Tuesday 31 January 2017

Retro Rubber 55 - Design Team

Love is in the air this time at Retro Rubber with a challenge just in time for Valentine's Day. Just use hearts in your card and don't forget that the stamps you use must be more than a year old. You can use new other stuff - just the stamps have to be retro.

Well, the best thing about this challenge for me is the chance to go back and revisit former favourites. One of my favourites is the retired Flowering Flourishes - so elegant - and that is dated from around 2012. Regular readers of my blog will know that I have recently become the owner of a MISTI and it is with pleasure that I tell you this card might well have been impossible without one and I no longer regret the price I paid for it!

I used MISTI to stamp twice: once with crumb cake on white and once with versamark on Real Red, which I then embossed with white. Then I used a punch and dies from two other framelit sets to cut the hearts out of the red and overlaid them onto the Crumb Cake/Whisper White. Since the success of the design depended on the two images matching up perfectly, you can see why it would be pretty tough without the MISTI. I do like the effect it created.

The 'congratulations' is from the now retired Zoo Babies set, which appeared in the 2013 catalogue. Even the paper is retro, coming from a paper stack that was in last year's Occasions catalogue.

So please, get out your old stamps and show them a bit of love this Valentine's Day and show us what you've done. You have two weeks, until February 10, to join in. Don't forget to tell us how old your stamps are.

Card: Real Red, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, scrap of DSP
Stamps: Flowering Flourishes, Zoo Babies
Ink: Crumb Cake, Real Red, versamark
Other: white embossing powder, Sweetheart punch, Baker's Box thinlits, Mini-treat bag thinlits, pearl.


  1. So, so clever, Jan! I would never have thought to do this technique and now I think I must give it a go! So beautiful and has a CAS feel at the same time. The colors are perfect for Valentines and details make it so special for the occasion. Love it!!

  2. Very cool effect Jan! CASE it will be! The red, crumb cake and white colors are lovely!

  3. OMG, Jan. This card is DIVINE! You have inspired me to give this a try! Love the diagonal cut on the sentiment too!! Off to pin....

  4. Wow, double wow! This card is a stunner - deceptively simple until you really look at it. So very clever with how the crumbcake moves to white and back. Sheer elegance! PS - I love my MISTI too and am so glad I have it!

  5. Oh Jan, your card is gorgeous, the design is so intricate and perfectly done, you are correct.....this card would have been terribly difficult to make without a MISTI, I love mine, this tool is worth every penny paid.
    Lovely card.

  6. I absolutely love this card - the bold red hearts contrast so well with the delicate curlicues.

  7. Oh Jan, I love everything about this card. I love the colour palette, soothing, but speaks to love. MISTI is SO my friend, how on earth did we manage before?! Clairex

  8. Ok this is genius! Thanks for providing all the creation details! This is soooo lovely!❤️

  9. I WONDERED how you created this effect...you used that MISTI to perfection! What a creative use of the images and colors...you're a genius! And thanks for having me as a GD this week too!

  10. Jan, love the CAS look of your card. The colors are so brilliant and I love the flourish through the hearts. Beautifully done!