Mary Englebreit’s Wishing Upon A Star by RubberMoon

GOOD MORNING EVERYONE! Today’s project was actually inspired by my friend Jenn White who recently posted her rainbow colored tiles, tassels & tuffets using stamps from ArtFoamies. If you missed her blog post, take a look at it here

In a recent conversation, Jenn revealed that she often stamps out mass quantities of things and sends them out to friends. I was a happy recent recipient of some of her colorful Moonglo Bright Rainbow HeArtFoamies featured in her January post. What I love about Jenn’s artwork is that she just goes with the flow, enjoying the journey rather than worrying about the destination. She plunges right in and figures it out (or not) as she goes. Either way, she just plays and finds her inspiration along the way.

I’m the exact opposite. I can’t seem to start unless I can see it in my head from start to finish and visualize the end result. As a result, I spend a lot of time staring at my empty craft mat ….

So Jenn encouraged me to just play with my art, pretending that I’m once again in preschool, experimenting, discovering, and playing. So brings us to today’s project.

I pulled out my favorite Mary Englebreit stamps from RubberMoon — Wishing Upon A Star (Small). Did you click on that link to take a look? As some of you know, RubberMoon Stamps aren’t available just anywhere! You have a couple of options. The entire catalog is available to subscribers to Kae Pea’s Patron Group where for as little as $2.00 a month you can:

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Since I’m going to use my Copic markers, I stamp the image on Hammermill cardstock with a Copic friendly ink. Next, I pull out a range of Copic markers and laid them out on my desk in rainbow order. I knew that I wouldn’t use all of them, but had them handy so that I could easily jump between colors without a lot of thought. Then I started blocking in areas of the background with color. 

Rowhouse Greetings | Mary Englebreit Wishing Upon a Star by Rubber Moon

I kept working until I had the entire background filled. At this point, I wasn’t concerned about getting a smooth blend between colors. I just wanted to get the colors placed on the background.

Rowhouse Greetings | Mary Englebreit Wishing Upon a Star by Rubber Moon

I added a second coat of each color improving the blending and color depth as I went along. I also used tip to tip blending to help with the transitions between colors.

If you are not familiar with this Copic technique, select two markers in your blend (dark/medium or medium/light) and hold the lighter marker in your dominant hand (i.e. the hand you write with). Using the light marker, pick up some of the ink from the tip of the darker marker. When you color, you will have a tone that is a blend of the two markers that will make it easier to transition from dark to light.

Rowhouse Greetings | Mary Englebreit Wishing Upon a Star by Rubber Moon

At this point, the colors are beginning to meld together a little better. I allowed the inks to dry thoroughly since I knew that they would continue to blend on their own as they cured. 

I decided that I wanted to create some sort of galaxy in the background. To add texture, I dampened a small piece of terry cloth with Copic colorless blender and gentle dabbed the cloth over the background. The colorless blender lifts the Copic ink, leaving behind the imprint of the nap of the cloth.

Rowhouse Greetings | Mary Englebreit Wishing Upon a Star by Rubber Moon

Here I should note a few things:

  • Your inked background needs to be complete dry before you start dabbing, else the dots will just blend together. 
  • This technique also causes some movement of the ink so it helps to further blend transitions from one color to the next.
  • Since the ink can move, you need to be careful that the ink doesn’t bleed into the uncolored parts of the stamp. If that happens, use your 0 blender marker to push the ink back where it belongs.

Once the ink was dry, I started coloring the stamped image.

Rowhouse Greetings | Mary Englebreit Wishing Upon a Star by Rubber Moon
Rowhouse Greetings | Mary Englebreit Wishing Upon a Star by Rubber Moon

Once the coloring was complete, I added a starry galaxy with white and gold gel pens. And here’s the finished image! I haven’t decided what to do with it yet. I may mount it on a card or I might frame it.

Rowhouse Greetings | Mary Englebreit Wishing Upon a Star by Rubber Moon

That’s it for me today! Hope you’ve enjoyed this today’s inspiration.

Until next time —

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Botanical ArtFoamies Background with Birdie Girlie

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m this week’s guest artist over on the ArtFoamies blog. I needed a card to send to a friend who has been ill so I did a quick look through my ArtFoamies to see what I could use for a quick background.

Now as many of you know, my style is really clean and simple. I love the randomness of mixed media where lots of colors, textures, layers, and patterns come together to create a beautifully organic design. And I love to experiment with my inks and paints. But when I’m short on time, I just keep it simple. 

Today’s ArtFoamies project features:

Rowhouse Greetings | Balzer Designs | Botanical by ArtFoamies and Jone Hallmark | Birdie Girlie by RubberMoon

I started by inking the Botanical foam stamp with Versafine Clare in Verdant and Bluebell on with a piece of white cardstock trimmed to 3-3/8″ x 4-5/8″. I did a few trial runs with Distress Oxides, but I wanted the stamped image to be fairly crisp so I switched to a pigment ink. After stamping, I set it aside to let the ink thoroughly dry.

In the meantime, I stamped the Birdie Girlie stamp on Hammermill white cardstock (110#) with Hero Arts Intense Black. The image was colored with Copic markers (marker list shown below). 

Since my stamped image was now dry, I used the Lawn Fawn Mini Picture Frames die to cut an opening in the center of the image. I cut the frame three more times from white cardstock so that I could stack them on the oval opening. I positioned my Copic colored image behind the opening and adhered it in place. 

The rest is pretty straightforward. I cut green and dark blue cardstock, each layer being 1/4″ larger than the next. Once the cardstock was cut, I adhered all of the layers together and then to a card base made from Neenah Classic Crest 100#. My finished card is A2 in size (4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″). 

Rowhouse Greetings | Balzer Designs | Botanical by ArtFoamies and Jone Hallmark | Birdie Girlie by RubberMoon

Hope you enjoyed today’s project! See you again soon!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

COPICS: E50, E51, E21, E11, V20 (skin); E53, E55, E57 (hair); B000, B12, B24, B26 (sweater); RV 32, RV34 (flower)

Compensated affiliate links used when possible. In addition, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

Jone Hallmark Daisy Fae by RubberMoon

MORNING EVERYONE! I’m back today with my project for the 100 Moons Creative Design team which is a creative collaboration between RubberMoon stamps, ArtFoamies, and 100 Proof Press. But first – some exciting news from the homefront!

I’ve not done much coloring lately because we’ve been preparing for a home renovation project. As many of you know, I live in a nineteenth century Baltimore rowhouse that I usually describe as having been built before the invention of closets. When my husband bought in the house twenty years ago, it had two small closets, both of which were narrower than the width of a hanger. You can imagine what it was like to hang clothes!

When we got married, we had to merge two households together which made the storage problem even worse. Luckily, we have a basement, but who wants to go to the basement every morning to get dressed? We removed the two existing closets and used wardrobes to store our belongings. The solution worked for a few years, but it was becoming obvious that we needed to do something else.

So we contracted with California Closets and had a designer take a look at the space. Last Thursday, they installed five cabinets — three clothes closets and two storage cabinets — in our second bedroom so that we now have a functional dressing room. After we put our clothes and other stuff away, we still had one completely empty cabinet. So I claimed it as my craft closet and I’ve been happily organizing it (and quickly filling it) with fun stuff! I can’t promise that it will always look this organize, but it’s great to finally have space that looks good and can be closed off from curious cats.

So back to today’s project which features:

Rowhouse Greetings | Jone Hallmark Daisy Fae by RubberMoon

(Wondering what I used for today’s project? Where possible, supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post or in the text below. Compensated affiliate links may be used).

Step by Step for Jone Hallmark Daisy Fae

  • Cut card base from Neenah Classic Crest 110# cardstock to 4.25″ x 11″ and score at 5.5″ for a top fold card.
  • Cut a piece of white card stock to 4″ x 5.25″ 
  • Cut a strip of white card stock to 1/4″ x 1.25″ for sentiment
  • Cut a piece of polka dot design paper to 1″ x 4″. I used a sheet from the Itsy Bitsy Polka Dots Pastels 6×6 pad from MFT that is now retired.
  • Cut a piece of diagonal stripe paper from the Black & White Stripes Paper Pad to 1/4″ x 4″
  • Create a die cut tag from coordinating solid card stock. For the paper, I used an MFT cardstock that has from my stash that has been retired. For the die, I used Sizzix’s Dotted Tag which has also been retired, but I linked below to Sizzix’s Stitched Border Tag which is similar.
  • Create a die cut circle from white card stock using the Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Circle Dies Stackables.
  • Cut a piece of craft foam to 3.75″ x 5″
  • Stamp Daisy Fae image on a Copic friendly paper with a Copic compatible ink.
  • Color image with Copic markers (marker colors shown below).
  • Add Wink of Stella to the wings and flower center. Set aside to dry.
  • Fussy cut image. 
  • Stamp Wish sentiment on 1/4″ x 1.25″ strip. Trim edge to create fishtail. Apply foam squares to back. I used Taylored Expressions Foam Sticky Strips since they were precut to 1/8″ wide.
  • Apply foam adhesive squares to back of image and set aside.
  • Adhere craft foam to back of 4″ x 5.25″ white card stock with Beacon’s 3-in-1 craft adhesive.
  • Adhere design paper strips and die cuts to front as shown.
  • Position and adhere Daisy Fae image.
  • Position and adhere sentiment. You may have to trim the end to fit it behind the image.
  • Adhere card front to card base.
Rowhouse Greetings | Jone Hallmark Daisy Fae by RubberMoon Copic Color Map

That’s all for me today! See you soon!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

COPICS: E000, E00, E11, BV000 (skin); E43 (hair); B0000, B000, BG10, BG11, BG13, BV000 (dress); RV10, RV11 (wings); BV000, Y35, Y38 (flower); G20, G21 (leaves)

Compensated affiliate links used when possible. In addition, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

Grandpa’s Ride for 100 Moons Creative

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! There’s definitely a chill in the air so with Halloween rapidly approaching, it’s time to sneak in a few autumn cards before I go back to my Christmas cards. When I saw today’s featured stamps by Barb Rogers for RubberMoon, I thought that those pumpkins would look perfect riding in the back of Grandpa’s truck. So I did a little stamping magic using masking paper so that I could combine the two images into one. I’ve linked the supplies for today’s project with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

Today’s project features:

Rowhouse Greetings | Grandpa's Ride by Rubber Moon

Step by Step for Grandpa’s Ride

  • Trim a piece of white cardstock to 1.75″ x 5.5″ and ink blend from dark to light with Distress Oxide inks in Black Soot, Hickory Smoke, and Milled Lavender. Set aside and allow inks to thoroughly dry.
  • Stamp truck on white Copic friendly cardstock with Copic friendly black ink.
  • Stamp truck on stamping mask paper and fussy cut the image.
  • Remove backing from mask and place over original stamped image.
  • Stamp pumpkins so that they appear to sit in back of truck.
  • Remove masking paper from image.
  • Color image (Copic marker colors shown below).
  • Color centers of tires with a silver gel pen.
  • Fussy cut image. 
  • Apply foam adhesive squares to back of image and set aside.
  • Cut a piece of design paper to 2.5″ x 5.5″ and adhere to card base as shown.
  • Cut a piece of white cardstock to 1 7/8″ x 5.5″ and adhere to center of design paper as shown.
  • Orient ink blended strip so that the darkest area is on the bottom. With watermark ink, stamp Poppies across the width of the strip. Cover with silver embossing powder and heat set.
  • Glue ink blended strip to center of white cardstock.
  • Stamp sentiment as shown.
  • Adhere truck to front of card as shown.
Rowhouse Greetings | Grandpa's Ride by Rubber Moon

That’s it for me today! See you soon!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

COPICS: BV25, V25, V28 (truck body); BV20, BV23 (chrome); BV0000, B0000, BG10 (windows); R05, R39, YR09, Y35, E35, E57 (pumpkins); E30, E35, E37 (sign)

Below I’ve listed the products used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you (see disclosure). I pay out of pocket for the majority of the products — papers, inks, dies, embellishments, etc. —  that you see in my projects with the exception of the handful of products that I receive for design team work or guest posts. I only use products that I love. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. Thanks so much!

Star Powered by RubberMoon Stamps

100 Moons Creative Collab

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! This is my first post as a member of the 100 Moons Creative Collaborative! I’m here today with a project featuring a variety of stamps from RubbermoonArtFoamies, and 100 Proof Press.

I’ve been making a lot of cards lately. In these days of social distancing, sending happy mail can really brighten someone’s day.

This card has a little bit of everything going on – stamping, heat embossing, die cutting, and Copic coloring. The featured image is Jone Hallmark Star-Powered by RubberMoon. I used A LOT of products and supplies (so don’t faint when you see the supply list) but I bet that most of it is stuff readily available in your craft room. So if you don’t have the exact product that I used, I suspect you already have a great substitute.

Rowhouse Greetings | Jone Hallmark Star Powered by RubberMoon Stamps

FEATURING

I never remember to take process photos of my projects, so I often rely on videos to show you what I’ve done. I broke up the project into three parts, giving you plenty of time for breaks and to grab your beverage of choice. The videos are in real time so you can simply watch or check out the supply list below and craft along with me. So pull up a comfy chair and let’s roll the video!

Whew! That was a lot! But aren’t you glad you stuck it out to the end?!?

That’s it for me today. Hope you found some crafty inspiration! See you next time!

Please feel free to share your creations using #rubbermoon #100proofpress #artfoamies #100moonscollab on your social media. We will be so happy to see what you make with Rubbermoon,  100 Proof Press, and  Artfoamies products.

Disclosure: Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) which were provided by a store or design team. I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Where available I use compensated affiliate links, meaning that at no cost to you I receive a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I use this money to support my blog. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. Thanks so much! Read more.

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Hammermill Color Copy Cover 100#; Dylusions Mixed Media Cardstock by Ranger
Stamps: Jone Hallmark Star-Powered by RubberMoon Stamps (*) by RubberMoon Stamps; Kae Pea – Microcosms by ArtFoamies; Flutterby Designs – Patterns by ArtFoamies; Honeycomb Texture Background (*) by 100 Proof Press; Magic Stars (*) by 100 Proof Press; Scatter Art (*) by 100 Proof Press; Saturn Rubber Stamp (*) by ShockShack
Inks: Intense Black by Hero Arts; Versafine Clare in Nocturne by Tsukineko; Versamark by Tsukineko; Delicata in Rose Gold and Golden Glitz by Tsukineko; Distress Oxides in Speckled Egg, Peacock Feathers, and Chipped Sapphire by Ranger – Tim Holtz
Dies: Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Embellishments: Embossing Powder in Detail Gold by Stampendous; Ultra Fine Embossing Powder in Sterling by Brutus Monroe; Nuvo Embossing Powder in Crystal Clear by Tonic Studios; Uni Posca Paint Pen in White
Adhesives: My Stik Repositionable Tape by Scrapbook Adhesives; Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive by Tonic Studios
Tools: MISTI by My Sweet Petunia; EK Success Powder Tool; Taylored Expressions Blending Brushes
Miscellaneous: Craft Foam by Darice
Copics: E21 (skin); YG03, YG17, YG63 (jacket); C4, C6 (hat); R24, R29, R59, B12, B24, B26, Y35, Y38 (plane); B12, B24, B26 (flag)