Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Christmas Inspiration for Retro Rubber

 Here we are the last challenge of the year at Retro Rubber!  Add another card to your Christmas stack to be shared with others!  Wonderful Christmas colors with a rustic theme.  Enjoy and hope to see you in our gallery!

I ordered some fun new dies from Crafter's companion and they have been a blast to decorate.

  • I started by centering the Sprig of Holly Die on the front of a 6.25" x 9" card base and die cut and pressure embossed the design.
  • With an ink dauber I inked Versa Color in Lime through the die.
  • Inakadinkado's Christmas greetings snowflake swirl from 2011 was used to stamp sparkly swirls in Delicata Golden Glitz on the rest of the front of the card.  The die was left in place.
  • A section of light green cardstock 6.25" x 2.75" was also stamped with Inakadinkado's swirls used to stamp sparkly swirls in Delicata Golden Glitz. 
  • The red ribbon and berries are drawn in with Nuvo Crystal Drops in Autumn Red.
  • The sentiment from Unity 2014 is stamped and embossed with Delicata Golden Glitz and Gold embossing powder on a red scrap.  The corners are rounded and the edges are heat embossed to match the sentiment.
  • the sentiment is backed with matching light green cardstock and then adhered to the front of the card.  The rest of the card is assembled, including a white cardstock liner.

 Thanks so much for stopping by and enjoy the season!  We have a few simple rules at 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 RRCB173.  No backlinking. 
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  • 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.
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Christmas Blessings to you and yours!

Monday, December 6, 2021

Create a Stunning Christmas Card for Imagine Crafts




Today’s tutorial will feature several Imagine products, Delicata, StazOn, and Vertigo.  Using silhouette style die cut creates a stunning yet quick and easy Christmas Card.

Skill:  Beginning

Time:  30 minutes





Step 1

Trim black cardstock to 6 ½” x 9” and fold in half.  Center die on the front panel of the card base and die cut.



Step 2


Leave the die in place and stamp the starry background with Delicata Golden Glitz.


Step 3


Use a Fantastix Brush Tip to brush in details left open in the die.  Photo shows the die removed after this step.




Step 4


Trim a section of Tafetta Vertigo to 2” x 6 3/8”.  Use an Ink Blusher to build layers of color in StazOn Blazing Red and Midnight Blue.  As the color layers blend, the red, purple, and blue along with the Tafetta Vertigo creates a stunning night sky.


Step 5


Adhere Vertigo behind the opening in the die with small dots of OnPoint Glue.  I glued around the edge and behind each small portion of the die scene.  Trim white cardstock to 6 3/8” x 8 ¾” and fold in half.  Adhere to the inside back of the card with TearIt! Tape.


Step 6


Apply TearIt! Tape to the front inside of the card and fold card closed.  This allows the card to compensate for the two layers of cardstock. 



Step 7


Stamp Oh Holy Night sentiment in Delicata Golden Glitz and heat emboss with Gold Embossing Powder.




Art Supplies



·      Delicata—Golden Glitz

·      Vertigo—Taffeta (12” x 12” sheet)

·      StazOn—Blazing Red, Midnight Blue

·      Ink Blusher

·      Embossing Powder—Gold

·      Fantastix Brush Tip

·      Tear It! tape



·      Gemini Follow the Star Die

·      Neto Stuff Star stamp

·      Recollections Christmas Sentiments

·      Black and White cardstock