Hello faithful followers of the Creative Spacecrafters Team! I just wanted to take this opportunity to wrap up our very first term of this blog, and launch into the next term by introducing some new Spacecrafters who are joining us on this wonderful journey!
We absolutely loved all of the amazing ways that our artists and creators used RubberMoon stamps and products, from Heather Haymart's fabulous textured paintings, to Martice's wonderful, messy backgrounds for journaling! So, without further ado, let's jump in and learn about the team - some familiar faces are back, along with brand-new Spacecrafters!
Shari is our resident card-maker extraordinaire, which only makes sense as she is the Manager of both locations of Impress Cards and Crafts in Washington! She started out using her degree in Fashion Design as a pattern maker but took a break from the industry and never went back. She resides near Seattle with her boyfriend and their 3 cats. We are so glad to have Shari's wonderful, whimiscal talents on this team!
Kersten, a raven-watching, moon-gazing, High School English-teaching artist, hails from Southeast Alaska and is a published poet (you can find her book of poems, "Something Yet to be Named", here!) She is a mom to a 5th grader as well as one cat and two dogs. She loves to use all kinds of materials for her art, including stamps, paint, wind chimes, beads, sea glass, fibers, and more!
Sandee is a daydreamer and a night thinker. She sees an opportunity in every problem she faces. Her curious mind is stretched by all the experiences life throws her way and what she makes out of them. She is sunshine mixed with rain, creating a beautiful rainbow. She knows that with the right attitude, anything is possible. Her style is an ever-changing art form: breaking rules and following her heart, meandering through life with paint and paper, anticipating and participating as much as one person can. Her favorite things are using quotes and art journaling for herself, although she does make art for sale in the town she lives in. When not 'arting,' she is walking through the woods in North Carolina looking for fairies and gathering moss.
Martice Smith II
Belen Sotelo resides in sunny San Diego with her boyfriend/ biggest supporter, Patrick and their two cats. She’s a self taught mixed media artist, snail mail enthusiast and an avid documenter of life. She’s a liberal, introverted, foodie that spends much of her free time reading, gaming and engaged in her passion for making artsy things. She’s a perpetual work in progress… a student of life.
Paintbrushes (flat, round, fine liner)
Timer (set to 15 minutes)
Spray varnish, optional
Black + white paint markers or pens
Black stamp pad (make sure it’s archival and waterproof)
Stamp the background with the Mixed Media XO's stamp.
Apply paint using a round paintbrush. Don’t overthink it! Scribble the paint in three different areas to create harmony.
Add additional colors. Soak the paintbrush with water and mix it in with the paint. Create paint drips, splatters and runs. It’s okay if you get messy!
Tip! To prevent your colors from becoming ‘muddy’, allow each layer of paint to completely dry before adding the next.
Create a focal point with the True Free Spirit stamp.
Add journaling and doodles with black and white pens.
Optional Step: Spray varnish to seal your artwork.
Offset Palette knife
Various palette knives
Spray bottle of water
Synthetic paint brushes
Golden Acrylic Paint
Golden Glazing Medium
Golden Polymer Varnish
- Gesso your board.
- Trace your board on a piece of paper
- Stamp out some design ideas using Rubbermoon Stamps and an ink pad
- This will allow you to work quickly without your texture paste drying too fast for you
- Spread thin layer of Wood Icing Texture Paste on Wood using off-set palette knife
- This is the time to work quickly so the texture paste doesn’t dry
- Spritz texture paste lightly with water
- Begin stamping designs into the texture (wet the stamps a bit if they are getting stuck or pulling Wood Icing away from the board)
- Add more texture if you feel you would like to using a palette knife
- Let dry over night
- Apply Golden Acrylic Paint onto the textured surface thinned with water and or Golden Acrylic Glazing Medium
- Scrub the color into the texture with a medium stiff brush (synthetic works nicely)
- Wipe away excess color with a rag to bring out details in the texture.
- Leave some darker colors in the cracks and crevices
- Continue to paint until you are satisfied.
- Feel free to dry with a hairdryer between layers to keep the color from coming up.
- Let the project dry over night
- Varnish with Golden Polymer Varnish (follow mixing instructions on the bottle)
- Let dry thoroughly.
- Mountains Are Calling Stencil
- Centered Stencil
- RubberMoon "Messages from the Center of the Universe" stamp
- Moleskine journal
- Acrylic paint
- Mod Podge
- Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate
- Rubbermoon Stencils
- Gesso board
- Wood Icing Texture Paste
- Golden Fluid Acrylic Paints
- Golden Glazing Medium
- Golden Polymer Varnish
- Black paint
- Off-set palette knife
- Variety of palette knives
- Variety of stiff paint brushes
- Paint rags
- Paper towels
- Gesso board
- Spread thin layer of Wood Icing Texture Paste onto the wood
- Dry slightly with hair dryer.
- Place stencil onto board, apply texture paste onto stencil in an even layer and pull stencil away immediately.
- Wipe stencils and tools thoroughly between each use.
- Dry slightly with hair dryer.
- Repeat steps 4-6 until the desired design is achieved.
- Let textured design dry overnight.
- Apply acrylics thinned with water and glazing medium and wipe the excess with a rag.
- Let dry overnight.
- Apply finishing touches to the color with acrylics and glazing medium.
- Let dry overnight when you are finished with color
- Apply Golden Polymer Varnish.
- Apply black paint to edges of frame.
- Decorative scrapbook paper
- Mod Podge
- Sharpie Paint Pen / White
- Night & Day Stencil
- Watercolor Crayons
- Paper flowers and inks for dying
- Rubbermoon TRUE FREE SPIRIT stamp
- Embroidery floss and needle
Shari Acuff’s Happy New Home Card
Moving is not fun but making cards to send friends and family my new address is fun!
Here’s what I used.
Versafine Onyx Black
Distress Oxide - Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover, Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers, Candied Apple, Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain
Other Supplies -
2.5”x3.5” piece of mat board
2.75” x 3.75” black cardstock
Blue A2 card
Ranger Multi Medium Matte
Watercolor pencils, waterbrush
Spray bottle, Paper Towels, baby wipes, scissors
I started by putting Oxide inks on the Red Rubber Pallette, blues and greens for sky and grass. Once all the ink was on the palette, I sprayed it with water to make the color run together a little. I laid the piece of mat board onto the wet palette and moved it around to pick up most of the ink. Then I went back and put some ink directly onto the board with the ink pad to make the colors more intense, kept repeating until I got the color I wanted. It helped to dry in between layers with a heat gun.
Once the background was done I began to add layers of stamps.
Then I stamped the house and little sun using VersaFine onto watercolor paper. Colored them in with watercolor pencils and went over with a water brush to soften the color.
I cut out the images and glued them onto the board. Decided to add the “XXXOOO” to the grassy area to add even more pattern.
The blue card just seemed too plain so I stamped Running all over the in three colors just to make it a bit more interesting
To finish I glued the mat board to black cardstock and then glued it to the card.
Thanks for looking. Happy Stamping!