Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Moon looks larger - Moonscape Card

Hi everyone,

Donna here today showing you how to make a moonscape card using just one of the awesome tree's  off the Carved Whimsy Wood stamp set (which happens to be on sale in February).

First of all I grabbed a sheet of my beloved Strathmore Mixed Media paper and cut it down to size to fit a 5x7 card. I then took a post it note, drew a circle on it and then cut it out making sure that I kept a bit of the sticky bit on it!

I positioned the post it note circle on the paper and then used a blue and purple Distress Oxide with a blending tool to lay down the colour making sure not to disturb the circle. When I finished the blending I flicked a couple of drops of water on the paper and left it for a few seconds, then dried with the heat gun. I think this gives a really nice effect doesn't it.

I removed the circle and taking the blending tool once more just gently blended a little bit around the moon so it looked softer against the background.

I took the tree stamp from Carved Whimsy Wood (my favourite tree ever) and stamped it on the background in black Archival ink, doodling a bit around the bottom of it with a black fine liner pen to 'ground' it.

The finishing touch was to add a couple of sticker sentiments from Tim Holtz Clippings that very handily mentions the moon!

I do hope you enjoy my moonscape and have a go at one yourself ;)

Donna xx

Stamps Used:

Carved Whimsy Wood

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

This is Not a Mushroom Soup Recipe

If you were looking for a soup recipe, you've got to keep searching. However, we have some really cool stamped artwork to show you with our new mushroom stamps! Or is it toadstools? Fungi? You know, those funny little thingies.... Fun-gies!

All the lovely artwork below were made by our DT Donna Gray, who also hand carved the stamps from which these rubber stamps then were made by Rubber Dance. This new sheet of rubber stamps is called Carved Whimsy Wood and you can find it here - on sale all throughout February, along with the other new stamp sheet called Four Seasons, designed for Rubber Dance by our DT Melina Dahl.

Let's start with this tag - can you guess what Donna did here?

If you guessed that she stamped the image on an MDF tag, then burnt the toatstool image and grass with a pyro pen, you're absolutely right! The image was coloured using Faber Castell Pitt Brush pens, adn white Posca pen for the highlights. How cool is that??

Here are som more:

Last, but not least - Donna stitched this one!

Fabulous - my words exactly!!

Don't miss out on our February Special,
in our web shop:

A closer look at both stamp sheets,


Thank you for stopping by!

We wish you all a fun(-gie) and creative day :-)

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Heart Card by Dot Leathbridge

Hi, it's Dot here to share a little card making fun.
I've used a couple of the colours from this month's challenge, along with a home-made heart which also follows our challenge.
Have you entered the challenge yet?  It is a real fun one this month.

For this card I've simply folded a piece of copy paper in half, drew half a heart into the crease and cut it out.  This gave me both a positive and a negitive mask.  I've used the negative one to add some gorgeous colours with Distress Oxides and a little stamping.

This picture shows how I've used both of the masks - one to stamp inside the heart, and one to stamp outside of the heart.

And a little loooove to finish with. This stamp from the 'A Little Birdie' set was easy to stamp and easy to colour in with a little distress oxides.

Other Products Used Were:
Distress Oxides: Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, Hickory Smoke
Archival Ink - Jet Black

Thank you for looking.
 I hope that you enjoyed seeing the difference in the masking techniques.
Dot x


Sunday, February 18, 2018

How to - recycle packaging into Art

Hi everyone Debs here with one of my how tos, and this week I’m focusing on recycling packaging. You know that stuff that comes in boxes along with your goods to hold it all in place. This pieces is 8x12 and about 1/2in thick, it’s not solid, as it has strips of card sandwiched between outer layers of card, and is quite sturdy.

I gave the substrate a coat of white Gesso first to seal it, and provide a light hue base upon which to work.

Wanting more layers of acrylic paint I chose Fresco Finish from Paper Artsy in mauves, blues and greens.

I built up several layers of the paint and then with the end of my paint brush I added some scraffiti 
And then dried it thoroughly with a heat gun.

Next I used water colours by Zig Kuretake GansaiTambi 
in the same hues, and with my water gun made the paint drip and run. I then flicked on some gold, as well as adding some to the edges.

I wanted the illusion of thick under growth and so used the leaves from a stencil (corners1) from ArtZone, first with acrylic Paint and then blended with Big Brush Pens from Fabre Castell

I now had my background and was ready for my stamps. I started with my favourite leaf stamp at the moment, from Crazy Flowers2. It was 
difficult to get a clear definition as the surface was quite bumpy and textured.

I then stamped the feature bird from Merry Magpie. I heat set all the stamping but before this, with a damp cutip I tidied 
where the ink had smudged.

I used the brush Pens to paint the bird and a black gel pen to fill in the gaps.
I deliberately left the leaves uncoloured as it is on trend at the moment.
My sentiment is from Adore Me.

A last look, as you can see we had a dusting of snow the day this photo was shot.

Here’s a reminder of the stamps I used

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Mixed media ATCs with video tutorial by Melina Dahl


It´s Melina here today sharing how I made these four ATCs. 

I used heat embossed and already cut out butterflies, from Butterfly Trio stamp set,
 that I didn´t use on a previous project.

You can watch the whole process in the video. Hope you´ll enjoy!

Rubber Dance stamps used:
Wings from Collage elements

Thank you so much for stopping by today!
xx Melina

Friday, February 16, 2018

Stamping onto Tissue Paper - Video Tutorial by Susanne

Hi everyone!

I have a video tutorial for you today. The owl on the art journal spread is stamped onto tissue paper!

The stamped tissue paper is adhered with Gel Medium, this is a great way to get a crisp and clear image on a rough surface. I used the Mama Owl set for this page. The greenery stamps are perfect to create an interestin background.
Enjoy the video!

Here are some more detailed images:

Thank you for stopping by today!
xx Susanne.


StazOn Inks
Acrylic Paints
Tissue Paper
Archival Ink
Tim Holtz Alphabet Thinlits

Thursday, February 15, 2018

February Challenge Reminder

Hello everyone!

Today we have a challenge reminder for you! We have a nice theme this month and you have time to join us until February 28th. It's up to you if you want to go with our colour scheme or follow our theme. Of course you are welcome to combine both!

Here are the inspirations from the Design Team


used our colour scheme and followed the theme for her card
with Arty Hearty and Rascal Rooster 


combined also colours and theme on her art journal page
using Entangled Heart, Watercolour Xmas and Textured Spring 


created a bullet journal spread with hearts and the colour scheme
using African Animals and Pick a Number


made a greeting card with the colours and our theme
with the African Animals, I Heart Art, Whale Wishes,
Old Book Page, Whimsical Winter and Textured Spring


created a wonderful mixed media heart
using Bonny Bunny and Crazy Flowers #2 


made this lovely card following our colour scheme
with the Sew Sweet stamp set

Join our challenge here!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Vintage MDF Shrine Tutorial by Bibi

Happy Valentine's Day! On this very romantic day of the year, my shrine is dedicated to love and I gave it to my sweetheart this morning:


I used this shrine kit from That's Crafty:

Step by step instructions:

Step 1: 
I painted all the parts with a dark brown paint,
before adding a thick layer of white crackle texture paste.
I wiped the paste off the parts that later will be glued together:

Step 2 & 3: 
2: Leave the crakle paste to dry completely,
before rubbing dark brown paint into the many cracks. Wipe the excess off.
3: Rub some light pink and blue paint onto all the surfaces:

Step 4:
The parts are now ready to be stamped!
I've used Vintage Script, Grungy Harlequin, and some round digits from Pick a Number.

Step 5:

Because of the crackle effect, some areas may be too "bumpy" to get a good impression when you stamp. You can stamp some images on tissue paper instead, cut out close to the edge and adhere.

Paper doll stamp from Collage Elements.

This stamp is part of Nostalgic Couple.

Step 6:
Glue all the parts together. This was so much easier than I had feared.
I used Multi Purpose Craft Adhesive from That's Crafty,
which dries clear, fast and permanently. 

Step 7:
Embellish the shrine to your heart's desire!

The cogs may be rusty, but they still make our love tick ...
Altered with various texture paste.

Crackled heart, more cogs, lace ribbon and gold embossed grid.

Altered metal corner and some gauze I had dyed.

Gauze is easy to dye with acrylic paint.

More hearts and torn gauze.

The small bottles are Corked Vials from Tim Holtz. I filled them with glitter and glass beads,
printed out the labels and made a little shelf out of cardboard for the top row:

The words on my bottles are some of the ingredients I think are important in a loving relationship.

So, there you have it - a shrine to love:

What do you think?
Please let me know in the comments below.

Stampes used (all from Rubber Dance):

digits from Pick a Number, Paper doll stamp from Collage Elements

Other Supplies:

That's Crafty: Shrine Kit, Multi Purpose Craft Adhesive, Multi Surface Paint.
Prima: Finnabair White Crackle Texture Paste, Patina and Rust Effect Paste.
Tim Holtz: Corked Vials.
Various embellishments from my stash.

Thank you for stopping by!

With Love,
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Have you seen our February Sale?
You can find it in the Rubber Dance web shop here.