inspire you - including video tutorials

Hi my dear crafty friends!

Susanne writing today and I'd like to share my recent projects of the 24 Days of Mixed Media Advent Calendar on my YouTube channel. These are Day 18 to 23. You will find a full tutorial for each project here: 24 Days of Christmas

Artist Trading Card with watercolors
and one of our Textured Houses

Christmas Card with non-traditional colours
and our Whimsical Winter set

 Art Journal Page with 

Spring inspired project with our wonderful

Birthday Card with the

Mixed Media tag with our 

 Thank you so much for stopping by today!

My teamies and I wish you a

Don't forget that we have 10% off with the code
until Dec. 26th!

We are also searching for passionate stampers 
to add to our team! 
Details about the DT Call are here.

Carved Whimsy Wood
Collage Elements

Thursday, December 20, 2018

A Curious Cat - Inking Tutorial by Dot

Hi everyone,
are you ready for Christmas yet?
I think my shopping is done ... I think. My mum's birthday is on Boxing Day ... so my thoughts are turning to her. It's a great time because we just keep on celebrating for days lol.

This month at Rubber Dance we have a colour challenge using grey, pink and teal.  Or the theme of Embossing.
You will find the challenge over on our facebook group.

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Today I've a tutorial for you using Distress Inks and Oxides.  Curious Cat has come out to play and I hope you see how easy a little bit of stamping can be.

Here we go ...

Step 1: Blend Distress Oxides onto your card.  It doesn't need to be perfect. We'll be adding more to the background so it will be well hidden.
The oxides have a beautiful softness to them which looks great on white card.

Step 2:  My teal colour in the inks came from Evergreen Bough. I've twisted a little onto my craft sheet, beaded up with a little water, and dabbed onto by card.

Step 3: I have wiped over a circle stencil with Distress Ink (Picked Raspberry) and spritzed with a little water until the ink beads up.

Step 4: The stencil was then placed down onto my card. While it was in place, I dabbed the excess wetness with a paper towel.  This will give you a clearer image from your stencil.  Remove the stencil. Let the ink settle for a few seconds and then dab with a paper towel.

Step 5: I've stamped some Weed Love with Oxides to add another layer.  This is such a handy stamp set to have. It can add some delicate detail when you need it.

Step 6: is finishing the background. I've added some tiny daisies from Textured Flowers, some tiny butterflies from Antique Botanicals and some black ink through a stencil in random places.

This background is a great one to use for any of your stamps. The colours look great together.

Curious Cat and flowers from Textured Flowers was stamped onto some white card and cut out. Some medium flowers were stamped onto some scrap card with Picked Raspberry ink on it, and cut out. All you need to do is attach it to your background and mat it onto any coloured card combo that you like.

The reason I used oxides first and then added the distress inks from a stencil to the top of it is because the oxides have less colour movement. Adding the distress ink on top would give a truer pink colour without going muddy. The distress ink is a brighter pink than the oxides.  That was the theory in my mind anyway, and it worked. The pink looks so beautiful on the teal base, it really took me by surprise.

If you were to do this yourself, then play around with different stamps and stencils. I think you will have a lot of fun with this.

Stamps used were:

Curious Cat
Textured Flowers
Antique Botanicals
Weed Love

Other Products used were:

Distress Ink
Distress Oxides

Happy Stamping!
Dot x

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Rubber Dance Stamps - Design Team Call

Hello, lovely people! This is Susanne, with some great news!

If you are following our blog you may already know that Bibi (the owner of Rubber Dance) has decided to retire. This was a very bad news :-( ! The good news is that Rubber Dance is moving to Germany, because I am talking over! (guess how excited I am!!!)
THE GREAT NEWS IS, we are running a Design Team Call!!!

We are looking for passionate stampers
to join our Design Team

Do you love stamping?
Do you love creating cards, tags, art journal pages or mixed media projects?
Would you love to use our stamps in your work?
Would you like to have your work featured on our Blog, Instagram and Facebook Page?
If yes, please read on ...

Design Team Details:
  • Term: 6 months, starting March 1st.
  • Create 3 projects a month, consisting of one challenge inspiration make, one themed post (1 project, 2-3 photos, information about the process), and one tutorial for our blog (Video creators are very welcome).
  • Join the Rubber Dance Stamping Lounge on Facebook, share your work there and be active by commenting on other people's work
  • Have an active instagram account and share your projects over there
  • You don't have to have a personal blog, but it is very welcome, and a must that you are able to work with blogger.
  • Join our private DT group on Facebook two weeks prior to term begins; all DT news and info will be shared only there (no emails). All communication is in English.
  • Be able to take clear photos of your projects and know how to add the watermark provided to you.
  • You will receive stamps from Rubber Dance to a value of around €100 during your 6 months term and a 25 % discount in our web shop during your term!
  • You will get your profile photo, short bio and social media links shared on our blog's DT page, and our DT badge to display on your blog.
  • Join a fun and friendly Design Team! ♥

How to apply:

Please email Susanne at with the following information:
  • Your full name and address. Links to your blog (if you have one) and other social media. 
  • Write a few words about yourself and why you would love to be on our team.
  • Attach photos of THREE projects you have made and you are proud of.
  • Please put "DT Call - Your Name, Country" in the subject line. 

The deadline for applying is January 15th, 2019.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us.

This DT Call is open to anyone, anywhere in the world. 

Please consider well if you are able to stay with us for six month!

We are looking forward to hearing from you! ♥

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

We Are Back - 10% OFF ALL STAMPS

Hi my dear crafty friends!!!

Susanne here and I am very happy to announce that the Rubber Dance web shop is back online!!! 

To celebrate this I have a 10% discount code for you to the new store. It is valid until December 26!!!

If you have any questions don't hesitate and send me an email at:
susanne (@)

THANK YOU so much for your patience!
I am looking forward to this wonderful new adventure.

GUESS WHAT? There will be a DT Call soon, so stay tuned!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Vintage Artist Trading Coin - Video Tutorial by Susanne

Hi everyone!

I am back with a new video tutorial. I am running a big Rubber Dance Stamp giveaway at the moment over on my YouTube channel. As long as our store is closed (I am positive to reopen already in December), this is a chance to for you to get yourself some new stamps :-D. We have also retailers all over the world that are stocking our stamps, so maybe you'd like to have a look over there so far.

Here is my project for day 13 of my mixed media advent calendar. Here is a direct link to the whole playlist over on my YouTube channel: 24 Days of Christmas

My project for today is a vintage artist trading coin using the Antique Botanicals stamp set together with a label from the Vintage Ads.

Enjoy watching the video:

Thanks for stopping by today!
xx Susanne.

Rubber Dance Stamps:
Antique Botanicals
Vintage Ads
Neocolor Crayons
Washi tape
Archival Ink
Distress Oxide Inks

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Mixed Media Projects and December Giveaway

Hi everyone!

Susanne here! If you are following me on YouTube you know that I am running a big stamp giveaway at the moment. It contains three big sets from Rubber Dance! I also offer daily mixed media video tutorial as kind of an Advent Calendar! Today I'd like to share the projects where I've used our stamps! The grafic is linking directly to the playlist:

I used our mixed media stamps on these projects to add texture to the background:

I used the cool Christmas Tree from the Four Seasons stamp set 
on this artist trading card

 Istn't this fish the coolest ever! Love him.
He comes with the Fish, Swim, Love stamp set.

 I used some of the stamps from the
A little Birdie stamp set on this artist trading card.

Our store is temporary closed, because Rubber Dance is moving to Germany.
We will reopen as soon as possible!
Check out our retailers. Our stamps are stocked all over the world:

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Altered Playing Cards - In the Woods

Hi there!

Susanne writing today and I am sure you can imagine how excited I am about Rubber Dance moving to Germany, moving into our home!!! I am so proud and happy that Bibi asked me if I'd like to take over her company! Without Rubber Dance I'd have never become such a passionate stamper! I have been designing for Bibi since 2014. It is the best team I've ever been on!
I am working very hard at the moment to get everything ready in the new web shop! I hope I am able to reopen by the end of next week! Until then have a look at our retailers page:

For today I have two altered playing cards to share with you. I used our Carved Whimsy Wood stamps set. I used watercolours for the background and oil pastels for a more mixed media look. I also have a video for you! Enjoy!

Thank you for watching today!
xx Susanne

Rubber Dance Stamps:
Carved Whimsy Wood
Old Book Page
Mijello Mission Gold Watercolours
Oil Pastels (Faber-Castell, Sennelier)

Sunday, December 02, 2018

December Challenge

Hello Rubber Dance Fans.  December is turning into an exciting month here at Rubber Dance!

If you haven't heard the momentous news you need to scroll down to the next post.  In short, Bibi is retiring and Susanne is taking over Rubber Dance which will be moving to Germany!!  Exciting times.   Susanne is hoping to get the shop up and running again as soon as possible but while we wait the fun continues with a few posts from the team here on the blog and also in the facebook group.  We also have the December Challenge on the facebook group and the Forever Challenge here on the blog, so two places to share your stamped makes using Rubber Dance stamps.  We had already planned to have a relaxing December and the team and hopefully the shop will be back again in the New Year on our usual schedule.  

Hop over to the facebook group to join the fun.  You can use the colours and/or the theme of embossing and don't forget the Rubber Dance stamps!!  Can't wait to see your makes. 

The shop is still closed, but if you want to get yourself some Rubber Dance stamps for Christmas then we do have a number of retailers around the world.  You can find the complete list on the Retailers Tab at the top of the blog.  Stay tuned for more news and inspiration from the team.  Hugz

Friday, November 30, 2018

Rubber Dance is Moving to Germany!

Dear friends and fans of Rubber Dance,

It's Bibi here (the stamp maker and owner of Rubber Dance) to share some good news and bad news. The bad news is that I have so many health issues that I am no longer able to run this stamp company, but the good news is that my very dear friend Susanne Rose in Germany is taking over!

Susanne has been with me since the very beginning of Rubber Dance, first as a monthly Guest Designer before joining the regular Design Team. She has also designed many of the Rubber Dance stamps, such as the bestseller sheet 'Textured Flowers, and the very adorable 'Playful Penguins' and 'Whale Wishes'. Susanne has been my DT & Social Media Manager for the past two years, so my stepping down and passing the torch over to Susanne won't change much, everything will continue like before - just better! Even if it has been difficult for me to come to the realisation that I can no longer run this stamp company, knowing that Susanne will take over makes it a lot easier. I know she will do a wonderful job and that Rubber Dance will be in very good hands.

Thank you everyone for being part of my life for the past years. It has been a wonderful journey and I have enjoyed the ride. One of the things I have enjoyed the most during these years has been seeing all the wonderful, amazing artwork that everyone has made with my stamps. Seeing your challenge entries, blog posts, hundreds of video tutorials, and all the articles in many stamp magazines around the world has been such fun and I have learnt so much from seeing how other people have used my stamps! I am very grateful for this and for all the wonderful and creative people I've met online, and the lovely friends I have made for life.

So, what will I do now? I do not know yet, maybe I will go back to writing and finish my three novels - you know the bestsellers you are all waiting for, ha ha, or maybe I will write music, or perhaps I'll breed pink elephants - only the lack of imagination can stop me, right? What I will do first is enjoying my "retirement" (at only 52) and spend much more time with friends and family.

Please note that the web shop will remain closed until Susanne has everything set up and ready to go. I live in Norway and I've just started shipping all the stamp moulds and other equipment to Susanne in Germany. Until she re-opens, you may order our stamps from one of our many retailers (see this page).  

Thank you.

Stay beautiful. 

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 

Love from Bibi

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 

Thursday, November 29, 2018

A snowy Christmas card by Donna Gray

Hi everyone,

It's Donna here today with a very Wintery Christmas card for you all as I decided that I really must get started on making them!!

I made the background by masking off a circle for the moon on some thick card and then blending a mixture of purple and blue Distress Inks to create a snowy looking sky. I used the middle sized snowflake stamp from the Whimsical Winter set to add to the background and used the tree from Carved Whimsy Wood to frame the edges of the scene.

I tore some white paper to replicate the look of newly fallen snow and added that to the background. The ultra cute log cabin from Whimsical Winter was stamped onto a piece of Strathmore Mixed Media paper and coloured in with Zig Clean Colour pens as I find they blend really well together on this surface. I adhered the cabin to the background with foam pads for some extra dimension.

The finishing touches were to add a Tom Holtz metallic sentiment and some lovely glittery Stickles for the snow, smoke and frost effects.

Now I really just want to walk into that log cabin and find a roaring fire bliss :)

Hope you like it
Donna xx

Stamps Used:

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Simplicity Sunday - Card by Dot

It is Simplicity Sunday over on the Rubber Dance blog.
Today it's my turn for a little inspiration.

The stamps used are all from Dancing Star.

The background in the center panel is from some left-over scraps when playing with Distress Oxides.
We all have a little stash of left-overs don't we? They come in handy sometimes.
The background took a little working out on some scrap paper. But the swirls and background fit beautifully when you stamp twice down on one side, once across the top and once across the bottom, and then twice down the other side.
I then trimmed the card and coloured in the stars and swirls.

The words are from the same set too.
I had to add 're to the word you so that it reads correctly.

Stamps played with are from:
Dancing Star

Other Products Used:
Distress Oxides
Jane Davenport markers

Thank you so much for stopping by today.
Happy Stamping!

Dot x

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Watercolour Stamping - Video Tutorial by Susanne

Hi there!

I have a Christmas card to share with you today and also a new stamping technique. I used the holly leaves from the Cozy Christmas stamp set and inked them up with watercolor brush pens.

I used a stamping tool, because I stamped every image twice. Once to create that watercolor effect and once to get the details. Check out my video to see how this works. I am looking forward to trying this technique with other stamps, too. I'm sure it will turn out really nice. Especially for greeting cards.

Thank you so much for stopping by today
xx Susanne

Due to illnes, our store is temporary closed. 
Please check out our retailers page:

Rubber Dance Stamps:
Cozy Christmas
Happy Christmas
Arteza Real Brush Pens
Gold Embossing Powder