Monday, November 20, 2017

Make Watercolour Illustrations with your Stamps

Hi there!

Today I'd like to share a project with the brand new stamps, that had been released a few days ago. They are still 20% off in the store until November 21st!
These Penguins are designed by me and I am  so happy, that Bibi made them into stamps:

Today I'd like to share something else you can do with your stamps, than just stamping and colouring. Turn them into watercolour illustrations:

Here is what I did:
I stamped the penguins with a light watersoluble ink (Distress Ink works great). After that, I coloured the penguins with watercolours. I used a wet in wet technique to create some texture with different colours. I also sprinkled some colour on top of the images after they were dried.
Finally I used a black fineliner to bring back some of the outlines and details. It's always good to stamp a reference of your image onto a piece of scrap paper, so you can see where to put the eye or other details.

I used a gelli printed background for these cards and added some additional stamping to create a little more texture.

Thanks for stopping by today!
xx Susanne.

Rubber Dance Stamps:

Distress Ink (Tumbled Glass)
Gelli Plate
Tim Holtz Stickers

Sunday, November 19, 2017

How to create a Mixed Media Acrylic Clock

Hello Everyone, Debs here with one of my How To projects, and this week it’s working on Clear Acrylic, which can be tricky, but so effective! I apologise in advance that the photos are not our usual quality due to the Clear Acrylic which reflects the lights and blurs the focus.

So first, using the backboard I gave it a heavy coat of crackle paint and let it dry, then added Antiqueing Cream in Patina all over to fill in the cracks.

To apply the cream,  rub in all over the surface you want filled and let it dry. Then with a damp but not wet cloth wipe it off. The idea is to leave the medium that has sunk into the cracks but wipe it off the surface. It can have a really aging effect, but is not permanent so I used a gel medium to seal it once dry. This also gave a great surface to stamp onto. Remember this is your very last surface and so acts as your background. I stamped the leaves all round the clock at the edges and then heat set it.

Now this clock comes with 3 Acrylic surfaces which is fabulous for building up your layers but for this clock I only used two. But first I completed the background layer. I used Alcohol pens to colour the leaves changing the values to give a 3D effect. I also added a white pen to add a highlight.

Easy right? Now the next step(s) are more tricky. I placed the next Acrylic layer on top so I could see the leaves, and then using a Black Ink I stamped the flowers. I used Stazon as it can be dried to be permanent. Now you will see from the photo that it didn’t go right. For some reason the ink started to spread out. I’ve not seen this before on acrylic, but it reminded me of how ink performs on silk unless you use a barrier to stop it escaping. However with  Clear Acrylic it’s simple just remove the ink clean the acrylic and start again. (I forgot to take another photo of the completed composition)

Okay, so once you are happy with your design, use a heat gun to dry the the ink. Don’t worry that the Clear Acrylic seems to bend, it will go back to shape as it cools. Now for my project I continued with Alcohol pens, which created a nice translucent look. However, for a solid look use acrylic paint but work in reverse. So if adding shading and highlights add them first, dry, and then add the main colour. You work this way because once it’s all dry you flip it over and have a wonderfully painted stamp which is under the the Clear Acrylic and won’t rub off. You don’t have to worry about staying within the detail lines either as when you flip it the black ink is the first element and the colour second. 

I coloured all the flowers, working light to dark so that when I flipped it they were in reverse. Once you have added your designs and built your layers you are ready to assemble your clock. Which is very simple and self explanatory. In the clock kit you also receive some MDF numbers which you can stick on, or use the frame from which the numbers were cut as a stencil. 
Let’s have a last look

Other Materials I used
That’s Crafty - Clock Stack Round
DecoArt - Crackle Paint, Antiquing Cream
Chameleon Color tone Pens

Thank you for joining us and I hope you enjoyed this How To project 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Dancing Woman

Hello everyone, 
I always get so excited when it's my turn to share a project.
This time I've made a quick tutorial for you using the beautiful Dancing Woman stamp from Rubber Dance.

She is seriously one of the most feminine stamps around
and I wanted to show that side of her to you on this tag.

Firstly, I've stamped her onto tissue paper (the smooth side) with StaZon and used a water brush to gently tear away the excess tissue paper. I flipped it over and painted her dress, and flowers, with slightly watered down white acrylic paint. 

The background is made by dragging some acrylic paint (Dina Wakely Media paint in Umber) over some cardstock with an old credit card. I've swiped it in different directions.
Then I've used white acrylic paint in random areas around the edge.
It looks a little messy, but that's okay.

I then painted some gel medium, very, very carefully, onto the back of the tissue paper and onto the background where I wanted the lady to be placed. You can see that I've accidentally lost her foot. Looks like I need little disguising in that area.
I've also added some more white acrylic paint around the edge with my trusty old credit card ... then I thought that while I had the credit card all painty I may as well add some lines with it.

Using a sponge I've dabbed some more umber to tone down the white a little.  
Also to add a bit of a border.  I just kept playing with the paints ... that's the fun part.

And to finish off I've trimmed it into a tag shape, white embossed a word from the Something Wonderful set, stamped some flowers from the Antique Botanicals set onto the background and filled the blooms in with a little white paint, flicked some left over paint and edged the card with black archival and carefully blended it onto the tag.

I think she is one of the most beautiful stamps.

Stamps Used Are:


Other Products Used Are:
StaZon - Jet Black
Archival Ink - Jet Black
Dina Wakely Umber acrylic paint
White acrylic paint
Old credit card
tissue paper

Thank you so much for taking the time to see this tutorial.

Dot x

Friday, November 17, 2017

Art Journal inspiration

Hello Everyone Debs here today to share a page in my small journal. It’s a double page spread this time, which is unusual for me as I like to stick to one page, as I find stamping across two can be difficult, although not impossible.

Please join me on my blog to get the details of how I created this spread.

Stamps I used 

Take care everyone 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Christmas Night - Art Journal Page with the mini round Gelli Plate

Hi there!

Susanne here today and I am sharing an art journal page process video! I am a BIG fan of Christmas time and I love to create things that let myself feel like a little child. When I look at this page, it's like sitting together with my granny reading a Christmas book and eating her yummy cookies...

I hope you will be in Christmas mood after watching the video:

Here are some close-ups:

Thank you for stopping by today!

xx Susanne.

Rubber Dance Stamps:

Mini Gelli Plates
Acrylic Paint
Alcohol Markers
Ranger Distress Glitter (Tim Holtz)
Memento Luxe Wedding Dress
STAMPlorations stencils
STAMPlorations die

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Rubber Dance November Theme Challenge

Hi there!

We have a new theme challenge for you today! It's all about movies this month! Who doesn't love to watch a good movie when it's cold and rainy outside?

        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.


Honourable Mentions:
goes to fave entries chosen by our Design Team
and to one randomly picked entrant

We don't have a prize as such, other than the fame and glory
of Honourable Mentions and our bragging badge. 
However, we think you deserve a discount
if you want to add some Rubber Dance stamps to your stash. 
If you would like a 30 % discount AND a free surprise stamp with your order,
please email Susanne at 
to get your coupon code to use in our web shop.

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

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: 
Out Of Africa


using Nostalgic Couple

The Way We Were


using Whale Wishes and Textured Houses

Free Willy


 using Whimsical Summer

Silence Of The Lambs

Flowers In The Attic

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

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

New Stamps November - Release Sale!

All new stamps are 20 % off for a week - ending November 21st at midnight CET. 
You will find them in our web shop here. (Prices are reduced in shop, no need for a coupon code).

Just in time for Christmas cards and other winter projects, this big sheet full of lovely stamps is designed by our DT member Donna Gray. It measures 13 x 18 cm (5 x 7 inches) and will retail at €18,50 - on sale at €14,80!

The next big sheet with adorable penguin stampss is designed by our DT member Susanne Rose. Also 13 x 18 cm (5 x 7 inches) and will retail at €18,50 - on sale at €14,80!

The two sheets below are full of funny sentiments, made by yours truly *
and they're both 13 x 9 cm, regular price €9,75 - on sale at only €7,80 each! 

* The one on You Rock that says "I wish I could bottle you up and sprinkle you everywhere", is something DT Donna said about a friend ("She's so sweet, I wish I could bottle her up and sprinkle her everywhere!"), and I got Donna's permission to turn that into a stamp. 
I think we all know a person like that, I know I do - and Donna is one of them ♥

The tags and card above are just samples of how you can use sentiments from the Adore Me set. 
I've combined them with some of our old stamps. 

Wanna see the rest of our samples with the new stamps? Get ready - there's quite a lot! :-)

Let's start with Guest Designer Dorthe Hansen from Denmark
who made this lovely card, using the ice skates
and other images from Whimsical Winter:

I used to skate every winter as a child,
but this is the only way I use ice skates nowadays:

More ice skates samples, made by Donna:


The two wood signs to the left was made using a woodburner pen!!
The one to the right was white embossed and has a led light candle inside.

Another lovely cabin make by Donna,
and the adorable snowman snowcat juggling snowballs:

It's cold out, so we need mittens - these were attached to a lolly stick:

Aren't those mittens cute?

Notice the baby penguin inside the mitten to the right.
How adorable!!

Mittens stamps on felt and cut out. Brill idea!

I've used the mittens, too ...  Actually, they didn't fit my hands...
so I gave them to the snowcat from Whimsical Winter:

And one of the Playful Penguins wanted to use the mittens, too!

Another Playful Penguin below, this time rescued by a friendly whale...
(from Whale Wishes), with one of the new sentiments from Adore Me,
and clouds from Whimsical Summer:

Another Playful Penguin sample - 
I made this sign for our bathroom which has a beach theme:

I hope our artwork have given you some ideas you want to try out.
Dig into your stash and see if you already have the stamps you need,
(most of us are on a budget, I get that!)
or grab the opportunity right now and order our new stamps - at a 20 % discount:

Thanks for stopping by today!

Leave a comment below and let us know what you think of the new stamps,
and what we've made with them. - We appreciate your feedback!

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