Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Sketch Time for Retro Rubber Christmas Card

 We have a great sketch at Retro Rubber for the challenge for the next two weeks!  Super easy to put together a CAS Christmas card!

This year I have been creating Christmas cards throughout the year . . . and often from scraps from completed layouts!  The patterned paper I used is My Mind's Eye I Believe from 2010!  So the paper is older than my stamp set, Recollections Christmas words and die set purchased last December, 2020.

  • I simply followed the sketch for a A2 sized card.  The base is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2", the red print backing is 4 1/8" x 5 3/8".
  • Three strips of coordinating patterned paper are trimmed to 4" x 1 1/4" and adhered.
  • The sentiment is stamped in Memento Luxe Rhubarb Stalk and heat embossed with iridescent embossing powder.  (The candy cane strip also has some glitter that is hard to see in the photo.)
  • The sentiment is die cut with the matching die.  To be honest, next time I will use my Scan N Cut as the dies and stamps do not seem to match up well.  the sentiment is adhered with dimensional foam adhesive.  
  • Two wood stag deer are adhered for embellishment.  They are from a set of Christmas embellishments made by Docrafts that I have had in my stash for about 4 years!

Easy Peasy and ready to post for Christmas!  We do have a few guidelines for Retro Rubber:

  • 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 RRCB171.  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.

Do come and check out what the design team has created and enter you own card based in the sketch!  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

A Clean and Simple Fall Card for Imagine



In today’s tutorial I will demonstrate how to use both VersaMark and Kaleidacolor ink to create a layered background for a clean and simple design fall card.  VersaMark is a beautiful watermark ink especially on dark cardstock.

Skill:  Beginning

Time:  30 minutes



Step 1

Trim a cream cardstock base to 8.5” x 5.5”, score and fold in half.  Trim a dark brown cardstock to 4.25” x 5.5”.


Step 2

Use a stamp platform and stamp the leaf images in VersaMark Dazzle Champagne on the dark brown cardstock.  Any VersaMark ink will work, but there is a bit of Champagne shimmer with the Dazzle ink.  With the stamps in the same position on the stamp platform, stamp in Kaleidacolor Cappuccino Delight.  The Oak leaf is stamped on the darker brown end and the maple leaf is stamped on the lighter orange end of the Kaleidacolor Cappuccino Delight pad.


Step 3

Continue stamping the base cardstock and dark brown cardstock.  Clean stamps between the Kaleidacolor ink and VersaMark ink.  It is not necessary to clean after the VersaMark ink as it will not affect the color of the Kaleidacolor ink.


Step 4

Trim 0.5” from each edge of the brown cardstock.



Step 5

Stamp the leaves in Kaleidacolor Cappuccino Delight.  The sentiment is stamped in the darkest color of the ink pad.  (I choose and another sentiment for the finished card.)  Die cut the leaves and the sentiment.  Edge the banner sentiment with a Brush Tip Fanstix using the orange from the Kaleidacolor Cappuccino Delight. 



Step 6

Line up the dark brown cardstock with the base layer.  Adhere with Tear It! Tape.  Adhere the oak leaves with Tear It! Tape and the maple leaf and sentiment with dimensional foam adhesive. 


Art Supplies



·      VersaMark Dazzle--Champagne

·      Kaleidacolor—Cappuccino Delight

·      Fantastix Brush Tip

·      Tear It! tape



·      Technique Tuesday I Give Thanks Stamp and Die

·      Lawn Cuts Everyday Sentiments Banners


Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!