Saturday, December 11, 2010
Can't believe there are only two weeks before Christmas! Robin has some great stamps in her store for the holidays, so if you are a last minute crafter (like me), head over and order some for your holiday cards.
This card uses Kiss Me You Fool. Such a sultry image, isn't it? Perfect for a Christmas card for your significant other!
Thanks for dropping by. I'll be back in the next few days with more Rubber Romance holiday inspiration!
Monday, September 20, 2010
Are you a lover of Rubber Romance Stamps? If you are then this design team call is for you! Rubber Romance Stamps is looking for a few designers to join our DT for a six month term (November 1, 2010 through April 30, 2011).
Here are the requirements:
1. Must maintain an active blog and post one Rubber Romance project to your blog per week.
2. Post one project/tutorial to the Rubber Romance Blog per month, may be combined with the weekly posting on your own blog.
3. Participate in one extra project per month (could be a challenge or blog hop).
4. Link the Rubber Romance blog, Rubber Romance Etsy site and fellow designers’ blogs on your blog.
5. Upload your weekly projects to SCS, the Rubber Romance Yahoo group and PCP .
What’s in it for you?
1. Six Rubber Romance stamps of your choice the first month of your term and three stamps each month after.
2. A 30% discount on any other Rubber Romance Stamps you wish to purchase during your term.
3. Access to the Rubber Romance Yahoo group (a great place to share ideas and fun Rubber Romance projects).
4. Your blog linked on the sidebar of the Rubber Romance blog.
How to apply:
Send and email to Robin195708@yahoo.com (owner and illustrator of Rubber Romance stamps) attaching three of your favorite cards or projects (Rubber Romance Stamps are not necessary to apply, but we would love to see them if you have them).
Please also include:
1. Name and address
2. Email address
3. Link to your blog
4. Link to any online galleries you use
5. Other design team positions you currently hold
6. A bit about you and why you would like to join the design team
The call will be open until Wednesday October 6th and the new members will be notified by the 10th.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Fold along all score lines. Apply a strong adhesive to the bottom squares and along the .5 inch edge. Fold up the box and tape together.Here is what the undecorated box will look like. I squeezed in the sides a bit to bring the top together.
Now the fun part! I decorated my box with some striped paper and Rubber Romance Judy (the atc sized one). I colored her with copics and cut and mounted her with some nesties.
I used a scrap of yellow card stock to make the topper. I punched a decorative edge along the bottom. Then I put it over the box and punched holes through all the layers with a crop-a-dile. Tied a bow and done!
Here is a look at the completed box again. I think it makes a cute little gift or party favor presentation.
Monday, August 2, 2010
I love the effect that texture adds to cards. But since cards are often meant for mailing, its important to keep mindful of the effect of both weight and heft. That's when embossing comes in, with such gorgeous and subtle effects.
Today, I'm taking it one step further, based on a technique that Tim Holtz demonstrated at the recent stamp show that I went to. He "letterpressed" a tag with distress inks. It was gorgeous. I wanted to experiment with it on a printed background to take a look at how much more depth it would offer. I started with a scrap piece of subtly printed Anna Griffin paper
Next, take a plastic embossing folder - this one is from Tim Holtz's line with Sizzix - I love them because they are just a little bit bigger, and will cover the a2 size with the emboss. If you look carefully, you can see that the left side has a raised/embossed image - and the right side has the mirror of the design, in deboss/recessed. When the paper goes through the machine, it is pushed out from the raised side, and into the recessed side, giving you the image on paper.
I used chalk in for this project because chalk in is much more opaque and I wanted the printed image to be somewhat covered. A dye ink, which is transparent, will not do that. Ink up the RAISED side of your plate with your chalk ink
Lay the printed sheet print side down CAREFULLY over the inked image and carefully close your folder, taking care not to shift your paper at all
Run it through your machine, and you end up with this gorgeous textured piece that no longer looks like the Anna Griffin paper, but the print from it gives the piece additional depth because it was not a solid
Now, stamp and color your rubber romance image - see how her lower back stamped poorly? When that happens with me, I normally just use the image like normal.
Now assemble your card and you are done.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Next I embossed my card with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder.
To add some decorative trim I cut some scalloped circles, then cut out the center with a regular straight edged circle.
I layered the scalloped trim around the leg holes and neck opening. After adhering them, I turned the card over and trimmed off the excess from the back.
Now, for the fun part! I added some eyelet (snaps) along the bottom edge. Then I stamped my Rubber Romance Cutie Pie Owl on white cardstock, colored him with some copics, then added stickles. He is mounted on a scalloped square. Isn't this a fun and easy project? These would make great thank you notes for a new mom, and it wouldn't take too long to make up a set.
Monday, July 5, 2010
Start with the Yoga Girl image, stamped on Bazzill Simply Smooth paper. To get a perfect "match" with your paper, stamp the pant part of the image on the paper, and then cut it out and paper piece it to your colored image (I am using some Basic Grey scraps).
Measure cardstock base to width of ziploc sandwich size bag
Fold your cardstock base in half, adhere a strip of coordinating striped paper to the back, a 1/2 oval cut from the same paper as the pieced pants of the image, then adhere the finished image to the top. Use letter stickers to spell your message, then staple to the top of your snack bag
Monday, June 14, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
Good morning everyone. It's Wendy here today. The Rubber Romance girls are so sophisticated and modern. What better way to send a hip handmade card than to make them clear?
It is easy to do, with the plethora of transparencies out on the market. Make sure they are thick enough to stand up on their own when tented.
The trick to clear cards is to remember you have to work with both sides of each addition so as to hide the adhesive tracks, etc. Thus, when cutting paper, remember to cut TWO, one for your image or element, and one for the back side.
Here, since it is the end of the school year and I need to make thank you cards, I chose the Teacher Teacher image.
Cut your card base just like any other card. Score in the middle, using a bone folder to make the fold extra crisp. Here, I am using a transparency from Luxe.
Color your image and cut into rectangle.
Matte the image to give it a frame on the clear card front. To make the letters look more chalk like, trace over them with a white gel pen. Cut a corresponding piece of paper of the same size.
Place your image to approximately where you want it on the card and punch a hole on the left side.
Weave your ribbon through the hole and tie a bow. Next, adhere the image to the top, and with your corresponding piece of paper, adhere THAT piece to the exact other side of where you adhered the image on the inside of the cover of the card - this hides the adhesive tracks. Cut a plain piece of white paper for the inside to write a message, and adhere. Adhere a corresponding piece to the backside of that sheet to hide the adhesive track. Finally, punch your message and adhere. Attach corresponding piece to back side to hide the adhesive.
You're done! A quick card, but unusual with visual punch.
Thanks for stopping by.
Monday, May 24, 2010
For my card, I started off with an image stamped on white card stock and I chose two patterns of paper (both from the Pink Paislee line 365 degrees) to stamp the image on as well.
Next I added some Ranger Glossy Accents to the Margarita Glass.
Then I added some sheen to the sunglasses with a Sakura Glaze Black Embossing Pen
While the Glossy Accents and Sakura Glaze are drying I start assembling my card. I decided to machine stitch around the base panel- just because it was fun.
Then I did some paper-piercing and added ribbon and buttons. Finally my main image was ready to be added and this is the end result:
Aaaahh. Can't you just imagine relaxing in the sun with a book. I know I sure can. I hope you enjoyed the project today and I hope your Memorial Day weekend is Fun and Fabulous!
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
When I printed the template I increased the scale to 140% because the original scale was just too small for me. Then I cut out the wine bottle and started decorating!
I made the paper flower using the Webster Pages and cutting out different size blossoms with my Nestabilities. You could also use punches if you don't have the Nestabilities. I spritzed them with water and also with some Glimmer Mist, crumpled them up and then layered them on top of each other and put the brad through the middle. Then I attached it to the card.
I would love to know what you think! If you try out any of the templates from Mirkwood Designs, please share with us! I can't wait to see everyone's creations!
Sunday, April 11, 2010
So next time you are working on layouts, don't forget to pull out those stamps!!!