Tuesday 9 April 2019

Retro Rubber 108 - Design Team Card

This week, at Retro Rubber Challenge, Jane has given us a rainbow theme. It's easy. Either use at least four rainbow colours or include a rainbow in your card. Of course, given that this is Retro Rubber Challenge, you must still use at least one stamp that's at least a year old and tell us the approximate age of it.  Really, this challenge is just an excuse to get out some of your old things and show them some ink. 😀

I've always loved playing around with watercoloured and inky backgrounds and it occurred to me that if I turned a rainbow into a horizontal, I'd have a range of colours that loosely equated to a sunset sky, grass and water. It was a short jump from there to Lovely as a Tree. Lovely as a Tree has been around the Stampin' Up world since 2006 and it is still current!

I stamped the image on first with Stazon because I wanted to be sure where to put the grass, sky and lake with my inks. If position is less important, I usually do the watercolouring and then add the image in with Tuxedo Black once it's dry.

I used Shimmery White cardstock since I was using water and ink. I splattered the scene with water just because that's one of my favourite background techniques - I love the random effect of the splatters. I added in some splats of clear Wink of Stella for the same reason.

I used the new Stitched Rectangle framelits to finish the shape nicely before matting it onto som Bermuda Bay cardstock. To the Basic Black cardbase, I added a Basic Black cardfront that had been embossed with the Pinewood Planks embossing folder. To pick out the grain more clearly, I skimmed White Craft pigment ink over the top.

The sentiment is from a retired set that was one of the first sets I got from SU,  A Dozen Thoughts which is from 2013-14 Annual Catalogue.

We'd love to have you join us at Retro Rubber for our rainbow challenge. You can see what the rest of the team have done here and you can join in with us until April 19th.

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Note: A Dozen Thoughts is retired


  1. Gorgeous- what a fabulous background Jan and a fun way to incorporate a rainbow into your scene. Love the added sparkle of the shimmer paper too.

  2. This is so beautiful Jan!! I love using rainbow colours and this soft effect with the trees is just magical!

  3. Perfect, colorful background for the trees. I like the extra splatter details

  4. Jan, I love this shimmery watercolour rainbow wash, it's a lovely way to create a background for the elegant tree stamp. Cx