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October 2008

Winter Snow Scene

  14 B Finished Scene Final

As many of you know Rubbernecker Stamp Company has a fairly new blog published by the design team. Today is our first new weekly feature called "Friday Focus" and I had the privilege of presenting the first tutorial .

This is the time of year that we are all turning our attention to holiday cards and projects. Nothing represents Christmas to me like falling snow on the front of my cards. After living in Florida for thirty years I so enjoy the fond memories of my childhood when a "White Christmas" was the norm. Please check out my detailed snow scene tutorial and also find out how to qualify for some fun blog candy.


Blogger Challenge 7

Good morning to you.  I can hardly believe how quickly the days roll by and that it is Wednesday already.  Bob spoke over the weekend about getting all the hedges in the yard trimmed soon so they will be in good shape for all the Christmas lights he  puts up the weekend after Thanksgiving.  Yikes!!!  Is Thanksgiving only one month away!!!  The holidays will be here before we know it.

Tami is hosting the Rubbernecker Stamp Company blogger challenge today and she has a fun sketch for us to work with. Be sure to go over and check it out.  If you play in the challenge please go back to the Rubbernecker blog and post a link to your card.  Sherry wants to showcase all of the challenge cards on the blog.

KC Santa Joy 2 

I think this Santa from the Rubbernecker Holiday Collection is so darling. The image is fun to color and there is lots of room to use Liquid Applique to create his beard and clothing fur. I stamped the image with versa on watercolor paper and embossed with gold embossing powder.  Just a word about the Ranger gold embossing powder.  I have tried several brands of gold powder over the years and have been disappointed that many heat to a dull finish.  The finish on the Ranger product is a bright, elegant finish. I painted the image with reinkers and and a watercolor brush and used a Krylon gold pen and a tiny tipped applicator to apply gold to the belt buckle and button. Click on the picture to see a larger version.


KC Santa Joy 2 Close 

I squeezed out large blob of Liquid Applique' on a piece of scrap paper. I have tried several different techniques to apply LA so that it heats to a nice even layer without the dreaded blobs. I found that using an old brush (I can never paint with it again as LA damages it) to lightly apply the LA works wonders. I lightly paint on the LA, smooth it out to a good even consistency and lightly heat.  If you put the LA on too thick you will get blobs and if you heat too long you can burn it.

Since Liquid Applique' has such a rubbery finish I have experimented to find a way to finish it off so it doesn't stick to the envelope or cardstock if used inside a card. I wrote a hint in a post a while back about applying Iridescent Ice to the already heated LA. Last night I decided to experiment with clear embossing powder. I sprinkled clear powder over all the pre heated LA and lightly heated again setting a clear glaze on it. It looks wonderful and eliminates that rubbery, stickiness to the LA. Click on the picture to see a larger version.

Stamps:  Rubbernecker Holiday Collection -Grand Santa (there are two sizes of this Santa- Grand and Petite) and Merry Christmas Sentiment

Paper:  Real Red. Watercolor, Dasher Designer Paper

Ink:  SU Real Red, Blush Blossom, Caramel, Banana, Adirondack Slate, Distress Black Soot,

Accessories:  Versa, Twill, Liquid Applique', Brushes, Stickles, Gold and Clear Embossing Powder, Snaps, Deckle Scissors


Stamper's Quest Magazine and Pink Inspiration

I am thrilled to announce that I was notified this week by Stamper's Quest Magazine that I was one of six new designers chosen to join their team of Artist Guides. If you aren't familiar with the magazine hop on over and check it out.  You will love what you find there.

  Pink bedding 


Pink Inspiration

The Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge today continued the week's focus on Breast Cancer Awareness by making available several different pictures of pink bedding from JC Penney.  I loved the pale pink, yellow and green with the pure white contrast of the bedding shown here.



KC Girl with Sleigh 2

I changed the theme on my piece from flowers to a winter snowy scene using a darling little Ezlybells image colored in pale pink with pale green contrast. I stamped the image with brilliance black on Papertrey Shimmery white cardstock. I watercolored with Pretty in Pink, Kiwi Kiss, Caramel, Banana and Sahara Sand. I sponged the sky area with pale banana and then painted snow on the ground using white craft ink and a brush and also created falling snow with a tiny brush and white craft ink. I embossed with white embossing powder. I wanted to create the look of a quilt so I used paper piercing on the scalloped layers.  The pale green cardstock was created by sponging Kiwi on Shimmery White cardstock. I used a delicate snowflake image from Rubbernecker- Christmas Mini 1 set to stamp white craft ink on the pink base layer and embossed with white embossing powder.

KC Girl with Sleigh 2 close up

 I used Stickles clear to add sparkle and glow to the scene.

Stamps:  Elzybells-Girl with Sleigh, Rubbernecker Christmas Mini 1

Paper:  Papertrey Shimmery White, Pirouette Pink

Ink:  Brilliance Black Graphite, Pretty in Pink, Kiwi Kiss, Banana, Caramel, Sahara Sand, White Craft

Accessories:  Stickles, White EP, Grosgrain, Nestabilities, Large Needle, Piercing Template, Watercolor Brushes, Sponges


Blogger Challenge 6

I am hosting the Rubbernecker Stamps Blogger challenge today and the challenge is to create a project using paper piecing.  I had lots of fun working with this Vintage Santa image. I wanted to keep in line with the Splitcoatstampers Breast Cancer Awareness focus this week and use pink for my challenge project. I pulled out BasicGrey Sultry designer paper to create a fun and colorful Christmas card with non traditional colors.

KC Vintage Santa paper piece 

I stamped the Santa image on the brown designer paper with black craft ink  and then again several times on different pink papers with the black craft and embossed with clear ep to cut and piece together to create his colorful coat. The trick to paper piecing is building up your pieces and layers by what you want to be outstanding. I started by cutting and piecing the main coat to the image on the brown cardstock. The next  step was to add the boots and then the pink fur trim over the coat and boots. Next I attached Santa's face and beard. I used a Copic marker to color in Santa's face on the light colored paper and to make the beard show even better. I finished by attaching the hat, star and birdhouse. I added the embossed snowflakes around Santa, created snowy borders at his feet with cuttlebug snowflake embossed layers.  I thought the little gingham bow with the  "Joy" sentiment was the perfect finishing touch.


Stamps:  Rubbernecker Winter Holiday Collection

Paper: BasicGrey Sultry DP, Pink

Ink:  Black and White Craft

Accessories:  Gingham, LInen Thread, Satin Riobbon, Clear and White Embossing Powder, Cuttlebug Snowflake Folder, Deckle Scissors,


KC Vintage Santa Close up paper piece 2 

 















KC Vintage Santa Close up paper piece


Treasure Hunt Tuesday and Pink Hope

 It’s Tuesday and that means there's a Treasure Hunt at RubberneckerYou can find all the details on the Rubbernecker Stamps Blog .   Every one of our Rubbernecker Design Team members are so very talented and have so much to share. Please go check out their blogs today to see what they've been up to. One of them has blog candy for you as well.

The Rubbernecker Design Team has some celebrating to do. Bev Gerard-TexasGrammy and Juliana Swanson-Julesiana have both accepted Sherry's invitation to join our team full time. We are so happy to have them.  We are also celebrating that Joan Ervin and Pam Hooten-iris have agreed to be guest designers for our team.  There will be lots of creative energy coming with these four talented stampers.

KC Fun in the Sun 3

Starting Monday, October 20, the Splitcoast Challenges are going PINK for the week in honor and celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If you'd like to donate your pink challenge card to this month's Cards for a Cause, which is Chemo Angels, check this thread for details.

The Technique Lovers Challenge on Monday was to use watercolor pencils and Twinkling H20's with a major focus on pink. I wanted to create a soothing scene that represented peacefulness and hope. Although our challenge was to create a card for health awareness my mind was focusing on a dear Splitcoast friend who lost her husband suddenly over the weekend.  She is a treasure to me and I wanted to create something from my heart to send her that displayed peace, hope and encouragement.  

I stamped the chair on the watercolor paper and the umbrella on a piece of scrap to cut out to pop up. I colored the images lightly with the watercolor pencils and then pulled the color around with my watercolor brush using the H20's. I used watercolor pencils to draw in the ground, grass and water and brushed them with the H20's paints to fill in the scene. The inks have such shimmer and seemed to make my whole scene glow. I washed the sky with very watery blue paint and then added buttercup yellow paint to create a sunny glow. I dabbed a brush filled with drier, thicker mustard green paint to create the murk of the grass and water's edge. The mustard paint glows like gold. I loved the look so I ran some of the heavier dry paint up some of the tall flower stems to add the gold glow to them as well. I used a dark pink pencil and H20 paint for the little flower tops but ended up adding more color with a marker to give a little more definition. You can click on the picture to see a larger close up view.

Stamps: Rubbernecker Kittie Kits Fun in the Sun

Paper:  Pink, Rose Red, Watercolor

Ink:  Brilliance Black

Accessories:  Watercolor Pencils, Twinkling H20's Watercolor Paints, Grosgrain, Brushes, Marker