Monday, 16 January 2017

Lost in Thought


Hello and welcome, Kay M here today to share my project with this month's theme of using one of my favourite IndigoBlu stamps.  I managed to narrow my choice down to a 'smallish' list, but am unable to have one overall favourite, so this canvas uses today's favourite, Lost in Thought,  with runner up sets, Limor Circles and Plume!





I re purposed a 20cm2 canvas board. It had Croma Crackle applied to it for a another project but as I didn't like how it turned out, I decided to make it the base for this project.  Extra texture was added with fine paste through the Weird Science stencil and the whole board was painted with black Gee-Sso-Good.  When dry,  Luscious powders were brushed all over, and lightly sprayed with water to set.  Silver Luscious powder was mixed with water and applied to the raised areas and edges with my finger, a bottle top was used as a stamp with the silver mixture, and  White Gee-Sso-Good was splattered to finish the background.       




The focus of the canvas was made with wooden stirrers, both wide and narrow.   They were glued together to make boards with wood glue and taped behind with tape. 


When dry these wooden panels painted with White Gee-Sso-Good   and again left to dry. Then the images were stamped with black Archival ink, and coloured with Distress inks.   





I cut two of the narrow boards in half, and edged all of them with black pen.   Then a length of thin string was coloured with Luscious powders and wrapped round in places.  

Once all the elements had been arranged and I was happy with the composition, they were attached using silicon glue.

I do hope you have enjoyed today's favourite stamp(s!)  It is a near impossible to choose just one but if you could, which one would be yours?


Take care,  Kay M

Friday, 13 January 2017

Luscious Butterfly


Hello Cheremane here with you today with one of my favourite IndigoBlu Stamps Big Butterfly, this was the very first stamp I purchased which got me hooked.


I started with the Script Stencil and spread a layer of Super Thick Slap It On over and let it dry naturally which does not take very long at all. Making sure you wash my stencil straight away.


Once the Super Thick Slap It On was dry I mixed some of the Teal & Lavender Luscious powder with some water in spritz bottles and started spraying my background building up the colour slowly drying off between each layer.


When it was fully dry I took a baby wipe a gently wiped over the Super Thick Slap It On to reveil the white underneath as it will act as a resist. Wowee look at that shimmer from the Luscious Powders!


I then stamped the Big Butterfly stamp onto some IndigoBlu Stamping card with black archival ink and then coloured it in with the Teal & Lavender Luscious Powder.


To complete my card I took another very useful stamp set by IndigoBlu Design Alphabet and stamped the word FLY in black archival ink. I used a die on the one edge of my background to create a circle on the one edge.


I'm not very good at fussy cutting butterfly antenna out so I used some wire stem's from some paper flowers as I always cut them off the flowers so instead of putting them in the bin I put them to good use. I added the Big Butterfly to my card using 3d glue gel.


We would love to know what your favourite IndigoBlu stamp is, I know there are some many gorgeous Indigoblu stamps and for me it really was so hard to choose. 
Thank you for joining me today hope to see you again soon.
Cheremane x

Friday, 6 January 2017

The Butterfly Collector


Hi it's Elizabeth here with one of my favourite stamp sets from IndigoBlu called The Butterfly Collector There are nine stamps in this set which all co-ordinate beautifully together and I use them on a regular basis along with another favourite stamp the Script Background


I began by giving a cheap wooden shadow box a coat of White GeeSsoGood and setting on one side to dry.


I cut a piece of watercolour card to the size of the inside of the shadow box and stamped the Script using Versamark Ink, then I added detail white embossing powder from Stampendous, and heat embossed it.


The embossing acts as a resist, so when you watercolour over the top with Luscious the white script pops through the shimmering colours.


I used a blend of Lawn and Buttercup to create a Lime and I also used the Blue.


While the watercolour card was drying, I stamped out the Butterflies, Dragonfly and sentiment onto a piece of Perfect White Stamping Card using Black Versafine Ink. The card has a special coating on it, designed to grip the ink and therefore you get a much crisper image when you stamp. You might also notice I stamped out twice as many as I needed, while the stamp is out with ink on, I decided to stamp out extras ready for Birthday cards that will be needed shortly.


Once I'd cut out all the elements I needed, I then added a little of the Purple Luscious powder from my pallet. I love this colour, it's beautiful when the light hits it.


I added my now dry background inside the shadow box using a good strong adhesive, and added lines around the outer side of the frame using a Black Posca Pen so it would co-ordinate with the frame around the sentiment.


Then it was just a case of putting it all together using foam pads to raise up the Butterflies and Dragonfly.


Thank you for joining us this morning and a very Happy New Year from me.
Elizabeth x

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Happy 2017 from Aloysius



I would like to start the new year with a very sincere wish for everyone to enjoy good health and happiness in 2017. May each day be filled with magical moments and lots of crafty fun!
This month we have been asked to use our favourite Indigoblu stamp, which is of course a very difficult task! I am a huge Teddy Bear fan, so I just had to pick the famous Aloysius from Brideshead Revisited.
The tv series and the film were set at Castle Howard, which became Brideshead. I searched google for some pictures of the castle, and drew a very rough sketch.


The castle is for the background so all that is needed is just a few lines to give the general idea. Aloysius is the star!


I used watercolours to add washes of colours to the castle, and added in a long path and some bushes.I used Butterscotch, Hazel, and Espresso inkpads to add some colour around the edge of the picture.


I stamped the lovely Aloysius and watercoloured him too. When he was dry I fussy cut him.He is a very gentlemanly bear and did not complain at all!
Aloysius is famous for wearing a certain plaid scarf. Luckily I was able to find a small sample of this fabric on a well known auction site. I cut a length and added some fray stop to the edges, but I frayed out the ends. When he was dry I cut slits around his neck...... oh I am so sorry bear.


I then slotted the scarf into the cuts around his poor neck and adhered it.
I used strips of coordinating colours of Damaged Dots card, underneath the bottom edge of the picture.
Aloysius could be used in many different ways, he could be peeping out of the top of a gift box, sitting in a meadow of flowers and lots more.If he is sitting in your stamp stash why not pull the little bear out and have a play.
Hugs from myself and Aloysius xx
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Wednesday, 4 January 2017

December Challenge Reminder - Snow Snow Snow

Morning everyone,

Today is challenge reminder day, and we'd love to show you our Inspirational DT's work once more, I hope it inspires you to join in!  

I love this fab piece by Rachel, it just shows that snow doesn't have to mean white!  


A beautiful snow scene by Wanda: 

Absolutely love this Stag by Lydia too!: 

A perfect wintery scene from Claire: 

And a gorgeous Robin hanger by Sue: 

You can hop across to the team's blog to check out how they made their pieces, but don't forget to come back and enter yourself!  

We have fab prizes each month, Indigoblu stamps of your choice as follows:

3 options to choose from:
1: 2 Large stamp plates (A5)
or
2: 4 Small stamp plates (A6)
or
3: 1 Large and 2 small plates

There’s also the Winner’s Badge, and one for the Top 3, to display proudly on your blog, and the WINNER of the challenge will also be invited to do a GUEST SPOT on a future Challenge Launch post. That’s right, your work will be on the Challenge Blog alongside the Design Team!


Also the Top Three each month (chosen by our lovely DT) will all be invited to do an inspiration piece to be included on the reminder post that goes live mid challenge. So, if you’d like a chance to be featured on the IndigoBlu Challenge Blog get those stamps out and get creating!

You’ll find all the information on how to enter the challenge, the rules (don’t worry, there’s not that many) and get to meet theDesign Team in the tabs on the sidebar.

So all that's left is to say Happy New Year from the Challenge DT and thank you to all our Guest Designers through 2016, we look forward to meeting more of you in 2017. 


Best Wishes,
IndigoBlu Challenge DT.