Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Tutorial Tuesday: Create Handmade Tea Roses

Today I am sharing how I make my favorite roses. I receive so many compliments whenever I use them. Many have asked me how I make them so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share these easy but pretty little flowers.
Supplies Needed:
Tea Dye Distress Ink 
Sizzix Tattered Pinecone Die
Die Cut Machine

Gather the above supplies

 Cut Patterned paper to fit flower on die and run through die cut machine.

These are my die cuts. The far left one is plain card stock that has been sprayed.

Distress the edges of each die cut with distress ink. Ink script stamp with ink and stamp on top of die cut.

Take die cut and gently fold between each petal.

Starting from the outside of flower, take tweezers and roll the flower. The pattern should be on the inside of roll.

Roll the flower up tight.

Release the flower and allow the petals to relax.

Once you loosen the petals and get the flower to the shape you want, apply a little bit of glue to the bottom two petals. Press the base of the flower into the glue. This will keep the center and surrounding petals secure.

Use the tweezers to curl the petals down.

Here is what the flower looks like with a few of the petals curled.

The finished product. Add these beauties to your stamped card or project.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Tutorial Tuesday: Creating a Background with Liquid Applique

Do you have Liquid Applique sitting forgotten in a drawer or cabinet?  Did you know that you can use it to make great looking leather-like backgrounds?

Supplies needed:
  • Marvy Uchida Liquid Applique
  • Rubber Brayer
  • Matte or non glossy cardstock
  • Heat tool
  • Waxed paper or palette paper (I save the paper from the Creative Cling) 

Step 1
Squeeze out some liquid applique on your waxed paper.

Step 2
Roll over the liquid applique with the brayer so that it covers  all the way around the brayer.

Step 3
Roll the brayer over your cardstock in all directions until covered to your liking.
Now clean your brayer immediately. You do not want the liquid to dry on your brayer.

 Step 4
Dry with heat tool.

Step 5
Enjoy the beautiful leather-like surface that you have just created.

Your background is now ready for stamping with Archival Ink or a dye based ink.

Here is my finished card with the applique applied to brown cardstock.

Supplies from Red Rubber Designs used in this tutorial and sample.

You can download this and many other tutorials for free here in the Red Rubber Designs store.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day 2013!

Happy Valentine's Day from Red Rubber Designs! We are spreading the love in several ways today!

We are sponsoring the Sunshine Mail Foundation for the month of February. Formerly called "Card Cupids", the Sunshine Mail Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, providing children in need comfort, support and joy through free Sunshine Mail Care Packages.

Sunshine Mail is filled with handmade cards, care essentials and other age appropriate items and delivered to children in need including hospitals, homeless shelters and foster care.

In order to help support this effort, Sunshine Mail has a challenge blog which holds card challenges on the 1st and 15th of every month. Sponsors offer prizes for these challenges - be sure to play this month as you may win a prize from Red Rubber Designs! Also, you can spread the love as you would be giving children a much needed pick-me-up with your handmade cards.

If you follow the Red Rubber Designs Blog, you may remember our post about our Facebook 500 LIKES Sweepstakes. The sweepstakes has ended, and I have a winner to announce! Congratulations, Rachael Lowry! We had under 50 entries for our contest, so Rachael wins one FREE stamp set of the her choice valued up to $5.00 retail. Stay tuned to our blog and our Facebook Page, as you never know what I'll come up with next...

And, we're spreading the love to YOU, too! Join us for our PRESIDENT'S DAY WEEKEND SALE! Monday is President's Day which has become synonymous with SALES! Why not join in on the fun? Everyone loves a SALE!

And why not make it last ALL weekend long? Almost everything in the store is
our already-low prices on over 300 items! Discount is calculated in your shopping cart. Sale is good through end of day Monday. While supplies last!

Remember that every Thursday, new stamps are released in the Red Rubber Designs store! And be sure to check our "New Arrivals" link every so often, as new products are put in the store whenever I have the chance to sit down and type them in!

Last, but not least, a little gift for you - a FREE digital Valentine stamp from Red Rubber Designs, one colored and one black and white! Click on each image, save them to your computer, then print and use on cards, scrapbook layouts and more. Enjoy!

A Valentine from Red Rubber Designs A Valentine from Red Rubber Designs

*Please see our Angel Policy here. Our copyright policies include any images that we distribute to you at no cost.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Blog Hop Winner

I hope you enjoyed our First Thursday Blog Hop.  It was great fun having the gals from the  Sunshine Mail Foundation join us.  If you missed it, check it out here.

Our contest was to play hopscotch with us and we would randomly pick a winner from one comment (footprint) left at an undisclosed blog.  The blog was Paula-Kay's and the winner is:

* * * * * * KSSDesigns * * * * * * 
Please contact Pam at info@RedRubberDesigns.com to collect your prize.

Our winner will receive the spotlight stamp of the month.

Wonder and Joy

If you didn't win but would like this stamp set, it is available at a 40% discount with any size order. Offer available this month only.  Time for a shopping trip to Red Rubber Designs!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

February First Thursday Blog Hop, Contest and More

Red Rubber Designs and the Sunshine Mail Foundation (formerly Card Cupids) are teaming up in celebration of our new monthly theme Once Upon a Child. We will be working with the Foundation for the entire month of  February by sponsoring their card challenges on the 1st and 15th of the month.

Sunshine Mail Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit, provides children in need with comfort, support and joy through free Sunshine Mail Care Packages. Sunshine Mail is filled with handmade cards, care essentials and other age appropriate items and delivered to children in hospitals, homeless shelters and in foster care.

Card donation guidelines can be found here.
Their challenge blog is here.

We hope you will help brighten a child's day by joining in on the Sunshine Mail challenges and/or sending some beautiful handmade cards their way.

Don't forget to check out February's Featured Stamps! Also, did you know - new stamps are released in the Red Rubber Designs store every Thursday!

Our February Spotlight Stamp set is Wonder and Joy.

Wonder and Joy

Do you remember those fun days when you were allowed to draw a special grid on the sidewalk with chalk and then spend hours playing hopscotch?  If you are not familiar with the game, you can pick up a little history and info here.

You are going to play hopscotch with us as you hop from one blog to the next. The catch is to leave your footprint (comment) at each blog. One blog has the "stone" (but we're not telling which one!) A winner will be chosen by random draw from everyone who left a footprint (comment) on that blog (scotch). If chosen, what will you win? You'll win our Spotlight Stamp set Wonder and Joy.

Contest will end Sunday, February 10 at midnight CST. 
Here is your "hopscotch grid" to follow - we are happy to have 3 members of the Sunshine Mail Design Team play along with us today:

Red Rubber Designs You are here!
Michele (Sunshine Mail DT)
Kim (Sunshine Mail DT)
Karen (Sunshine Mail DT)

Have fun!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tutorial Tuesday: Paper Piecing with Stamps

It is time for another Tutorial Tuesday at Red Rubber Designs!


 This pictorial tutorial shows how simple it is to paper piece using stamped images and patterned cardstock or paper.

I am using a February Featured Stamp set from Red Rubber Designs called Teddy Bear Tea Party.
The artist of this set, Maggie Swanson, illustrates children’s books. She has created some very cute images that make a nice scene.

The patterned cardstock I am using is from the Catelynne collection. I’ve gathered my supplies first – paper, stamps, Kai 4” scissors, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and acrylic blocks.

The next step is to stamp the parts of the images on the patterned cardstock that I want to paper piece.


Then I stamped the images on a piece of white cardstock that I will use on the front of my card.
In addition I decided to pop-up several of the images, so I stamped them also on another scrap piece of white cardstock. I will later cut those images out.

Now I cut out all stamped pieces from the patterned cardstock that I plan to paper piece. Also I cut a background piece of patterned cardstock to use on the base of my card.


 Then I colored the stamped images that will not be paper pieced. I used Copic markers, but colored pencils or water color crayons would also work nicely.


 Then I put the card together with the paper pieced parts glued on top the stamped images. I popped up the bears and the tea pot to give more dimension, and also to get the bears closer to the table.


Supplies used in this project:

Catelynne Patterned Cardstock
Pink and white cardstock
Pink ribbon for bow
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Foam mounting tape
Kai 4” scissors
Acrylic blocks
Copic markers: E11, E13, E15, E333, E35, E37, E70, E1, E77, YG41, YG45, B0000, B14, B16, R000, R81, R83, R85, YR24

Thanks for stopping by to see this tutorial.

You can download a FREE PDF of the tutorial at the Red Rubber Designs Store.

Have a fun stamping day!