Tuesday 23 April 2019

Retro Rubber 103 - Design Team Card

What a great selection of rainbows we got for our last challenge! Congratulations to our Top Picks - you didn't make it easy for us to find a winner!

This week at Retro Rubber, it's an Anything Goes challenge. Of course, since this is retro rubber, the rule about using at least one stamp that's at least a year old and telling us its approximate age still applies.

Today's card is honouring Dragonfly Dreams, one of the sets I will miss the most when it retires at the end of May. If this is a set you've had your eye on, make sure to order it from me before the end of May - or ASAP, just in case it sells out.

Having just received my pre-order from the recent OnStage, it was also a chance to try out some of the new In-Colours that will be available at the start of June. I've used three of the five: Pretty Peacock, Purple Posy and Seaside Spray. The card base is Pretty Peacock, the mat is Purple Posy and then I've sponged all three colours onto Shimmery White card before beginning to build the background.

The dragonfly was cut from Sparkle glimmer paper, then sponged with Pretty Peacock. She's mounted on Stitched Shapes circles of Seaside Spray and vellum.

I built up the background. After sponging Purple Posy and Seaside Spray, with a touch of Pretty Peacock around the edges, I stamped the dragonfly in Seaside Spray and added the dots in Purple Posy. Finally, I used a Decorative Mask stencil and sponged white craft ink through it. The pattern shows up in certain light, adding another layer of interest.

If you'd like to see what the rest of the design team have done, be sure to visit them at the Retro Rubber Challenge blog. Then why not get out some of your older stamps and join us? We'd love to see what you do and we'll be sure to leave you some lovely comments as well.

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Note: Pretty Peacock, Purple Posy and Seaside Spray will be available at the start of June.


  1. That's one gorgeous dragonfly! It looks so real, but in an extra pretty way. Like a very special dragonfly. Sad to see such pretty things retire. Thanks so much for your Retro Rubber inspiration, Jan!

  2. Love your sponged background Jan; the build up of colour gives real depth and it sets off that sparkly dragonfly beautifully.

  3. Jan... your Retro card is SOOO soft and dreamy...so perfect for your glittery dragonfly! Thanks ever so much for the invite to Retro Rubber this week... I really do like this challenge. I love coming to your blog... you know about so many new and fun challenges...I hip hopped all over! BTW...your mom's day magnolia is beyond fabulous! Take care. Eliz

    1. Thanks, Elizabeth! I think that it's pretty much impossible to make a bad card with Good Morning Magnolia. When it becomes available early June, it's sure to be popular.

  4. Another card from our team that has the feature 'thing' used as part of the background, I love this Jan, it's so soft and feels like fairies might live within! Cx