Thursday, 26 October 2017

Road testing new IndigoBlu Acrylic Pouring Kit

Morning All,

Carolyn here with you today. I had the pleasure of attending the IndigoBlu Secret Retreat up in Retford last weekend. What a weekend it was with various new products being used prior to launch dates. If you get the chance I can thoroughly recommend this to you all. Crafting, creating and laughing all weekend, we all had such fun! Take a look at Kay's Facebook Live page that was shared on Saturday 21st October to see what it was all about.

So today I'm sharing a new product that will be coming your way on Kay's One Day Special on November 11th and 12th on Hochanda. I had the chance to road test this over the weekend and had a further dabble this week. You may have seen on various sites people showing what they've created using the 'Dirty Pour' technique, well let me tell you, Kay has made this so easy with her new kit.

Introducing the fantastic IndigoBlu Acrylic Pouring Kit......

Here's what can be created and the possibilities are endless with no two projects ever being the same. Below are 4 tiles that I created at the retreat over the weekend.

So after arriving home I couldn't wait to try this again. The most difficult thing is choosing what colours to use!

The next step is mixing the colours with the products from the kit plus a good quality PVA. I mixed these in small plastic shot glasses.

The colours are then poured into a plastic/paper cup and it is this mixture of colours that is poured onto the coaster.

I chose to use a MDF coaster to pour my paint onto so first I had to seal it with the coat of Black Gesso to prevent it soaking into the wood. This was then placed into a foil tray so it can catch the drips of paint. I then began to pour.

Once its poured I rotated it from side to side to allow the paint to flow to the edges of the coaster. As you can see gloves are a must unless you want to get covered in paint.

I did add black to the corners and swiped through it with a needle to add to the effect.

I then left this overnight to dry and below is my finished coaster.

I can guarantee you'll love this kit and probably become addicted to the 'Dirty Pour'.

So tune in to Hochanda on November 11th at 6pm for Kay's first show. I'm sure you'll be impressed!!

Happy crafting and thank you for joining me today.


Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Flamboyant Fall

Hello Everyone and Welcome!

Today Ksenija is here, and I am happy to share with you a new project as a part of October inspiration from International DT.
I am demonstrating use of a silhouette stamp for a Clean and Simple card. A beautiful stamp does not call for anything more than a spectacular background. For my card I chose a tree stamp from Nature I stamp set.
I started with watercolouring the background on a piece of watercolour paper using pigment powders. I wanted to create a monochromatic background with a lighter center and intense shades closer to the edges. I added powder going from the center to edges and let the background air dry.
As soon as it has dried, I die cut a square panel with side 3" (app. 7,5 cm). Then stamped down the tree silhouette in black archival ink.
To assemble the card I foam padded it and adhered to a black square with side 3 1/8" (8 cm). The bold stamped panel looks better with a simple elegant sentiment. Plume stamp set contains simple one word sentiments that match well clean style cards. For my card I selected Breathe from this set and stamped it down to a white card base in black ink, then glued the tree panel to it.
Please share with me in comments what are your favourite IndigoBlu stamps this Autumn.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a nice week!

IndigoBlu Supplies Used:
Nature I Red Rubber Stamp Set
Plume Red Rubber Stamp Set

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Cracked Glass Mixed Media Butterfly

Hi friends!  Autumn Clark of SewPaperPaint with you today for a guest post.  Today I'm sharing a second variation of the crackle project I first posted HERE.  

I was in the mood to make some grungy mixed media and pooled together my all time favorite IndigoBlu stamps for this project.

First I painted a piece of mat board with Goldfinger metallic paint.  I distressed the edges of the painted panel, then sponged with sepia archival ink.

My panel was cut double the size of the Crackleglaze stamp.  I applied Super Thick Slap It On with a palette knife then pressed the image into the wet paste two times for complete coverage.  It is important to quickly wash your stamp with a brush afterwards.

I dried my panel with a hair dryer on the coolest setting.  Once it was mostly dry I quickly wiped on black GeeSso Good and then wiped away most of the gesso with a wet cloth.

It helped to spritz with water before wiping.  I had forgotten how I made the first crackle panel with a Distress Crayon, but in the end really liked the effect of the black GeeSso Good.

The finished result resembles cracked glass with the Goldfinger paint beneath.  I sponged the edges with sepia archival ink for a little depth.

I stamped the Numbers Collectors Edition stamp in gold on a black panel for a mat.  I would like to turn this into a handmade journal cover, but for now it is a card.

For my focal image I embossed in black the Flutterby Dinkie onto leftover inky card.  I fussy cut it and layered over a bundle of string and an oval stamped with the larger numbers from the Shine Bright set.  I used the paint as ink this time.  I love the uneven effect it gives.

Finally I partially stamped pieces of the sentiment from the Shine Bright set and cut them out to make a different wording.  I added a key charm to complete the look.

I can't tell you how much fun I had making this panel and playing with these stamps!  I hope you will give these techniques a try.  Thanks for having me join you again, Autumn

Friday, 20 October 2017

Inspiration From International Design Team Members Ksenija and Carolyn

Today we have more inspiration from International Design Team Members Ksenija and Carolyn. Head over to their own blogs to find out more (via the link on the sidebar).

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Inspiration from International Design Team Members Lydia, Cheremane and KayM

Today we have more inspiration from our International Design Team Members Lydia, Cheremane and KayM. Head over to their own blogs where you will find more inspiration.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Inspiration from International Design Team Members Jannet, Elizabeth and Mike

Today we have inspiration from International Design Team Members Jannet, Elizabeth and Mike. To find out more about the full projects, head over to their own blogs (via the link on the sidebar).




Monday, 16 October 2017

Flower Tag

Hello and welcome, it's Kay M here with today's post.    I've made a simple tag with the fabulous new floral stamps the Kay recently introduced and have highlighted a few blooms with autumnal colours with Luscious powders.

I painted a grey board tag with black Gee-Sso-Good to get a lovely flat matt background.  This was to compliment the texture of Floral Power stamped in Versafine and heat embossed in clear embossing powder as shown.

Flowers from Wild Poppy, Marigold and Peony and Anemone and Daisy sets were stamped onto white card in Versafine black and embossed in clear embossing powder.   They were then painted with Red, Orange, Rose Bronze and Gold Luscious powders, fussy cut and the raw edges coloured with black pen.  An extra area of card was painted with the same colours, to create a masterboard, and when dry the sentiment from Pegasus was stamped in black and heat embossed in clear embossing powder and cut out.  Repeating the heat embossing process gives unity to the whole project.     

To finish, red and orange Luscious were used to colour some shear ribbon lengths and when dry these were tied to the tag.  The sentiment and flowers were then attached as shown.

The same technique could also be used to make a card for an autumn celebration.   I hope you have been inspired!

Take care,  Kay M

Friday, 13 October 2017

Don't Change

 Hi Cheremane here with you today.
 I adore the New Large Butterfly #2 and decided to combine it with a gelli plate background seeing I've had one for ages and hardly used it. First I added some Postbox Red & Lemon Meringue Paint then rolled it with a brayer.

Whilst the paint was still wet I stamped the Angel Wings stamp into the paint to remove the colour so it would add a white image on the background.

I mixed some Teal Luscious with water and painted some IndigoBlu card stock before stamping the Large Butterfly #2 with Versafine Onyx Black and heat embossing it with clear powder and then cut him out.

I stamped a Large Butterfly #2 onto my background and stamped and heat embossed the sentiment from Mindfulness.

I added some Black Gesso Good splats and went round the edge of my card with Black Soot Distress Ink before matting onto a 6x6 card blank and then adding the cut out Large Butterfly #2 with glue gel to raise his wings.

I hope you found a little inspiration today don't forget to pop back again soon to be blown away with inspiration from the team.
Crafty Hugs
Cheremane x

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Happy Birthday

Goodmorning dear reader,

How are you today, I'm verry happy beacause its my turn to make this card for you.

I have worked with the beautiful paperstack Fatale from IndigoBlu.
I really love this paperstack, it's almost a waist to use the beauties. 
My basic is white cardstock, I coloured with distress oxide and some mask.
I have used two colours matching the papers, twisted citron and fosilized amber.

Spritzed with water to get the beautifull oxide look.

Than I tear the edge from the yelow flower and script paper and glue them together
on the basis card. 

I did the same with an piece of cardstock and stamp Aloysius and the sentiment on it. 
Die cut it with a circel Die, do this also with the scrap paper
and white cardstock. Glue the circless together.

Here is the list with the items I have used, I hope that I have inspire you with my card. 

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

No Limits Art Journal Page

Hi everyone,

It's Mike here with an oriental colour themed art journal page in my Junk & Disorderly art journal. I know it's October and normally would go for a fall or Halloween themed project, however, I love the subtle colours used in oriental and Japanese imagery and wanted to create a sedate and calming art journal page using the A6 Peony stamp set instead of a seasonal page.

This art journal page design could easily be adapted for an A5, 6x6 or 8x8 greetings card too!

I also used Townhouse Teal acrylic paint, Fair Portrait acrylic paint & Apricot Blush Portrait acrylic paint & Goldfinger Metallic acrylic paint, plus the collectors stamps Bubbles (No1) and Crosshatch (No3). The sentiment is taken from the Mindfulness #1 stamp set.

To watch how I created the page from start to finish click the YouTube image below to visit the IndigoBlu YouTube channel and see how the page was created step by step in real time.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating the page. Don't forget to give it a thumbs up, share with your friends and subscribe to the IndigoBlu YouTube channel for more videos from the Design Team.