Smiley from  Happy Thursday!  A few months ago, Beate from Splitcoaststampers asked me to write a tutorial on that “inky thing I do.”  It was published yesterday on Splitcoaststampers and can be found under the Resources section as “Wrinkle-Free Distress.”  I contacted Tim Holtz and asked his permission to recreate the tutorial for SCS, and what he actually called this technique . . . I didn’t want to get it wrong!

Here’s the card I created as my sample for the tutorial.


Instead of letting the tag stand alone, I decided to incorporate it into a card.  Once I had finished the tag, and had the layout for the card, I stamped the flourish images on both the card front and the tag.  I lined the flourishes up, and raised the tag with mounting tape.  Some of the images on the card, i.e., the butterflies and small flourishes are a sneak peek of what’s coming next from Rubbernecker Stamps.

  • Stamps: 427 Butterfly Inchies, 467 Floral Silhouette, 461 Scraps & Scuffs, 436 Flourish and 423 Flourish Inchies from Rubbernecker Stamps
    Paper: Manila Shipping Tag and Prism Herbal Garden Dark and Medium
    Ranger Archival Jet Black, Adirondack Snow Cap Pigment, and Broken China, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Antique Linen, Spiced Marmalade, Black Soot and Faded Jeans Distress
    Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet, Glossy Accents, Mini Mister, Cut-n-Dry Stamp Pad Felt; Venture Foam Tape; May Arts Ribbon; Copic At You Red Spica; DMC Embroidery Floss; Brads; Oval Punch; Candle Lighter
    All product and images from
    Rubbernecker Stamps

I hope you try this technique and have as much fun with it as I do!  Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Happy Smiley from  I hope y’all had a great day yesterday and it wasn’t gloomy and rainy where you are.  I am soooooooooo ready for warm weather and sun . . . I just can’t stand it!  I want golfing and gardening weather . . . .   Hopefully soon.  The Kentucky Derby Festivities start this weekend with Thunder Over Louisville, and I for one know that I will be watching on television.  Not gonna trust the Ohio Valley weather right now.  Actually, I get somewhat tired of the Derby coverage and by the second week in, I’m ready to leave town.  Maybe somewhere warm and sunny . . . . Smiley from

So we know that it’s Wednesday and time for another Rubbernecker Stamps  WACKY WEDNESDAY Challenge.  I must confess that when I saw what Jules had for us this week, I was taken aback.  It’s an inspiration challenge and this is what she has given us.

contemporary-abstract-textile-art-kiss-kiss -in-situ

Now I’ve thought about this for a few days now.  I can see fragments, UTEE squares, some of my favorite colors and of course, those X’s.  Since I’m not taken by the X’s, and I just did an inchie card last week, I decided to go for my favorite colors . . . purple, green and blues.

WW6FloralSilhouettes  Of course, I did that “Inky Thing I Do” for the background, using Broken China, Dusty Concord and Peeled Paint Distress Inks.  The image tag was done the same way, but with Broken China and Antique Linen. The image stamp was colored with markers, misted lightly with water and then stamped on the tag (one of my favorite techniques).  The purple background was run through the Wizard with the Spellbinders Petite 5 1/2” Scalloped Borderabilities, embossed and then sponged.  Since I had originally thought of fragments, I had to add one to the card.  Using alcohol inks, I inked up the fragment.  Instead of stamping in black ink and wiping off the image, I decided to stamp with Alcohol Blending Solution.  You have to be careful not to move or shake the stamp . . . ask me why I know this!  Even though it took me like FOREVER to get this card done, I must say it was really a fun one to make!

I hope you decide to join us for this week’s WACKY WEDNESDAY Challenge.  The prize this week is one Discount Coupon good for 40% off your entire Rubbernecker order.  You also get to take advantage of all other specials and discounts on the Rubbernecker Stamps home page.

Thanks for stopping by the BAD SIDE! and I hope you have a fabulous day!

Good morning!  Smiley from Tomorrow’s the big day when I head to Dallas and I can’t wait to visit with all the Texas girls!  That leaves today, which is Tuesday, and of course that means its Treasure Hunt Tuesday at Rubbernecker.  You can find all the deets on the Rubbernecker Stamps Blog!

I don’t have much to show you today.  I was in the studio working on my Blogger Challenge Card for tomorrow when I was called upon to work on some demos for the weekend.  I firmed up some new items for my alcohol ink demo, then went to work on a new demo.  We needed another demo for the booth, and this is what I came up with —
a bit monochromatic stamping, using three colors in the same family.

Heart Demo Tag

  • Stamps: Stamp Oasis Background Collection:  White Floral Background SKU:26 SO GM and Stamp Oasis Petite Word Set: Petite Can’t Express SKU:2000-03 from Rubbernecker Stamp Company
  • Paper: White Shipping Tag
  • Ink: Ranger Adirondack Peach Bellini, Sunset Orange and Terra Cotta Pigment, and Archival Jet Black
  • Accessories: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Grunge Board Elements; Ranger Ink Blending Tool, Glossy Accents and Inkssentials White Opaque Pen; Ribbon

I guess that’s about it for today.  I’m hoping to be back a little later with something a bit different to show you.  In the meantime, have a great day!

Arrrrrrr ye mateys, it be a Tuesday and ya know what that means. It’s Treasure Hunt Tuesday at Rubbernecker Stamp Company. Put ye swashbuckling skills to the test and plunder all the treasure that be waitin’ fer ya. Set sail along with me mates and join us fer the first clue. Along ye way, there are a few ports ya need be stoppin’ at. There be some extra Smiley from to be found today – set sail now and visit Candy and Jules for a chance to win a $10 Rubbernecker Gift Certificate! After ye stops there, head on over to Rubbernecker where ye will find the first clue and more deets on how ya may claim ye bounty! Smiley from While ye are sailing around today, make sure ye stop and visit the rest of me mates, Shelly, Tami, Kittie, Broni, Bev, and Linda.

You’ll also want to take note that the Ranger Adironack Pigment Pads and Reinkers are still on sale. If you look closely, you’ll see that if you purchase $25 in product, you’ll receive a 10% rebate on your entire order. Not only that, but for every $100 spent, you’ll receive an additional 10% off your total.

I decided to make another tag today, but this time I used the Ranger pigment inks and not the distress.

Eek Tag

For this tag, I worked Terra Cotta, Eggplant and Denim pigment inks onto the tag. The eyes were stamped with a Snow Cap Paint Dabber, and the spider web was then stamped in Pitch Black. The spiders were also stamped in Pitch Black and then embossed with Black EP. The sides of the tag were distressed with my scissors, and then sponged with Black Soot Distress Ink. I used the Mini Grunge Board for the sentiment, covering the Grunge with Pitch Black, adhering the letters on the tag with Glossy Accents and then covering the letters with Crackle Accents. Just for the heck of it, and so inspired by Pam’s bottle caps, I decided to hide a pair of eyes in the bottle cap. I inked a round piece of Grunge Board with Pitch Black, stamped the eyes with a Snow Cap Paint Dabber, and glued the circle in the bottom of the bottle cap. I tried the first time to use Ranger Crackle Accents to cover the eyes, but needless to say, that didn’t quite work. Everything turned black. So, I turned on my new Melting Pot, threw in some clear UTEE, and when it was warm, drizzled the melted UTEE by spoon into the bottle cap. I love the eerie feel of the eyes peeking out through the distortion of the UTEE. I tied the ribbons off through the tag, and then using a lighter, I melted the ribbon.

  • Stamps: Rubbernecker Halloween Collection Grand Spider Web SKU:45-10, Mr. Spider SKU:45-03 and Eyes from Rubbernecker Stamp Company
  • Paper: Shipping Tag
  • Ink: Ranger Terra Cotta, Eggplant, Denim and Pitch Black Pigment; Black Soot Distress
  • Accessories: Ranger Glossy and Crackle Accents, Melting Pot, Clear UTEE, Snow Cap Acrylic Paint Dabber, Ink Blending Tool, and Black EP; Tonic Tim Holtz Scissors; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Tim Holtz idea-ology Mini and Plain Shapes Grunge Board; Bottle Caps

Have a great day today!

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