Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A Garden Journal

Hello everyone Debs here to share my journal I  made to take notes and sketches in when wandering around the beautiful countryside. You see, I don't currently have a garden that's mine, so I need to make notes of things I see and like, to remind me. 



I got so carried away with creating the front page, that I forgot to take photos at first, but I'll walk you through what I did.


The background was created first with layer of chalk paint applied with a brayer, on top of which I repeated the process 
With metallic acrylic paint.


I added some script in Black ink and once dry started my stamping with flowers. The set comes with a tiny circle stamp which I used to add
Interest to the background. 


Below you can see how I completed the flowers, outlining with a fine paint pen. I added white highlights to give a stylised affect. 



All gardens need butterflies so I used my current favourite ones, as I new they would add a magical look to my page. 



The flowers and butterflies were painted with watercolours which allowed some of the shimmer through from the metallic paint.

To complete my journal I added a sentiment! And of course I say that to all the flowers. 


What I used
Stamps: Fave Flower, Butterfly Trio, Vintage Script.
Jane Davenport - Mermaid Markers.
Paper Artsy - Fresco Acrylic Paint 
That's Crafty - Metallic Acrylic 



I hope I have inspired you to decorate something with pretty flowers and butterflies 
It really is satisfying, especially in the UK where hazy summer days do not last that long.

Take care
Hugs xx


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Lolly Whale - Donna Gray

Hi everyone,

Donna here today with my very first inspirational post for Rubber Dance and it involves using my current obsession....lolly sticks!



I love the lolly sticks as not only are they really cheap and easy to find, they also take paints and stamping brilliantly too, the possibilities are endless with them.

I painted the sticks with a mixture of chalk paints, dried them thoroughly and then sanded them back a little for a distressed effect. I then glued 3 sticks at the back of of my creation to make sure it stayed rigid. This is important as just gluing the sides will not be strong enough to keep them all together.

Next step was to stamp some of the designs from Whale Wishes directly onto the sticks with a mixture of Archival ink colours in green and blue.

Using a piece of Clearly for Art I stamped the cutest whale ever on there in black Archival ink after first colouring it with Alcohol Inks (you can just about see it if you look closely). This stuff is brilliant as you heat it and while it's still warm you gently bend it into whatever shape you want and it stays that way. If you don't like it, not a problem, just reheat and reshape!

I attached him (or maybe her) with a tiny dab of clear glue and set about adding all my embellishments which included twine, cheesecloth, nail caviar and buttons etc. Add whatever you have in your stash, there is no right or wrong.

I added another lolly stick as a finishing touch with one of the sentiments from the whale wishes set.

Can you tell how much I love the lolly sticks and the whale?!

Hope you like it
Donna x







Sunday, August 20, 2017

Colours Of The Wind

Good morning and happy Sunday, it's a very happy Sue here 'cos I've finally got to ink my new rubber.


I started with a sheet of A4 mixed media paper from a pad and added colour with Brusho's.

Then I added some stencilling with a Distress Oxide. I wanted to create a windy swirling effect.

Time for some stamping now. I tried to keep to the same colour palette, and I've used the leaves and smaller stamps from Textured Feathers.

Then I stamped the lovely Star Lady for placement and so I didn't have to cut out the fiddly bits.

I knew that I wanted lightweight feathers so I used Distress paints on some wax paper - the kind that you put through a die cutting machine with the intricate dies.

Then stamped the feathers from Textured Feathers and embossed with clear embossing powder. The wax paper dries to a lovely shine. These are lovely stamps and are quite easy to cut out which is a big plus for me 'cos life is far too short for fussy cutting! I did the same with oranges and blues.

I then coloured some wooden feathers and fuzzy leaves by dipping them in puddles of Brusho's.

And stamped, coloured, and cut out Star Lady

So now it's time to build my whirlwind!



I printed the sentiment from my computer.  I love how the wax paper flowers curl.

I've sewn it down on a sheet of A4 and it can now go in my journal. One day I'll be brave enough to make a page whilst it's still in the journal, but today is not the day!

Don't forget to join in our current 'embossing' challenge!
Have a wonderful day and thanks very much for looking x


Friday, August 18, 2017

Dragonfly ATC

Hello Everyone,
Shilpa here,

 I have created an Artist Trading Card (ATC) using Rubber Dance Beautiful Bugs stamp set,



Let's see how I made it!!


I started with a pattern paper. Onto that I created texture with stencil and modelling paste.
Next I applied clear gesso to the whole surface.


I applied acrylic paints in pink, yellow and orange, randomly on the surface



For the next layer on base, I stamped text using Rubber Dance "Art defined " stamp and black archival ink.
I also stamped texture with mini stamps from Textured houses stamp set and yellow ink.

As a focal point I chose Dragonfly from Beautiful Bugs stamp set. I stamped it with black archival ink and colored with Distress Oxide ink.


To create more depth on the surface, I applied walnut stain Distress crayon at the edges.



At the end, I adhered the Dragonfly.

Hope you would like to try this ATC using Rubber Dance Stamps.

Thanks so much for stopping by.


Rubber Dance Stamps used here:



Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Little Birdie Told Me ...

A Little Birdie Told Me ...

Hi, it's Dot here with my first solo post for Rubber Dance.  The stamp set that took my fancy this time around is called 


A couple of the birds in the set were stamped onto an book page, cut out and inked around the edge.



The background is oxides applied randomly with a little stenciling added.



Then some background stamping with bits from the stamp set, along with stars, words and a heart from Old Book Page, Textured Flowers and Beautiful Words

    

    


Thank you for looking ... Dot.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Rubber Dance Stamps Theme Challenge

Hi everyone!

Welcome to our August Theme Challenge. This time we picked "Embossing"! This means you can enter projects with all kind of embossing on it. This can be heat or dry embossing or embossing paste.



        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.

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


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


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

Here are some inspirational makes we've created
using stamps from Rubber Dance, of course: 
 
 




Now it's your turn! Have FUN! :-D





Sunday, August 13, 2017

Awesome birthday - Mixed Media Tag by Melina

Hello!

It`s Melina here, and today I share this birthday tag with you.


I started by go wild with my Distress oxides on a tag. 
Lots of different layers. One of the background stamps I used is Grungy Harlequin.
When dry I stamped my quote from the Happy Birthday stamp set.


I grabbed my Beautiful Bugs stamp set and stamped once directly on the tag to get the details, 
and once more on a scrap piece of paper.


I cut the bodys of the bugs out and coloured them with Distress crayons. I used them as watercolours and applied them with a waterbrush. I wanted the colouring on the bugs to be very subtle, as my background is very busy.


I glued my bugs in place and added the finishing touches. A black line around the tag, white highlights on some of the letters and the bees and wink of Stella glitter on the wings.




My tag is finished!


Rubber Dance stamps:

Thanks for stopping by today!
xx Melina





Saturday, August 12, 2017

Explore - Art Journal

Hello Everyone,
Shilpa here,

It's a journal spread from me again.... :)



Last week Bibi sent me this lovely stamp set "Take the Plunge"
And I had to use this beautiful girl's image in my journal immediately!!



In the background, I created layers with old book paper, thread, fabric flowers, spray colours, stencilling and stamping texture.
Girl's image is stamped with archival ink and coloured with watercolours.




I've also used a cute stencil from That's Crafty which they call Dinky.
This is an easy and straight journal spread!! 
Hope you would like to try this!!

Thanks so much stopping by.

Rubber Dance stamps used: