Sunday, April 22, 2018

Simplicity Sunday - A Simple Tag by Donna Gray

Hi everyone,

It's Donna with you today to show you how to make this simple tag with only 3 stamps ;)

I took a size 8 manilia tag and swooshed it through some diluted Distress Oxides on my craft mat (I used a brown, orange and grey). After it was dried thoroughly I then used some more brown Distress Oxide and a That's Crafty! Mini Stencil to create the cogs effect you see. I just wanted it to be subtle and not over power the main stamping.

Next step was to use this wonderful stamp called da Vinci Body Sketch and stamp it directly on the tag with black Archival ink. I added a little shading around her with a grey Zig Clean Colour pen but nothing else as I wanted the background to show through her making her almost transparent.

I then took the little heart that hangs from the tree in  Whimsical Summer, coloured it with a red pen and adhere it to the stamped figure.

Then using a dots stamp from the Textured Feathers set I stamped that in black Archival ink to add more interest to the background.

The finishing touches were a couple of Tim Holtz Clippings Stickers, edging the tag with black ink and then adding a piece of hessian ribbon.

I hope you like my simple tag on Simplicity Sunday!

Donna xx

Stamps Used:

Textured Feathers

Whimsical Summer

da Vinci Body Sketch

Friday, April 20, 2018

CASual Friday Journal Page

Hello everyone Debs here with a quick and simple journal page, using some strips of colour for the background created using a Gelli plate and stamped flowers for the feature. A really quick and easy method of creating something a bit different. It’s easily adapted for use on cards, ATCs of even your mixed media projects.

Some close ups

It’s a bit busy for your usual Clean and Simple makes but those that know we me will appreciate for me two layers only is a bit of an accomplishment lol. Anyway hope you like it, as I enjoyed creating it, which I hope shows.

Materials I used 
DecoArt Media Fluids (great on a Gelli Plate, and have many translucent colours)
Glitter Pens by Nuvo Tonic Studios 
Stamps I used are below. 

Take care everyone and see you all soon

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Technique Thursday - Stenciling, Dot

Hi everyone, I hope that all is well in your part of the world.

The first thing that I've done is to get some colour onto my card. Simple swiping through some brown distress inks from my craft sheet that had been sprayed with a little water. The paper had some blistering from the water which I quite liked. 

Because of the bark look, I used my shattered glass stencil (TH) as it reminds me of spider webs. I'm farm-sitting at the moment and every time I grab some wood for the fire I check for spiders. I know, I'm a bit of a wimp when it comes to spiders. I've only added it to the areas where there was already some colour so that it looks like it is part of the bark. The same inks were used as what I made the bark with so that it has a tone-on-tone look.

Tip: I use either the mini blending tool or sponges when I use ink through stencils as it gives me a cleaner (crisper) stencilled look. 

The leaves are from Twiggy Leaves and adds a nice natural feel with the bark - in my mind bark falls from trees and trees have leaves so they go together. The Twiggy Leaves set is fast becoming one of my favourite sets to use.

A single leaf finishes the background. I've stamped it off onto a sheet of paper first so that I have a more faded image. Technical term - second generation stamping.

The mushies are the Funny Fungi stamp. Simply stamped and cut out.

Because I wanted the detail of the bits on top of the mushroom and the little mushrooms at the bottom, I've stamped this onto my card so that I didn't have to go to all the trouble of cutting them out.

To finish I've attached the Funny Fungi, roughed up the edge of the card and inked it and then matted and layered it onto come card. Oh and a few splatts because I couldn't stop playing.

There are so many fun ways to use stencils. I hope you enjoyed this one and how I thought it through.

Thanks for stopping by,
Dot x

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Tutorial Tuesday, art journal page by Asia

Hi everyone :)

It's Asia here with my short video tutorial. Today I've prepared for you an art journal page (which at some point will be made into an real and hopefully bulky art journal;) I wanted to share with you two techniques I've used here: adding color with a piece of acetate and embossing with Ultra Thick Embossing Powder. I used Rubber Dance Collage Elements stamp set- one of my fav sets ever! 

Here are some close-ups:

I've created for you a short step-by-step video tutorial:

The stamp set used:

See you soon! Hugs,

Sunday, April 15, 2018

April Challenge Reminder

Hi my dear stamping friends!

We are back today with a reminder for our running challenge! There are more than two weeks left to join the fun and get a chance to win a 12€ voucher to the Rubber Dance web shop!

These are our themes this time:

Of course you can choose, whether you want to go with the colours or the theme. If you want to, you can also combine both.

Here are some gorgeous inspirations by the design team


combinded Carved Whimsy Wood, Whimsical Summer
and Beautiful Words on her lovely card.


made this amazing mixed media piece
using I Love Leaves, Whale Wishes and Flying Ink Bottle.


alterd this cool mask by using our stamps in a different way.
She picked the Carved Whimsy Wood stamp set.


made this beautiful accordion book using
Carved Whimsy Wood, A little Birdie, Artist Plate,


Dot made this awesome greeting card with
Carved Whimsy Wood, Mama Owl, Twiggy Leaves
and Funny Birthday.


made this gorgeous vintage ATCs
using Antique Botanicals.

We are looking forward to your entries!

Join our challenge here!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

It's a Bonny Day

Hello.  Gail here today to just let you know that Rubber Dance stamps are sponsoring Gail's Birthday Bunny Hop

and the gorgeous Bonny Bunny is not only staring on my blog today

but is also up for grabs!!

Hop on over and check out the deets and the bunnies!!  

It's Hoppin'!!!!

Friday, April 13, 2018

CASual Friday - Card with Lindy´s Magicals on photopaper by Melina


It´s Melina here today on CASual Friday with a really quick and simple card.
I´ve had this thing for using photopaper lately, and I just love how vibrant the colours get!

I used a honeycomb stencil by That´s Crafty, taped it down over a piece of photopaper and then just sprayed 2 different colours of Lindy´s Magicals over it. I have these tiny spray bottles that are great if you want to use your Magicals or Brushos as sprays instead of powder...

When dry I stamped the bee from Beautiful Bugs and the quote from Think Again 
using StazOn black ink. I adhered my photopaper onto black cardstock 
and then on my card base and the card is finished.

Thanks for stopping by today, and hope you´ll get a wonderful weekend!
xx Melina

Rubber Dance stamps used:

Lindy´s Magicals: pineapple paradise, mango mania
StazOn jet black
That´s Crafty stencil tc7021 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Technique Thursday - Carving a background stamp by Donna Gray

Hi everyone,

It's Donna here today and I'll be showing you how to carve your very own background stamp. Sounds scary? Not at all, I'll show you how to and then you'll all want to rush out and try it!!

I thought it would be a good idea to show you all this technique as this is how Carved Whimsy Wood was created originally and then Bibi worked her magic to transform my carvings into that stamp set....clever huh :)

Warning - Photo heavy post!

These are the products I use to carve with. The pink block is real rubber and carves like a dream. The blue block is actually a vinyl material but this carves like a dream too and is a lot cheaper but it's a bit harder to get hold of. The stamping quality on both is exactly the same I've found.

This is the tool I started out with and it's perfect for a beginner. I highly recommend this stamp carving kit if you want to try it for yourself. It's not expensive, you get the tool and rubber and also some neat little drawings that you can trace to get yourself started.

As I'm aiming this at complete beginners, I thought I'd show you something really simple that you can carve when you're starting out. I would recommend starting out with simple shapes like circles, squares etc just to get a feel of the tool and the whole concept of carving. Basically don't run before you can walk as you may get disheartened but the more complex carvings will come in me ;)
In the above picture this really is all you need to get starting carving a background stamp. You will notice the carving tool has changed. This is a more expensive one but oh my word the level of finer detail you can achieve with it is amazing, one to upgrade to when you become more confident.
Here you can see that I've just roughly drawn some little triangles on the rubber as my template to start the carving.

Here you can see the process of carving the rubber is well underway. Just remember that what you want to stamp with must be left un carved! Also don't forget if you want to carve words you must reverse them or else it will be back to front when you come to stamp it.

As you can see most of the rubber around the little triangles has now been carved away. Take it slowly as it really is a process to enjoy and you'll be less likely to make mistakes too. Don't forget once you've carved too much you can't put it back so it's always better to be cautious at first.

I always trim the rubber down when I've finished carving as it just makes it neater and obviously takes up less space to store also. If you see how many I have now in my collection you would know that space is at a premium!

When you're happy with what you've carved you now need to test it out to see what it stamps like. Just ink it up like any normal rubber stamp and then stamp on a piece of scrap paper to check the image. Here I could see there were still some carved marks that I didn't want so I went back in and carved those out. This is entirely up to you if you want to keep the more carved effect or want a cleaner image. I used to make sure I carved every single little carved mark out but now I tend to leave more of them in as I like the effect it gives.

Okay, so here we are after the second carving, much neater and I'm now happy with it. Depending on how intricate your original design is this could take a few go's at tidying up until you are satisfied with it. Also because the rubber is so thick if you do make a mistake and don't like it anymore, then just turn it over and start the process again. I try never to waste any of the rubber if I can help it.

So now of course we need something to try out our background stamp on so I reached for my little stash of prepared tags that were the result of a Gelli print session. This is just paint that was on the brayer in between paint applications so I wiped it on the tag.

Here is the stamp inked up and stamped directly onto the tag...not bad then huh?! If you want to attach it to an acrylic block just use a little bit of Pritt Stick but if the stamp is small you really don't need it to be honest as you just stamp it without the block.

I just went around the triangles with a white pen for a little bit of a contrast but you can select whatever colour you want, if any.

After I did that I looked at it and I thought it needed something else so I grabbed a little piece of the blue 'rubber' I had leftover from another carving and drew some circles on it and carved them out in exactly the same way as the triangles were done. I then stamped it randomly over the background which I think helped to fill the background out more without over powering it.

To finish off the tag, I used stamps from Carved Whimsy Wood (the tree and flower) and Whimsical Summer (the cloud and sun). The images were coloured with Zig Clean Colour pens apart from the lollipop tree which was stamped on a scrap of Gelli printed paper. A final bit of doodling with a white Posca pen and a Tim Holtz sticker sentiment completes the tag nicely.

I really, really hope I've encouraged some of you to try the stamp carving for yourselves, it really doesn't have to be complicated as these carvings aren't that I created and really didn't take long to do either. I now have some nice little stamps that I can use on all my backgrounds and guess what....yes no one else will have them so you can create something special to accompany all your lovely bought Rubber Dance stamps.....YAY!!!

Stamp Used:

Carved Whimsy Wood

Whimsical Summer

Hope you like it and if you have any questions just give me a shout ;)
Donna xx