Saturday, July 29, 2017

My last blog post for Rubber Dance with a little different piece of art showing step by step

Hello and welcome, Anita from the Design Team again here today.

It is with sorrow in my heart I have to tell you my lovely friends and followers that this is my last and final blogpost for Rubber Dance.
I have been a Design Team member for two years now, and today has my last day arrive. I must admit that I am a little sad, but I hope I will see you around both in blogland and on facebook. Fortunately, I'm not completely out of Rubber Dance. I have been allowed to make contributions to the challenge of the month, both the 1st and the 15th of each month from August, so you will see my makes, but I will not have a blogpost.
These two years with Rubber Dance has been a absolutely wonderful time. Bibi, the boss is such an angel, very kind and helpful and supportive, and not to forget the rest of the team, they are such a wonderful angel each and every one of them. Someone I have become better acquainted with than others, but I really think that everyone is very unique and amazing artists. I have learned so much and received so much inspiration from all of them all these years. Thank you from my heart ♥

Now, I have to stop crying and hop over to what I came here for today. To show my my latest masterpiece LoL :-)

This is a watercolour collage mix painting,  you can for ex. hang on your wall for decoration.I will of course frame it in and hang it on my wall, both as a memory but also as a reminder.

I was inspired by all of the beautiful Rubber Dance stamps I have been fortunate enough to receive through two years. As a tribute to Rubber Dance and to Bibi, I wanted to make something special on my last blog post, while showing  many of the beautiful stamps and that they can be used in many different ways (not just cards).

It says "Dare to follow your ART". And that is my final sentence to you; Dare to follow you art. With art, life becomes complete and much easier to live. Art is forgiving and soothing.

On this piece I've used a lot of Rubber Dance stamps. Below you will find how I made this step by step:

I started by stamping different stamps on card stock, white, coloured, painted, newsprint, book pages etc.

Then I find a card stock that I've been water painted on and sew around the edge with the sewing machine.

I cut out some of the stamped images, and tored some papers, then glued them down on my watercolour paper with a glue stick

Then I used some white paint and some coloured paint (in the same colour scale as before), and a palet knife to achieve some more colour and bind it all together. I did this step several times throughout the process until I achieved exactly what I wanted.

I stamped some Textured flowers on white card stock and coloured them with Dina Wakleys Scribble sticks and water brush, then I glued them down on my piece with a glue stick.

I stamped these words; dare to and follow your ART on white card stock, cut them out and glued them down.
I also used pencils, Stabilo Aal, white pen and black pen to make some marks on my piece.

Here are some details:

All of the stamps I've used on this project you can find in Rubber Dance online shop.

Thank you so much for following me and for given me so much lovely words and feedback here on the Rubber Dance blog. You can still follow me on my own blog, I do not want to completely disappear :-)

Hugs, Anita

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Salty Sea Scene Tutorial

Hi folks! It's Bibi here today with a salty card tutorial. The stamps I have used are on sale right now - till 30th of July. 

For my card I let one of the new whale stamps play in the water, which I made with Distress Oxide inks
- but I'm sure you can get a similar result with any kind of water based inks (aka dye ink).

Step by step:

I smeared two colours of Distress Oxide (salty ocean, peacock feathers) on a plastic page cover
and sprayed the stripes with a bit of water:

To get the water in the middle of the card, I folded the cardstock like this
... and dipped it into the ink. 
(My keyboard in the background is not dirty, it's colourful! It's a result of using ink sprays in front of it ...)

Keep doing this and heat dry between several "dips of ink"
till you're happy with the result.

I stamped half of the whale by placing her on the side of the acrylic block
and added ink on the part I wanted to stamp:

After stamping the whale into the water, I coloured her in using markers.
I doodled some splashes of water around the whale's body and coloured them with a white pen.
I also added some white spots here and there to give more life to the water:

Time to make the sandy bottom of the sea:

I made a mask by tearing up a piece of paper,
used a foam sponge to add ink (Oxide wild honey), and sprayed it with water:

I stamped the anchor from Retro Beach so that it appears to be buried in the sand,
coloured it in, and drew the shadow with a light grey marker:

The green seaweed above is a stamp from Whale Wishes.
I also wanted some die cut seaweed on top for a bit of dimension.
I don't have any seaweed dies so I used pieces from a tree die instead.
Close enough, isn't it?

The shell behind the seaweed was stamped with brown waterproof ink, 
coloured in with markers.

I mounted my card on a sea green panel
distressed the edges with a knife
and dipped them in white acrylic paint like this:

Here is my card again,
with sentiments from Whale Whishes (blubb-blubb) 
and Retro Beach (salt sea summer fun):

I kept looking at my finished card, feeling it was lacking something ....
and then I remembered my bubble background Dinky stencil from That's Crafty!
I think these blue bubbles ties the card together:

I wish you all a lovely summer!
I have not been to the beach yet, but before long I will be playing in the sea 
- like a whale :-)

Big hugs,

The stamps I have used are from these two sets:

These stamps - and more - are on salebut only for two more days!

Thank you for stopping by!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Something fishy...

Hello everyone Debs here with another journal page for you today. I'm so happy to be back in my journal, I forgot how much I love playing in it, smile!

I wanted to create an old journal page as a memoir, as if it were a snap shot of a day out out at the beach.

I started on a couple of old pages which were used to mop up and try things out. I love to play this way as I think 
it all adds to the depth and texture.

I smooched the paint over the page with my fingers. I  painted the elements on my page with  a dye based ink.

Next I stamped the people on my page randomly 

I then surrounded them with the net stamp. 

I stamped directly onto the page as well as onto plain card which I then cut out and placed around the page.

I also added the fish as my day out included fishing as well as a nice fish supper!

Here are some more close ups

The stamps I used are Retro Beach and Something Fishy
The Acrylic is Dina Wakley's mini bottles from Ranger
And the dye based ink is From Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers.

A last look at my page. 

All the Beach & Fish stamps from Rubber Dance are on sale right now!
20 % until the 30th of July :-)
Click here to see them in the web shop

Thanks very much for taking a look
Take care

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Take The Plunge

Take The Plunge

Hi everyone, it's Dot here with a card that I've made using the Take The Plunge stamp set.  This set has been a favourite of mine for some time.  I love the timeless elegance of the lady ... she is both vintage and modern.

This is one of my all-time favourite images.  She sat beautifully inside one of the large bubbles.  I've added some markings using the end of paint brush to accent the large bubble.

The background was a gelli print made using a bubble stencil.  Some mark making with lids and a credit card and some stippling of a darker colour using a sponge finish the background off.  The words were stamped onto some left-over card so that it would match in with the background.

* * *  Salty Summer Sale * * *  
July 20th - 30th
 * * 20 % discount! * * 
The prices are reduced in our web shop, no need for a coupon code.

These sets are on sale for one week only.

* * *  Salty Summer Sale * * *  
July 20th - 30th
 * * 20 % discount! * * 
The prices are reduced in our web shop, no need for a coupon code.