Friday, December 8, 2017

Handmade Card Gifts with Shari Acuff

Hello there everyone, Shari here again. Hope everyone's holiday season is off to a good start.

This year I got an early start on my Christmas shopping! I was almost done but couldn’t figure out what to get a couple people on my list. I decided to give them a box of handmade cards, hoping they might like to have a stash of cards to give out all year long.

Using a stamping tool to help with mass production, I made 8 cards (2 each of 4 designs) and decorated the envelopes. Then made an envelope box using the 1-2-3 Punch Board. Wrapped it up with a ribbon and added a stamped tag.

White cardstock
8 Chipboard cards
8 white envelopes
4 - 3mm googly eyes
2 action wobbles
12x12 patterned paper or pre-made gift box
Tag and ribbon

Misc pens and markers-
Signo Uniball white pen
Gellyroll moonlight neon pens
Marvy ColorIn Markers
Zig Millennium black 01 pen
Zig Wink of Stella Clear
Copic Markers


I stamped the chipboard cards, white cardstock and envelopes with the Whimsy Doodle Border. I then stamped out the other images onto the white cardstock inside of the doodle borders, 2 of each design. Once all the stamping was done and the was ink dry, I colored the outer circles on the chipboard cards and colored in the images on the white paper. Then cut out the images from the white cardstock at the edge of the outer border line. Glued them onto the chipboard cards with the coordinating dot colors. I also colored the envelopes to match with the cards.

I put them each in plastic sleeves, not necessary but they look fancier that way! And they’ll stay clean and fresh until used. Loaded them up into a box, added ribbon and a tag.

Thanks for looking, hope this will help inspire you to make handmade gifts.
Happy Stamping!

(P.s. The cat really liked the ribbon I used.)

Friday, December 1, 2017

Tri-Fold Desktop Calendar with Belen Sotelo

Hi friends! Belen Sotelo here with my very first blog post for RubberMoon. I’m excited to be here and share my creative process with you.

One of the things I really enjoy is sending out happy mail. It makes me feel good to think that it might bring a spot of sunshine to someone’s day, so I’m always on the lookout for projects that can fit into an envelope.

Today I’m going to share with you a fun and easy way to make a desktop calendar using shipping tags and a few other supplies.

Supplies I Used:
Shipping Tags
Acrylic Paint
Double Sided Tape
Fabric Scraps for Ribbon
Masking  or Media Tape

I started by taping three shipping tags together. It doesn’t matter which side you tape, we’re going to get painty on both sides so repeat the steps front and back.

I made sure to leave a sliver of space between each tag because I wanted them to fold easily.

Next, I gave my tag panel a coat of gesso.

I brushed on acrylic paint, but you should feel free to use other mediums if you’d like. 

At this point, I added a bit of gesso, randomly over my tags, to unify everything a bit. I also like the variation of having some areas brighter and others a bit more muted from the gesso.

Using a makeup sponge, I pushed some black acrylic paint through the Catch a Dream Stencil.

Using the Mini Moon Stencil, I added more black acrylic through the dots. Then, to give my tags even more texture, I used the Delicate Lace Stencil.

I added some dots using a portion of the Big Hearted Stencil.

Once that was all dry, I used double sided tape to adhere my mini calendar to one of the tags.

I used my white Sharpie Paint Pen to add some marks.

Next, I stamped out a sentiment and adhered that to one of the tag panels.

Just a few more marks!

I finished off my tri-fold tag calendar by added some fabric scraps for use as ribbon.

All that’s left to do now is to tuck it into an envelope and send it on its way to brighten someone’s mailbox!

Thank you for following along. I hope I’ve inspired you to get out your RubberMoon stencils and send someone an extra reason to smile!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Announcing Creative JumpStart 2018!

Exciting News from Kae Pea! 

I'm over the moon to announce that I'll be participating as an artist in Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2018, run for the 7th time by Nathalie Kalbach. If you're not familiar with CJS, it's a one-of-a-kind online event to kick your creativity into high gear in January 2018. 
Learn techniques, discover new materials, and connect with other artists and crafters. 
Throughout January, you will get access to 31 downloadable videos from 31 featured artists. I'm proud to be one of those artists, called “JumpStarters.” See for yourself:

Head on over to Nathalie's site to sign up and for more details:

You get 31 Downloadable videos - over 6 hours of unique content -  for just $40.00 if you sign up by November 29 11:59 pm EST, 2017Afterwards it will be $45.00 until December 31st, 2017 before it goes to its normal sale price of $50.00.

So what are you waiting for? "JumpStart" your art in 2018! 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Making Kawaii Charms using RubberMoon Stamps with Sandee Setliff

Kawaii Cute Charms
by Sandee Setliff

Supply list:
Shrink plastic film
heat gun
spatula, tweezers
acrylic block
fast-drying solvent ink 
color markers or pencils
RubberMoon stamps, any ones you like! 

Here are some stamps that I used: 

I love making shrink art! 
From tiny-house movement to miniature enthusiasts creating realistic micro worlds there's an undeniable appeal to that which has been sized down and shrunken to a fraction of its normal size. Shrink art satisfies my desire to keep up with this fascinating trend plus it's just plain kawaii cute!
If you haven't delved into this let me warn you it can be addicting! 

1. Prior to heating (either in the oven or with a heat gun) Stamp your image and then color in with felt-tip pens, acrylic paint, colored pencils, etc. and cut into shapes. Punch holes for charms now.

*Oily or waxy substances (crayons, or oil paint) will not work because they melt or burn in high heat. The finished piece will shrink to 1/3 the original’s size, but it will become 9 times thicker. 

(I love that the artwork will be brighter and bolder since they intensify: so use lighter colors.)

2. Preheat the oven to 325°F (163°C), then put your image into the oven on aluminum foil for 1-3 minutes or until it’s flat. Leave space between the pieces or they might stick together

You can also recycle plastic containers into custom charms
Cut shapes out of your #6 plastic container (look for the number inside the logo on the container)  For example, this is the kind of plastic often used in salad bar containers.

Enjoy the video and show us your shrink art!

You can use shrink art in many ways:

-Use them in your mixed media art

Here is a close up on the tiny medallions used as moon flower faces:

-Create your own wearable art:
brooch/lapel pins 

-add charms to:
wine charms 
gift tags

Thanks for stopping by! 

Take care and craft on my friends!
- Sandee

Friday, November 10, 2017

Kersten Christianson's Dreamy Gratitude Flag

Moon Gratitude Flags
by Kersten Christianson
#GratitudeFlag #Rubbermoon #Spirit


My friend Gloria inspired me to try this out.  In our play with Gelli Arts and paper, we used a cotton panel to clean off the Catch a Dream stencil before moving on to different colors.  What we discovered was a really sweet imprint of stencil upon cotton.  Because Gloria is a madly creative artist quilter, she went on to spend several days stenciling cotton panels. I returned to her house yesterday to make a few panels.  Upon hauling them home, I decided they would make a fine stretch of Moon Gratitude Flags.

Remember how fun it was to finger paint as a child?  Using a Gel Printing Plate is nearly as enjoyable and almost as messy.  Add colors of acrylic to the plate, blend using a roller, and lay down your stencils.  On top of this, your cotton panel.  Take time to press in and around the cut outs of the stencil so that the image prints fully.  Too much paint and your image becomes too saturated.  Too little paint and your image is not defined.  Gloria suggested I work with dots of paint to achieve best printing results.  You can see here that while the flag isn’t in its finished form, I am starting to match it up to other material to finish out the back.

Here’s a close-up to illustrate the number of colors used along with a more balanced use of acrylics.  Oh, that sweet face!

Here’s another flag pictured with possible material background.  Sometimes the project isn’t ready for completion, as in this case, but the stenciled panels were such a joy to create.  At some point, I’ll add a thin layer of batting between each flag and its background material.  From there, I’ll quilt patterns throughout and add finishing details:  ribbon, beads, bells.  These will be best displayed in an open window through which the wind is invited.

As planned, I used my sewing machine to adhere the flag panel to a pretty piece of batik.  On this, I also added two strips of glitter ribbon, beaded fringe and various beads and bells.  I also stamped “True Free Spirit” using Sienna Brown acrylic paint to the front. On both dreamcatcher and text, I painted a layer of fine glitter using Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pens (Glitter Gloss). The flag spent the day in the sun and breeze.  And voila!  A perfect gift for a traveling friend returning home tonight.


- Kersten 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Shari Acuff Makes Happy Mail

The new Lori Sparkly Franklin stamp collection by RubberMoon is wonderful.  When I saw "Super Starling" riding the unicycle I instantly wanted to turn her into a slider card and add some google eyes! 
She is just so cute I can barely stand it.

Slider cards are really easy just hard to explain in words, hopefully the pictures will help if I’m not explaining it well enough. Before we get started, here's a supply list with everything you need to create this slider card: 

Supply List:
Black A2 card
White cardstock 4”x5 ¼” -2
Black Ink
Colored Pencils
Googly Eyes
Multi Medium Matte (Glue)
Foam Tape
Low tack tape
My Favorite Things – 
MFT-899 Surf & Turf (slider die)
Slider Elements

RubberMoon Art Stamps:

First I stamped the starling a couple times.  When coloring I like to stamp twice so I have one to test colors on.  I die cut the slider hole in the front of one piece of white cardstock. Using low tack tape, secure the slider hole in place on the backside.  Then stamp the background ground, flowers and cloud.  Color the background and Starling.  Glue on the Googly Eyes.

Once everything is colored, cut out the Starling, then reinforce the back of the unicycle with an extra skinny strip of cardstock. Glue the Slider Element to the back of the Starling in the middle of the stack of books. 

Now it’s time to put the card together. For the background remove the tape holding the slider hole in place and add glue to just the slider hole.  Holding it in place, center the background onto the black A2 card.  Lift the background back up leaving the slider strip in place.  Place the Starling right side down and lay the background right side down on top with the slider Element coming through the hole.  Add glue and attach a penny.  Add foam tape, double stacked, leaving enough room for the penny to slide freely.
Attach the background to the front of the card lining up the slider holes.

On the second white piece of cardstock I stamped a few more images from the Botanical Birdie set to put on the inside of the card.

Hope you like it.  Happy Stamping!  Send out some happy mail.
(The other night I was home alone and ordered a LOT of postage stamps. There are a lot of cute ones right now, including moons!)