Saturday, April 30, 2016

Let's make a bookmark!

Hello! My kids have gotten on a bookmark making kick. I absolutely loved the idea so I thought I'd make one for myself! Let's start with the bookmark... 

After folding the paper, I used my Copic Multiliner and added the black lines on the two sides. I added Stickles on the two opposite sides. Once the Stickles were dry, I inked the edges with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink. 

Then I cut the piece of pattern paper and white cardstock with the Spellbinders layered circle dies. I inked the pattern paper with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink. For the white cardstock, I stamped the flower using Aquatic Splash Versa Magic. Using Versa Fine in Onyx Black I stamped the sentiment. I put the Spellbinder die over the white cardstock circle and traced the black line around the edge of the shape. 

This is what it looks like in a book.

And a close up... 

Kit: The Rubber Cafe Creative Cafe KOTM- Petticoat Fashion
Stamps: Hello, World & The Greatest Gift Of Life
Ink: VersaFine in Onyx Black, Distress Ink in Mermaid Lagoon, Versa Magic in Aquatic Splash
Paper: The Rubber Cafe Creative Cafe KOTM- 6 x 6 Petticoats & Pinstripes Paper Pad from Echo Park
Adhesives: Glue Dots
Tools: Spellbinders Dies, Copic Multiliner, Stickles

Friday, April 29, 2016

Elegant Hello

Hi everyone!  Are you loving this new Petticoat Fashion Creative Cafe' kit?  So many fun ideas and fun papers!  Today I used some of the gorgeous foiled paper in the kit to create this elegant thinking of you card:

If you frequent the blog, you know I'm a huge fan of lots of layers!  I'm stepping the process out for you today.

Base:  Size is standard 5&1/2" by 4&1/4", but it's cut and folded a bit different.  Here is the template:

It's cut 4&1/4" wide like a standard card, but the full length of the 11" paper.  It's scored at 4" from one end and 1&1/2" from the other end (or at 4" and 9&1/2" if you'd rather not flip it around to score). 

First Layer:  Cut two pieces of the silver foil patterned paper--one at 3&3/4" by 3&1/2", and one at 3&3/4" by 1".  Mat these onto pink pearl cardstock--one at 4" by 3&3/4", and one at 4" by 1&1/4".

TIP:  This is always a good rule of allow a 1/4" difference in your measurements of mats and layers.  It gives a 1/8" border which is just wide enough to create the layer without being too much of the mat peeking out. You can change this up depending on the project, of course, but it's a good place to start when you are creating a lot of layers, to keep them from being overwhelming.

Bottom Panel:  Simply cut a 1&1/4" by 3&3/4" piece of pink pearl cardstock, use this as a mat for a 1" by 3&3/4" strip of silver cardstock that you punch with a lacy border.  Attach a gray/silver bow using seam binding ribbon from your kit, and glue near the bottom of the card using Scrap Happy Glue.

Here are the base and first layer panels ready to add to the base:

Center/Sentiment Panel:  To create all of these layers, I've stepped out the process for you, and also shown the difference of a layered vs non-layered panel.

Start with a 2&3/4 by 2&1/4" piece of pink pearl cardstock, and mat onto a 3" by 2&1/2" piece of silver cardstock (yep, still that 1/4" difference!).  Then I die cut a tag out of the silver cardstock, then a scalloped piece out of the silver foil patterned paper, and then one size smaller out of the pink paper.  I stamped the "hello" sentiment in Versamark ink on white cardstock, and embossed in silver, then trimmed to a banner (it's about 3&1/2" long).

Here are all my pieces before I layered them up:

Creativity is king when it comes to paper crafting, but it's a good place to start when you first try a lot of layers, to bring in one good solid color thru the layering process:  in the very beginning, the card base has pink, then a couple of layers and pink again as the center panel base rectangle, and then a pop of it under the sentiment.  It helps to create a flow for the eye....rather than getting too crazy with too many colors.

Adding a little dimension between the layers with foam tape makes it more interesting, the bottom 3 layers--pink pearl matted on silver and then Art Deco tag--are glued directly together with Scrap Happy Glue, then the silver foil patterned paper is foam taped, the pink piece is glued directly to the silver foil, and then foam tape under the sentiment.  So 3 layers, foam tape, 2 layers, foam tape 1 layer....makes a nice pyramid when it's completed.

Here is the sentiment all layered up and attached to the top of the card:

And the final card vs the look of a one layer:

The single layer is pretty, but adding the layers creates a little more of a "WOW" effect, don't you think?

Thanks for stoppin' by today, and don't be afraid to take on a few more layers in your can be a great part of the creativity of card making!  Remember to check back soon for more inspiration!

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe'- Petticoat Fashion
Hello, World
Paper: The Rubber Cafe' KOTM--Echo Park Petticoats & Pinstripes, Pink Pearl, Silver, and White cardstock; floral foil paper
Ink:  Versamark embossing ink
Adhesives: Foam tape; The Rubber Cafe'-Scrap Happy Glue
Embellishments:  seam binding ribbon, Embossing Powder--Ranger Silver
Tools:  MS border punch, Spellbinders-- Art Deco Tags, Labels Four

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Pull Tab Card + How To Video

Hello happy crafters! This is Rachel Kleinman joining The Rubber Cafe for my first guest design post! I had such a blast playing with the April Creative Cafe Kit "Petticoat Fashion"! I instantly fell in love with the Echo Park "Petticoats and Pinstripes" paper pad... and the "Hello World" and "The Greatest Gift of Life" stamp sets are such a perfect match for the paper! This made creating feel so seamless and easy.

Have you ever made a pull-tab card before? This was my first time and I think I'm now a pull-tab addict! 

I really love the Hello World stamp set included in the kit. It has some gorgeous layering stamps, including the flower I used as my pull element. The layered stamped leaves and sentiment are both from the equally gorgeous add-on The Greatest Gift of Life set.

I even put together a video tutorial so you can easily create your own pull card!

Here are some photos of the card I created in my video...

Thank you so much for joining me today! I can't wait to keep creating with the April Creative Cafe "Petticoat Fashion" Kit! See you again soon...

Rachel Kleinman

Kit: The Rubber Cafe Creative Cafe KOTM- Petticoat Fashion
Stamps: Hello, World & Add On Stamp Set: The Greatest Gift Of Life
Ink: Hero Arts Shadow Inks, Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Paper: The Rubber Cafe Creative Cafe KOTM- 6 x 6 Petticoats & Pinstripes Paper Pad from Echo Park
Cardstock: The Rubber Cafe Creative Cafe KOTM White
Adhesives: Scotch ATG, Scotch Foam Adhesive
Tools: Fiskars 1" Circle Punch, Fiskars FingerTip Craft Knife, Ruler, Self-Healing Cutting Mat

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Hello colorful flowers!

Good morning and welcome to my first card using the April Creative Cafe KOTM - Petticoat Fashion.  I did use both of the stamp sets for this card, the main stamp set Hello, World and the add-on stamp set,  The Greatest Gift of Life.

Step 1:  Begin with an A2 teal card base (5 1/4 x 4 1/2).  
Step 2:  Cut a slightly thinner piece of white cardstock 5 1/4 x 4.
Step 3: Stamp a few branches in black as you see.  
Step 4:  On a separate piece of white, stamp several different colored flowers as you see.
Step 5:  Fussy cut flowers. 
Step 6:  Place them around you card front, backing some with foam for dimension.  
Step 7:  Do the same for a few leaves and insert behind flowers.
Step 8:  Back the entire white piece with foam and add to the teal base.
Step 9:  With a black pen, make random dots all over the front of the card.
Step 10:  Mail to your chum!! Or me!

Thank you for stopping by.  We hope you will continue to check back daily.  We have lots of inspiration in store for you this month. 

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe'- Petticoat Fashion Hello, World and add on The Greatest Gift of Life.
Paper: The Rubber Cafe' KOTM- and Bazzill cardstock
Ink:  Studio Calico ink pads in various colors.  Any ink will do. 
Adhesives: Foam tape; The Rubber Cafe'-Scrap Happy Glue
Other:  Black pen

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Hello Card with a Video Tutorial

Hello TRC Fans!  Debbie Seyer here today to share with you a project I created using the fun new April Creative Cafe' Kit - Petticoat Fashion.  This kit has some really fun and pretty images plus nice sentiments to use to make some really fun cards!  I created a quick video to show you how I stamped the flower images!  Super easy!

Here is my card.......

I don't know about you but one of my favorite color combos is yellow and grey, so they patterned paper included in the April Kit is just perfect for me.  There are so many different color combos in this one paper paper!  Just love it all!

This card measures 4 1/4 x 5 1/2".  I used the metallic textured gray cardstock included in the kit along with the beautiful gray seam binding ribbon!  You can see how I layered the stamps together to create these flowers in my video tutorial.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I would love to see what you create with this month's Creative Cafe' kit.

Kit: The Rubber Cafe Creative Cafe KOTM- Petticoat Fashion
Stamps: Hello,World
Ink:Tattered Straw, Squeezed Lemonaide - Distress Inks; Flannel Gray Memento Ink Pad
Paper: The Rubber Cafe Creative Cafe KOTM- 6 x 6 Petticoats & Pinstripes Paper Pad from Echo Park
Cardstock: The Rubber Cafe Creative Cafe KOTM White & Gray Metallic Textured
Embellishments: Gray seam binding from Creative Cafe' Kit- Petticoat Fashion 
Adhesives: liquid glue

Monday, April 25, 2016

Thank You Card + Z Fold Card Tutorial

Hello Rubber cafe fans. It's Amber here, today I have this lovely Z fold Thank You card to share. My card features lots of goodies from the April Creative Cafe Kit called Petticoat Fashion. This months kit is filled with beautiful stamps that can be layered to create all kinds of different flowers like the one I created for my card. Inside the April kit, you will also find Echo Parks Petticoats & Pinstripes 6x6 paper pad, coordinating cardstock, beautiful ribbon, twine, a coordinating Embossing folder by Echo Park, and a mini jar full of Princess pink You're So Fine Glitter

For this card I used both the Hello, World stamp set, the add on stamp set called The Greatest Gift Of Life, some twine, and lots of patterned paper from the 6 x 6 paper pad. Below you will find step by step instructions to create this Z fold card. 

Step 1. Cut all your cardstock and patterned paper pieces.
x 1 White card base- 4 1/4' x 11'
x 1 Piece of patterned paper for the inside of card- 4' x 5 1/4'
x 2 Pieces of patterned paper for inside & outside of Z fold- 2 1/2' x 4'
x 1 Piece of  Yellow patterned paper for stamped panel- 4 1/4' x 3'
(Note I ended up flipping this over & using the polka dotted side)
x 1 Piece of white cardstock for stamping- 4' x 2 3/4'

Step 2. Fold the 4 1/4' x 11' piece of cardstock in half.

Step 3. Fold back the front of the card to the original fold line. This is what creates the Z fold. Use the photo above as a guide to fold. 

Step 4. Add the two 2 1/2' x 4' pieces of patterned paper and the larger 4' x 5 1/4' piece of patterned paper to your card base. I also distressed the outside edges of my card base before adding my patterned paper but this is completely optional. 

Step 5. This is what your card base should look like once all your patterned paper is added. 

Step 6. Add the 4 1/4' x 3' piece of patterned paper to your card base. See below. 

Step 7. Only add adhesive to the left side. The back side will be visible when the card is opened that is why you only want to adhere the left side.

Step 8. Stamp your sentiment, images, and adhere some twine to the smaller 4' x 2 3/4' piece of white cardstock. Once all your stamping is complete add this panel to the polka dotted panel you adhered in the step above.

Step 9. Stamp the inside of your card with a sentiment. I used the "The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have found it" sentiment from the add on stamp set called The Greatest Gift Of Life.

After all your stamping is done your Z fold card is finished. This is what my card looks like complete and folded out. All the supplies I used today except the ink pads, mist, and mini button can be found in this months Petticoat Fashion Creative Cafe KOTM. Thanks for stopping by today!

Kit: The Rubber Cafe Creative Cafe KOTM- Petticoat Fashion
Stamps: Hello,World & Add On Stamp Set: The Greatest Gift Of Life
Ink: Versa Color Ink Pads. Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist- Sun Sisters
Paper: The Rubber Cafe Creative Cafe KOTM- 6 x 6 Petticoats & Pinstripes Paper Pad from Echo Park
Cardstock: The Rubber Cafe Creative Cafe KOTM White
Embellishments: Twine from the The Rubber Cafe KOTM- Petticoat Fashion , Mini Yellow Button
Adhesives: Scor-Tape 1/8 Inch Crafting Tape
Tools: Close To My Heart Edge Distresser

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Can't Thank You Enough

I am loving this months Creative Cafe' Card Kit of the Month!  

This months kit is called. Petticoat Fashion.  It includes a 6 x 6 pack of Echo Park Petticoats & Pinstripes, a bunch of beautiful cardstock, a fun embossing folder, and lots of luscious ribbon.

For my first card using this kit I decided to make a fun fold card...I're shocked, right???

To create this card start with a 7 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of cardstock.
I scored on the solid vertical lines and cut on the horizontal dashed lines.

When it folds up it looks like this.

I cut patterned paper panels to fit each of the portions of the card and then adhered it to the card with Scrap Happy Glue.

I stamped hello with Love Letter Memento dye ink.

Here's another view of the card when it's folded.

I stamped the Thank You sentiment with Bamboo Memento Dye ink and the other sentiment with Love Letter ink.

I stamped the small flower with Tangelo and Dandelion Memento dye ink.
The larger flower was stamped with Angel Pink, Rose Bud, and Love Letter ink.
Cut the flowers out and add to the card with 3D Foam.

I just love how this card turned out...not sure how I'll top this one but I'll try!

I hope you will give it a try.  

It's easier than it might look and you will love the results!


Stamps: The Rubber Cafe'- Petticoat Fashion Hello, World
Paper: The Rubber Cafe' KOTM--Echo Park Petticoats and Bazzill cardstock
Ink:  Memento Love Letters, Angel Pink, Dandelion,Tangelo, Rose Bud, and Bamboo dye ink 
Adhesives: Foam tape; The Rubber Cafe'-Scrap Happy Glue
Other: Scorpal

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Thank you!

Hello!! I'm so excited for this month's kit club. I love the versatility of the stamps.  Let's take a look at the my first card created with the new April Creative Cafe KOTM called Petticoat Fashion.

The sentiment I'm using today is from the Main Stamp set called Hello, World.  I have used three different stamps. The first stamp says: "I can't" the second stamp says: "thank you" and the third stamp says "enough". 

After stamping the sentiment, I used my shaped dies to cut it out, and I traced around the inside of the die. I want to stamp flowers inside the frame, but I want the flowers to be inside the black lines, so I used sticky notes to mask the area I didn't want the stamped image. 

After masking the image, I began stamping! I used three different colors for the flowers and VersaFine in OnyxBlack for the sentiment.

I wanted to make the edge of the sentiment 'pop', so I colored it with my Copic Marker.

Stamp sets: Hello, World.
Paper: The Rubber Cafe's KOTM Echo Park Petticoats & Pinstripes and white cardstock
Ink: StazOn Opaque in Baby Blue, Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Picked Raspberry, VersaFine in Onyx          Black.
Adhesive: Pop Up Glue Dots, Permanent Glue Dots.

Friday, April 22, 2016

A Simple Thank You

It's time, it's time....the new KOTM is here!!  The Petticoat Fashion kit has stamps ready to layer up to create beautiful flowers and cards for any occasion!  I'm sharing an ombre thank you card today:

Base:  5&1/2" by 4&1/4" standard card base using aqua cardstock.

First Layer:  Cut a 5&1/4" by 4" piece of white cardstock, and emboss using the embossing folder included in your kit!

TIP:  There are so many fun options for embossing folders, but don't be afraid to go clean and simple too!  The folder used on the white cardstock looks crisp and clean.

Center Panel:  Start with a 3" by 4" piece of aqua cardstock.  Layer on a 2&3/4" by 3&3/4" piece of pink lattice patterned paper, glue to the card front.

Next cut a 2&1/4" by 3&1/4" piece of white cardstock.  Use Versamark ink to stamp the Thank You sentiment, then emboss with clear embossing powder.  Using Evergreen Bough Distress Ink and a sponge/distress tool, add a light layer of ink to the entire front of the embossed panel.  The embossed Thank You acts as a resist and adding the color makes the white cardstock under the embossed area pop.  To give it more of an ombre look, darken the ink around the Thank You sentiment area only. To finish the center panel stamp the rest of the sentiment in Black Tuxedo Memento ink.  Glue to a 2&1/2" by 3&1/2" piece of white cardstock using Scrap Happy Glue:

Use foam tape to adhere the panel to the center of the patterned pink paper already on the card front.

To create the flower, use the solid flower stamp first and stamp using Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.  Then stamp using the detail petal stamp, and then stamp the center using Black Tuxedo Ink.

To show exactly how I did this, and give a little tip:  For the solid base, if you brush/swirl the ink on using the ink pad, you'll get a cool pattern to your solid flower and it will be a softer color without stamping off first.   To stamp the detail petal stamp, tap the ink directly on the stamp as you normally would to get the darker color.  Here is what I did:

Then fussy cut the flower out, and brush it around the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.

Stamp a second flower center and fussy cut out, then foam tape flower center over the one stamped directly on the flower.  Glue flower to the bottom right corner of the center panel using Scrap Happy Glue, and add a jute twine bow to the center.

I love the elegant simplicity of this card:

Thanks for stoppin' by today.....enjoy playing with all the layering stamps in this many fun ways to use this KOTM!  Stop back for more inspiration soon!

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe'- Petticoat Fashion
Hello, World
Paper: The Rubber Cafe' KOTM--Echo Park Petticoats & Pinstripes, aqua and white cardstock
Ink:  Black Tuxedo Memento ink, Evergreen Bough, Worn Lipstick, and Black Soot Distress Ink.
Adhesives: Foam tape; The Rubber Cafe'-Scrap Happy Glue
Embellishments:  Jute twine, Embossing Powder--Crystal Ice from The Rubber Cafe'