Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Red Rubber Designs wishes you a very Merry Christmas!

May your day be joyful!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Merry Christmas from Red Rubber Designs!

Christmas is soon upon us and I wanted to take a moment to wish all of you a merry Christmas holiday and a happy and healthy New Year!

For me, Christmas is all about family. For Red Rubber Designs, the end of the year is all about inventory! While I won't shut down our online store - you can still shop for our high-quality rubber stamps and other crafting supplies - I am going to stop shipping for a time.

Here's the deal: All orders placed after Tuesday, December 25th will NOT ship until Wednesday, January 9th. Because of this, Red Rubber Designs will not charge your credit card until your order ships. Shipping and normal business will resume on January 9th.

This schedule enables me to spend the holidays with my family and complete my year-end business of inventory, etc.

And speaking of inventory, our Overstock Sale on our rubber stamps will continue through Dec. 25th. So take advantage of the 25% OFF our already-low prices - please don't make me count them! ;-}

Our theme this month is Floral Design and besides our Featured Stamps, I add new stamps in the store every week. Be sure to check out our Design Team blogs to see what they're doing with our beautiful floral stamps this month! You can find their blog links in the right side bar.

Don't forget about our Big Deal this month: 40% OFF all Palette Ink Pads. I love Palette Ink! This all-purpose hybrid ink has the archival qualities of pigment, dries quickly like dye and works great on all surfaces. Palettes are my go-to ink pads for most of my projects.

Finally, a quick note about our January First Thursday.... Because normal business at Red Rubber Designs won't resume until January 9th, our January First Thursday is delayed until the second Thursday of the month, the 10th. Join us then!

I hope that this holiday creates many wonderful memories for you and yours and that the New Year brings you much happiness in all you do!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tutorial Tuesday: Reverse Soot Stamping

For this tutorial you will need the following supplies:

Glossy cardstock - white
Rubber stamp of you choice
Clear embossing ink - any brand
Candle in a holder - taper is best
Cotton ball
Long tweezers or a clothespin
Clear acrylic sealer - spray

Step 1
Stamp your image onto the glossy cardstock with embossing ink.

Step 2
Light your candle.  Holding one corner of the stamped image with tweezers or a clothespin, pass the paper (stamped side toward the flame) through the flame until it is covered with soot.  Keep the paper moving or it will burn.

It should look something like this.

Step 3
Gently wipe off all of the soot with a cotton ball.

Step 4
Seal your work with a clear acrylic sealer.

Step 5
Create something with your newly made image .

Here is how I used mine.

Products from Red Rubber Designs

You can get this tutorial as a free download in the Red Rubber Designs store.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Tutorial Tuesday: Faux Fabric Technique

Using fabric on cards and other paper crafting projects adds texture as well as interest to the project.  I want to show you how to make faux fabric with paper.  This technique can be used with a stamped image that will be the focal point of the project or with patterned cardstock that will be the background of the project.  Let’s look at it both ways.

First, gather your supplies.  You will need:

  • ·        Stamped and colored images
  • ·        Patterned cardstock/paper
  • ·        Dry embossing folders
  • ·        Big Shot or other die cut machine
  • ·        Edge Distresser or scissors
  • ·        Embellishments and cardstock for the finished product                       


I chose a new RRD stamp release called Sunshine for my project.  After stamping and coloring it, I placed it in a Spellbinders M-Bossabilities folder and ran it through the Big Shot to emboss it.

The next step is to rough up the edges of the embossed, stamped image with an Edge Distresser or the edge of a pair of scissors. 

It doesn’t matter if the edge tears slightly or rolls forward.  This gives it more of a look of fabric.  When you finish, it should have a faux fabric look – as if the image were on fabric.

 Now the card or crafting project can be completed as desired.

 Here is my completed card.

Supplied used:
Stamps – Sunshine, Label Lingo, Cha Cha Patterned Cardstock, Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad, ribbon, pearl, Copic Markers (YG91, YG93, YG93, YG95, YG97, YR21, YR23, YR24, Y38, E13, E15, E19, E07,BV00)

Now let’s look at a card with the background patterned cardstock/paper made into faux fabric.


I have used a piece of paper from the Tuscany Spice Paper Stack.  I embossed it twice – once using a Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, and then through the same Spellbinders M-Bossabilities folder used above.

Rough up the edges with an Edge Distgresser or scissors, as before.  Don’t you think it has a fabric look to it?

 Finish the project.  I made a card using the faux fabric piece as the background and another stamped and colored image from Sunshine.

 Supplies Used:.
 Stamps – Sunshine, Tuscany Spice Paper Stack, Cha Cha Patterned cardstock, Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad, Copic Markers (YG91, YG93, YG93, YG95, YG97, YR21, YR23, YR24, Y38, E13, E15, E19, E07,BV00), Scrappers Spool (Tawny).

This project was made by Paula-Kay Bourland for Red Rubber Designs

Thank you for looking at this tutorial.  You may download a FREE PDF of the tutorial at the Red Rubber Designs store.  Come again for Tutorial Tuesday.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Blog Hop Winner

We have a winner for this month's contest.  They will receive the Spotlight Stamp set Flowers and Holly.

The contest was to guess the total number of flowers in this picture.
Our winner is Lillian Child.  Her guess of 62 was the closest to the correct answer of 53. Congrats, Lillian. Please contact Pam at contest@RedRubberDesigns.com to collect your prize.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

First Thursday: Blog Hop and Contest

Are you in a holiday rush?  Take a moment for yourself.  Grab a refreshing beverage, sit down, breathe deeply and think Spring.  This month our theme is "Floral Design" and we're offering beautiful floral stamps that hint of the arrival of Spring.

Our Spotlight Stamp set is "Flowers and Holly".

Flowers and Holly

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We are offering you a chance to win the Spotlight Stamp Set by simply playing along with our monthly game.  The game this month is to guess the number of flowers in the floral arrangement that you see below.  I know that only one side is visible but you are to give your best guesstimate as to how many flowers are in the entire arrangement.  Easy way to win some cool rubbah, right!

Please send your guesstimate to contest@RedRubberDesigns.com. One winner will be chosen from the correct answers.  If there is no correct guess, the person who comes the closest will receive the Spotlight Stamp set "Flowers and Holly".  In case of a tie, a random draw will take place between those tied.
Contest ends Sunday, December 9 at midnight CST.

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The Design Team has some lovely creations to share with you today. Enjoy and be sure to leave some love.
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