Thursday, August 22, 2019

Something slightly different with Grungy Butterflies by Evelyn

Hello lovely Rubber Dancer, it´s Evelyn here today!

This time I want to show you a DIY boxy bag I made. Yes, it´s fabric! You can use the Rubber Dance stamps even on fabric, it works really good! I used again the fabulous Grungy Butterflies and Small Grungy Butterflies stamps.
I love, how it turned out!

You only need a few supplies and it is really easy to make. May be you´ll give it a try?

If you want to see how I made this, you can watch the process video. Have fun!

You will need 2 pieces of fabric in the same size (mine were 40x25cm, about 16"x10"), but you can make it in nearly every size, it´s totally up to you!
For the little handles I used a stripe of fabric sewn left and right.
You will also need a zipper, I used a devisible one, it should be a little longer than the small side of your fabric, fitting yarn and of course a sewing machine.

I started with stamping, but I would recommend to start with colouring the fabric. It is way easier to do - but it was the first try, so you have to make experiences, don´t you?
I stamped the lovely butterflies randomly all over the fabric, masked them (which didn´t work unfortunately) and colored the fabric with different mists. I used Tattered Angels mist and I love the really bright colours! To make the butterflies stand out more, I painted them with white acrylic paint and went over the stamped image with a black Posca pen. But this is optional.
But you have to have in mind, that the bag will not be washable at this time. If you have fabric colours, I would recommend to use these. But for the use as a pencil case it will do it - honestly .... how often do you wash your pencil case 😏?

Before I started with sewing, I wanted to protect the surface and make the fabric sturdier so that the bag would be more stable. For that I gave it a generous coat of varnish onto the front and the back and made sure, the varnish soaks in. Then I left it to dry over night. 
Now I only had to put everything together - how to you can see in my video. You can find many tutorials on internet, just ask aunty Google 😉
Now I hope you feel inspired and may be you make one of these cuties yourself!

Don´t forget our challenge, there are some days left to play.

Bild könnte enthalten: Ozean und Wasser

Thank you for your visit today 💖

Stamps from Rubber Dance:
Grungy Butterflies
Small Grungy Butterflies

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Journal Page with Grungy Butterflies

Hi Rubber Dance Universe, Gabriele from Cologne Germany here today with my second guest design post. I'm a mixed media artist and proud to be the August Rubber Dance guest designer.

I've made this project using Rubber Dance Grungy Butterflies and old map papers.

I made a short video of the process.  This is my first video tutorial!!
I hope you like it.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Doodle Flowers Pen Holder ► Majo

Hello, my friends!

It's my turn again to show you a creation I made with our awesome *Doodle Flowers*, another penholder.

Ok, I know, I had made some before, but believe me, this is one of the most wonderful and always fitting presents you can give to family and friends.

This time I made one for a friend who will undergo surgery pretty soon and her most favorite colour is *PINK*. Not mine really, but well, what are friends for?

 Without further ado, here is my penholder ...

I stamped the flowers with Distress Ink Tattered Rose and Peeled Paint and heat embossed my image. I coloured the flowers with Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Victorian Velvet and the stems with Peeled Paint.

After stamping my words from the *Mix a Seniment* set, I distressed all edges, gave the flowers a "litte ground to stand on" and adhered the panels to the open holder.

I'd like to show you all sides of the creation ....

The stamps I have used:

Doodle Flowers
Don't forget about our challenge which goes until the end of August.
You'll find it over in our Rubber Dance Stamping Lounge facebook group.

Happy Stamping!

Friday, August 16, 2019

Textured Mushrooms with Cornelia

Hi Everyone,
Cornelia here today. I am lucky to get my stamps on this wonderful Textured Mushroom stamp set by Rubber Dance. They are magical, aren't they?

There are so many mushrooms to choose from. I did not use them all. Unfortunately I could not download a picture form the website. Not sure why, but you can look at it through the link I provided. I colored the mushrooms with water brush pens and fuzzy cut them. The background I had in my stash. I didn't put a sentiment on it, I figured I can do that later or not use one at all.

Don't forget about our challenge, which goes until the end of the month. Play along, if you find time!
You'll find it in the Facebook Rubber Dance Stamping Lounge and its those three colors you see below or anything goes with Rubber Dance stamps.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

A journal spread with Butterfly girl 2 by Saadia Nawaz

Hi everyone,
Saadia here, with an art journal spread. I hope you like it.

I used Dina Wakley media acrylic paints for my background.

Background stamping was done with Art defined stamp set. I heat embossed the stamped text.

I used Butterfly girl number 2 for my focal image.
The words are from Dreamcatcher stamp set.

That's all for now.

A reminder that we have a challenge that goes all month on our face book page which you can find Here

It is always ANYTHING GOES/ or a colour combo if you wish

Thank you for visiting.

Take care,

Saadia Nawaz.

Products used:

Monday, August 12, 2019

CAS card by Dot

Hi everyone,
I hope you have been inking up your stamps lately
and having fun with your stamps?

My tutorial last week showed a few techniques
which I thought would be fun to use in a different way.

This card repeated the torn paper style as a border for inking.
It goes in a different direction on this card this time.

It also shows the stamping with a stencil ... do you remember?
It is where you twist some ink onto your stencil, spray with a little water
then stamp it onto your card.  Dab with some paper towel so that it doesn't
ooze out everywhere.

The extra little tip that goes with this card
is what to do when you mark the card accidentally with ink.
Yes! I did that! can you see where?

It is the sole reason why I splattered some ink across the card.
It is a fantastic way to cover things up.
It is also the reason for the words going where they are!
I think it is important to not panic when something isn't quite right.
Remember, there are lots of things that you can do
to draw the attention away from things
that you might not be happy with.

Here is a close up of the mistake that I made ...
but it is well disguised.

And the other hidden mishap is here ... somewhere.

I've used the colours from the challenge this month over on the
facebook group.

The main stamps used on my project are:


Thank you for stopping by.
Happy stamping!

Dot x

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Stencil & Stamp Layers Art Journal Page with video tutorial by Gerry

Hi lovely Rubber Dance friends, it's Gerry on the blog today and I have another art journal page for my mini album to share. I did some easy multi colour layering with Distress Oxide inks, Rubber Dance stamps and a Tim Holtz Stencil.

On this page I did another way of layering with stamps and a stencil this time and all these techniques or a page like this can also be used on a card. Be sure to watch today's video to see all techniques in action.

I used Distress Oxides Ink Spun Sugar, Cracked Pistachio and Salty Ocean to colour the background with the Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil - Tiles.

I stamped the Grungy Butterfly with Nuvo Embossing ink and heat embossed it with Nuvo Embossing Powder Jet Black. I used Distress Oxide Black Soot with a 
Nuvo Nylon Brush to colour the butterfly.

I used the Old Book Page stamp to add texture through the stencil. This gives a fun and subtle texture and some black accents as contrast for the soft colours.

I added the some words with the Mix A Sentiment stamped on Craft Perfect Ultra Smooth Card with VersaFine Onyx Black ink.

Thanks for stopping by and make sure to keep on crafting!
Gerry van der Velden


Thursday, August 08, 2019

Wrapped Canvas by GDT Gabrielle

Hi Rubber Dance Universe, this is Gabriele from Cologne Germany. I'm a mixed media artist and proud to be the August Rubber Dance guest designer.

Today I made a 5 x 5 cm wrapped canvas as a gift to put into happy mail using the

First I glued down tissue paper and a punched black cardboard circle. 
I coloured the tissue with blue and sand watercolour and stamped a butterfly on mixed media paper. 
I used a leaf primer pen randomly on the wings to put some gold leaf on them.
After swiping the excess gold leaf away with a soft brush I cut the butterfly out and glued it loosely onto the black circle, because I don't want it to be totally flat. I gave the wings a little bow up with my fingers for 3D effect and coloured it with watercolour. 

I stamped the quote on wrinkled packing paper (to bring more sand colour in) and glued it down. With a black gel pen I did some outlining and drew some hearts on the tissue paper.  I decided to also fill some of them with gold leaf.  Finally I added some turquoise watercolour on the butterflies wings and on the edges of the canvas. 
I had a lot of fun with this and love how it came out. 
Gabrielle will be back again later this month.
You can see more of her makes on her Instagram page.

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Something Wonderful Card with Distress Inks by Dot

Hi everyone,
I hope that you are all having a crafty few days.
It's my turn to take you through a tutorial and this time
we are looking at a few of my favourite things to do.

I had a friend in mind while making this one.  She is going through a particularly hard time.
We all know someone like that don't we?
So this is something up-lifting to help keep her spirits up.

Are you ready for the tutorial?
Grab a cuppa and here we go ...

Step 1:  The last thing to go onto the card is the very first thing I did.  Using Small Grungy Butterflies stamp some images onto an old book page.  I found this book at a used book shop many years ago and found the print in it a nice size for me.

Step 2:  Tear some photo copy paper so that it has a jaggered edge and pop it onto some white card.  Ink up the open space with light blue Distress Ink. Darken around the edges and along the torn bit.

Step 3:  With the photo copy paper still in place, smooch some of the same coloured Distress Ink onto a craft sheet and spritz with a little water. Using an acrylic block stamp some of the ink onto the background.  I kept away from the torn edge in case it bled underneath it.

Step 4:  Swipe some darker Distress Ink across a stencil and lightly spritz with water. Place this down onto the top corner and dab with some paper towel, while it is in place, so that it gives you a nice crisp image. 

Step 5:  Did you keep the other piece of your photo copy paper?  It lines up beautifully with the first edge that you used. Repeat what you did with the blue, only using a light brown Distress Ink. I didn't use the acrylic block this time because I have something else in mind.

Step 6:  That's right ... you spotted it! I stamped some Old Book Page in random places while the photo copy paper was still there. Distress Oxides are great for stamping with.

Step 7:  Using a dark blue Distress Oxide, Twiggy Leaves (one of my favourite stamps) was stamped to create a border. I like to ink up the stamp and then add a little Black Soot to the edge of the stamp so that it has more depth to the image.

Step 8:  Stamp the words which are from Something Wonderful.  These are really up-lifting words. A white gel pen was used to go highlight the letters. If you have trouble with this, just go over it a second time and you'll be able to see the effect better. One of the new stamps this year, Bold and Beautiful was used to add a silhouette border.

Step 9:  Mat and layer your piece onto some card stock.  This is also where you add the butterflies. It always looks good when some of the stamping goes over the edge.  This is easy to do with a cut out image.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
We sometimes forget how much fun Distress Inks are.
Don't forget to play with the products that you might already have on hand and don't be afraid to mix your stamps to create the things that you have in mind.

Stamps Used in this Project Are:



Don't forget about our challenge which goes until the end of August.
You'll find it over in our Rubber Dance Stamping Lounge facebook group.

Happy Stamping!
Dot x