Tuesday 21 November 2017

Retro Rubber 76 - Design Team Card

Many of you had a great deal of fun with our colour inspiration challenge last week. This week at Retro Rubber, we have one of your favourites: Anything Goes.

Now, since it's Retro Rubber, it's not quite Anything Goes. You must still use at least one stamp older than a year, tell us the approximate age of your stamps, and don't link up to more than ten challenges in total.

So, I enjoyed doing this Anything Goes because I used it as a chance to enter a challenge, something I often don't seem to get to do very often these days. I'm going to enter the Fab Friday Sketch Challenge with this too.

I'm very fond of Best Birds by Stampin' Up, first seen in the 2016-17 Annual Catalogue, so used that as the central image. I love that bird and his branch and enjoy colouring him in. I usually watercolour but this time, I used my new Stampin' Blends - Stampin' Up's new line of alcohol markers. I'm really happy with the results - the colours blended nicely, the colours are pretty and work well together.

The background embossing is done with a Couture embossing folder I picked up cheaply in The Warehouse a couple of years ago. It's called Jazmyne and I like the big, bold leaves and boughs.

The sweet sentiment is from a retired set, but one that is not quite a year old: Special Reason from last year's Occasions Catalogue.

Please. join us in our Anything Goes - with an old stamp. We'd love to see what you do.

Update: Delighted to be the Fab Fave at Fab Friday!

Card: Old Olive, Whisper White, Calypso Coral
Stamps: Best Birds, Special Reason
Inks: Tuxedo Black, Crumb Cake
Blends: Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight
Other: Birds and Blooms framelits, pearls, Oval layering framelits, Jazmyne embossing folder by Couture.


  1. Goodness - your bird is PERFECTLY colored with his little twig and blossoms - beautiful! And what pretty embossing behind him, too - this card is so sweet! Thanks so much for playing at Fab Friday!

  2. Oh, how pretty! Love the colors that you used on your bird and the embossed background is perfect! Thanks for joining us at Fab Friday, hope to see you again soon!

  3. Wow, what a great job with the sketch and multiple layers and textures. The bird is the icing on the cake!

  4. Best Birds will never leave my stash and your card is exactly why. I love how you colored the elements! The textured background is wonderful as well. Jan, you are always inspiring me. Thank you for that!

  5. Jan, as much as I love birds, this has to be one of my most favorite cards with this stamp set. Your coloring is wonderful and the placement of small elements is stylish! Love the embossed background... I knew that wasn't SU or else I would have it!! Cutting the background is another stylish element. So well done... already pinned... :)

  6. OMG so clever to cut the embossed background...I love it!! I love embossed backgrounds, but cutting it into 4, super clever, stealing that ;) Your perfectly coloured birdie works so well here as the focal point. Claire x