Tuesday 9 May 2017

Retro Rubber 62 - DT card

Welcome to another Retro Rubber Challenge! As Spring approaches, at least in some parts of the world, we're asking you to use flowers in your card.

Here in New Zealand, it's autumn and the leaves are falling, but it was good to start thinking of flowers for this challenge. 

This time, the stamps I've used are really only just retro. The Altenew Peony Bouquet I've owned for about a year and I remember umming and ahhing for a while before buying it so I think it was part of the January 2016 release. It's a beauty but its four-step stamping meant it took a bit of practice to get it consistently right. But when it works, it is just so, so, so gorgeous and what says Spring more than the first peonies? 

The sentiment is much more retro, since it's been retired for a while and came out in the 2013-14 Annual Catalogue.

The designer paper and the embossing folder are also both retro, having been around for well more than a year.

As always, the rules at Retro Rubber are very simple: use at least one stamp older than a year and tell us how old it is and don't link up to more than ten challenges in total.

We'd love to see what you do with our challenge when you dig out your old stamps for a bit of an outing. Link up your entry by May 19.

Since this card was inspired by the sketch at Fab Friday, I'd like to enter this card at their challenge too.

Card: Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White, Subtles DSP,  Pear Pizzazz
Stamps: Altenew Peony Bouquet, SU Four You
Inks: Tuxedo Black, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Flirty Flamingo, Blushing Bride, Rose Red
Other: Peony Bouquet dies, SU Square Lattice embossing folder, dimensionals, Basic Grey Stampin' Write marker, Blushing Bride enamel shapes


  1. Such lovely soft colours, and the DSP's work well to offset the flower. Awesome card. ��

  2. Jan, I couldn't wait to see the details of your card! It is just stunning! Peonies are beautiful and I have wonderful memories of them from a place I used to live. The sketch used is perfect to show off this gorgeous flower and you did it perfectly. I may have to check this stamp set out! Enjoy this little bit of spring during your fall!! Great job, my friend!

  3. So pretty! I do agree that it takes a bit of practice to achieve the look with the layering stamps, so are a bit easier than others. But the final result is stunning!

  4. You're right - gorgeous flower! I love your combo of DSP and textured papers as well - so striking! Thanks so much for playing at Fab Friday!

  5. And here in Virginia (USA) my peonies have just about finished blooming...a few hot days then 2 days of rainy, windy weather and they didn't stand a chance lol! Your image is beautifully stamped and the texture and patterns of the long strips really makes this a stand out card! Thanks for sharing at Fab Friday!

  6. Oh Jan, this is gorgeous, this stamp set is one of my most favorites from Altenew! Yes, it requires a bit of practice but it's totally worth it.
    Love the way you used the sketch to showcase your beautiful flower arrangement, awesome job!!
    PS. Autumn is my most favorite Season, the colors are spectacular, enjoy it my dear.

  7. The scatter of enamel dots is a fun touch on your beautiful card

  8. Great card Jan, that flower is indeed gorgeous, your colouring is stunning. I like the mix of patterned and textured papers. Cx

  9. Jan, this card is so "me"! The colors, elements, I have so many Altenew sets and love them dearly but never use them quite enough. You have inspired me to take one out and try again!❤️

  10. Wow, Jan... you got the stamping layering down to perfection. Love this flower and your paper treatment. Sweet card...