Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Stamp and Stitch

I would like to share a super quick and easy gift idea using The Rubber Cafe Stamps.  Embroidery!  Yes, it is easy!

I believe that one of the most difficult aspects of embroidery is transferring the pattern to the item you are sewing.  Instead of getting out your ironing board and using messy transfer paper, just stamp your pattern design directly on the fabric with Distress inks.  I used the Flowers and Bouquets set.  Its clean and simple lines make it a perfect project to stitch.  And since the Distress inks react with water, you can simply toss it in the wash with your regular laundry and the pattern lines will disappear.

Embroidery floss is inexpensive and can be purchased online or at a mass retailer.  I used an inexpensive cotton dishtowel, but you can embroider on any fabric.  I used Mowed Grass Distress Ink because it showed up well against my fabric.  Any Distress ink color will work.  Note: If your fabric is fragile or requires special care, please test the ink on an inconspicuous area before starting your project.

There are numerous embroidery stitches that you can use.  I used the basic backstitch.  It's simple and easy to master.

Don't worry if your stitches aren't perfect.  Thankfully, women are no longer judged by their sewing skills. :)  Notice that the stamped lines have disappeared after washing.  Awesome!

Stamp and Stitch to add a cute and kitschy look to any fabric.

Happy Stamping!

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe' Flowers and Bouquets
Additional Supplies: Embroidery Floss, Fabric, Needle, Embroidery Hoop

Monday, April 29, 2013

You are…

Hi! Tesa here with a fun card mixing old favorites with new ones! I simply ADORE this new Picture Perfect set!!!! And it goes so well with the Pictures Framed set! :)
You are 1
The polaroid cameras are stamped on white Pugnacious signature paper and colored with copics. I layered them in the Pictures Framed with some 3D foam. The sentiment is masked off so that one part is on the outside and the other one on the inside.
I used the Don’t be Wishy Washi to make some washi tape. the base is beige masking tape which I went over with picket fence distress stains before stamping with Barn Door distress stains.
You are 2
And here is the inside. One can either write a message inside the photo frame, or put an actual photo of the recipient there. I haven’t decided what to do yet…
You are 3
Great sentiment!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: The Rubber Cafe- Picture Perfect, Pictures Framed, Don’t be Wishy Washi.
Paper: The Rubber Cafe'-Pugnacious Signature Paper-white; Bazzill Basics-black; October Afternoon.
Ink: Versa Fine- Onyx Black; Ranger Distress stains-Picket Fence, Barn Door; Copics
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe'- Scrap Happy Glue
Other: Masking tape

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Earth Day

Hello everyone!
Recently there was an Earth Day and I created a card using gorgeous stamp with the same name and a short tutorial on how to use it. I love to create eco friendly cards or just reuse something that we usually throw away. I will show you in this post what can be reused in your crafting projects.

This time I started with a piece of kraft paper and promotional booklet with mat paper in French. So, I tore papers to pieces and glued them to kraft cardstock in different directions.

Papers have to be overlapped.

Then I covered it with gesso. I used an old card for it. The layer of gesso shouldn't be too thick. When it dried I cut the excess edge and covered with glimmer mists.

I dried it with  a heat gun and used press to make it flat. Than I stamped the image with the Earth Day stamp and archival ink.

Then I rounded corners, add some flowers and adhered the element on a card with a foam scotch.

It is so easy and fun to create! But mine main idea is to reuse useless stuff and make it pretty.
Hope you like this idea!

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe' Earth Day 
Ink: Ranger Ink, Tattered Angels glimmer mists 
Paper: Lemon Owl
Adhesive: The Rubber Cafe'- Scrap Happy Glue 
Embellishments: Petaloo flowers, Basic Grey brads, washi tape
Tools: EK Success punch, We Are Memory Keepers corner rounder

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Embossed Gelatos Tutorial

Hi Everyone ~ Kendra here again today and I couldn't wait to share this fun tutorial with you using some great products and sets from The Rubber Cafe!

I'll start off by sharing my finished project.  I'm not really sure what this technique is called, so we'll just say it's Embossed Gelato.  It's a little messy looking, but that was half the fun!  

The first step is to pick out a fun embossing folder from your stash. I picked out this fun Cuttlebug folder because it had lots of different things to color ~ flowers, leaves, swirls, hearts, etc.  Then I selected which Gelato colors I wanted to use.  I picked the new Tropical Designer Colors and then I just started coloring them right on the plastic embossing folder.

TIP: When using the Gelatos on the embossing folder, color with them straight up and down so you don't mess up the tips.  If you slant them in your hand, they tend to crumble.

Next ~ spritz the embossing folder with a little bit of water in a spray bottle to activate the brilliant colors.  Be careful not to spray too much water or you'll have a mess.   Add your cardstock to the folder and put it through your embossing machine.

Voilá ~ here's the pretty result!  If you want, you can even take a wet paintbrush and add more color to specific areas as desired.

To clean up your embossing folder, just use a sponge and warm soapy water ~ easy peasy!

Next, I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from the True Friend stamp set using bright blue pigment ink and cut them out using Spellbinders dies.  The final touch is a stamped butterfly from the Large Trailing Butterflies image with pink ink on vellum cardstock.  I trimmed it with my scissors and then once it was dry, I added some sparkle with Zig Wink of Stella Brush - Clear.

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe' -True FriendLarge Trailing Butterflies
Ink:  Clearsnap Pigment; Memento; Gelatos-Tropical Designer Colors; Wink of Stella Brush -Clear Glitter Pen
Paper: Bazzill cardstock; Vellum
Embellishments: May Arts-Ribbon
Tools/dies:  Cuttlebug Embossing Folder; Spellbinders Dies


Friday, April 26, 2013

Give Momma Some Love

Mother's Day will be here before you know it so today I made a card that would be perfect for any of the wonderful Mom's in your life!

I am so excited that Melissa is carrying the fabulous new Fran•táge Encrusted Jewel Kits by Stampendous.  I used the pink kit  on this card. 

 I started with a 5 x 5 panel of Pugnacious Signature white cardstock.  I stamped Mom from the Give Momma Some Love set multiple times in pink ink.  Next I stamped the Wild Rose image with Memento Tuxedo Black Dye ink and quickly colored it in with Copic markers.

I randomly sprinkled Aged Rose Embossing Enamel, Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel, and Champagne Glitter glass (from the Fran•táge Encrusted Jewel Pink Kit) around the edges of the panel.  Then I heated it from underneath to melt it all together.

NOTE: if you try to heat from the top you will blow most of the powders away before they melt. 

Here's a closer look at that crusty yumminess.

Then I started creating the layers for my 3D Rose.  I stamped the first layer with the Wild Rose stamp on Pugnacious Signature white cardstock, colored it with copic markers and fussy cut it out.

  And attached it to the card front.

For the second layer, I colored only the parts that I needed and fussy cut that out as well. 

I attached the second layer to my base rose on my card with 3D Foam Squares.

The third and final layer of my rose is using just the center of the Rose.

Here's a close up of my finished Rose after I attached the final center layer piece again
using 3D Foam Squares.

And here's another look at my finished card! 

 I finished the inside with more of the sentiments from  Give Momma Some Love

I hope you enjoyed today's card!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe' -Wild RoseGive Momma Some Love set, 
Paper: The Rubber Cafe'- Pugnacious Signature white cardstock; Recollections pink paper pack,
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black Dye ink, Adirondack Shell Pink dye ink, Copic Markers
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe'- Scrap Happy Glue3D Foam SquaresEmbellishments-Stampendous Embossing powders- Fran•táge Encrusted Jewel Pink Kit