Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Inspiration from International Design Team

Good Morning and welcome to today's inspiration from the team.

Check out their blogs from the links below and also on the side bar.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Blog Inspiration

Hello and welcome,  There is some inspiration from the International Design Team on their blogs.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Inspiration from Jannet and Mike

Some more Inspiration for you today from Design Team members Jannet and Mike. Why not click their names and check out their blogs for more info?

Friday, 16 March 2018

Dragonfly card

Hello,    Kay M with you this morning and I would like to share a card made with the latest new stamps from IndigoBlu. Kay launched these yesterday on Hochanda and they were so popular, there may be a few on the Hochanda web site if not check out the IndigoBlu one. I was very fortunate as Kay gave me them when we met for a coffee after her first show- it's not very dignified to get so excited in a M&S cafe! Anyway rushed home(after a drink and a shop) and made this card.

Sorry, but as I was playing I didn't take any step photos but it's fairly straight forward and I'll talk you through it.

I cut a 14cm square of Shenna card and stamped the bouquet from Nature III in opposite corners with clear ink and heat embossed with silver embossing powder.  The edges were also inked and embossed.  Candied Apple and Wilted Violet Distress Oxides were then sponged over and the flowers were painted with water to remove some to ink these were then painted in with a wash of Unicorn Tears Luscious.   Drops of water were added to give extra interest. This panel was matted onto black card and attached to the front of a 15cm2 white card blank.

More Shenna card was sponged with the same inks and then a wash of Unicorn Tears Luscious, when dry individual flowers from Nature III were stamped in black ink and heat embossed with clear powder and fussy cut.

The fabulous Giant Dragonfly was stamped onto Matte Dura-lar in clear ink and heat embossed with silver embossing powder and then painted with Mermaid's Tail and Teal Luscious powders and fussy cut.

To finish the card, a sentiment from Nature III was stamped and cut out and with the flowers and dragonfly attached to the card with a hot glue gun as shown.
Love these new releases and will get so much use from them as they fabulous for Spring but will work so well for the rest of the year as well.

Take care. Kay M x

Monday, 12 March 2018

Live Creatively

Hello dear Reader,

How are you today, I hope y're fine, and 
in a creative mood.

I have stamped  IndigoBlu paint on an Acrylic bloc, it's an old technique
that I have done years ago with ink. You can also do it with paint. 

First you start with a few beautiful color IndigoBlu paint
and Lucious powder for the shining effect.

Do a little bit of paint on a Acrylic bloc spritz with water
and spritz with water on your stamping card 
stamp with gently pressure on the card.
Repeat this with different colors. You can dry between 
the colors. 
At least bring a little bit Lucious powder on a craftsheet 
spritz with water and bring it on your card with a paintbrush.
spritz water over the card and let it drip.
Dry with the heattool.

Its hard to see on pictures, bud you can see the shinning 
from the luscious powder.
When the card is dry you can stamp the flower (floral bouquet) and the Bumblebees  
with StazzOn ink.
The sentiment I use is from the sheet "Dreams come True"

I hope to inspire you on this creativety day.
with a big hug

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Peony Flower Mother's Day Card

Hi Everyone, Mike here!

It's Mother's Day here in the UK and I thought I'd share the card I made for my Mum using IndigoBlu stamps and acrylic paints.

So for this 6"x6" Mother's Day card, I've used:

I filmed my entire creation process so you can watch how I created the whole thing from start to finish, simply click the IndigoBlu YouTube link below.

Please remember to give the video a thumbs up as it really does help spread the word about IndigoBlu, share the video with your friends and subscribe to the IndigoBlu YouTube channel for more videos featuring IndigoBlu products, just like this one!

Monday, 5 March 2018

Stamping On Rose Petals

Hi Jannet here today, I was recently looking through my box of pressed flowers, and noticed that some of my Rose Petals were quite large. So I thought that one of the new Peony stamps might fit onto it, but can you stamp on petals? I had no idea so I decided to experiment......

I used a versafine inkpad to stamp directly onto the petals and it worked ok, but it took forever to dry so if you have a Stazon that might be better. Then I started to cut out the  stamped image, and of course the petal is very delicate. I kept going, then I was wondering about how am I going to adhere these petals as they are so transparent. I halted what I was doing, and had a think, think, think. I decided to try some double sided adhesive sheets, and peeled of one side and placed the stamped petal onto it. It worked !

 Not all of the peony fitted on one petal so I stamped other petals with the missing parts. 

I wanted more stability to the flowers so I peeled off the other side of the adhesive sheet  and adhered it to some card before fussy cutting.

To assemble all of the flower pieces together I stamped the original flower on some copy paper to use as a guide, and placed the pieces over it until they fitted together.

I also stamped the leaves onto dried leaves and followed the same process.

I finished by painting on the stamens, and  heat embossing the word thanks from the Dreams Come True Stamp set. I mixed my paints to match the colour of the rose petals, and gently flicked the paint over the 17.78cm/ 7inch card.

I hope you will enjoy experimenting with stamping on pressed flowers too, have fun ! xx

Monday, 26 February 2018

The Draughtsman

Morning All,

Carolyn here with you today sharing a simple but effective card using The Draughtsman stamp set recently launched by Kay on Hochanda.

For this card I used Black and White card, Onyx Black Versafine and Stazon Cloudy Sky.

The main image of the Draughtsman was stamped onto white card using Versafine Black Onyx. I cut this to 75mm square and mounted it onto Black card. This was then trimmed to leave a 1mm black border.

The background was repeat stamped to cover a 110mm by 110mm square card using Stazon Cloudy Sky. This was also matt and layered onto Black card and trimmed to leave a 1mm border.

The card was made up by matt and layering the main image onto the background and then onto a 125mm square white card blank.

Thank you for joining me today and do pop back to see the fabulous inspiration from the team.


Sunday, 25 February 2018

STAMP FOCUS | Bumblebee

Today Ksenija is here and I am sharing my tips how to easily make a spectacular card with Collector's Edition No. 9 - Bumblebee red rubber stamps set.
Stamp Focus - Bumblebee
Have you tried already new stamps from Collector's Edition?

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Quick Card Share from Mike Deakin

Hi Everyone - Mike here with a couple of quick A6 card shares for you today using two of the fantastic new release stamp sets.
The first is the "Drive Fast" stamp set teamed up with the older but very versatile "Script" stamp set with some cogs and gears for decoration borrowed from the "Fly High" stamp set also featured in the card below. The backgrounds were created using "Vodka Martini" & "Kingfisher Blue" acrylic metallic paints applied by hand with a piece of "Phat Foam".
All images were stamped using Jet Black Archival Ink. The "Script" stamp was stamped in the background using "Sepia" Archival Ink.

They're very quick and simple one layer cards but with the metallic paints in the background, it gives them some real depth with that lovely metallic lustre shining from the back!

Hope you like them!

Friday, 16 February 2018

Flower Power Tag

Hello and welcome,   Kay M here and it's my turn on the blog today, and I have a video to share with you on the IndigoBlu YouTube Channel.

This one uses the pretty Flower Power stamp with the small bees from the latest Collectors Edition stamps.

I do hope you enjoy the video and get inspired!

Take Care,  Kay M x

Monday, 12 February 2018

Your Dreams

Hello Dear Reader,

How are you?
Today I have made this card for you.

I was started with several colors distress Ink, choose the one you like
and blend the paper.

With Versamark ink and clear embossing powder 
stamp the flowers and the stars from the Victorian Garden sheet

Stamp the  Jane Face in Gray and a second time with versamark.

Stamp with Versamark ink and white embossingpowder the sentiment.
Heat it very well.

Than take your distress Oxide ink Faded Jeans and Black Soot.
Make the paper blue and go over again with Black.
Go with a dry cloth over the ink and get it away from the embossed parts.

Stamp the Bumblebees on a scrap paper and ink with Wild Honey and Mustard Seed.
Stick with 3d foam on the card and finish your card on a white basic card. 

I hope, i have inspired you with my card. 
Thank you for leaving your message. 

Sunday, 11 February 2018

New Stamp Release Sneaky Peek with Mike Deakin

Hi everyone Mike here again,

It's a privilege for my February Design Team inspiration to bring you a sneaky peek of three new stamp sets coming soon from IndigoBlu.

The 7" x7" card below was created using three existing neutral paints and three fantastic brand new stamp sets!

The three paint colours I used were:

I started off with my background and some small pieces of Phat Foam, loading up the paint into the foam with my spatula.
I then added the paint to my background cardstock with the foam to get the mottled effect - it almost looks like clouds (if you squint a bit that is!!).
Next using the Blueprint stamp from the brand new Draughtsman Stamp Set - I inked up the stamp, using Hot Cocoa paint instead of ink and then stamped all over the mottled sky.

I love the effect it gives! Next, I took a small piece of cardstock approx 2/12 inches by 2/12 inches and did the same thing with the background except I didn't use the Blueprint stamp. Instead, I used the new Victorian Gentleman stamp from the same set and some Coffee Archival Ink and stamped the image onto the small piece of cardstock. 

Doesn't he look just like a photograph! It's magic!!
I then matted this onto a piece of the same cardstock as my 7x7 base card. 

I then did the same thing with one of the Aeroplane stamps from the new "Fly High" stamp set.
Next, I did the same thing with one of the tags from my Junk & Disorderly art journal to create the same effect on the background. The Phat Foam was still juicy and hadn't yet dried up!
Finishing off with one of the typography stamp sets from the brand new "Traveling Home" stamp set with the same Coffee Archival Ink.
To finish off ,I glued the background onto my card base, then glued the Victorian gentleman and aeroplane piece onto the background...

...then mounted the tag with some double-sided foam tape for a bit of dimension - after adding a piece of coffee coloured seam binding to the tag! - Job Done!

I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek at some of the fantastic brand new stamps sets that will soon be available to purchase from IndigoBlu.