Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Lush Luscious

Hello to you, Sue Ralph here along with fellow BluBirds, Kay Molyneux, Julie Atkinson, Carolyn Lakin and Emma Blake bringing you some quick makes using the IndigoBlu Luscious Pigment Powders. 
Luscious are ground Artist grade pigments with mica and a natural binder, so can be used dry as a pigment or add water to create a watercolour paint. Mix with Slap-It-On Thick to create an glossy shimmering translucent embossing paste or mix with Fabric Slap-It-On for painting onto materials.
Below the DT have put together some quick and simple techniques for you to try.

Sue Ralph A quick and quirky card to make, using Luscious Powders, Kevin’s Gang & Kibble Kits Stamp Set.
1. Start by wetting down a piece of watercolour card with a large paintbrush or water sprayer. Make it really wet then wait until nearly all the water has soaked into the card. (Tip- wet the underside of the card as well to stop the card bending).
2. Mix up the colours of Luscious Powders with water and make the colours runny. Add dabs of colour all over the wet card.

3. The colours should start to merge together slightly. Leave the card to dry out.
4. Stamp out 4 of the cat images & saying and emboss with clear embossing power. Paint the cats with the same colours of Luscious Powders. When theses are dry, cut out. Cut the saying into two parts.
5. Stamp Kibble Kits onto your Luscious watercolour background. Trim to the size you want and mat onto black card. Mount this onto a bespoke white card blank. 

6. Glue down the ‘dog’ part of the saying towards the bottom of the Luscious panel and layer the cats over the top using foam tape on2 of the cats. 
7. Finish the card by gluing down the ‘Cat’ part of the saying on blank side of the card. Layer the last cat with foam tape over the saying.

Kay Molyneux A quick and simple card with Luscious Powders. 
1.The background(Notes dinky) was stamped in VersaMark ink and brushed over with Gold and Silver powders. 
2.The big Flutterby was stamped onto the card and again using a stamping platform onto white card both in black ink. Luscious powders were then painted onto the later. 
3.It was re-stamped in black ink and heat embossed in clear embossing powder and fussy cut. 
4.The wings were shaped and it was adhered at the body over the Fluttterby on the card. A sentiment was added to finish.

Julie Atkinson For this quick keepsake...
1. Cut a heart from grey-board, an old cereal packet will do if not. Cover with a patterned paper or paint
2. Cut another heart slightly smaller from watercolour cardstock. Stick the hearts together with wet glue
3. Take a large Slim Jim acrylic sheet and mix Steampunk Lilac luscious powder with water. Flick off the acrylic sheet onto the cardstock with a dry paint brush to create splatters
4. Mix Steampunk Lilac luscious powder with Super Thick Slap it On and apply through Postmark Stencil in desired areas
5. Take a small frame(mine was made using paper clay and a mould) and paint with the Steampunk Lilac luscious powder. Once dry use the Super Thick Slap it On to stick the frame in place
6. Take three clear cabochons and paint with Steampunk Lilac luscious. Adhere using the Super Thick Slap it On 
7. Stamp the words ‘Live, Love, Laugh’ from the Live, Love, Laugh stamp set and the ‘Dinky Flutterby’ Butterfly using a black ink pad. Cut out and stick the words using 3D foam pads
8. Add a little net below the butterfly and adhere with 3D glue gel
9. Create antennae with thin wire. Add a handle to the hearts, taking care to twist the ends in well to avoid any sharp edges

Carolyn Lakin :-Quick make Greeting Card
1.Stamp & embossed the big butterfly in dark blue onto watercolour card. 
2.Use blue and teal Luscious to create a wash for the background. 
3.Paint the butterfly with the same colours and add a highlight of orange Luscious. 

4.Stamp the saying with Stazon Midnight Blue. 
5.Draw a line around the edge of the card and mount onto a craft card blank

Emma Blake  Explosion of Colour project. 
Items used black card stock, fizzy pop, sherbet lemon, posiden blue and pink luscious, the IB shine bright stamp set a white gel pen spray bottle and silver ink pad.
1.I started by using a paint brush to sprinkle the Luscious onto the black card stick and then sprayed with water but not to much as I didn't want the card to blend to much when drying.
2.I stamped the shine bright sentiment with silver and ran the ink pad around the edges then mattered it onto more black.
3.Once the Luscious was dry I used the white gel pen to draw simple stars and dots and went around the edges of the card to give a broken boarder.
4.I found a old car light bulb and glued it on using slap it on and drew some lines coming from it.
5. Then I added my sentiment which I matted onto black card stock.

We hope you have enjoyed the blog post on quick and simple techniques using Luscious Pigment Powders. 
If you have any Luscious projects you would like to share with us please pop onto our Facebook Group 'I Love IndigoBlu' where we would love to see what you have been making.
See you again very soon with more ideas and inspiration'
The BluBirds (DT) xx

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Multi Pocket Card

What could be better than receiving a handmade card -  a handmade card containing gifts !  This card has two pockets on the front, and another pocket on the enclosed tag.

I used a 7 inch / 17.8 cm square blank card making sure the fold was at the top, as it will be better balanced that way. The  pockets will be filled with goodies.  

I cut a piece of card 7 x7 inch / 17.8 x17.8 cm and cut it diagonally, I also cut a strip of card 7 x 2 inches 17.8 x 5.08 cm  these would both become pockets. 

The lovely Christmas Spirit stamps were perfect to decorate the pockets.  I coloured them with Luscious Powders. I wrote some wishes and sentiments onto the tags tied around the bottles. You could also personalise them with names.

I used double sided tape on the diagonal pocket and adhered this first, followed by the  rectangle strip adhering with foam tape which raised the pocket to give it  more room to fill with goodies. 

Chocolate lollies can be a fun and yummy gift. I decorated this foiled covered lolly with a fussy cut snowflake from the Alternative Christmas stamp set. I stamped  it with versamarker  ink and it brushed over with Luscious powders. 

Other small gifts could be Indigoblu Stamps,  face masks,  gift cards, bookmarks, scratch cards stickers, pens etc.

I also made a tag with a pocket on the front to slip an extra gift card into.

Have fun creating your pocket cards xx

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Guardian Angel

Evening All,

Carolyn here with you today slightly later than usual but hope its worth the wait. I've been busy creating new samples for Kay's upcoming Hochanda show next week. Plus I attended the IndigoBlu Secret Retreat last weekend which was extremely enjoyable. I can definitely recommend you attend one of these if you can, it is well worth it!

Kay's show will be all about paint pouring so if you haven't had a go it can be very addictive, so tune into Hochanda on Tuesday 6th at 10am and 2pm.

My creation today started with a canvas which I used the True Grit paste through the Woodgrain stencil. I then created a paint pour using the  Acrylic Pouring Alchemy Starter Kit with  Metallic Miss Moneypenny and White Gesso. The photo below shows the pour before it had dried so the stenciling doesn't show through.

I then mixed Porcelain Luscious with Super Thick Slap It On and spread this through the Starburst stencil. At the bottom on the canvas I adhered the Gold Junk & Disorderly Rocks.

For my focal point I chose the Guardian Angel which was designed by Aitch. This was stamped onto
Watercolour Card using my Stamp Platform.

I then painted this using Fire Cracker, Tiger Lily, Porcelain, Miss Moneypenny, Snow White, Ugly Duckling and Leather Corset

The Guardian Angel was fussy cut and adhered to the canvas so she looked like she was sat on the rocks and the starburst shone behind her. The saying was taken from the Mindfulness #1 set then stamped and cut from watercolour card. This was placed and stuck evenly around the angel. To finish this off I edged the canvas with Leather Corset to give it a darker edge.

Thank you for stopping by and hope you tune into Kay's show on Tuesday. The design team have created some fabulous samples for the show you wouldn't want to miss it.

Happy Crafting


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