Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Just Love You for Retro Rubber Challenge 199

Here we are with our second challenge of 2023 at Retro Rubber.  We are getting close to Valentine's Day so a color challenge working with Valentiney colors is appropriate!

A clean and simple card using cream, pink and silver was my choice for this challenge.


Unity Stamp Company has this really fun set called "Moon Beam and Heart Strings" released in Sept 2015.  I knew it would be perfect for a clean and simple one layer card.  
  • The image is stamped in the center of the card with Delicata Silvery Shimmer and heat embossed with silver embossing powder.  The image is also stamped off the edge of the card to both the right and left to create a string of hearts across the entire card.  The outside images are offset towards the top of the card.
  • The hearts are colored in with Memento Dual Tip Marker in Angel Pink.
  • The middle sentiment is from the Unity Stamp Company set and is stamped in Memento Angel Pink.  The "we" was masked before inking the stamp, as both my husband and I will be signing this card.
  • Technique Tuesday's Say It Happy "Happy Valentine's Day" is stamped int he lower right corner in Delicata Silvery Shimmer and Heat Embossed in Silver embossing powder.  

Clean and simple can be very elegant and effective, as well as quick to put together once the design decisions are made!  Enjoy all the cards made by the design team over at Retro Rubber

CHALLENGE GUIDELINES

  • We require stamps older than one year.  If we feel you are using newer stamps, you may be disqualified from the challenge without notification.
  • New papers/dies are OK – but you must use at least one stamp older than a year and describe the age in your blog post.
  • Please note that all challenges require the use of at least one stamp older than a year.
  • Post your new creation to your blog or online gallery.   Use keyword RRCB198.  No backlinking. 
  • Link back to the blog using the Linky Tools by the due date. 
  • Enter as many times as you like. 
  • Feel free to combine our challenge with a maximum of 10 challenges.  Entries linked to more than 10 challenges will be disqualified without notification.
  • If your project is posted on a private group site such as Split Coast Stampers or a photo sharing site not all DT members may be able to comment.   Thank you for understanding.
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Thanks for stopping by, and as always comments are appreciated!

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

A Winter themed Birthday Card

We are back for another year of playing with our Retro Stamps over at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.   Do come and check out the fun cards the design team created for this theme. 

 

I have a nephew with a January birthday, so this was a perfect opportunity to make a masculine card with a stamp set intended for Christmas by Taylored Expressions named Simply Stamped Pine Cones released in October 2015.

  • The front of an A-2 card is pressured embossed with Darice's Snowflake Background embossing folder to add a bit of texture and interest to the base card.
  • The pine cones are a three layer stamp set with matching dies.  I stamped them in Versa Magic Wheat, Sahara Sand, and Jumbo Java. 
  • Lawn Fawn Large Cross Stitch die is used to create a card front.  Versa Magic in Sahara Sand is used to color the background, and Versa Magic is used to inked the edges.
  • The bough is stamped in Versa Magic Jumbo Java, and the pine needles are Stamped in Tea Leaves.
  • The sentiment is Taylored Expressions as well, their original Simple Strips released in April 2019.   It is stamped in VersaFine Nocturne and heat bossed with clear embossing powder.  A matching die cuts the entire set out at one time.  It is lightly sponged with Versa Magic in Wheat.
  • The layers are adhered together using dimensional foam tape behind the card front and the center pine cone.  The sentiment is adhered directly to the card front panel.

This card was fun to put together once my creative mojo started flowing.  I hope you find your time to create a winter themed card and share with us over at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.

CHALLENGE GUIDELINES

  • We require stamps older than one year.  If we feel you are using newer stamps, you may be disqualified from the challenge without notification.
  • New papers/dies are OK – but you must use at least one stamp older than a year and describe the age in your blog post.
  • Please note that all challenges require the use of at least one stamp older than a year.
  • Post your new creation to your blog or online gallery.   Use keyword RRCB197.  No backlinking. 
  • Link back to the blog using the Linky Tools by the due date. 
  • Enter as many times as you like. 
  • Feel free to combine our challenge with a maximum of 10 challenges.  Entries linked to more than 10 challenges will be disqualified without notification.
  • If your project is posted on a private group site such as Split Coast Stampers or a photo sharing site not all DT members may be able to comment.   Thank you for understanding.
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Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful 2023!

 

Thursday, December 15, 2022

Vertigo Christmas Gift Box with StazOn Inks

 

Vertigo is a beautiful translucent material to use in creating projects, in today's tutorial there will be tips and hints to make your project shine!  The perfect ink for this box is StazOn,  and is the only ink that will dry on Vertigo and other plastics. 

 Skill:  Intermediate

Time:  1 hours

Step1:

 
Vertigo can be cut with scissors OR with a simple die.  Complex dies do not work well with most plastics, vertigo included.  This particular box needed 8.5" by 5" section of Vertigo, 12" x 12" sheets can be purchased directly from Imagine Crafts website.  Recycled packaging may be substituted for Vertigo, however the results will not have the stunning effect the the patterns that Vertigo provides.   The Pebbles pattern of Vertigo was used for my box.

Step 2:

 

Place a few drops ink from StazOn Blazing Red inker on a plastic surface to use as a palette.  On the INSIDE  of the box use a cotton swab to color each of the pebbles from the center out.  A little goes a long way with the translucent colors. 

Step 3:

 
Metallic StazOn ink is slightly less translucent than the other colors.  To capture more shimmer apply a drop or two of StazOn Metallic Gold on the INSIDE of the box and move the ink with a cotton swab to color around the pebbles.

Step 4:

 
Continue to add StazOn Metallic Gold ink to cover the remaining areas of the inside of the box.  Set aside to dry, as the Metallic ink is a bit thicker and takes a longer to dry. 
 
Step 5:

The sentiment is stamped on the OUTSIDE of the box, keeping the interior of the box ink from lifting and to have the correct orientation.  Merry Christmas is stamped in StazOn Jet Black. 

Step 6:


Tear It! tape is perfect to hold the bottom of this gift box together.  Assemble box and determine the best placement for the Tear It! tape.  Unfold box and add Tear It! tape, my project called for five sections to hold the box in shape.

Remove Tear It! tape liner and assemble gift box.  Decorate with matching ribbon and fibers to close the top and keep your gift secure.

Art Supplies

Imagine:

Vertigo--Pebbles 12" x 12" sheet

StazOn Inkers--Blazing Red and Metallic Gold
 
StazOn Jet Black
 
Tear It! tape
 
Other:

Bakery Gift box die--Lifestyle Crafts

Cotton Swabs 

Sentiment--Christmas Blessings Taylored Expressions

Misc:  Gold Ric Rac and red fibers

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Merry Christmas Warm Wishes for Retro Rubber

 Our last challenge of the year, and I am a bit late posting!  Please do check out the rest of the wonderful designs by the Retro Rubber Design Team


I had some fun with very old Hot Off The Press papers and a sketch from Callmecraftyal Sheetload.  

  • The Stamps of Life Hotcocoa die and hotchocolate2Stamp from November of 2017 where used to create the cocoa mug and whip cream.  
  • The whip cream is stamped on white cardstock with Memento Tuxdeo, then die cut.  
  • The Mug is stamped on red glossy cardstock with StazOn Jet Black and die cut.  Memento Luxe Wedding White is stamped in the center of the mug and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  
  • A standard A2 card base has the layers of patterned paper layered along with green cardstock to finish the sketch.

Please do come and join us!

 CHALLENGE GUIDELINES

  • We require stamps older than one year.  If we feel you are using newer stamps, you may be disqualified from the challenge without notification.
  • New papers/dies are OK – but you must use at least one stamp older than a year and describe the age in your blog post.
  • Please note that all challenges require the use of at least one stamp older than a year.
  • Post your new creation to your blog or online gallery.   Use keyword RRCB197.  No backlinking. 
  • Link back to the blog using the Linky Tools by the due date. 
  • Enter as many times as you like. 
  • Feel free to combine our challenge with a maximum of 10 challenges.  Entries linked to more than 10 challenges will be disqualified without notification.
  • If your project is posted on a private group site such as Split Coast Stampers or a photo sharing site not all DT members may be able to comment.   Thank you for understanding.
  • Turn off Word Verification.  We love to comment but word verification can make that difficult.


Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Tic Tac Toe Challenge for Retro Rubber

It has definitely moved from fall to winter in my part of the country in a hurry!   One day is was fall (Oct. 31st) and the very next day we had snow on the ground heralding in the winter!  But I put my fall thinking cap on to play with this fun Tic Tac Toe Challenge from Retro Rubber. 

 

I choose the top line to make a CAS card in about 15 minutes!

  • To start I die cut the Taylored Expressions Flourishing Frame Cutting plate from tangerine cardstock.  I believe it was a freebie from 2021 Black Friday's sale!
  • I used the center block from the die cut and adhered it with temporary adhesive.  Using an ink blusher I inked the edges in memento Luxe Morocco.  I tried to make it darker at the edges blending to a lighter color toward the center.
  • The die cut is adhered with a new to me adhesive, Sticky Specks that I purchased at the Hillsboro, OR CKC.  It was super sticky, and helps keep all the little leaves in place.
  • The sentiment is from Recollections Many Thanks, 2019.  It is stamped in Memento Luxe and heat Embossed in clear embossing powder to make it pop on the white background.  By stamping it slightly off center it left room for the final embellishment.
  • A scrap of dotted yellow ribbon is tied in a bow and adhered with a glue dot.
 Easy peasy; Orange, die cut, and ribbon!  Please do join us at Retro Rubber, but first go check out the lovely makes of the design team!

CHALLENGE GUIDELINES
  • We require stamps older than one year.  If we feel you are using newer stamps, you may be disqualified from the challenge without notification.
  • New papers/dies are OK – but you must use at least one stamp older than a year and describe the age in your blog post.
  • Please note that all challenges require the use of at least one stamp older than a year.
  • Post your new creation to your blog or online gallery.   Use keyword RRCB195.  No backlinking. 
  • Link back to the blog using the Linky Tools by the due date. 
  • Enter as many times as you like. 
  • Feel free to combine our challenge with a maximum of 10 challenges.  Entries linked to more than 10 challenges will be disqualified without notification.
  • If your project is posted on a private group site such as Split Coast Stampers or a photo sharing site not all DT members may be able to comment.   Thank you for understanding.
  • Turn off Word Verification.  We love to comment but word verification can make that difficult.

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Ombre Just a Note to Make you Smile

 For the next two weeks the challenge at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog is to use the Ombre effect.  Blend inks, find an ombre patterned paper, have some fun!  Check out how the Design Team interpreted this challenge!  As you can see by the graphic, you may go in any color direction you wish!

 I went with one of my favorite colors, purples to create my card.  I actually used snippets left over from other projects to pull this card together once I had the background completed.

 



  • Using a Imagine Ink Blusher I added color to one edge of white cardstock (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") and dragged the color into the rest of the card.  The first ink I used was Versa Fine Clair Fantasia.  
  • To lighten up the ombre effect I switched to Memento Luxe Sweet Plum to finish the background.  A little Ink Potion #9 helped blend the colors.
  • The add interest the card front panel was die cut with the Concord & 9th Quilted Card front die and the Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Stackables.  
  • Taylored Expressions Background (Original) Simple Strips Sentiment was stamped in Versa Fine Clair Nocturne and heat embossed with clear embossing powder, then die cut with the matching die.  The first set of Simple Strips was released in April of 2019.  It is mounted on two more die cuts to add a bit of dimension.
  • One of the snippets from my stash with a pink strip that had been border punched with the Tonic Butterfly border punch.  It glued to the card front and trimmed at the edges.  
  • A butterfly is cut from white cardstock using Cheery Lynn Design Exotic Butterfly, and adhered with a rolled up glue dot under just the body of the butterfly.
  • Impression Obession Butterflies die is used to cut another scrap that had very similar colors to the purple and are adhered with 1/8" dimensional foam adhesive.  These also happened to be in my snippets stash.

Please do come play along with our challenge at  Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.  We would love to see your projects!

CHALLENGE GUIDELINES

  • We require stamps older than one year.  If we feel you are using newer stamps, you may be disqualified from the challenge without notification.
  • New papers/dies are OK – but you must use at least one stamp older than a year and describe the age in your blog post.
  • Please note that all challenges require the use of at least one stamp older than a year.
  • Post your new creation to your blog or online gallery.   Use keyword RRCB194.  No backlinking. 
  • Link back to the blog using the Linky Tools by the due date. 
  • Enter as many times as you like. 
  • Feel free to combine our challenge with a maximum of 10 challenges.  Entries linked to more than 10 challenges will be disqualified without notification.
  • If your project is posted on a private group site such as Split Coast Stampers or a photo sharing site not all DT members may be able to comment.   Thank you for understanding.
  • Turn off Word Verification.  We love to comment but word verification can make that difficult.

Thanks for stopping by, your comments are always appreciated!

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Fall Welcome Home Wooden Sign with Versa Fine Clair

 

In today's tutorial you will learn to create a super easy wood sign using the ever versatile Versa Fine Clair inks.  The Versa Fine Clair worked beautifully for this project that took just under and hour from design concept to completion!  The ink pads are nice and juicy, so the first stamp image was perfect every time, which is helpful when free hand stamping with out a stamp platform.

Skill:  Beginner

Time:  1 hour

 Directions:

Step 1:


 
Remove twine from the sign so it will lay flat on your work surface.  With lines on the sign already in place it was easy to line up the sentiment and acrylic stamp block.  Once the stamps are aligned, place a large acrylic block over the stamps lining up the edges to allow perfect positioning.

Step 2:

Stamp the sentiment in Versa Fine Clair Pinecone and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.  Gives the sentiment a bit of shine and keeps it from smearing!

 
Step 3:
 

Using and ink blusher ink the edges of the sign with Versa Fine Clair Cheerful.  Start from the outside edge and blend toward the center to create a slight ombre look.

Step 4:

Using and ink blusher ink the edges of the sign with Versa Fine Clair Summertime.  Start from the outside edge and blend toward the center but not as far as the Cheerful layer.
 
Step 5:
The leaf images are stamped using a very old stamp that features fall leaves.  The Oak leaf is stamped in Versa Fine Clair Acorn, the Aspen leaf in Summertime, and the Maple leaf in Tulip Red.  The sign can be heated with a heat gun, or set aside until the ink drys.

Step 6:

 

Replace twine through holes in the sign and display! 

Art Supplies

Imagine:

Versa Fine Clair--Pinecone, Acorn, Cheerful, Summertime, Tulip Red

Embossing Powder--Clear

Ink Blusher

Other:

Sqaure 7" x 7" wood sign

Recollections Clear stamps sentiments from 2020

Judi-kins Fall Leaves Cube