Thursday, January 19, 2017

Happily Grateful

Hello,  Angie here!  Today I am sharing the gorgeous stamp set Happily Grateful.  This set includes a gorgeous butterfly, and a leafy branch along with flowers and leaves.  As soon as I saw this stamp set I started thinking about using the branch and pairing it with a technique that Robin Clendenning shared with some of us back in the fall.

The technique is spray starch on watercolor paper, Brushos (or powdered coloring medium) sprinkled on the paper, then take cling wrap and scrunch it all over the liquid ink.  Let dry completely before lifting cling wrap.  The background will be different every time!

I followed Susie Williams's suggestion and created an entire background sheet with this technique. Even after die cutting the circle I have plenty for future projects.  

Using the MISTI I stamped the branch image on the white card base several times to get the rich black coverage, then I glued down the circle and stamped several times on the circle.  The sentiment is one of two sentiments that are included in the Happily Grateful stamp set which can be found in the Red Rubber Designs online store! 

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you have great day!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Victorian Thank You Card

     I love the Victorian Borders stamp, and have picked it up many times intending to use it, and actually thought that I had, but never did, until now!  I combined it with some other Vintage Inspired Stamps from Red Rubber Designs on a Thank You card.

     I began with a sheet of white cardstock and sprayed it with both colors in the Walnut Ink 2-pack Cupcake Spritzers. After it dried, I placed a stencil over it, and sprayed it again with the pink (Cherry Blossom) for a faded Victorian wallpaper look. Then I tore a piece of cream tissue paper, and stamped it with the Vintage Background Unmounted Stamp Set using Palette Inks (Burnt Umber and Belle Rose). I dipped the edges in the watered down brown (Java) spritzer, and when dry, applied it to the background with Tim Holtz' Distress Collage Medium (Vintage). 

The rest of the stamping was embossed in an antiqued bronze, using Victorian Borders and the large Thank You Unmounted Stamp. 

The flowers were layered and embossed with the Medallions stamp onto an extra sheet of cardstock that I had sprayed with the same two Spritzers. To the flower centers, I applied some Clear Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents. 

     Finally, I distressed and machine-stitched the edges of my card. Thank you for looking, and have a wonderful 2017! 


Thursday, January 5, 2017

The New Has Come

Hello, friends!  Welcome to Red Rubber Designs first blog post of the new year!  
It seemed fitting to feature the New Creation rubber stamp on my project as we are in the first few days of 2017! A new year is a fresh start, the old has gone the new has come!

For the background, I pulled out a previously created background layer and stamped it with the Background Stripes Rubber Stamp.  Creating my own patterned paper with background stamps saves me time and frustration when creating a card.  Even though I have a great deal of designer paper I find that quite often I don't have markers or inks to match!  I love the look of the distressed stripes and the stamp is a great size, measuring 6" x 4 1/2".

Do you have any goals or "fresh starts" in mind for 2017?  Leave me a comment and let me know! My "fresh start" begins when school starts in August.  I began walking regularly this past August and plan to continue making exercise a priority.  I asked for a tracker for my birthday so I now have added motivation as I track my steps, water intake, how much sleep I am getting, etc.  I am a touch geeky, I love the stats and the fireworks that go off when I meet a goal!!!

Wishing you many blessings as you leave behind the old and pursue the new in 2017!

Today's Featured Stamps:

Thursday, December 29, 2016

To A Healthy, Happy and Peaceful New Year

Hello, friends!  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!  I don't know about you but it came and went waaaay too quickly for me.  

With Christmas behind us, we now look forward to ringing in the new year in just a few days!  To celebrate the new year I created a card featuring two stamp sets from Red Rubber Designs.

I pulled out a previously created background and stamped several images from the Lotsa Dotsa cling mount set in silver to mimic the idea of fireworks. To finish off the card I added a border of glitter paper then I used one of the New Year's sentiments from Holiday Wishes unmounted stamp set.

The background was created by painting Brushos then spritzing with shimmer spray.  Next, I covered the inky mix with cling wrap and squished!  In this angled view you can see a bit of the shimmer.

My husband is home this year for New Year's and I am pretty excited about getting to spend the day with him. Leave me a comment and let me know how you plan to spend your New Year's day! 

From all of us at Red Rubber Designs we hope you have a healthy, happy and peaceful New Year!!!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Ginger Joy Card

     Holiday Greetings stampers! Today I'm spreading some cheer, with this adorable gingerbread man made with the Ginger Joy Cling Mounted Stamp from Red Rubber Designs!

     I embossed my image in black onto Cork Paper, which gave this gingerbread man the perfect texture! Then I colored the cork with some sprays and a paintbrush, using white paint for the icing. I embossed him again onto white cardstock using red embossing powder, and colored his cheeks and bow with sprays. After fussy cutting, I glued the pieces onto the cork, and dotted his eyes with black puffy paint. 

     The tag was cut from a matte silver to mimic a cookie sheet, with embossed lines along the edges, made by scoring the back. Then I embossed my image again onto the tag, to show the crumbs along the edges. The sentiment was done in white using the Contemporary Greetings Unmounted Stamp Set, with some rick-rack over it. Finally, I finished it up with a punched hole and some ribbon. 

     I love the background, stamped in red ink with the Gingham Background Unmounted Stamp! The sheer ribbon allows the pattern to show. Behind that, I punched the top and bottom edges of some brown cardstock from the DCWV Jewel Colored 8 X 8 Cardstock Stack, which was the perfect match for my gingerbread man!  

     I made multiples of this card, just changing some of the ribbons on the tag. Happy Holidays!