Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Rainbow time for Retro Rubber

 It is time for a new spring themed challenge over at Retro Rubber! We have a few simple rules to play along.  1)  Use at least one stamp that is a year or older 2)  Tell us how old the stamp is 3)  Enter up to ten challenges including ours.  Have fun!

A few years back I purchased a club membership with The Stamps of Life.  The theme for March of 2017 was rainbows.  I've used these images a few times as they make great encouragement cards, spring time cards, and birthday cards.  All images and dies are from The Stamps of Life Rainbow2Stamp, Sayings4Rainbows, Solids4Rainbows, and Rainbows2stamp Die.  

  • The rainbow and cloud image is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black.
  • Using a stamp positioner I stamped each color of the rainbow separately.  Easy, peasy with clear stamps!  The following Versa Colors were used:  Scarlet, Orange, Canary, Fresh Green, Cyan and Heliotrope.  The entire image is die cut with the outline die.
  • A set of clouds were die cut and then stamped with Essential Glue Pad and then dusted with Fun Stamps Snow White Fun Flock.  The clouds have a slightly "fuzzy texture" if you look closely!  After drying I tapped off the excess Fun Flock.
  • The background was created with a Deja Views ruler I received for National Scrapbook Day back in 2001.  It included both the sun burst and the cloud shapes.  The sunburst was traced on a post-it then fussy cut and both the positive and negative parts were used.  First I placed the post-it to ink the sun  with Canary and Orange.  Then the sun was covered while I inked in the layers of clouds using Versa Color Smoke Blue.  
  • The sentiment is stamped in Orange and heat embossed with Iridescent Embossing Powder.  
  • The base card is inked with Orange as well.  
  • The layers are adhered together using foam adhesive to add a little dimension.
  • The final touch was a few sequins from Spieglmomscraps Southern Blue Bells.  They are applied with On Point Glue.

 All the supplies unless other wise mentioned are by Tsukineko and Imagine. 

The day I made this card the wind was gusting to 38 MPH, but I wanted to take the photo in sunlight as the sequins, iridescent embossing powder and fun flock would all photograph better.  Solution?  Headed to my greenhouse and set up a little photo shot! 

Please do come join the fun at Retro Rubber and play along with our current challenge!  Head over and see the lovely cards the rest of the DT created for this challenge, they are lovely!

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

See how to Make a Stamp Multi-Colored for Imagine

See How to Make a Stamp Multi-Colored

By Neva Cole

In today's crafting tutorial, I will show you how to use a single stamp image and stamp each line in a different color ink.  I will also share how to blend VersaMagic inks for a background and take it up a notch by dry embossing.  

Skill:  Intermediate

Time: 1 hour


Step 1

Place image on stamp positioner and use a post-it to cover the bottom three lines of the image.  I used a sentiment stamp from Unity Stamp Co. titled "Everything Easter" with four lines of text.  Use a paper piercer to tuck the post-it securely in place. Ink the top line with VersaMark in Aloe Vera.   Remove post-it and stamp image on cardstock. Clean ink off of the post-it so you can use it for subsequent steps.  Clean image after stamping and moving to Step 2.  Repeat this after each step through step 4.

Step 2

Use two post-its to cover lines 1,3 and 4 and ink image with VersaMark in Spring Pansy. 

Step 3

Use two post-its to cover lines 1,2, and 4 and ink image in VersaMark Sea Breeze. 

Step 4

Use a post-it to cover lines 1,2, and 3 and ink image in VersaMark in Spring Pansy.

 Step 5

Clean entire image and ink in VersaMark and stamp image over the colored lines.  Heat emboss with Iridescent Embossing Powder.

Step 6

Using ink blushers ink a section of 4" x 5.25" cardstock in VersaMagic Aloe Vera, Spring Pansy, and Sea Breeze and blend into each color.  Use an ink blusher to ink over the heat embossed sentiment image with VersaMagic Pixie Dust.

Step 7

Pressure emboss 4" x 5.25" blended color cardstock with Lifestyle Crafts Tide embossing folder.

Step 8

Use a sanding block or sand paper to gently remove the color from the raised areas of the embossed cardstock.  The white color of the cardstock will show through.

Step 9

Die cut sentiment image and use and ink blusher to in the edges in VersaMagic Spring Pansy.

Step 10 

Ink the edges of an A-2 (4.25" x 5.5") card base in Versa Magic Spring Pansy.

Step 11

Adhere layers together with foam adhesive.  Adhere pearl embellishments in curly- ques of the embossed background.  Adhere pearl embellishments to the center of small flower sequins and adhere with On Point Glue.  Tie a triple looped bow from sheer ribbon and adhere with On Point Glue.

Art Supplies


  • VersaMagic-Pixie Dust, Spring Pansy, Aloe Vera, Sea Breeze 
  • VersaMark
  • Embossing Powder-Iridescent
  • Ink blushers
  • On Point Glue


  • Unity Stamp Co.  Everything Easter
  • Post-it notes
  • Paper piercer
  • Lifestyle Crafts Tide embossing folder
  • Sanding block
  • SpiegelmomScraps 50's Sock Hop sequins
  • Foam adhesive

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Anything Goes for Retro Rubber

 Always a fan favorite is an "Anything Goes" challenge.  Come play along and enter your project at Retro Rubber.  

A few quick reminders:  1)  you must use at least one stamp that is older than a year AND let us know how long you have had it.  2)  You may enter up to ten challenges including ours.  3)  Please limit your entries to our challenge to three projects.  

If there is one kind of card that is more difficult to make it is a Sympathy Card, especially for family and close friends.  Often they are a card that you need at a time when your crafting mojo may not be working because of the circumstances.  With that said I do encourage you to have a sympathy card or two on hand so they are ready to send as needed.  Recently I needed three to send to a friend and her daughters following the passing of their dad and grandpa.  I am really glad I had cards in my stash ready to go!

This card is simple, elegant, and a quick make:

  • Trim white cardstock to 4.75 " x 6.25" and pressure emboss with Darice Corner Scroll embossing folder.  Edge the card front with Delicate Silver Shimmer.
  • Stamp sentiment in Delicata Silver Shimmer.  It is from the Sincere Sentiments set released in 2017 by SCDesigns.
  • Heat emboss with Imagine Sparkle Embossing powder.
  • Secure sheer ribbon around card front then using a second piece of ribbon, tie a knot around the first ribbon.  It is much easier to get the correct placement of the knot using this method.
  • Adhere card front to A-7 card base.

Please come join our Anything Goes challenge and see what you come up with to delight the design team.  Thanks so much for stopping by!


Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Tic Tac Toe for Retro Rubber Birthday Card

Here we are in March already and a new Retro Rubber Challenge is up to play with your paper and stamps!

I choose to go with the top line, and some really ancient supplies!  The Rhinestones or gems really caught my eye and so I ran with it.

  •  I started with the background paper from DCWV in my card scraps kits, called Posies Glitter Print.
  • Also in the card scrap kits were the matching cardstock colors.  
  • Using Spellbinders Labels Nine (released in 2010!) I die cut both layers.
  • Want 2 Scrap makes matching Nestabling to several of the Spellbinders dies, and this set was released in 2016.
  • The sentiment by Unity Stamp company "Jubilee" sentiment set released in July 2013 is stamped in Memento Luxe Sweet Plum and heat embossed with Iridescent Embossing Powder.  A few extra rhinestones from my stash finished the top die cut.
  • The background paper is edged in Memento Luxe Sweet Plum, and the card base in Memento Luxe Pear Tart.  
  • The die cuts are adhered with foam adhesive to finish up the card. 
Please do come join us at Retro Rubber Challenge and play along with our challenge.  We have a few simple rules: 1)  Use a stamp that is older than a year and needs a little inky love 2) tell us how old the stamp is 3) enter up to 10 challenges including ours.

Thanks so much for stopping by and know that I love reading your comments!