Friday, March 16, 2018

Stamped and Stitched Pencil Pouch by Belen Sotelo

Hi friends! Belen of Art & Whimsy, here, with an easy stitched & stamped pen pouch project for you. Not the greatest at sewing? No problem, I'm not either. Today not only is wonky stitching ok, it's encouraged, so let's get started!

I started by giving a zippered canvas pouch a generous coat of gesso on both sides. You can find these pouches here on RubberMoon's site!

After giving the gesso time to dry, I brushed on acrylic paint that I made suitable for fabric with a bit of fabric medium. You can can find many different brands. I used Liquitex. I set that aside to dry.

Next I used a Sandra Evertson's Otomi stamp to add an image to a piece of thin muslin.

I used a small round piece of cardboard as a mask, along the top of the head, to leave that part of the image unstamped.

To create a Frida from the stamped image, I added a flower crown using the Flores stamp.

To give my Frida life, I added some color to her face.

I added some more color around her, to make her really pop and then gave her a face using the Introspective stamp. Again, I used a scrap piece of card stock as a mask.

Using an assortment of pens, I added more color. I also stamped “Life Is Art”, using a stamp by the same name.

Next, I added a bit of stamping to my pouch using the Scribble stamp & the XOs stamp, both from the Mixed Media Stamp Set.

To finish off my pen pouch, I trimmed out the Frida image, fully embraced my wonky stitching abilities and stitched her right onto my pouch.
Thank you for following along.

I wish you a week full of art and full of whimsy!
xo, Belen

Friday, March 2, 2018

Double the Fun with Sandee Setliff

Double the fun

Mail art (also known as postal art and correspondence art) is a populist artistic movement centered on sending small scale works through the postal service.

I love mail art, and when I can make the card and the mail art match, well, that's awesome! 
Mail art can be as involved as you want it to be or as easy as you want. 
 I hope you enjoy it and thank you for watching.

masking your stamp

How I store my ink piks and sponges that I use with my Moonlight Duo inks.
How I combine small stamps on the Cling on Card stock

Rubbermoon products:
stamps -


Stazon ink
Micron pen

I mentioned in the video that I used my inks through stencils, if you would like to check out that project then please visit: Fragile Heart over on StencilGirl

Friday, February 23, 2018

Hopeful Sun by Kersten Christianson

Hopeful Sun
#MakeSun #MixedMedia  #Ephemera  #Rubbermoon #Spirit


  • Jane Cather’s Lady’s House Stamp, JC453D
  • Jessica Sporn’s Hot Star Stamp, JS5441I
  • 5 “Spirit” Sticks found on outdoor walkabouts
  • Beads and ephemera 
  • Larger washers to serve as ephemera base
  • White Gesso
  • Polymer Clay
  • Acrylic paints:  Red, Yellow, Copper, Blue
  • Glitter Spray 

Winter has kicked my butt this year.  So many blues.  Living in a rainforest with 132 inches of annual precipitation doesn’t help, so I plan and play my days accordingly.  When the forecast calls for sun, I clear my desk the night before and plan to spend a fair chunk of the next day outdoors.  When the forecast calls for anything but sun, I make my own, and in this case, it rises in the form of a funky mixed media sun.

When I started this project, I worked out the clay and chose a couple of different stamps for different impressions.  The first I tried was Jessica Sporn’s Hot Star stamp.  I thought this would be the perfect sun center and in many a way, it is.  However, once I assembled the sun and added the ephemera, Sporn’s image proved just a little larger than what I had anticipated.  Large enough to overshadow the trickle of beads and ephemera.  

The backup image I stamped into the clay was Jane Cather’s Lady’s House stamp.  This winter, I thought a lot about what I would pack in my runaway bag, given the chance to do just that.  With each day that passes, running away becomes a less viable option, but it inspired the idea of Lady’s House becoming the center of this sun piece.  Her whimsy and flair set the tone for perfect placement.

Both images were painted for possible use. I covered the images in white Gesso and painted each accordingly. Now I have the Sporn design to work into another upcoming piece.

In past summers, my family and I would stop at Kluane Lake, a beautiful lake in the Yukon.  We’d spend days camping along its cerulean shore and beachcomb for what I lovingly named “Spirit Sticks.”  My husband would groan at the name, but he’d always stop and help my daughter and I gather.  We’d fill bags of the wave-worn wood to work into winter art projects back at home.  For this sun, I joined five sticks at their ends, attached them using E6000 glue and twine.  I let them sit until good and firm.   From there, I attached a washer between each “ray.”  I used E6000 for the washers and later the spill of beads that cover the washers.  

It has been a slow and meticulous project, really.  Gathering the ephemera for the washers.  Taking a step forward and allowing the piece to settle and dry before moving on.  This is a process my heart knows all too well.

Tomorrow the sun is expected to shine.  Once again, I work diligently to add the finishing pieces to the sun.  The last piece to add is Lady’s House.  I look forward to finding a fine sun-splashed tree branch tomorrow from which to hang my hopeful sun.


Kersten Christianson

Friday, February 16, 2018

Shari Acuff's Recipe for Success!

Recipe for Success

Stamps used: 
Gratitude – MoonMail Exclusive Dec 2015
  (There are lots of other greeting options if you are not a MoonMail Member)

Other supplies:  
Black, Squash, Pink A2 Note Carss
Patterned Papers
Washi Tapes
White Cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Copic Markers
Double Stick Tape
Foam Tape
I collected card making magazines for years and I loved the issues that would show a sketch of a card and then several cards using that sketch for inspiration – they called it a “Card Recipe”.  I thought of that when I was trying to decide on the card(s) to make since I had three new stamps I wanted to play with.

I sketched out a design by first tracing around an A2 card – 4.25” x 5.5”.  I had recently purchased a new 6”x6” paper pad so decided for this recipe to add a layer of patterned paper to the bottom part of the card.  (I’m getting a little better at not buying all the ones I like – just one this time!)  And I have quite a collection of washi tape so I thought adding a stripe to the top edge of the patterned paper would be a fun way to use some.

I stamped out the images on white paper and colored with Copic markers, trimmed them leaving a tiny white border.  Then stamped the greetings on a couple of the patterned papers and cut them out.  I stamped out a bunch not knowing which ones I wanted to use for sure.

To assemble the cards I used my recipe as a guide and added double stick tape to the card and laid the patterned paper down using the line on the recipe as a guide.  Added the washi tape and trimmed the excess from the backside.  To add a little extra texture under the greeting, I added a piece of a bag of avocados.  I almost threw the bag away and realized it might be fun to use on cards.  I then put foam tape on the back of the stamped images so they popped up a little off the card.  And added the greeting on top of the mesh.

Hope you are inspired to create some Card Recipes.

Happy Stamping!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Doodle Bird Art Tags with Belen Sotelo

Hi friends. I recently had the opportunity to spend some time playing with Jessica Sporn's new Doodle Birds stamp set and I absolutely love them all. I can already tell that I will use these stamps time and time again in my art journaling and tag making.

Since I was having so much fun playing with them I decided to make a couple art tags to send out to friends!

I started by brayering acrylic paint onto my craft tags then using a baby wipe and various RubberMoon stencils to wipe away color and create oodles of texture.

As I often like to do, a rubbed on some gesso, with my fingers, to help unify the colors and texture.

Next I used watercolor to add some marks and create another layer of color.

I set my tags aside to dry and stamped out the bird images onto lightweight card stock, using waterproof ink.

After cutting them out, I adhered them to my tags with gel medium.

Next, I added a light coat of clear gesso over the stamped images.

I gave my feathered friends some color with various gel pens & markers.

Next I used the cute flowers that come in the set and stamped the designs directly onto my tags.

I added a bit of pen work and scribbles.

To finish off my tags, I stamped onto some of my hand dyed ribbon and cut it to size and called them done. They were ready to be tucked into an envelope and send them on their way to brighten someone's day!

Wishing you a week full of art and full of whimsy.
xo, Belen