Sunday, 23 April 2017

Hot Air Balloon

Hello everyone! It's Solange Marques here!
This month at IndigoBlu its all about stories.
My story is about a hot air balloon. I like to think of balloons as the imagination, It can fly high, over seas, fields or mountains and see the world from above. Then they come back and land on the ground back to a reality.
I like to imagine myself  flying in one of these balloons and feel the wind take me through the blue sky through endless landscapes.

I've used IndigoBlu Damaged Dots Mixed Media Paper Pad.
I've applied embossing powder on Grand Tour III stamp:

On the top of the balloon I've used IndigoBlu Floral Fantasy stamp.

I've also used IndigoBlu Vintage Flourish A6:

And finally, IndigoBlu Steampunkesque:

Thank you for visiting today and I hope you enjoy it!

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Sunday, 16 April 2017

20,000 Leagues

Hello and welcome,    Kay M here today with a 20cm x20cm canvas with my take on this month's theme of story telling.  The story is not personal but the classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne.  

The Nautilus came to mind  after I finished Steampunk inspired mini panel so it was incorporated into canvas using two of my favourite stamp sets- Steampunkesque and Under the Sea.  

For the canvas background fine textured paste was applied through the Laural Leaves stencil over the lower half, when dry the whole canvas was painted with Gee-Sso-Good white.  A wash of Stroke of Midnight, Kingfisher Blue and Emerald City then painted on, misted with water and left to dry naturally.   

  Images from  Under the Sea were then stamped with Kingfisher Blue and Vodka Martini.


The Steampunk inspired mini panel was made by arranging strips of hammer card in a random patchwork pattern on to a10cmx10cm  grey board and adhere with Slap-It-On-Matt.  

Apply 3D paint dots along the seam edges and dry.    

 Glue pin, cardboard and resin shapes as shown and dry.  

 Paint the entire board with black Gee-Sso-Good

For the metal effect blend a little Gee-Sso-Good- Black with Sleeping Beauty paint and Raven Black with a little Hot Cocca paints on a plate/tile, 

Use a paintbrush to apply each paint mix in patches over the surface and blending together, when dry, repeat. 

Use a finger to apply Gee-Sso-Good white to highlight the raised areas and edges.   Dry brush PheasantBronze and Vodka Martini paints individually over the whole board, concentrating colour on the shapes and faux rivets. 

The image from Steampunkesque was stamped, heat embossed in clear, painted and fussy cut.  

The ship's wheel and anchor were die cut form kraft card and 3D Roman numerals to the value of 20,000 had Chocolate Box Megaflake applied with FlitterGlu.   

All the elements were adhered to the canvas and a colourful 'monster from the deep' made from paper clay and painted with IndigoBlu English Cottage Paints added to finish.

 Thank you for visiting today and I hope you are inspired!

 Take care,  Kay M x

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Breath Deeply

Hello Cheremane here with you today. This month at IndigoBlu its all about stories. so here we go.
The girl behind the masked face was walking through a field on a beautiful sunny morning, she sat down in the middle of dandelion clock cluster, took a deep breath in and with one blow all the little dandelion heads took to the sky to float away to pastures new.

To begin I took a piece 6 x 6 of watercolour card and placed one half of the Girl in Profile stencil before spritzing with Stroke of Midnight Paint from the Junk and Disorderly range, To make the spritz I mixed one part paint to four parts water. 

With the other part of the Girl in Profile Stencil I covered up the spritzed part of the card. I added some Steam Whistle Paint to some phat foam and rubbed this over the face.

Once dry I used Leather Corset paint to stamp one of the grasses from Victorian Garden stamp set round the edge of the face. I just love using the IndigoBlu paints to stamp with.

Using flitterglu I stamped the dandelion from Victorian Garden stamp set and heat embossed it with super fine white embossing powder. The sentiment is from the fabulous Mindfulness stamp set. To finish off I edged the card with Leather Corset Paint and layered it onto a 7 x 7 card blank.

Thanks for joining me today, I hope you enjoyed the story.
Pop back soon to be Inspired.
Cheremane xx

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Altered Composition Book Butterfly Collage

Autumn with you today to share some very fun techniques.  My jaw dropped to the floor when I saw THIS post by our Jenny Marples.  Right away I ordered the Crackleglaze Background stamp.

I first tried to make a floral design like Jenny.  I inked the background and colored the poppy from the Poppycock stamp set with Distress Inks.  Next I layered on Super Thick Slap it On with a palette knife.  I pressed the crackle stamp into the paste and quickly washed my stamp and let the panel dry.  I went over with Distress Crayons blending with a baby wipe.  I thought I would add some chunky embossing to the edges to mimic solder.  Hmm, at this point I felt the entire project had grown rather dismal...  So I cut a square out of the middle and decided to salvage the piece as a frame.

I inked some book page and card with Distress Oxide ink.  I cut the circle dies from the inky card.  I smooshed some card into Postbox Red paint and then dipped it into Distress Oxide, letting the ink flow down.  I stamped the Flutterby stamp onto that panel then used the excess to cut a postage die.  I used all of these elements to build my composition.

Here's a closeup shot of that lovely crackle effect.

I layered the butterfly over a purchased paper flower and bundled string.

All of the layers were raised with chipboard.

I added some staples for interest.

I curled the butterfly wings for even more dimension.

I glued a vintage button to a brad to adhere a second paper flower and layered over a die cut flower.

Here it is ready for my journaling and doodles.  I hope you have fun experimenting with these techniques.  Thanks so much for your visit today!

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Leave a Trail card with Emmy

Hello IndigoBlu fans!

Emmy here with my first project for April. This month we are focusing on stories at IndigoBlu blog. And here is mine - when I was little my granddad told me and my sister to think before we speak and that words are powerful and can really make a difference. He filled our house with books and stories and taught us how to appreciate words. So, today I thought to create a card with my favourite saying from IndigoBlu.

For my background I used the Grand Tour III Red Rubber Stamp - I heat embossed the compass using white embossing powder and my favourite quote with gold embossing powder. Then I coloured the panel using Luscious Pigment Powder - Blue mixed with Slap It On - Super Thick. As a final touch I added Unicorn Sparkles - Magical glitter.

Then I stamped Industrial Lamps Large Red Rubber Stamp using FlitterGlu and Megaflake Manchester Tart. I coloured the image using Scattered Straw and Squeezed Lemonade distress ink pads. 

I hope you enjoyed today's post!

Have a wonderful creative weekend!


Thursday, 6 April 2017

Dreams Come True

Good morning it's Elizabeth here today and I have a little story to share with you. So are you sitting comfortably, then we will begin............

Many years ago there was a little girl who would spend hours with a small box of watercolours and a book of images. She would take her time colouring in the pictures, blending the paints to create Rainbows of colour. One day afternoon she lay in the grass painting in her beloved book, at 4pm her Nana called her in for tea. They ate Cheshire Cheese and sliced apples, along with home made scones, it was a delicious meal. The child then headed off to the garden, but alas the rain had started and her beloved book was soaked through. The tears streamed down her face as she headed indoors. "Don't worry" said her Nana, "we will place the book on the kitchen table and it will dry overnight"

The little girl had such awful dreams that night about her precious book. But when she awoke the next morning, waiting on the kitchen table was the book.  The colours had run and blended together when the rain had hit them, making them look like the most beautiful rainbow she had ever seen........

And I've loved water colouring ever since....................

Working on a page from my Junk and Disorderly Journal, I stamped out the half doily from the Floral Fantasy Stamp Set using Teal Blue Stazon ink to create the top of my Dreamcatcher.

The Feather Stencil is perfect for the feathers of a Dreamcatcher.

I mixed a selection of Luscious Powders into some of the Super Thick Slap It On to create my own bespoke shade of Embossing Paste. I stencilled the feathers underneath the doily, and also added some texture to the page using one of the new Dinkie Stencils. That's also a great way of using up any left over paste on your craft mat.

Next I diluted some of the beautiful Green Luscious, and roughly painted all over the page, and give it a gentle spritz of water to make the pigment flow, for a watercolour effect.

After the green had dried I then went back over the top adding in some of the stunning blue powder, allowing drips to run down the page, and pools to form at the bottom corner. The sheen from the mica is just beautiful.

No watery rainbow would be complete without a little pink shining through. So that's what I added, dilute with a brush and also by adding a few splatters. I left the page to dry naturally, as I wanted the full shine from the mica powders, heat setting burns off some of the beautiful sheen.

One of the newest stamp sets at IndigoBlu is this Dreams Come True set, so new it's not on the website just yet.........I chose one of the fabulous sentiments, and added it using Black Versafine ink directly to the page.

To finish off and bring the colours together, I added a few black splatters using diluted Black GeeSsoGood and of course, sequins............for a little extra sparkle!

Have a great day, and I will see you soon.
Elizabeth x