Sunday, December 10, 2017

A Christmas Flip Flop Book

Good morning and happy Sunday. It's Sue here and I'm happy to be sharing another Christmas project with you, a flip-flop book.



We've recently had a new release of fabulous, fun, Winter/Christmas stamps, so I was keen to try them out, and there's also some old favourites in here too.



I've made a pre-cut flip-flop book before, but never one from scratch. I started with a piece of A3 black card and drew it out. All of the squares are 3.5 inches (I've very old school, non of this metric mullarkey) This was the largest I could get on the card and still have an easy to see measurement. I then cut this out with my old Fiskars trimmer.



For my first layer I cut 10 pieces of blue patterned paper and gessoed the edges. These are all 3.25 inches



Then I cut 10 pieces of watercolour card into 3 inch squares. That's it now, no more measuring thank goodness!



Now for the fun part! I stamped the images from Whimsical Winter, Playful Penguins, and Frosty Friends onto the white card with Momento, and Archival inks, as I knew I wanted to water colour them and I didn't want the ink to run.



They've all been coloured with watercolour and sparkle pens, and then glittered to within an inch of their lives - well it is Christmas!


Then they've been sewn down onto the backing sheet, and some Tim Holtz Christmas stickers added.


Now it's just a question of sticking them all down!




Trying to keep them all straight and even. The cord has also been stuck down to tie it all together at the end.



So now it flips....


And it flops!



And it all ties up! If I make another one I would cut the inside layers a little shorter just to make it easier on the creases.

Don't forget this challenge is running until the end of December, 
so please join in.



All of the fab stamps can be found here.

I hope that you like my flip-flop book, and that you have a very Merry Christmas. See you again in the new year xx

Rubber Dance Stamps Used

Other 'Stuff'
A3 black card
Patterned paper
Watercolour card
Archival inks
Watercolour pens
Sparkle pens
Stickles
Tim Holtz sticker
Butchers twine

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Christmas cards with poinsettias made out of stamped leaves

Hello!

It´s Melina here today with some Christmas card inspiration.
Can you believe it´s soon Christmas!? I can´t...


Here´s what I did:
I used the leave stamps from Crazy Flowers #1 and Crazy Flowers #2.
I stamped them and heat embossed the images using both silver and gold embossing powder.
Then I had some serious fussy cutting to do!


I punched out three small circles as a base for the flowers and started to glue the leaves 
down in layers, going from the bigges to the smallest in the middle. I finally glued some mini beads in the center and splashed some white paint onto my poinsettias.


Here are my finished cards.






Rubber Dance stamps used:

Thank you for stopping by today!
xx Melina





Thursday, December 07, 2017

Whale Hello There - Mixed Media and Distress Oxide Inks

Hi everyone, it's Dot here with a fun tutorial for you using the Whale Wishes and Playful Penguins stamp sets and having a play with masking.



I started with just stamping out onto a piece of copy paper how I would like the penguins and the whale to look, aiming for a playful scene with them ... doing this gives me a rough idea of whether an idea will work or not.  I made a mask for the penguin and one for the whale.



As I was going to mask the images, I worked out which one is closest to me as that is the image that would be stamped first.  I've stamped it with Stazon ink as it doesn't bleed when wet products are used. 



I've used Distress Oxides on my craft sheet and applied them with an acrylic block to add some colour to the whale. This is a really quick and fun way to add ink.


Then I've used my water colour pencils to finish off the colouring. I wanted the whale to be a slightly different colour to the penguins, so the pencils were handy to help with this.


For the background I've kept it really simple.  Lots of brayering with paints and a little stamping.


I wasn't really happy with the bubbles - so plan B - more brayered paint for a bit of a border and some modeling paste through a stencil.  The stamping under the paste showed through which was a nice surprise.


Now the whale and penguins look right at home lol.



Stamps used are:



Thank you for stopping by and seeing the penguins and whale playing together in their watery wonderland.

Dot x

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

November Honourable Mentions and Winners

Hi everyone! Many thanks to those who joined our November challenges! It is always exciting to look at all your lovely creative entries. We love all the inspiration!

Let's start with our randomly drawn winners!


November Colour Challenge:

#7 Thankful Card





November Theme Challenge:

 




Congratulations!!!



The votes and comments from our Creative Team are in, and the Honourable Mentions for our November challenges are ........ (insert drum roll here ....)



Colour Challenge, November 1st:





"Cool chick card!
The background dots is a clever way to use our challenge colours."



Theme Challenge, November 15th:

#5 Judy




"The giraffe gives a whimsical look to her traditional white christmas scene
This is so cute!"



Congratulations!

You have won a 30% discount code 

to use in the Rubber Dance web shop!
And you will get a free surprise stamp with your order!

Please email us at RDSusanne@gmail.com
and we will send you the discount code.



Our winners can grab one of these bragging badges
to proudly display on their blogs:


    

Please link the badge to our blog - have your followers join!

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CURRENT CHALLENGE:
If you want to play along in our December challenge, click here to see it. 

 You can enter all your projects with Rubber Dance stamps in our 
Forever Stamping Challenge, too.
Good luck and happy stamping!

Thanks again, everyone! We hope to see you again! ♥

Greetings to you all from the gang at Rubber Dance



Monday, December 04, 2017

Quick and Easy Christmas Cards


How to make a pile of cards in less than an hour!

Hey everyone! If you are in need of a bunch of cards, I'll show you how to make them real quick and easy. Most of my cards took between 5 to 10 minutes to make!

Sometimes we might want to spend a whole day making just one elaborated card, but now that December is here for real, some of us are running out of time ... It's better to send a simple card than none at all, right?





Most of my cards were made using stamps from the Rubber Dance set called Watercolour Xmas. If you don't have that one, look in your stash and see what you can find that would work for the easy technique I've used. I bet you have some stamps that will work! (Or order them here - you should have them within a week if you live in Europe, unless the postal service is really slow right now).




You will need watercolour paper for this technique. It doesn't have to be an expensive brand.
If you don't have any watercolour paper, you can add a thin layer of gesso (primer) to white cardstock and it will work beautifully! Another paper that works really well is Strathmore Mixed Media paper. Use what you have - experiment. No need to buy more schtuff right now ...



TECHNIQUE ONE

Step One: Fold several cards at once to get ready! The size of my cards (11 x 14 cm, when folded) were made to fit some envelopes I happen to have in my stash.

Step Two: Stamp the images using a water based ink. I have used Distress Oxides for my cards, but any water based ink should work. I use Oxides because the ink stays wet for a while.



Side note: The colours I have used match those of the Rubber Dance challenge this month. One lucky winner will run away with 50 Euro worth of stamps from Rubber Dance! You will find the challenge here.


Step Three: Use a waterbrush or regular paint brush and pull the ink towards the centre of the stamped images, like this: 




Step Four: Add strings to the ornaments with a thin pen (I used a glitter pen). Add some stars and a sentiment and you're done! Once you've made the first card, the next 10 will go even faster. It doesn't matter if all your cards are identical.


Hot Tip: If you are really happy with one of your cards, scan it and print it out to make all the rest! Just remember that many stamp companies don't allow such mechanical reproductions, so check their policies first! You may do so with cards you've made using stamps from Rubber Dance. 

Here's another idea:  Same technique as the card above, only this time the ornaments are hanging down from the stamped sentiment:


Or how about a simple winter scene like the one below? Branch from Pines Fir Yew, stars and tiny trees from Watercolour Xmas.



If you want to spend as much as 15 minutes on one card, splatter some ink around for interest.
Make a background panel that matches the colours you've used (set aside to dry while you work on other quick cards): 


Detail: Draw a tiny bow to "tie up" the ornaments: 







TECHNIQUE TWO


After having stamped your ornaments and coloured their centres with a waterbased ink or marker, spray water on top and see what happens! Either you love this look or you think it's too crazy ... 


   

Same technique, only less water this time:



Here are three more easy cards, just stamped and coloured in real quick:




The bird is from Whimsical Summer. By adding some red to its chest, I think it can pass as a robin.
All the Christmas sentiments are from Rubber Dance as well, and you can find them on various sets here.

I hope my cards will inspire you to make some quick and easy ones yourself. If you are not comfortable with this Less is More kind of cards, you can always throw some embellishments on them - a bow here, some flowers there, and bling. Bling's good!

Have fun!
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥



If you have read this far, I'll let you in on a little secret .... It's my birthday today! I can't believe it's been a whole year already since I turned the Big Five O! Turning 50 was fine and fun, but 51 is just another number, nothing special about that. But YOU are special - and so am I, 'cause Rubber Dance is MY stamp company and I can do whatever I want! :-) So I've decided, since it's my birthday and I'm in a particularly happy mood today, to give away a whole sheet of stamps to someone lucky!  All you have to do to be in the draw is to leave a comment below, wish me a happy birthday and let me know which sheet of stamps you want if you win! Easy peasy, right? (You can see them all here). I'll put all the names in a hat and pick a random winner on Monday 11th of December. The winner will be announced right here - at the end of this post - so remember to come back and see if you won! (Unclaimed prize will go to another lucky winner after one week). This giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere in the world - I will of course pay for the shipping if you win!



Thanks for playing,
and good luck!

Biiiig Hugs
from the Birthday Girl!
♥ ♥ ♥
Bibi





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