Tuesday, January 19, 2021

A New Year a New Challenge at Retro Rubber!

 Welcome back, a new year, a new challenge!  The first challenge of 2021 for Retro Rubber is:

Six years ago, and four years ago we had record snow falls in our part of the country.  This year . . . not so much.  But it's still fun to celebrate snowflakes and all!

I choose to make a birthday card for a nephew with a January birthday.  Maybe a little too cutesy, but it  fits the theme.

  • The images are from Winter Warmers by Hunky Dory sent out in November 2017 Creative Stamping magazine from the UK.  The sweater (or jumper as they say in UK) is stamped first in Memento Nautical Blue.  A mask is cut from a post-it note and covers the sweater.  The bear is stamped in  Memento Tuxedo Black.  The sentiment and stars are stamped in Memento Nautical Blue.  The center panel is 3 5/8" x 5", just because I trimmed it after I stamped it!
  • I will admit I am not an expert at coloring with alcohol ink pens, but I've practice a little on this image.  Chameleon CG5 Cool Grey, PK3 Bubble Gum, and BL4 Corn Flower Blue are used to decorate the bear and his sweater.  I am pretty pleased with my results!
  • Scrounging through my wintry papers I found some scraps.  The background is Provo Craft (4 3/4" x 6 1/4"),  the white snowflake is unknown (3 3/4" x 4 3/4"), and the strip is SandyLion Let it Snow (2 1/2" x 5"). 
  • All the layers are adhered together and now it is ready to be sent off!  (I've made a resolution to get birthday cards out on time this year!)
Please do come and play along with our fun challenge at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog!  We have a few  simple rules 1) Use at least one stamp that is at least one year old 2) Tell us how long you have the stamp 3) Enter no more than ten challenges including ours 4) Enter our challenge up to three times.  Have some fun and join us at Retro Rubber, we would love to see your projects!  


  1. Neva your cuddly bear is so well suited to the papers you chose! Perfect for your nephew no matter the age - I think we all need some happy every chance we get these days :o) Nancy J

  2. Your bear is so sweet - I love the little blanket stitched paws on his feet.

  3. So cute and fun! A darling bear design.

  4. This bear is just too cute!! Love the colours and all the stitching around him. I think cutesy is always good. Cx


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