Thursday, June 14, 2018

Relax and Fish Shaker Card

     Father's Day is this Sunday, so I'm featuring the Relax and Fish Unmounted Rubber Stamp from Red Rubber Designs, on this shaker card that I made for my dad, colored with Distress Inks. The corrugated paper started out blue, and along with the circle, got three layers of Emerald Creek powders (Deep Sea, Cool Lagoon, and Fractured Ice), to create the beautiful shimmer and depth of color, found in a lake. 


     I also embossed EC Fractured Ice onto the fish, and added sequins, before sealing up my window, made from clear acetate paper.


      Then I used the Tim Holtz Splatters Stencil, with Prima Marketing's Clear Gesso, sprinkled with Glass Glitter and more sequins, to mimic a splash.


          Even though I made this card for Father's Day, it could also be used for other occasions, like birthdays, retirement, or just to show you care. Thanks for looking!


       
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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Memories Canvas

     Have you ever had such a precious and meaningful photo, that you're afraid to scrap it?  My mom, who rarely ever asks me to scrap photos for her, actually printed and gave me this photo many months ago, of her and her dad, who passed away a few years ago from Alzheimer's, to get to whenever inspiration strikes. Finally putting my fears aside, I decided to mount it on canvas, using a variety of stamps from Red Rubber Designs.


     The newspaper that my grandpa's standing on in the photo, inspired the text that I stamped over torn strips of white tissue paper, with the Well Defined Backgrounds and Define It Rubber Stamps. Then I adhered them with Prima's Soft Matte Gel, covering the sides as well. Once dry, I aged it with some Lindy's Sprays (Brushed Nickel and Black Orchid Silver), followed by a coat of Emerald Creek's Fractured Ice EP to seal the strips, and for some sparkle and shine. 


     After tearing around the edges of the photo, I adhered it to the center of my canvas. Then I framed half of it, using black gesso and a stencil, also followed by a coat of Fractured Ice EP. Next, I used my fingers to dab over the stenciling and rest of the raised texture from the tissue paper, with Prima's Brushed Iron Metallique Wax. The Dusty Attic corner chipboard piece was made from a combination of all three (black gesso,  Metallique Wax with the addition of Old Silver,  and coated with Fractured Ice EP).  All of the flowers were embossed onto white cardstock with the Charcoal Flowers Cling Mounted Stamp, and shaded with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink. 


     Since the title was embossed over all of texture that I created, using the Memories Unmounted Rubber Stamp, it came out faded and illegible, all three times, but is fitting for the horrible disease that my grandpa suffered from. All of his broken and fragmented memories are represented by the Prima Frosted Mica Flakes, that I adhered one by one, with Glossy Accents around the rest of the canvas and photo. 


     I'm happy to say that mom was beyond thrilled with the results! 


     
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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Blossoms Mother's Day Cards

     Are you ready for Mother's Day? I have a couple of cards to share with you, featuring the Blossoms and Blessings, Victorian Vines, and Contemporary Greetings Unmounted Rubber Stamps from Red Rubber Designs.


     I started by smooshing some Distress Inks onto white cardstock to create the colored backgrounds. Then I stamped the flowers and leaves with the Blossoms and Blessings Stamp, colored the centers with Distress Inks, and gave them a coat of Stickles.
   

For the sentiment, I used the Contemporary Greetings Unmounted Rubber Stamp.


Then I stamped the floral backgrounds with the Victorian Vines Unmounted Rubber Stamp.


     I also added some punchwork, which adds to the elegance of these, along with some machine-stitching.

    
     Thanks for stopping by, and shop Red Rubber Designs for these stamps and more!

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Bird Coasters

     Grab a drink for these stamped coasters, featuring the Hope Perches, All Things of Nature, and Script Background Unmounted Rubber Stamps from Red Rubber Designs!


     Each chipboard coaster measures four inches, with a cardstock base, colored with neutral Distress Inks. Then I tore around some white cardstock, and stamped it with the Script Background Stamp, using permanent brown and red inks. 


          The birds were stamped in the center, using permanent black ink, with the Hope Perches and All Things of Nature Stamps.


     Then I smooshed the background with Broken China and Tea Dye Distress Inks, using a water brush pen, to color the images with various Distress Inks. 


           Once I got the images glued to the coasters, I coated them four to five times with Emerald Creek Vanilla Sugar Baked Texture, giving them lots of shine, and a wonderful smell.


     Then I applied a coat of EC Ancient Amber Baked Texture to the edges, followed with a coat of Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder. I just LOVE the effects!

            
     This set includes six coasters, and would make a great gift for any bird or nature lover, with stamps from Red Rubber Designs



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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Nature of the Beast

     Hello and welcome back Stampers! It felt so good to finally create this jungle scene in my art journal, as the idea started a few months ago, as I was going through my Red Rubber Designs Stamps!  I took out Tiger Face, Take Pride, Fern Sprig, and Fern Frond, setting them aside, until I was able to come up with this page, made with some recycled bits and pieces.


     Like this Converse shoe tag, that I cut along the star, inking and spraying it.


      I also recycled the brown netting from some fruit, shown below with stamped elephants from the Take Pride Stamp.


          Cheesecloth on the background gives lots of texture, as well as making great moss, dyed with Magicals and sprays. I also used twine along the top and right, covering it with gesso, and painting with sprays. The leaves coming from it were embossed onto clear transparency paper with the Fern Sprig Cling Mounted Stamp, using Ranger's Topiary EP.


     The wood was made with Ranger's Woodgrain Stencil, some white gesso, and sprays. Then I embossed the Thickers that spell NATURE with Distress EP Shabby Shutters. Since my Thickers were black, it didn't come out as bright as I wanted, so I went over it with some paint. The rest of my title was made from chipboard, covered with gesso, colored with sprays, and stamped with the Tiger Face Cling Mounted Stamp.


     Thanks for looking, and get your Animal Cling Mounted Rubber Stamps at Red Rubber Designs!



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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Somebunny's Thinking Cards

     Happy Thursday and happy early Easter! Can you believe it's already this Sunday? With that in mind, I made a couple of cards for my sweet little nephew and niece, featuring the adorable Somebunny's Thinking Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp from Red Rubber Designs! The eggs and background were smooshed with Distress Inks onto white cardstock.


     All of the images were stamped with permanent brown and green inks, and painted with various sprays.
   
   
     Then I did some fussy-cutting, and layered the carrots to show through the sheer ribbon.


     I used the same brown ink for the sentiment, and finished all of the colored cardstock edges with Picket Fence Distress Ink.


     It was so easy to make these cards the same, with a simple switch of blue and pink, but hard to decide on which one I like better!




Thanks for looking, and get your Spring Celebrations Cling Mounted Rubber Stamps @ Red Rubber Designs!

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Dad's Vintage Birthday Card

     Hello Stampers, and happy Thursday! I went vintage with my Dad's birthday card this year, having fun with some Mixed Media Stamps from Red Rubber Designs! The sentiment was embossed onto wood banners with the Contemporary Greetings Stamp.


     But first I created the background with a stencil and black gesso applied to white cardstock. Once dry, I lightly went over it with some Prima Wax (Rich Copper and Bronze Age). Then I stamped all over with the Vintage Background, Postage, and Fly Fairy Unmounted Rubber Stamps, using permanent black and red ink, while embossing others. Along the edges and corners, I embossed the Background Soup Stamp, and colored it all with some sprays, finishing the edges with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink.


      The tape measure was colored with Distress Inks (Fossilized Amber, Vintage Photo, and Rusty Hinge), to which I applied black gesso to the Tim Holtz Measured Stencil. Like the black gesso on the background, I again gave it a light dab of Prima Wax (Rich Copper and Bronze Age), hand-stitching below it.


     To personalize it some more, I added his mom and grandma's buttons that I was lucky enough to inherit.
   

     Then I embossed the Postage Stamp onto black cardstock, cutting out the center, to frame a piece of white cardstock colored with sprays. I popped it up and added Prima's Patina Effect Paste to the chipboard numbers. The grid behind it was stamped with the Vintage Background Stamp and finished with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink. 


     To the edges of the base of the card, cut from black cardstock, I applied some Prima Rust Pastes, along with the brads on the wooden banner. TFL!



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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Charming Gardens Card

     Happy Thursday! With Spring right around the corner, I wanted to feature the Charming Gardens and Charming Gardeners Cling Mounted Rubber Stamps again from Red Rubber Designs, since I hadn't used them since the blog post here, and they're so much fun to color! The sky was done with Broken China Distress Oxide Ink, and the stamping colored with Distress Inks and Spray Stains. Then I finished the circle edges with Ranger's Verdigris EP, adding some to the fountain, watering can, and bucket. Finally I added some Glossy Accents to the water in the fountain, and puddle under the can.


     The sentiment was embossed with the Sophisticated Sentiments Unmounted Rubber Stamp.
   

     I used a resist technique by stamping the dots onto white cardstock with the Build A Background Stamp using Ranger's Clear EP. Then I went over the dots with my blending tool dipped into Picked Raspberry Distress Ink, which I also used to stamp the flowers with the Happily Grateful Unmounted Rubber Stamp, embossing the leaves from the set with Ranger's Verdigris EP. 


     Here's the result! Thanks for looking! 


     
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