Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Discover - Art Journal

Hello Everyone,
Shilpa here,

I have an Art Journal spread to share with you today for which I've used Rubber Dance Beautiful Bugs stamp set.

I am known for vibrant colors in my work...I rarely use pastel colors ....  :)
but this was fun... 
I wanted to highlight these lovely Honeybees, so went soft with colors.

In the background I adhered old book pages, on that I glued a few leaves and flower diecuts.
I've used watercolors here...

Further, I stamped the Bee images. For more interest, I also stamped Vintage Flourishes
and I finished my spread!!

Isn't it quick and easy.... hope you would like to try!

Thanks so much for stopping by.
To buy these lovely stamps, pls visit the Rubber Dance Web shop

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Lonely Bunny

Hi everyone,

Donna here today with a simple card featuring my very own bunny that I designed for Rubber Dance!

I used a sheet of Strathmore Mixed Media paper which is my go to for everything mixed media, it takes everything and anything you throw at it! This was cut to fit on a 6x6 card with the black card behind it to frame it.

Stamp Bonny Bunny with black Archival ink then stamp some of the weeds from Weed Love with a green Archival ink so they fade into the background as I wanted Bunny to be the focal point.

Next step is to colour the Bunny in with a mixture of Distress Markers. You can use them just as they are but I like to scribble the colour on my craft mat or an acrylic block and then pick up with a water brush which then gives a great watercolour effect.

You can also add the splatters this way, just make sure you've picked up enough colour on your brush to splatter though!

I added a Tim Holtz sentiment as a finishing touch, I don't seem to create anything without putting words on it somewhere!

Adhere everything to the white cardstock and there you have my Bunny looking pleadingly for a friend, ah poor little mite.

Hope you like it
Donna xx

Sunday, September 17, 2017

A record of the past

Hi everyone,

Donna here today using some more yummy Rubber Dance stamps and my favourite lolly sticks again!

I've included a few process pictures of this one for you all ;)

Here's my starting point with the blank lolly sticks and the Da Vinci woman 1 (love these Da Vinci stamps).

A coat of white Gesso on the lolly sticks and you're good to go. Make sure they're also glued down adding some lolly sticks at the back glued horizontally to add strength.

Next add some colour to the sticks with Distress sprays. This is my homemade 'spray booth' from a cardboard box which saves so much mess!

Here's what they looked like after they were sprayed, I wasn't too happy with them so I added a shade of green Distress spray to them.

Much better now isn't it?!

After they were throughly dried, I sanded them down with a sanding block for an aged effect. I also added some holes in the top with a Crop-a-Dile because I wanted to be able to hang it up.

When I was happy with that I added some simple texture with a stamp from Retro Beach using black Archival ink

If you have a stamping platform this makes the next step easier as I stamped on a piece of delicate muslin.

 This is what it looked like after it was stamped, not bad!

Adhere the image to some paper to make it easier to stick to the lolly sticks, age with a little Distress Ink

Time to adhere the main image to the lolly sticks and then add some flowers and a butterfly from Antique Botanicals which were stamped and coloured with a mixture of Distress inks.

I added some Tim Holtz ephemera, buttons and then made the hanging loop from some thin twine.

I absolutely love this image, so delicate yet so powerful.

Hope you like it
Donna xx

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Brusho Greeting Card by Susanne

Hi there!

I am back from holidays and a little bit shocked about the low temperature here in Germany. So I try it with warm colours today ;-)
I have to share a step by step tutorial for an embossing resist greeting card with Brushos and our wonderful Blossoming Rose.

Start by embossing the image randomly with Metallic Brass powder onto watercolour cardstock. Colour the images by sprinkling the Brushos onto the areas where you want them. Use water and a brush to spread the colour around. Let every area dry separately and tab off the rest of the powder before you start with the next part.

 I made two different backgrounds. This is the one I used for this card:

I use stitched frame dies to cut rectangles out of my background and some kraft cardstock. I mount everything with 3d foam pads on top of each other on a white card base. The sentiment is embossed onto vellum.

Thank you for stopping by today!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
xx Susanne.

Rubber Dance Stamps:

WOW! Embossing powder Metallic Brass
Embossing Ink
Brusho Powders: Moos Green, Purple, Gamboge, Alazarin Crimson
Cardstock (Kraft, White)
Watercolour Paper
Frame dies

Friday, September 15, 2017

Rubber Dance September Theme Challenge

Hi everyone!

Welcome to our September Theme Challenge. This time we've made it easy: 
Pick your favourite stamp!
Enter your projects where you've used your favourite stamp(s) as your main image.

        Challenge Rules:          *

Stamping must be obvious on your project.  You do not have to use Rubber Dance stamps to participate.

Your creation must follow our theme.

Max 3 entries per person. 

Entry via the linking tool with a direct link to your post (not just your blog). No backlinking to projects posted prior to the start of our challenge.

You may combine with other challenges, as many as you like.

We reserve the right to remove entries that don't meet these simple requirements.


Honourable Mentions:
goes to fave entries chosen by our Design Team.
Fame, glory and braggin' badges awaits! ;-)
Honourable Mentions and one randomly picked winner will get a 20% Discount Coupon to use in the Rubber Dance Online Shop and a free surprise stamp with their order!

The honourable mentions will be announced 
on the 5th of October.

If you've used our stamps you can link up your project to our
Forever Stamping Challenge, too. 

We are happy to have Daniela with us today as a guest designer!
Daniela won our July Colour Challenge!
Her favourite stamps are the Textured Houses and she created an amazing mail art envelope with them!!!

Thank you for making such a pretty envelope with Rubber Dance stamps, Daniela!

Here are some inspirational makes we've created

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Stay Curious

Good morning and happy Tuesday. It's Sue here and I've been playing with one of my favourite (they're all my favourite) stamps, the awesome Curious Cat, designed for Rubber Dance by my fellow teamie Melina.

There's just something about that face that makes you want to kidnap him and take him home with you - not that I advocate cat napping that's just wrong lol.

It's really basic supplies for this one, just glossy card, Stazon, and these silicone dabbers. I gave mine a wash before the photograph :-) I do try to match the colour of the dabber with the ink I use just to make life easier, but if I can't find the correct one, any one will do!

I normally start with the light colours first, and just dab and twist it onto the card rather than pressing.

Just building up the colours and trying not to make mud where they overlap. I make the smaller circles with the top of the dabbers.

It's a really quick and simple background, but I think it's so effective and the colours are amazing on the glossy card.

Next I stamped and embossed Curious Cat using black Versafine and embossing powder. I added a frame with black and white Posca pens to really make him pop.

To finish I just cut him out and matted him onto some bright pink card, and cut around his tail with a craft knife so I could dangle his bell. The quote is a Tim Holtz Quote Chip.

You still have a couple more days to join in with our colour challenge, and then join us again on the 15th when we announce our new theme challenge which is...
Have a great week, and thanks very much for looking xx

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Vintage art journal spread by Melina - process video


It´s Melina here, and today I share the process of making this art journal spread.
I´m working in my handmade, coptic stitched journal.

I used Beautiful Bugs and the quote is from Something Wonderful stamp set.
I also used pattern paper and script paper, gesso and watercolour.

Here´s the process video:

Rubber Dance stamps used:

Thanks for stopping by today!
xx Melina