Sunday, January 22, 2017

Winter Frost Inspiration

Happy New Year stampers!

Craftyfield here again today to show you an inspiration piece for the January Challenge.

I loved the mood board photo and I knew immediately what I wanted to create, I just had to find the techniques and supplies that would turn my vision into a recognisable Winter Frost image!

My base cardstock is pearlised card which I thought would be ideal to evoke the glint of frost (unfortunately not showing at all in the above picture).

I stamped several branches from the Weed Love set by using an overall coating of Versamark on the stamps and adding red and brown with Zig markers.

I then heat embossed with clear powder and, where I hadn't applied colours, the white of the paper is protected for the next step.

I also applied Versamark to the sentiment from the Winter Wonderland set, before adding black dye and red Distress inks to get a
variegated and frosty effect. I then embossed with clear powder.

This is what the card looked like before the next step (you can just make out the shimmer of the pearlised paper):

For the background colour I used Brusho powders in Ultramarine and Turquoise.
I lightly sprayed the card with water, concentrating around the weeds, and tapped a small brush loaded with powder where I wanted colour.
I adjusted the depth of colour by adding more powder where there wasn't enough contrast to show off the weeds, and by adding water and mopping up the excess where the colours were too dark.

I hope you like my card and are inspired to create your own Winter Wonderland, or anything with the January's challenge colours for your chance to win some rubber!

Thanks to Bibi and Susanne for having me on the blog today, it's always a pleasure to be a Rubber Dance guest,

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Our New Stockists - in the UK and Australia!

Hello, everyone! It's Bibi here today with some great news: I am happy and proud to announce that you now can find Rubber Dance stamps in both the UK and Australia!

That's Crafty! is based in Romford, Essex. They carry a wide range of papercraft and mixed media art supplies - have a look at their web shop here. You can take a virtual tour inside their bricks and mortar shop here  (such fun!).  To find the stamps from Rubber Dance which That's Crafty! carries, click here.

Ink Art Designs is based in Portland, just west of Melbourne. The owner, Dot Leathbridge, is an avid stamper and published mixed media artist. If you would like to see Dot's awesome artwork, take a look at her blog here. The stamps she carries from Rubber Dance can be found in her Etsy shop.

This card is made by Dot. As you can see, it's featuring our all time favourite giraffe from Rubber Dance, which you can find in her shop here. I love the colour combination, and the die cut holes with black cardstock showing through are such a cool contrast!

Below are two makes by me, combining stamps from Rubber Dance and That's Crafty! I have used stamps from Textured Houses and Textured Flowers, which you can both find at That's Crafty here. The face and woman stamps are from the Serena and Beki sets, which are clear stamps from That's Crafty's own line. Luvv'em! 

I wish Ink Art Designs and That's Crafty! a very warm welcome to our stamping family, and I hope our stamps will sell really well for them so they can continue to offer Rubber Dance stamps to customers in their countries.

We also have shops carrying our stamps in Germany and The Netherlands. Most of them ship internationally. You will always find their links in the sidebar of our blog, as well as on our retailer page.

Happy Crafting, good people!

Inky Hugs,

Friday, January 20, 2017

Little Pillow Box to a Housewarming

Hello.  Susan from the design team here today.  I was inspired by the little pillow boxes that I have seen on the internet, so I decided to make my own to use for a house warming present.  It is the first time that I have used the pillow box die that I have from Sizzix.  I think that the result turned out really nice.  After I have die cut the box I embossed it with a snow folder and sprayed with lots of glimmer mist. The small textured houses from Rubber Dance are perfect for embellishment.  I have coated it with dimensional coat so it really stands out.  A little congratulations on your new house is written on the back of the little card on the side. The colours look neat together and are inspired by our challenge moodboard here at Rubber Dance this month, where our optional theme is Frosty Winter.

I have used:
Textured Houses and Beautiful Words Rubber Dance Stamps
Sizzix Embossing Pillow Box die and Embossing folder
Basic craft card paper from Panduro
Frozen glimmer Paper from Marianne Design
Glimmer Mist Tattered Angels
Distress spray stain Fired Brick
Dimensional Magic Lacquer from Royal Coat
White Embossing Powder
Silk ribbon 

There is still time to participate in the Rubber Dance challenge.

Have a creative and a good day.
Hugs, Susan

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Follow your art - a tag in blue, white and red

Hello my dear crafty friends, it's Anita from the Design Team here today to show you a tag I've made:

It is based in the January Rubber Dance challenge colours which are:

Here's the step by step of how I made this tag:
I used a #8 tag and coloured it with Distress Ink in two shades of blue.

Then some stencils and a baby wipe to remove some of the ink through the stencil.

Spritz with water for some bubble effects

Stamp with black Archival Ink

Black Soot Distress Ink around the edge and some drawing with a black pen

Watercolour paper and Ecoline watercolour paint

Stamp with red Archival Ink on top of the paint after it's dry to achieve a bit texture

Then stamp with black Archival Ink on top of that again

Use scissors and cut out the flowers. Colour the flower stalk with the black pen and glue them down on the tag with glue pad. I used a white gel pen to colour some dots on one of the flowers.

I glued some bling on one of the other flowers

Hope you feel inspired to join the Rubber Dance January Challenge. There is an awesome prize to win.

Rubber Dance stamps I've used on this tag are:

I wish you a fabulous and creative day!

Hugs, Anita

Sunday, January 15, 2017

January Challenge Reminder

Hello Crafty Friends!

Susanne writing today. There are two weeks left to join our January Colour Challenge. We picked a winter theme this time and we do love its glorious colours!


The prize:
Winner will win five fab stamps from Rubber Dance!
PLUS five more stamps if the winner has used Rubber Dance stamps on her entry! 
(Please mention the stamps you've used from Rubber Dance in your Post) 
The owner of Rubber Dance will pick some nice ones out for you.

The winner:
is our DT Pick of the Month, selected among ALL entries.
You do not have to use our stamps to enter!

We also offer a Guest Designer spot to our DT Pick of the Month,
who will (if she wants) get her challenge card featured amongst the inspirational makes here on the Rubber Dance blog when we announce an upcoming challenge.

Honourable Mentions:

goes to some fave entries where our stamps have been used.
Fame, glory and braggin' badges awaits! ;-)

The winner and honourable mentions will be announced 
on the 5th of February.

 Here is an inspirational piece for you:

I created a mixed media tag with a snowy theme. The background is created with Gelatos and molding paste. I used different background stamps for some more texture. My sentiment is a mix from the Winter Wonderland's "let it snow" and a free printable from MixedUpMag. The birdie is a die from Die-Namites. I covered it with red Stickles glitter.

Thanks for stopping by today,
xx Susanne.

Rubber Dance Stamps:

Friday, January 13, 2017

Mixed Media Tag - Video Tutorial by Susanne

Hi everyone.

It's Susanne writing today and I am sharing a mixed media tag with the lovely "Textured Houses" stamps from Rubber Dance. I recorded the process, so have fun watching the video at the end of this post.

Thank you for stopping by today!
xx Susanne

Rubber Dance Textured Houses
Rubber Dance Autumn - Mushrooms
Brusho Colours
Watercolour Pencils
Molding Paste
Stencils from Art Anthology
Dimensional Paint from Art Anthology
Acrylic Paints

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Frozen Nature Card

Hi Susan from the DT here.  I was inspired by the challenge board shown in this month challenge post.
I started using white embossing powder and heat on white cardboard.  Weed Love stamps are incredibly beautiful and fit really nicely for the purpose.  The card was colored with distress ink and the edges got distress crayons.  Tim Holtz Wildflowers die were punched out and used and adorned with white embossing powder to create the 3D effect.  I stamped the small branches with blue distress ink and the red berries with a pencil eraser, with red distress ink.  I finished with sequins and small drops of sticklers with glitter.

I have used: Beautiful Words and Weed Love stamps
Distress crayons and ink - Stormy Sky and Fired Brich
Wildflowers die, White cardboard, white embossing powder, Stickles, sequins and Zig wink of stella

I wish you a nice day.
Hugs, Susan

Friday, January 06, 2017

Perpetual Calendar

Hello.  Gail from the design team here today.  My first chance to wish you a happy new year.  Wow, 2017.  And I have finally managed to make myself a never-ending calendar.  I have seen various styles of these around and have been meaning to make one, and now I have.  I did think I would go with the cube style, but then I saw some that looked similar to this one and decided to make this style instead.  

I kinda winged the design from a picture I saw.  I decided to use this months Rubber Dance challenge colours because I quite like red, white and blue.  Especially blue LOL.

I started by cutting my panels from chipboard using Sizzix Postage Stamp dies.  I arranged them on this 30 x 30cm sheet to show that you could cut them from one sheet.  Well, just about......

I covered both sides of all the panels with cream handmade paper, embossed the edges with red embossing powder and also stamped and embossed the small panels with the Vintage Script stamp.   Those little panels are so cute!  

I stamped Berry Bird in blue ink on blue paper and blue embossed the grungy numbers from Pick a Number.  I fussy cut the birds and added them to the small panels.  So cute!  You need 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 on the front and then 7, 8, 9, 0, 1 and 2 on the back.  Make sure you don't put your 1's and 2's on the back and front of the same panel!!

I made the blue panels by stamping the feather from Vintage Birds many times and clear embossing them.  Then I used Aegean Blue chalk ink and covered the paper.  The embossed feathers resist the ink and the original colour of the paper shows through.  I cut this paper into pieces and stuck them on my large and medium sized panels.  The day and month words were created using Basic Grey letter stickers

This is the back of my calendar theater.  I made the paper I covered the box with in the same way but I used baby blue embossing powder for the feathers.  This beautiful stamp is also from Vintage Birds and is on the back of the box.  I stamped the image in blue and fussy cut it.  Then I stamped again in dark blue and fussy cut the bird to give that lovely contrast.  

I stamped and fussy cut two more of the swallows and added one to each side of the box

Thanks for dropping by.  
All the stamps I used today, and many more, are available in the 

I hope you feel inspired to make a red, white and blue creation and link it to the