Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The whole box of crayons : Art Journal spread

Hi everyone, it's Liesbeth here again.  This time I would like to show you an art journal page using some Rubber Dance stamps.  As I'm very much in love with this couple (from the stamp sheet Travel),  I used them as the focal point.

This is how I created these pages:

Cover a journal spread with old bookpaper and add a layer of gesso.  Keep it translucent at the top of the page and more opaque at the bottom.  Add torn pieces of different washi tape as shown.

Using black StazOn ink, stamp some text stamps here and there.  I used stamps from Travel and  Collage Mix

Add structure with some stencils and molding paste.

Let dry well. Stamp some circles  (Round in circles)

Add colour by using Gelatos.  Blend the colours with a waterbrush.

Accentuate some borders and edges and the circles by drawing with a black water soluble pencil and a waterbrush.

Stamp the couple and the sentiment (Something wonderful)  onto a separate piece of paper, cut them out and sponge some Vintage Photo Distress ink onto it. Glue them onto the page and draw shadows around it with  a water soluble pencil and water. Stamp (fragments of) the map stamp with grey StazOn ink here and there, and stamp the watch and the tower using black ink. ( all stamps from Travel).

Finished spread once more:

Thanks for stopping by, hope you like it !
Have lots of fun creating and see you next time  :-)

Take care, 

Liesbeth XX

Blog: Liesbeth's Arts & Crafts

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Dreamcatcher Tag by Susanne

Hi everyone!

It's Susanne writing today and I have a step by step tutorial for this Dreamcatcher tag. I used the brand new "Textured Feathers" stamps plus some patterns from the "Textured Flowers".

In addition to the stamps you need some watercolor crayons, gesso, pastel pencils or markers, black marker and a black ink pad. I worked on watercolor paper.

Step1: First layer. Add some warm colors and blend them with gesso. You can either use a brush or your fingers.

Step2: Second layer. Let the first layer dry. Add some cool tones and blend them with gesso.

Step3: Third layer. Add colors of your choice, after everything is dry. Blend them with water.

Step4: Make more marks with pastel pencils or any other markers. Not everything will work fine on the crayons. Just try it.

Step5: Draw the dreamcatcher ring and add the feathers. I used a black uniPOSCA marker and black pigment ink for the stamps.

Step6: Add some more patterns with stamps from both sets, the "Textured Flowers" and "Textured Feathers".

Step7: Stamp all your feathers on white cardstock and cut them out. Add them to the tag.

Here are some more detailed images. I finally add some more doodleing with the black uniPOSCA marker and mounted it onto a base tag.

I wish you a nice day! Thank you for stopping by and all your lovely comments.
Hugs, Susanne.

Products from Rubber Dance:
Textured Flowers
Textured Feathers

Friday, September 23, 2016

Pillow Box

Les innlegget på norsk (post in Norwegian) 

Hello. Welcome.  Gail from the design team here today with a gift box using autumn colours. 

I used the colours from Rubber Dance October 2015 challenge.  This month it's two years since Rubber Dance started its challenge blog and there are five of the previous colour schemes to choose from if you want to join this month's challenge 

I started with a sheet of white handmade paper that had some stitching on it.  I stamped the large spiral from Round in Circles with Versamark ink.

I used Fired Brick, Mustard Seed and Frayed Burlap distress stain and sprayed with water.  The Versamark ink stamping shows up like a watermark. 

I used double sided tape to stick my paper to a plastic pillow box.  This was the packing for some embossing folders.   I added some lace along one side.  

I used one of the stamps from Nostalgic Couples.  The black shapes are cut using a Cheery Lynn die, Fence Rider.  The metal charms are from Korthobby.

I stamped two feathers from Textured Feathers and added the cowboy and another fence cut using Cheery Lynn Fence Rider die.  

You can find all the stamps at Rubber Dance Stamps website
We would love for you to join our challenge

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

My blog

Joining the fun at
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Gift It 
Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 238 - Vintage Theme 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Da Vinci layered cards

Hi everyone, it's Liesbeth here showing you two cards I made using the wonderful Da Vinci plate!  I also used stamps from Round in Circles and Travel.  These three plates are so perfect to combine!  They're built up in layers with many different inks, spray and paint. Here's how to create them:

Take a piece of white cardstock and sponge a thin layer of light and dark Distress Paint using different stencils, at the right and left edge. After drying, sponge big coloured areas with Distress inks: I used pink, purple and yellow and on the other card blue, orange and yellow. The paint works as a resist!  Spray a tiny bit of Dylusions spray onto two corners of the card (I used pink and blue).  Stamp the women with StazOn Jet Black and mask them with masking paper.  Then stamp the flower here and there with orange StazOn (blue/orange card) and some circles with pink StazOn onto the other card.  Cover the card with a stencil and sponge lightly with Distress ink Chipped Sapphire from corner to corner. Stamp every other image (like texts, Eiffel tower, horse, pears, small flowers etc) with black StazOn, and sponge a shadow on the edges of the mask and the card by using Distress ink Black soot.  Remove the masking paper and bleach the women, pears, flowers with pure bleach and a (synthetic) brush.  The bleach will not bleach the paint, so what you get is a wonderful 'transparent' look!  After drying finish the card by colouring the faces a bit with colour pencils.  Mat onto coloured cardstock.
Well, I hope you like this technique and give it a try.  Have lot's of fun!
Thanks for stopping by!
Liesbeth XX

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Textured Mixed Media Tags by Susanne

Hi my dear crafty friends.
It's Susanne writing today and I'd like to share some mixed media tags with the "Textured Flowers" and the "Textured Feathers" stamp sets. You can use this "recipe", of course, also on cards, ATCs or art journal pages.

What you need to start is a watercolor background. I cut a tag from one of my Brusho papers:

I added some color splatters with a Neocolor II crayon. I often use this technique, because it works quick and easy. Just scribble some color onto your craft mat, spray water on top, pick it up with a brush and sprinkle it all over your project :-)

I decided to use something more shiny than the Neocolor II crayons also. So I activated some Twinkling H2Os and sprinkled them on top of my tag. Always wait until one layer of colour is dry, before you add the next one!

I stamped two of the flowers from the "Textured Feathers" with black ink and colored them with colored pencils. They are quite opaque, so you will cover most of the background.

 I added some leaves and some white splatters. I used liquid white watercolor.

I wanted to remove the white splatters from the flowers with a wet baby wipe. In the end I think, I should have left them... I drew a doodle frame with a black marker.

My sentiment comes with the "A little Birdie" stamp set. I stamped it three times, one under another, by only inking it up once.

Here are some detailed images and another version with the brand new "Textured Feathers" stamp set. I like to mat my tags with some colored paper to make it pop more.

Thank you for stopping by today.
I hope this could be an inspiration for you...

xx Susanne.

Products from Rubber Dance:
Textured Flowers
Textured Feathers
A little Birdie
For the Birds

Friday, September 16, 2016

The Artist's Workshop - Vintage Card

Hello, Susan from the design team here.  I have been inspired by the colors of October 2015 from our current challenge.  We will soon start to be creative indoors at our desks.  Here, in September, we are heading towards the amazing colors of autumn.  I've decided to show you a card that is easy to make.

I have been playing with my alcohol inks on the bottles and on the jar for the paintbrushes.  The brushes are cut out and arranged behind the jar.  My background is coloured with distress inks and I sprayed with water to blend the colours.

I have chosen a nice stamp that fits perfectly as a header.

I have used Rubber Dance Stamps Stitch & Frame, Vintage Ads and Artist Plate
Tim Holtz Apothecary Bottles and Writing Desk Dies
Alcohol Ink Bottle and Raspberry
Distress Ink Antique Linen, Crushed Olive, Barn Door, Mustard Seed, Carved Pumkin and Ground Espresso. Archival Ink Black Soot, Linen thread, Acetate and Brads.

I hope you liked my vintage card and I am excited to see what you have created.