Tuesday, July 31, 2018

July Recap - Lots of Inspiration

Hi everyone!

It's time for our monthly recap! July is already over and we have to share a big bunch of inspirations today!

At first, let's have a look on our July stamp release! We had two brand new stamp sets released this month! Aren't these awesome???

The designers have had such fun using these brand new stamps!
Here are some of the things they've made with them:



Floral Wreath:

Notice how the sentiments from this set fit perfectly inside the wreath:




Ok, now let's see what else was going on our blog in July, starting with our tutorial/ technique projects we had every Tuesday and Thursday.

 Susanne created an awesome intuitive art journal page

Asia created also a lovely art jorunal page

Debs also stamped a gorgeous mixed media piece

Donna did this amazing Artist Trading Coins

Melina created a super cool bookmark

Sue made this amazing greeting card

Dot stamped this brilliant greeting card

Click here for the Tuesday Tutorials.
Click here to see Thursday's Technique Posts.

We also had some great clean and simple creations and also projects for beginners this month 

Asia arranged a beautiful flower bouquet

Debs made a cute bookmark

Donna stamped this gorgeous card

Dot also made a beautiful greeting card

Here are even more gorgeous inspirations by the Design Team all made with stamps by Rubber Dance




Thank you all for stopping by today!
We are back tomorrow with a new challenge.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Simplicity Sunday - Card with Distress Oxides by Melina


It´s Melina here today on Simplicity Sunday with a card to share with you.

A while ago I had a play with my Distress oxide inks and photo paper.
For todays project I used one of those backgrounds.
I stamped the Dreamcatcher using StazOn ink, and also stamped the 
sentiment from the Affirmations stamp set.
I then stamped a few of the small stamps and the word Dream from the 
Dreamcatcher stamp set using Distress Oxides again.
I drew a string for the dreamcatcher to hang from and a frame all around the edges
and my card was done.

If anyone is interested to see how I made the background, you´ll 
find the video HERE.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!
xx Melina

Rubber Dance Stamps used:

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Technique Thursday - Easy Painted Flowers by Sue

Good afternoon and happy Thursday. It's Sue here to show you how I colour my flowers really quickly and easily.

I know that some people love to colour, and shade, and highlight, and I think it looks fantastic, but I can't do it, and I'm not prepared to put in the hours to learn! Sooo I needed an alternative, and this is one that I learned from the lovely Tracy Scott (and she's very happy for me to share)

 You simply finger paint patches of colour onto you card. It doesn't have to be in circles, that's just the way this one worked out. I was a bit dubious at first about using my fingers, but it's easy and fun!

 I've started with opaque colour and then gone on to more translucent ones.

 And I've filled in any gaps with a translucent yellow, 'cos this is my happy colour and it makes a new colour where it overlaps.

 I've also made a green one for my leaves.

 Then I've stamped away, covering every bit of space with flowers and leaves. Now I just need to cut them all out Aaaarrrggghhh.

 And as if by magic here they all are! In their defence these stamps are really easy to cut out.

 I've given them a bit of dimension with a ball tool and an embossing mat, and a few highlights with a white pen.

 Then I've layered them up with hot glue.

I've used some designer paper for the background, and gesso'd over to knock it back a little, and give it a bit of texture. Then I've layered it onto some black card and mount board as I shall be hanging this in my craft room.

Finally I've added some stitches to the leaves and stuck my flowers and leaves to my mount board. I work out the layout before I stick it, then take a photograph so that I don't forget lol.

All of the fabulous stamps can be found here in the store. For my project I used 

I hope you like my easy painted flowers, have a happy day, and thanks very much for looking.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Card Tutorial with Alcohol Inks by Dot

Fossilized Fish

Hi everyone, it's Dot here with a fun alcohol ink technique for you to have a go at.  It's the same technique that I used for a card last month using the Merry Magpie stamp set that you can find here.

I think that you will have a lot of fun trying this, but be warned ...
you will need a good supply of alcohol blending solution.

Step 1:
On glossy card sprinkle a liberal amount of blending solution onto glossy card and then add a couple of colours. The ink will spread out naturally, and it will move around a bit more while drying it with a heat gun.

Step 2:
Into the middle of the coloured area pour a little more blending solution and add some drops of black alcohol ink!  That's right - Black!

Step 3: 
Start moving the ink around in the blending solution.  Be careful at this stage that some of the original colours are still visible.

Step 4:
While it is still wet, grab some paper towel and start dabbing. This will lift some of the colour off.

Step 5:
I've gone back and added some more blending solution a couple of more times.  Each time it fades the colour out a little more. You can see where the rings of colour are starting to show. 
What is interesting with black alcohol ink is that it has a gorgeous blue tinge to it when you bleach it out.  I also put some blending solution on my craft sheet and flicked some tiny droplets onto the outside areas.  It is difficult to create the small drops, but a fan brush works just fine.

Here is a closer look at the finished background.

Step 6:
I've stamped the fish from 'Fish Diet', into the area that I had bleached out, with archival ink and then heat set it before I accidentally smudged it. (yes, I've done that more than once lol).

To finish off I've added some interest into the corners with an element from the same stamp set. 
Used some while gel pen to hightlight the fish.
Doodled a border. 
And just because I was in a fun mood, I added some words from 'Adore Me'.

The black ink gives a lovely blue tinge when it dries and a black outline in the outside areas.

 I think the fish looks like he has been preserved in some crystalized rock, what you you think?

Products used:

Alcohol Inks/blending solution
Archival Ink
Glossy cardstock
and some really great stamps!

Stamps used:

I hope you have enjoyed following my play with alcohol inks.

Dot x