Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Quick and easy CAS cards by Melina


Melina here today with some really quick and easy cards! 
I needed some "for all occasions" cards in my stash, so I made all these
seven cards at the same time.

I started by taping watercolour paper to my craft matt. 
I wanted a sharp, white boarder outside my coloured area.

I applied Distress oxide ink and used a different colour for some splashes.

I stamped my images with the tape still on.

Here they are with the tape removed - sharp white boarders as I wanted.

Then I just stamped different sayings on my cards from the
Beautiful Words stamp set, backed them with pattern papers and glued to my card bases.


That was quick and easy, right?
Thank you so much for stopping by today!
xx Melina

Rubber Dance stamps used:

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Last Days Of Summer by Sue

Good morning and happy Sunday. Well, I hate to say it but Summer will be drawing to a close soon. I know Autumn is very beautiful, but I do love Summer. So to celebrate all things sunny, this is what I've made.

I started by making some gelli plate prints. Way hey that's 3 times it's been out of its box now. I did have a good play around though and I've got a few for my keepies pile.

I cut myself three tags, then added further inks and gilding flakes through a stencil.

As it was all about the bees I decided to add some bees wax. It's in pellet form so I added a few to each and started to melt them with my heat gun. It looked nice but it smelled even better!

I used a stamp from the Round In Circles set and added gilding flakes, and did the same with Vintage Script.

I stamped Vintage Script and Old Book Page and die cut them.

Then stuck them to the tags along with some bright and sparkly bits and bobs.

I stamped and embossed Buzzy Bees then sprinkled them with chunky glass glitter.

Lots of white pencil too to add some contrast.

To finish off I've used a Tim Holtz die cut sentiment and some stickers, then dyed some seam binding for the tops. They've been stitched down to a huge base tag, and that's another page for my tag book completed.

All done! Thank goodness I hear you say! This was just one of those pieces though that kept on growing as it was good and wonderfully smelly fun.

Don't forget you have loads of time to join in our 'Favourite Stamp' challenge - what could be more fun than using your favourites.

Enjoy what's left of the Summer, and thanks very much for looking x

Supplies List
Rubber Dance Stamps
Buzzy Bees
Round In Circles
Old Book Page
Vintage Script

Other 'stuff'
Bees wax
Black and white card
Gelli plate prints
Gilding Flakes
Distress Inks
Die Cuts
White pen and pencil

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Challenge Reminder - Art Journal Page by Anita

Hi there!

Anita created an awesome art journal page as a reminder for our running challenge. Our theme is: "Favourite Stamp". Anita picked our "Textured Houses" to build her creative spread.


Anita's art journal spread is in the square Dylusions journal. She tells us something about the process:

"I started with Dylusions Paint in the colour Funky Fuchsia, Squeezed Orange and Pomegranate Seed and a blending tool on the page. I used some stencils with the same colours over the page to achieve some pattern. Then I used my palette knife and scratched some white paint here and there over the page. I took all those tiny background stamps from the set and stamped (still with the same colours that I've used all the time) over the page. I stamped the houses on a paper called Newsprint and cut them out and glued them down on my page. I took Dylusions ink (as I have filled in water pens) and coloured in some of the houses. I wrote my thoughts with black Stabilo pen all over the page, made some white circles with my fingers and white paint. The heart is stamped in the centre of each circle with Plum Archival Ink. And for the final touch I used Posca pens in different colours and made some splatters on the page. I also scribbled around the white circles and around on the page with grey and black pencil."

Thank you so much Anita for this gorgeous burst of colours!

Join our challenge here with your favourite stamp. (You don't have to use our stamps!)
Thanks for stopping by today,
xx Susanne.

Rubber Dance Stamps:

Friday, September 22, 2017

A Rose by any other name would smell as sweet...

Hello everyone Debs here with  Blossoming Rose a stamp set I designed for Rubber Dance.  

I love roses, as they bring me so many memories of childhood. I would wait until the petals had started to wilt then whip off the heads  and put them into bottles with water. I would wait until the petals had given off their scent then strain off the petals to give me rose water. I thought I was  so clever making perfume, hehe! 

Back to my card

The paper I'm using is handmade and absorbes lots of water so you can really get the colours flowing. I stamped the Rose, heat set it, then spritzed the page with water. Using a large round watercolour brush, (mines a Sable which I love, as it holds lots of water/ pigment) I sploched a light wash of Raw Umber around the rose with touches or burnt Sienna. I the dried off the paper with a heat tool. For the rose I used Alizion Crimson again applied wet in wet. It was difficult to stop the paint seeping outside the lines. Quick tip - use a dry brush to soak up unwanted paint. Or wet the area and lift the colour out with a dry clean paper towel. The highlights on the roses were created by taking out the colour.

For the background of the card I played around with some colours on a mixed media card. Dried the card then spritzed to give some visual texture. 

What I used 
Blossoming Rose and Sennellier Watercolours 

 To visit the shop

Thank you for stopping by
See you all soon
Hugs xx

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