Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Summertime!  Yes, we are well into summer and hopefully your time is spent enjoying wonderful weather with a little bit of crafting thrown in too!  Our challenge for the next two weeks at Retro Rubber is to create a summertime related card or layout.  

I went with some really old fun images that just mean summer at our house, jumping on the trampoline!  Now of course it is my kids and not our dogs, but you get the idea!  Actually we have to leave the dogs indoors during trampoline time because they get all excited and sometimes run underneath the tramp at just the right time to get bonked on the head, true story!

I call this card a “One-layer wonder” as once I got started I built the scene with just stamping, masking, and inking.

Step One
Stamp the Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers (say that 10 times fast, bet you can’t!) trampoline and jumping dog in Memento Tuxedo Black.  Both the images are from about 1997 or 1998 from the sit-on-the-floor and dig through the unmounted-rubber-stamp-pit at the stamp convention in Portland. 

Step Two
Stamp the same images on a Post-It note and fussy cut just inside the line.  Lay the masks over the stamped images and stamp in the Artistic Stamp Exchange Grass from 1995 in Memento Cottage Ivy and Pear Tart.

Step Three
Use the Fairytale Creation stencil to create clouds with an Ink Blusher and Versa Color Cyan and Baby Blue.  Use a Fantastix to color in the areas under the trampoline.

Step Four
Color on a plastic surface with Memento Dual Markers in London Fog (tramp), Pistachjio (tramp surface), and Toffee Crunch (dog) and pick up the color with a Nishi water brush to lightly shade and color the images.

Step Five
Stamp Hero Arts’ Many Birthday Messages from 2015 in Delicata Golden Glitz.  The sentiment just demanded a sparkly ink don’t you think?

There you go, a one-layer wonder ready to go for someone’s birthday coming up soon!  As my husband says, not every card has to have 20 layers to be effective!  So come up with your own Summer time project and post it over at Retro Rubber Blog Challenge.  We would love to see your work!


  1. LOL, Neva... this card is a one layer wonder!! You really do have quite a collection of older stamps! Lovely job with your scene. The jumping dog brought a chuckle from me. Now, off to pin this sweetie...

  2. Oh my gosh Neva, this jumping doggie is just hilarious and this totally Summer time scene a real hoot. Love the stenciled clouds so light and fluffy, I can see your kids jumping to their hearts content.
    I've done this only once at my sister in law's house and it feels fantastic, loved it!!!
    Thank you for sharing this one layer adorable card.

  3. Trampolines do get a workout in the summer here in Michigan. Your card is so cute! Who thought to make a stamp with a dog jumping on a tramp? Hilarious!

  4. Neva, I love your card, I think its hilarious, but I love your story just as much about the Dogs having to stay inside, so they don't get bonked on the head, I am cracking up here. As always superb colouring :) Cx

  5. This card had me laughing out loud! Who doesn't love a trampoline but putting the dog on one? Brilliant - and totally something a kid would do!


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