Sunday 15 May 2016

Retro Rubber 38

I've followed along looking at Retro Rubber pretty much since it started but have never entered there before. The bowl of bright flowers in their most recent challenge was too enticing to pass up. It's autumn outside my window but you could be forgiven for thinking it was still summer, temperature-wise, even if the large drifts of golden leaves say otherwise. Bright tulips are a long way ahead!

I was also looking for a challenge that would let me play around with an idea I've had for a few days now. I like making cards that reveal a glimpse of somewhere else but I've not used acetate much before, although I had a play earlier in the week. In this card, the idea is a little more refined than my first attempt and I learned a lot of stuff along the way, so I think the next one will be better! 

It's also an experiment in another way. This is the first time I've used aqua-painters as I've always used a brush before.

Inside view

I masked and stamped in Stazon one of the flowers from Flower Shop. These I coloured using ink and an aquapainter although the centres are jazzed up with some black and white stippling using pens. Then I masked the flowers again and stamped in the leaves from Summer Silhouette. Some of them I watered and some I touched up with a marker to give some variation.

The ages of stamps used
Flower Shop was the third Stampin' Up set I ever got. It would have been around 2013.
Summer Silhouette I think has been in two catalogues.
The sentiment I got from a set I bought in a retired items sale at Stamp Camp in February called For You. It must have been retired by then, so I'm thinking must be older than a year.

Update: Utterly delighted to make the Top Picks at Retro Rubber.

Other items used
Card: Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla, watercolour paper, acetate window sheet
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Stazon
Other: Black marker, White gel pen, aquapainter


  1. Lovely!! and I really liked your 'practice' one as well.

  2. Hi Jan! I am so glad that you played along with Retro Rubber! And you did a bang up job! Such beautiful flowers and I am glad you tried something new with that acetate - you are brave! Every time I try to do something with acetate - it doesn't look very good! Your coloring is fab! And I hope that you liked using the aqua painter. I use mine quite a bit - especially if I am using colored pencils. I get better control I feel. Beautiful card and thank you again for joining us! Your crafty work is amazing!

    1. Thanks Jane. As I said - I've often looked and never jumped in before! I think your challenge is a great idea. it's so easy to get carried away with new things that you forget about the lovely stuff you've got stashed.

  3. Hello Jan: I'm also very happy you shared this beautiful card with us at Retro Rubber, it's amazing.
    I'm glad our inspiration photo helped you create this lovely card, bringing a bit of Spring into your now Autumn world.
    I don't use acetate all that much either but it's a great way to make cards that are truly out of the ordinary.
    I'm a big fan of the aqua painter, I do all of my cards with this fabulous brushes, I have several of them for light and darker water colors.
    Thank you for joining us this week at Retro Rubber and we all hope you come back again very soon.
    Big hugs.
    Maria Rodriguez.

  4. Wow! I love your beautiful card!! You did exactly what a challenge wants you to do - try something that stretches your creativity. Your flowers and colors are spot-on for our challenge. I am so happy you decided to play along with Retro Rubber (and hope you don't wait so long for the next time)!

  5. Jan, I am so glad that you decided to play along with us on this challenge especially since I adore your card! What fantastic coloring! Acetate is not my cup of tea but you did a great job with the sentiment and the flow of it over your pretty flowers. Hoping that we see you more often in the Retro Rubber gallery!!

  6. WOW!! I am so glad you decided to play along with us. Your card is stunning. I love the acetate show through, very clever and if this is your practice I can't wait to see your 'nailed it' cards! Thanks for joining us, hope to see you again in the Retro Rubber gallery. Claire DT

  7. Jan, your card is absolutely beautiful! I love your colors and design of your card. Thanks for playing along with Retro Rubber Challenge.

  8. This card is so original and creative and inspiring! I would like to "card lift" this!❤️

  9. Amazing card and great use of the acetate panel to allow the flowers to peek through. The coloring is spot on! Thank for for playing along with Retro Rubber!