Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Retro Rubber Challenge #35 - Anything Goes!

Hello everyone.  I hope everyone that celebrates Easter had a nice one!  It was very quiet here yesterday with everyone getting together with their families for big lunches.  Today I am the "guest designer" over at the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog for their Challenge #35 - Anything Goes.  I love these challenges because there are no rules...just make a great card using stamps older than a year!  

For this challenge, now that Spring has sprung in the USA, I thought I would use one of my favorite older stamps by Outlines Rubber Stamps, from their 2011 Spring release called Summer Breeze (I-1147).  Unfortunately this company (my favorite) went out of business a few years ago but, after searching online, I found out that Hampton Art now sells this stamp.  

I started with an A2 top folding Kraft cardstock card base.  To this I adhered a piece of black cardstock, 4 1/8" x 5 3/8". Then I cut a piece of white cardstock, 4" x 5.25", and distressed the whole piece with a mixture of Broken China, Tumbled Glass, and Shaded Lilac Distress Inks.  Once the inks were dry, I stamped the image in Onyx Black Versafine ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  Then I colored the whole image in using Sharpie markers and then added some Yellow and Orange Stickles to some of the flowers, a butterfly die cut and some sequins.  

To finish off the card I adhered my cardstock to a piece of fun foam and then adhered these both to the black cardstock. For a final touch I applied a Clear Wink of Stella Brush Pen to the butterfly and adhered some crystals to the center of the butterfly.  

Here is a close up of the flowers - 

I hope you enjoyed this card.  If you have older stamps that you are itching to play with I hope you check out the Retro Rubber Card Challenge.  And if you want to join in with us on THIS challenge, you have until Sunday, April 10th to enter a card.  I hope you do!!  Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil.


  1. Good morning, Michael: Well, this card surely shouts out SPRING!!! what a beautiful patch of flowers, colorful and sparkly!! Love all the little details you added to this image, beautifully colored and framed.
    It's a thrill to have you as our guest stamper, and you are right, it's really great to be able to use our old and beloved stamps in this challenge.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Hugs from the USA.

  2. This is a very lovely, gorgeous card reflecting Spring! I like how you added just a touch of sparkle to go along with how the weather is making everyone in the USA feel. Those vibrant colors are awesome!

  3. Hi, Michael! Congrats on being the Guest Designer! Your card just oozes Spring, which I am so ready for in Michigan! Love it all!! Thanks for the close up photo! We look forward to having you back in the Retro Rubber gallery soon.

  4. I love this pretty summery card. I love the background and these flowers just seem to say summer breeze with a dash of glitter

  5. Very pretty! I think I have this stamp too!

  6. Great to have you with us Michael. I think I actually have this stamp too LOL. I love how the flowers pop off of the background, love a dash of glitter too. Hope to see you in the gallery for Retro Rubber again soon. Cx DT

  7. Michael, what a great Spring card! Love the variant shading in the background along with the vibrant flowers. Your close up picture really shows off the wonderful details added to this card. We are so pleased to have you as our guest designer this challenge at Retro Rubber. Always enjoy seeing you in our gallery!!

  8. Hi Michael! Thank you so much for being our guest designer! And what a debut! Such a bright and lovely card. I appreciate how you detail your cards - I really should be better at that! I really appreciate your support of our challenge! Thank you again for joining us!