Saturday, November 30, 2019

A little Gift Box ► Majo

Good morning, my sweet friends.

Today I show you a little recycled box, you could easily use for Christmas or any other occasion for a little present. I will make some of them and fill them up with home baked cookies for my friends.

 Since they should be able to use them again and again,  I decided to go for the awesome flowers, they ALWAYS fit!

I started by applying distress inks on watercolor paper, I used Victorian Velvet, Spiced Marmalade, Tattered Rose and Mustard Seed.

I stamped the flowers very close together since my box just measures 23/8 x 3”. After stamping I colored them with Victorian Velvet. I cut my panel to the size to fit my box, distressed the edges and adhered them to my little box. 

Ready to go ……

I have used the following stamps:

Doodle Flowers
I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Make sure to check out our new challenge starting tomorrow. You will find all the information on Facebook! 

Thursday, November 28, 2019

An art journal spread tutorial with Dream Catcher stamp by Saadia Nawaz

Hi Everyone,
Saadia here:

I want to share an art journal spread with you. I hope you like it.

Art journal spread with Rubber Dance stamps, heat embossing and acrylic paints
Art journal spread 

Rubber Dance provided me the stamps to work with, but the opinions I share here, are solely my own.

I applied a coat of white gesso to the pages and let it dry.

Next, I applied acrylic paints with my fingers.

Did a little bit of background stamping with Doodle Borders 2 and Mix a Sentiment stamp sets.

After that, stamped the Dream Catcher image and words from the Dream Catcher stamp set.

Art journal spread

Finished the spread by adding some marks and a border with a black pen.

Art journal spread with Rubber Dance stamps

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 your precious time,

Take care,

Saadia Nawaz.

Stamps used:

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Making Grungy Butterflies into Enamel Pieces

Hi again sweet Rubber Dance friends.  Ingunn here with my second post as this month's Guest Designer.  For the last month I have been almost obsessed with ultra thick embossing powder, or UTEE.  This is my first attempt to work on a canvas, but these butterflies are to heavy to go on a card.  For the background to make the textured columns I used pieces from a silk blouse with sequins and ribbons.  I also used acrylic paints, Gesso and texture paste.  I have used Grungy Butterfly #4, Mix A Sentiment #1Grungy Borders and Grungy Stuff.

 What I wanted to achieve was to make the butterflies into an "enamel jewelry piece".   This is one way to do it with a regular heat gun. (its messy, but totally fun)

You need a box to put the UTEE in and a heat resistant one to do the melting in if you want minimum mess.  Then you need your stamped images ready colored and embossed, and an embossing pad.

 Start by pressing your stamped image on your watermark pad.

Put it in the UTEE and make sure it is well covered.

Start heating until it is all melted. Then put it quickly straight back in the UTEE. If it does not stick all over, just heat what`s on it and let it cool for a second, then use the embossing pad to add glue and repeat til you are satisfied. 3 times will give a smooth coverage.

  I really wanted my butterflies to make an impact and used 6 dips! This was the first I made. You can see that the embossing has "bled" a little, but they are thick and glossy and look like the enamel jewelry I remember admiring as a kid :)


 I turned my living room into a lab, and did some research into what embossing powder to use with UTEE, and other methods to make an enamel effect.  White embossing powder takes the heat well, all others bleed and the metallic ones get ugly!!  Glossy accents gives a smooth and glossy surface, but very thin. The big discovery was that pouring fluid also gives a thin glossy surface, but it actually works as a heat resist too! So if used on top of embossing the embossing survive the heat applied using UTEE:)

Here are two cards I made with with the other mediums. The green one is with Glossy accents and the yellow one is with silver embossing and a layer of pouring fluid. Joy is cut from Enjoy The Season from Four Seasons and the small circles are from the same set. The borders are from Doodle Borders #1.

There is still time to play in the challenge over on Rubber Dance Stamping Lounge on Facebook.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Art Journal Page with Grungy Butterflies by Evelyn

Hello lovely Rubber Dance fans, it´s Evelyn here today!

Today I want to share with you my art journal page, this time a very colorful and glittery one.
I used my all time favourite Grungy Butterflies and Small Grungy Butterflies stamps.

I started by tapping Distress Oxide stamp pads in mermaid lagoon, picked raspberry, blueprint sketch and twisted citron directly on my pre gessoed pages, spritzed them with water and dried them with my heat tool. I repeated the process until I was happy. 

After this I gave both pages another coat of white Gesso. This toned the colors down a bit and also made them water resistable. Next I stamped the rings and the circles from the Grungy Stuff stamp set with VersaFine Clair Morning Mist on the left side to start my composition.
To get even more texture I used the Mix a Sentiment #1 stamp with VersaFine Clair nocturne and stamped randomly to both sides of the page.

Time for the lovely butterflies:

I stamped one of the big butterflies from the Grungy Butterflies stamp set and one of the small ones from the Small Grungy Butterflies stamp set twice on white cardstock. I colored them with my Faber Castell Polychromos and bleded the colors with alcohol and fuzzy cut them.

Next I added liquitex ink! quinacridone magenta to my page, spritzed with water and  let the ink run over my pages. After drying I arraged the butterflies,  glued down my words, cut out from the Mix a Sentiment stamp and framed my page with a stamp from the Grungy borders stamp set and a black crayon.

I found something was missing, so I shaded the butterflies with black charcoal, surrounded them with a white posca pen and stamped the cute stars from the Merry Magpie stamp set. Now I wanted some "bling" and so I used my wink of stella brush pens in clear and pink and glued down some glitter hexagons.

I hope you like my page and will find time to join in our challenge on our facebook group!

Thank you for your visit today and have a wonderful sunday!

Stamps from Rubberdance:
Small Grungy Butterflies

Grungy Butterflies
Grungy Stuff

Mix a Sentiment #1

Merry Magpie

Friday, November 22, 2019

Art Journal Page with Butterfly Trio

Hi everyone, it's Dot here with a fun Art Journal tutorial for you.

I've been adding to my Art Journal gradually.  The aim has been to show different techniques
and different stamps each time.

Today I've decided to use Distress Inks to create a quick and easy background
topping it with the Butterfly Trio stamp set.
My Art Journal has pages that come out, which is great to work on. This time I've made a page myself out of white card to add into the art journal.
The reason for this is because the DI's look great on white card. The white makes the colours a little brighter.

Are you ready?  Here we go ...

To keep a little in line with this month's colours from our facebook challenge, I've swiped some Aged Mahogany and Fossilized Amber DI onto a craft sheet.
Spritzing with some water until it beads up it was a simple task to swipe the card through the ink.
I like to mop up by just patting the page into any drops that are left.

I've also swiped the Aged Mahogany onto a dinky stencil, spritzed, and 'stamped' this onto the background.

I was inspired by a recent you-tube clip by Suzanne (our illustrious leader)
about colouring with oxides.  With this in my mind I've coloured a few of the diamond shapes with Wild Honey oxides.  Just for fun really!
It is subtle, but I like it.

There is some random stamping with Old Book Page
and leaves from Crazy Flowers #2 to build up the background.
I've coloured the leaves with oxides too.
Then, again just for fun, I've flicked some blue and white paint onto the background.

This is a scrap piece from my stash where I had been playing with a gelli plate. I stamped the Butterfly Trio stamps.  Well the ones that would fit onto the scrap piece that is.

To finish, the butterflies where cut out and a little white gel pen detail added to the wings.
There is some shading with a black water colour pencil around the butterflies.
The Butterflies were edged with black ink.

The words were escaping me ... so I've written my own this time with a black fine-liner.
They say "change isn't all that bad"
and "beautiful things happen with change"
It will be a great reminder to me when I look back.

I will go back and add more detail to the leaves another day
... maybe add another colour to the leaves?  I'm not sure.  It will come to me.

Stamps Used Are:


Other Products Used Are:
Distress Inks/Oxides
Dinky Stencil
Gelli Plate Scraps

There is still time for you to enter our challenge this month over on our facebook page.

Just click on the pic and you will be taken to the group page.

In the meantime,
I hope that you've enjoyed the tutorial and I wish you all
a crafty week.

Happy Stamping!
Dot x

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Free Style Art journal Page With Video Tutorial By Gerry

Hi lovely Rubber Dance friends, it's Gerry on the blog today and I have sort of a free style Art journal Page with the Crazy Flowers #1. I made this just playing around with inks and Rubber Dance Stamps and it was a fun experiment to see what happens without having a plan. 

I did lots of layering with the inks to create the background so be sure to watch the video so you can see the full tutorial.

I used the Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Lucky Clover, Broken China and Chipped Sapphire to create the colourful background.

I stamped the Crazy Flowers #1 with Nuvo Clear Mark Ink Pad and I added Nuvo - Embossing Powder - Gold Enchantment melted the powder with a heat tool  

I doodled a bit around the flowers with a Sakura Pen and I added some highlights with a White POSCA Paint Pen Fine.

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

 Crazy flowers 1

Monday, November 18, 2019

DREAM and ADVENTURE - Two cards by Mariken

Hi everyone! 

Today I have two cards for you.

First I made some prints with my gelliplate. I used acrylic paint, Dylusion sprays and stencils. Here you see the result. You can make your own background, if you like.

After that I used "Fave Flower" and used my watercolor from Prima Marketing. For the butterflies I sprayed some Dylusions on watercolorpaper. For the accents on the background I used "Borders #1", "Grungy Stuff", "Mix a Sentiment #2" and "Journal Words". I added some white dots with my Posca markers.

I have used the following stamps:

Please don´t forget that we have a challenge each month! 
You can find the challenge here in the 

That´s it for today! Mariken XX