Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Brave Poppies

Hello,  Kay M here today with a framed picture.

One of my favourite stamps sets is Poppy Meadow and is lovely to use this time of year.   With Remembrance Day coming up soon I was inspired to make this.

Sort of got carried away with the make to take step photos so will talk through the make.

Fibre paste was used through a stencil for texture on a simple wooden 6x4" frame.  When set it was painted with black Gee-So-Good and when dry, then Olive Waistcoat Artists acrylic paint was dry brushed over.  

For the background Skulduggery Border was stamped in black ink and heat set with clear embossing powder on 6x4" white card. .  Black and blue Distress inks were sponged over and the skulls were painted with water and blotted to remove some colour.  Black ink was sponged through a stencil to add interest.  The skulls were masked and over stamped in black with the boarder from the Poppy Meadow set.   The background was secured in the frame.


The poppies were stamped and coloured with Red Hot Chilli and Olive Waistcoat Artists acrylic paints and fussy cut when dry.  They were then adhered to the background and frame.


Die cut sentiments painted with Red Hot Chilli Artists acrylic paint and toy solders were added to finish the picture. 

I enjoy using the new stamps with old favourites as they work so well together.

Hope you have been inspired to have a play too! 

Take care, Kay M

Sunday, 14 October 2018

IndigoBlu - Art Gives you Wings. A little inspiration from the BluBirds!

Hello there, todays blog post is to share a little inspriation with you from the IndigoBlu TV Design Team 'The BluBirds'. The team are working towards bringing you some inspiration along with quick and easy instructions every couple of weeks highlighting some of the IndigoBlu Stamps and Products.
Today we have created different ways of using the 'Artist' Stamp set range.
Grab a cuppa and enjoy.




The first person up is Julie Atkinson. Check out her blog Here!

1. Take an A5 card blank. Cut a panel of black card to measure 12.3 x 17.5cm. Cut a panel of Indigo Blu’s White Perfect Stamping Card to measure 12 x 17.2cm.

2. Using the white card panel, spritz along the top with water (don’t oversaturated the card, just enough to allow the paints to move).
3. Mix Blue Luscious Powder with water to create a loose paint. Add large drops randomly along the top of card where you’ve applied the water. Carefully spritz with water to encourage the Luscious Paint to drip, once again add just enough water to encourage flow.
4. Repeat the last step with Teal, Green and Mermaid’s Tail luscious powders.
5. Once dry, ink the paint brushes stamp from the ‘Art Studio Stamp Set’ using Versafine Onyx Black Ink. Stamp the image along the top of the card. Quickly apply clear embossing powder to the stamped area and heat (embossing the image will help it to stamp out against the mica in the luscious powders)
6. Stamp ‘Create’ at the bottom right hand side
7. Mat and layer your panels to finish

This next inspiration is from Aitch. Check out her blog Here!

1.On a greyboard tag I stencilled with true grit through the 'Blueprint' stencil. When dry I covered with white gesso, 'Teal for Two' and 'Purple Rain' blending the wet colours. I then lifted off some of the damp paint with a cloth and darkened a little with 'Ugly Duckling'

2. Die cut 2 hearts, one from corrugated card and one from hessian backed with paper. I painted the card heart with 'Mulberry Bush' then, using my fingers I highlighted the ridges with 'Bronze' Luscious. I dabbed a little of the bronze onto the paper side of the hessian heart and stamped 'Create' from 'Art Studio'

3. stamp the wings from 'Art Gives You Wings' coloured them with 'Verdigris' Luscious and then cut them out. I then stuck the wings and hearts together and added some paperclips.

4. Replace the Blueprint stencil over the tag and went through with black versafine and around the edges of the tag. I then added clear embossing powder over the whole tag and heated.

5. Add cogs and arrow die cuts to the tag and glued down the heart.

6. Finally I stamped a sentiment from 'Art Studio' on corrugated card and tore it out, glued it to the bottom of the tag and added another paper clip. I added bronze dots and a copper binder clip to the top and finished by darkening some areas with black ink.

And next we have a card from Carolyn Lakin. Check out her blog HERE!
1.Created this simple card using Transluscent acrylic paint in ‘IndigoBlu’ and white card.

2. Cut the white card into a square slightly smaller than the 150mm white card blank. Repeat stamp the brushes/pencils across the bottom of the card using the IndigoBlu paint colour. 

3.Colour wash the brushes/pencils with watered down paint to give a watercolour effect. 

4.Edge the card with the same colour using a piece of phat foam. Stamp the quote in the same colour onto a separate piece of card and cut into strips. 

5.Mat and layer the stamped card onto the card blank and adhere the quote strips onto the card.

This Inspiration piece is from me, Sue Ralph. Check out my blog HERE!
Step 1. Using a pre-washed tee-shirt I decided to do some tie-dying using the Cottage Garden Acrylic paints which are also fabric paints. I mixed the following paints, Sleeping Beauty, Park Lane, Grandma’s Teacup & Kingfisher Blue up into separate plastic cups with a little water.

Step 2. Using some small glass pebbles I took one at a time and gathered up some of the tee-shirt material from just one side of the shirt and wrapped some rubber bands up and around the material to keep the pebble in place. I did the same thing all over the tee shirt including the arms.(Learning from my mistake, don’t wrap the rubber bands to tightly as the paint doesn’t spread so well and stretches the tee-shirt material)!

Step 3. I then dipped the material covered pebbles into different colour paints then went back to each part of the wrap and added different colours with a paint brush. Once done leave to dry out.

Step 4. Once completely dry, undo the rubber bands and take out the pebbles. Iron the T-Shirt to set the paints using some copy paper over the painted areas to protect your iron and board.

Step 5. Hand wash the T-shirt and dry. Then using Stazon Black Ink stamp out images from “Artist Tools”, “Art gives you wings“ and “Art Studio” around the Tie-Dyed patterns.

The final inspiration piece is from Emma Blake - Check out her Blog HERE

  1. I started by choosing a die cut tag, I then stamped and heat embossed the paint tubes.

2. I then stamped them again onto scrap paper and cut them out to make a mask. 

3. I covered the embossed tubes with the masks and made a wash with Luscious. I kept adding and taking away the wash until I was happy with the coverage being careful not to wet the tag to much so the mask didn't get soggy.

4. Once dry I used the limited addition dotty circles and stamped with Stazon ink.

5. I them removed the masks and painted in the painttubes. 

6. To finish, I stamped my sentiment onto card and used foam pads to lift it off the tag slightly to make it stand out. I them used a dark ink pad around the edges of the sentiment  and tag and stuck the sentiment into place.

We hope you enjoy creating one or more of these of your own xx

We would love to see how you have used these stamps so please stop by the I Love IndigoBlu Facebook Page and share your creations with us.
Happy Crafting xx

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Worker Bee Paperweight

Good Morning,

Carolyn here with you today sharing something I made a while ago. I wasn't able to share at the time as I used a stamp that hadn't been launched.So here goes.....

Firstly I selected a large pebble from the garden which was a suitable shape for a paperweight.

I gave it a coat of GeeSso Good White then sponged randomly with Duck Egg. Collectors Edition Number 16 Letters were randomly stamped in Steam Whistle.

Several Bumblebees  and  Journal Signs were stamped with black Versafine onto Rice Paper

These were then torn around so the edges weren't prominent when adhering to the pebble. The Bumblebees were painted with Lemon Meringue acrylic paint.

A coat of Slap It On was painted on the pebble to seal it.

To finish Fabric Sparkles were added to the Bumblebee wings.


This now sits on my desk taking pride of place and reminds me of the summer. Do you have an IndigoBu stamp that reminds you of the summer now that Autumn has arrived? 

Also have you seen the new challenge over on the 'I Love IndigoBlu' (unofficial) FaceBook page? We'd love to see what ideas you create for this challenge!

Enjoy your day!


Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Snow White

Snow White is paying us a visit today, as she wanders through her Snowy Forest. 

I recycled the chipboard backing from a 12 x 9 paper pad, into a canvas. I brushed some gesso over it followed by a coating of the gorgeous Stroke Of Midnight paint. I filled my brush with Pantry White paint and tapped the brush so the paint sprinkled over the canvas to give a snowing affect. Be warned the paint sprinkles can go everywhere, but it is lots of fun!

My inspiration for this picture was the Snow White  in the Sparkle and Glisten stencil. Which I of  course used with the Snow White metallic paint ! There is a lovely large snowflake in the Alternative Christmas Stamp set. I used a sponge to dab some Pantry White paint onto it and stamped it around the edges of my canvas. 

I sponged Olive Waistcoat onto card before white heat embossing the trees from the new Tree Dressing Stamp set. After fussy cutting them I adhered them to the canvas. This Stamp set also comes with three sizes of stars, which I heat embossed in red and then  filled the centres with Unicorn Sparkles. After cutting them out I popped the sparkling stars onto the trees.

I roughly sketched Snow White. After painting and fussy cutting her, I added a red ribbon and bow to her hair. I used a scrap of red net to make her a cape. I placed Snow White on the canvas so she could watch over the forest.

To finish I used some  texture paste and Unicorn Sparkles for snow sitting under the trees.

 A smaller version of this canvas could also work well as a card.
Have fun creating. 
Jannet xx

Monday, 24 September 2018

Halloween & Autumn Stamp release and Mini Tutorials from IndigoBlu

Hello there, what a change of weather we have been having in the UK. The nights are drawing in and the tree's are changing colour so that means Autumn has well and truly come.

Kay has just realised a new collection of Halloween and Autumn stamps which you may have seen on Hochanda last Friday with Lou Withers or on Face Book.

We, the TV design team had such a lot of fun with the stamps making up samples for the show we thought it would be fun to share some of them with you along with a mini tutorial for each sample.
If you have a favourite stamp but can no longer get it on Hochanda you can order direct from the IndigoBlu website. If you can't find what you are looking for on the site just give them a ring and they will advise or press a stamp set out for you, no matter if its an older stamp set you are after.
Before we get onto the mini tutorials here's a look at the latest releases.

These stamps are pretty versatile and can be used for all sorts of crafts throughout the year and I have to say I'm really loving the 'Autumn Nights' stamp set, but the Skullduggery Boarders are a very close second.

The first tutorial is from Julie Atkinson
1. Start by stamping various script backgrounds into ‘Rice Paper’ and once dry adhere to a canvas panel using ‘Slap it On Matt’.
2. Using the ‘Blueprint Stencil’ and ‘True Grit Texture Paste’, add detail in three separate areas of the canvas. Mak
e sure you leave the top, right hand side clear where the light bulb will be positioned.
3. Once dry, begin adding ‘Townhouse Teal, Acrylic Paint’ to the outside 2/3. Blend through to nothing, leaving the centre clear. Now repeat this process with ‘Teal for Two and Indigo Blu Paints’. Blend the colours as before keeping the darker colour to just the outside edges, creating an ombré effect.
4. Apply ‘Banana Custard Acrylic to the middle of the canvas. Now take a little ‘Goldfinger Paint’ and blend through to the Teal colour. Use ‘Kingfisher Blue Metallic’ Paint to the centre blend to add my light to the paint.
5. Use your finger of Phatt Fiam to add a little more ‘Goldfinger Paint’ to the raised texture paste. Add ‘Black Gee so Good’ to the very outside edges of you want extra depth.
6. Stamp and cut out the ‘Giant Moth - Clarice Stamp’ and cut out. Stamp the small light bulb and moths from ‘Shine Bright’ onto the panel using Black Stazon. Stamp the words quite and cut out. 
7. Use a black permanent pen to doodle a wire for the light bulb to be suspended from.
8. Stick the moth image and words in place.

The next tutorial is from aitch aitch
To build up the background of this piece, I brayered burning bonfire, ugly duckling and white gesso onto a piece of watercolour card. Whilst it was still damp, I lifted some of the colour with a damp sponge through the circles stencil. 
I then went over areas again with the circles stencil, sponging through with the same colours as the background. I randomly stamped, in sepia versafine, the barbed wire circle and web from 'Skulduggery Borders'. 
On another sheet of watercolour card, I stamped the skull once and used the small skull from the Christmas Skullduggery stamp set to stamp 5 images, the owl from Autumn nights and a couple of the skull borders, all in black versafine which I then cut out.
 I then roughly placed the skulls and owl where I wanted them and stamped more cobwebs, the rat and spider on the background. 
I coloured the owl with ugly duckling mixed with a little burning bonfire and white gesso. I cut off the top of the skull and hinged it to the background using a brad and then assembled the skulls and owl. 
I finished with the sentiment.

This tutorial is for one of my samples Sue Ralph
I created this card using the 'Autumn Nights' Stamp set. The cobweb was stamped and embossed onto a panel of card with Gray embossing powder then Blue and Green ink was brushed over the panel building up a background colour. A  darker green ink was dabbed onto the bottom of the panel with the 'Media' stencil.
 To create a sheet of  card in Autumn shades, I used Burning Bonfire, Olive Waistcoat, Mulberry Bush and Sunshine Yellow paints with my Gelli plate and when this was dry the leaves were stamped out, then fussy cut out. 
Three lots of branch's of leaves were cut out and layered over the cobwebs and attached to the card panel on foam pads to give them more of a 3D look. 
The crow, owl and one of the mice were stamped and cut out. The owl was painted first with Porcelain paint then shaded in with touches of paint. The birds were nestled
The single leaves were attached with foam pads to look as if they were falling from the tree.
 The sentiment was stamped onto Acetate and two more mice were stamped either side of it with the cut out mouse placed on a foam pad close to a fallen leaf. 
The barbed wire circle from the  'Skullduggery Borders' set was used with two different shades of yellow ink for the sun.
The card panel was then attached to a card blank.

This next tutorial is Kay Molyneux
For this DL card, I cut a panel slightly smaller than the card blank. Stamped Skullduggerary boarder in black, added the raven and barbed wire ( from Tree Dressing) for the boarder, then heat embossed in clear powder. 
Carved Pumpkin and Spiced Marmalade inks were sponged over the panel, the skulls were painted with thin bleach. 
The boarder was masked off and skulls were stamped over the background in Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide. 
Black ink was sponged around the edges. 
The panel adhered to the card blank and a die cut sentiment added to finish. 

Here we have Emma Blakes Tutorial
 I started by die cutting a box using 1mm grey board and once box was put together I used True Grit Paste to add texture leaving it thicker in some places and left to dry.
I then stamped out the bat, heat embossed it then it in with colour using a few different shades of Luscious.
 Once dry I cut him out and put to one side.
I then painted the dry box with Stroke of Midnight Matt Acrylic Paint and added coloured embossing powder and heat dried the box and melted the powder,
Once this was totally dry, using a dry paintbrush, I painted vodka martini (silver) paint over the box to highlight the texture.
I layered fabric on top of the box and Slap it on Thick was used to stick it down and to 
add metal embellishments. I then glued my bat on the top and used slap it on thick to add silver art stones around the bat to add depth.

Now for Carolyn Lakin's tutorial
The main background was created by using the ‘Smooshing’ Technique. Distress Oxide was smeared on the glass mat, sprayed with water and mopped up with the card. Each colour (Abandoned Coral and Candied Apple) was added individually and dried so it didn’t mix the colours. Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide was used through the Web stencil and used to stamp with the Dinkie Script. 
The cobweb border from the ‘Skullduggery Border’ set was stamped across the top of the card twice. The skull border was stamped at the bottom of the card and this was also from the ‘Skullduggery’ set. The skulls were also stamped onto white card and fussy cut and layered over a few of the skulls. 
The mouse from the ‘Autumn Nights’ set was stamped in black onto white Shrink Plastic, fussy cut, shrunk and adhered above one of the skulls. 
The corners of an A5 white card blank were stamped with the cobwebs from the ‘Autumn Nights’ set. 
To finish, the main coloured card was matt and layered onto black card and the A5 card blank.

I hope you have enjoyed reading the tutorials as much as I have, as there are lots of brilliant hints and tips that can be used in your own crafting. I've learnt a thing or two so many thanks ladies.
Keep checking back as the TV Design Team are hoping to share more of their crafty knowledge with you. 
Please let us know if you enjoyed reading this post and if you would like to see more like it.

Don't forget you will find more inspiration and monthly Challenges on the I Love IndigoBlu Facebook page where you can also share your IndigoBlu makes with the group. (The link will only work if you are a FB user).

For now, Happy Crafting.
Sue xx

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Googly Spooky-Tastic Halloween Cards

Hi Everyone,

Mike here with a cute Halloween card series using two of the new release Halloween stamps from the release on the 21st September on Hochanda.

I batch made 8 of these googly eyed giggle cards using the new Skull & Cracked Glass stamps.

The cards are A6 in size, a perfect fit for these new stamps. I created 8 black A6 card bases and cut 8 pieces of Perfect White Stamping Card at a slightly smaller size to allow for a black border all the way around.

Using my stamp press and some Jet Black Archival ink I stamped out 8 of the skulls, one on each piece of the white stamping card.

Next, I stamped out a 9th on printer paper and cut out with scissors to act as a mask.

Laying the mask over each skull I used a combination of light green, orange and purple inks to blend colours around the outside of the card making sure the mask stayed in position.

I repeated the same process for all 8 of skull card fronts.

Once all 8 had the colour around the edges I took the Cracked Glass stamp, once again masking off the skull, and stamped in two opposite corners using the Jet Black Archival ink.

I  repeated the process on all 8 of the card fronts.

Next taking a spooky bat pattern stencil I added the same black ink through the stencil in the two remaining empty corners.

Once I had repeated this process on the remaining card fronts, I glued them to the fronts of the black card bases.

Next, I printed out an insert for the cards using my computer, then cut to fit the inside of the card base. I then glued the insert into the inside of each card.

For a final touch, using some glue, I stuck googly eyes onto each of the skulls eye sockets!

Adding the googly eyes turns the skull image from being a bit scary into a fun Halloween giggle!

I then teamed up each card with a C6 black envelope ready to post out to friends around the world.

I hope you like this simple one layer inked and stamped Halloween card, it's so easy and fun to create and you can make quite a few in a very short amount of time!