Monday, February 27, 2017

Envelopes, Envelopes! By Judi Kauffman

By Judi Kauffman for Rubber Dance

Thanks for inviting me back as a guest designer!

I’ve got a confession to make. I sometimes like stamping envelopes more than making the cards that go inside of them. Envelopes are inexpensive and meant to be thrown away once they’re opened so there is zero stress if something isn’t quite perfect. I spread out a dozen or so at a time and whip up a batch that uses the same stamps and ink(s), each envelope one-of-a-kind within the series.

Care to give it a try? Simply fill a table with your favorite stamps (a LOT of them in varying sizes), a few acrylic blocks (I use low-tack double sided tape on mine, and nothing on the back of the unmounted rubber), and an inkpad or two to get things rolling. Stop at a dozen or set aside the first batch and keep stamping! The more you make the more ideas will pop up. At about 3 cents each, why not!

Go for a quirky, whimsical look or keep things serene and elegant. No rules, no planning needed other than leaving an open area for the name and address.

Once you’re done stamping, stack up the envelopes, get out the markers and pencils and head for a comfy chair to color and doodle. Choose bright offbeat colors like I did or go for a combo like navy, sepia, buttercream yellow and metallic gold.

Go forth and stamp envelopes!

Judi K.

All stamps are from Rubber Dance:
Mail Art
The Pearfect Pear
Face Up
Artfully Stamped
Bon Voyage
Eiffel Tower
Old Book Page

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Dream a little dream - A dreamy Art Journal Page

Hello and welcome, Anita from the Design Team here today to teach you a lesson..... No, I'm just kidding, ha ha.

What I really want to do is show you my art journal page. (I'm certainly in an art journal flow these days :-) ) And I want to give you some ideas and tips along the way.

My first tips for you: use another stamp and stamp inside a bigger stamp, as I did inside the petals in the smallest flowers:

The flowers are colored with Distress Ink.

The word dream is embossed with blue embossing powder.

My second tip for you my friends: Make your own washi tape by stamping image on Dina Wakley's Media Tape, as I did on the tape you see at the picture below:

Here I used the star stamps from the Textured Flowers set and Distress Ink in various colors

After I colored all the flowers I embossed them with clear embossing powder.

The beautiful lady got some red cheeks. And I used blue and black Distress Ink around the edges. The blue background is painted with watercolours.

My third tip for you is: When you make a background in your journal or on tags, make many, then you have finished backgrounds for later use and you can start on the fun part right away!

Do not know about you, but I get a little dreamy looking at this art journal page :-)

Stamps I've used:

Please visit the new Rubber Dance shop, it's awesome, it's just like a candy shop.

And last but not least I want to remind you of the challenge which runs until February 28th, where the theme is Layers. Click here to join the Challenge!

Thank you for visiting!

Hugs, Anita

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Theme Challenge Reminder

Hello! It's Susanne writing today and I have a little reminder for to to enter our February Theme Challenge! Our theme this month is:

Lots of Layers does not only mean many papers on your project. It also could be many layers of colour or embellishments. Just what you like the most
I created a mixed media tag with different layers of colours and papers.

I picked the Mona Lisa stamp as my focal point. I stamped her on tissue paper and adhered it with Gel Medium on top of my tag. Of course the title "ART" is perfect for her. I embossed it with WOW! Opaque Bright White powder.

One of my favourite background stamps is the Vintage Postcard stamp. It adds a wonderful texture to nearly every piece.

Here are some close-ups:

Thank you for stopping by today! Click here to join the challenge!
xx Susanne

Rubber Dance Mona Lisa
Rubber Dance Vintage Postcard
Rubber Dance Kiwi Postoid
WOW! Opaque Bright White Embossing Powder
Archival Ink
Gel Medium
Acrylic Paints

Friday, February 24, 2017

Mail Art by Yasmina


Yasmina here today!

I have a simple project for you...  mail art.  I love receiving cool mails in my box.  It's better than invoices or taxes, right?

I used some acrylic paint, and two sets of Rubber Dance stamps... 

You'll find them in the fabulous new shop! :) 

For stamping on my envelope I used Archival Ink, which is permanent and very good for mixed media projects.

Here is the back...

I have a video tutorial for you!

I hope you enjoyed it! ;)

Don't forget our current challenge! It's HERE.

You have until the end of the month.

Until next time....

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Textured House Card

Hello.  Gail from the design team here today with a simple card using bright colours and some layers.

As soon as I saw the Time Out challenge picture I thought of these fun Textured Houses and the cute little daisy from Textured Flowers.  I started by drawing a line and stamping the small daisy with orange distress ink.  I water coloured with Mowed Lawn distress around all the daisies.  Then I needed some trees.......  OK, so they are mushrooms, but I think stamped with green distress they made pretty good trees LOL.  I stamped lots of the Textured Houses on card, coloured them with sharpies and cut them out.  Then I arranged them on my card.    Simple.  And even a few layers.  

That frilly bit at the top??  Oh, that's what you get when you watercolour on paper and then try cutting it with a craft knife before it's dry!!  But I thought the ripped paper looked interesting so I added it as a feature to the top of my card.  I do hate to throw anything away.  

Thanks for dropping by.  
Our current challenge is LAYERS and you can join the fun here

Have you seen the new Rubber Dance web shop?  It's so pretty!!  

Monday, February 20, 2017

Announcing our New Web Shop!

Hello everyone! We're really excited to share the news: Bibi has moved our web shop to a different provider and re-designed our web shop entirely! Come have a look!

We're super happy with this bright and inviting look. The new web shop is easier to navigate than the previous one, and placing an order is a breeze. Yooohooo! Our new web shop has the same address as before:

Our packaging prints have also received a face-lift with the same happy colours as our new web shop.

Before and After:

Isn't that just gorgeous? Susanne has designed the colourful background for our new packaging slips, and you might already know that she also designed these beautiful flower stamps :-)

Not finding the stamps you're looking for? More will be added throughout the week.... 

Come on over and have a look and let us know what you think! If you should find any errors, it being typos, incorrect links or anything else, please let us know in the comments below or email us at  Thank you! 

Wishing you a lovely, colourful day ...

Hugs from Bibi & Susanne

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Mixed Media ATCs - Video by Susanne

Hi my dear mixed media friends!!!

Susanne writing today and I am sharing a new video tutorial. I created a set of two Artist Trading Cards with the Textured Feathers stamp set. I used many layers on this cards, so this is also a little reminder for our February Theme Challenge. You have time until the 28th to join our "Layers" challenge.
I hope you enjoy watching the video!

Here are some close-ups.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!
xx Susanne

Rubber Dance Stamps:

Acrylic Paints
Lascaux Fineliner
Ranger Archival Ink
Glossy Accents
Art Anthology Colorations Spray
STAMPlorations Stencils
Joy!Crafts Stencil
Watercolor Crayon (Gelatos, Neocolor II)  

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Artist Trading Block

Hello Everyone,
Shilpa here,

I would like to share this ATB with you today, for which I've used the stamp set A Little Birdie 

It is fun project which can be your next home decor piece.

Here is the making process of this...

 I've used DCWV photo cube.  I applied white gesso to all sides.

Applied teal and brown acrylic color to the cube and let it dry completely.

To get the weathered look I applied white paint with a dry brush.

I stamped these lovely birds on the sides of the cube.

On watercolor paper I stamped these birds with black archival ink.

 I colored the birds with watercolor markers.

I added flowers, stones, lace and trims - and my ATB is finished.

I hope you will like to make your own ATB.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

For more mixed media projects visit my blog:  Neon diary

Friday, February 17, 2017

Let's Dance with Rubber Dance all over an Art Journal page

Hello my dear creative friends, it's Anita here today to show you step by step how to make an Art Journal page, like this:

As you know an art journal is a kind of a private journal, and many of the great artists had an art journal where they sketched and wrote down their big ideas. Often an art journal page would be a bit messy, and have some writing. And that is what I show you today. Everything is allowed in an art journal. As you can see I found some beautiful pictures in a magazine which I tore out and glued down on my page. That is also allowed, to find something beautiful and use it in your own art. Not copy it but just as a part of your own art. If you copy someone else's art you have to credit her/him.

Okay, so here we go:

Step 1:

Find some nice pictures in a magazine an tear them out and glue them down on your page.

Step 2:

Let dry, then use some clear gesso all over your page. Clear gesso to not hide the nice pictures you have glued down, and also prepare the page for more to come :-)

Step 3:

Take a stamp, modelling paste and embossing stamp pad. First swipe out a suitable layer of modelling paste three places on your page, then first push your stamp into the embossing pad and then in the modelling paste. I push my stamp in the embossing pad so the modelling paste does not stick so firmly in the stamp (it's easier to wash it afterwards). This stamp is from the set called Round in Circles.

Step 4:

Let the modelling paste dry over night or at least for several hours. Do not use your heat gun, you don't want to get bubbles! When it's dry take your Distress ink and your Distress tool and swipe gently over the stamped images. I've used the colour Picked Raspberry on my page.

Step 5 :
Then I changed my mind and I used my fingers and stroked gently outward white gesso on the page, but not over the tulips and the stamped images.

Step 6:

Now the real fun begin - the stamping :-)  I stamped the woman from the Collage Mix set and the Old Book stamp on my page.

Step 7:

Then I stamped the Diamond stamp a little here and a little there.

I stamped Rubber Dance with the letter set Alphabet in stitches and coloured them with my pink Wink of Stella pen, so I achieved a little glitter. And on free hand I wrote "let's dance all over the page".

Step 8:

I took the black Archival Ink an rubbed gently over the modelling paste stamped images.

Step 9:

With my Derwent Metallic pencil I drew along the the tulips and then used my water brush.

Step 10:

Time for some splatters, pink and blue-ish.

Step 11:

I made a heart with my glue gun and pink glitter glue, and glued the heart down on my page (remember everything is allow in a art journal).

Step 12:

I also stamped the curves from the set Round in circles a little here and there.

And glued down some buttons, three blue-ish and three pink. I also did some white splashes on the page for.

The final result:

I hope you like my page and that I gave you some inspiration to join our current challenge which started the 15th this month and goes on until the 28th. The theme is LAYERS.

 Thank you for visiting. Bye for now.

Hugs, Anita