Friday 21 November 2014

Challenge 22: Let It Snow

With the weather starting to cool and the white stuff starting to fall around the world we welcome in this months challenge for IndigoBlu. but first onto the good stuff!

The winner of the Magical Masking challenge is........

Number: 15 Ana

Congratulations  Playing with paper!……… I will be in touch shortly to arrange your prize.
The fabulous Winner’s prize this month is your choice of IndigoBlu stamps.  As always, you have 3 options to choose from:

1:   2 Large stamp plates
2:   4 Small stamp plates
3:   1 Large and 2 small plates

There’s also the Winner’s Badge, and one for the Top 3, to display proudly on your Blog,  and the WINNER of the challenge will also be invited to do a GUEST SPOT on a future Challenge Launch post.  That’s right you’re work will be on the blog along with the Design Team.
Also the top three each month (chosen by the DT) will all be invited to do an inspiration piece to be included on the new reminder post, that now goes live mid challenge.
So .....  if you’d like a chance to be featured on the IndigoBlu Challenge Blog get those stamps out and get creating!
You’ll find all the information on how to enter the challenge,  the rules (don’t worry, there’s not that many), and meet the Design Team in the tabs above.
This month’s Top 3, for the Magical Masking Challenge, chosen  by the DT, are ……

This months challenge is............ Challenge 22: Let it snow.....

Last months winner Sue has created this stunning piece for the new challenge,

I was dead chuffed last month to find that random org had chosen me as the winner of the sketch challenge at IndigoBlu Challenge Blog.  As well as winning my choice of 2 large stamp plates I was asked if I would like to submit a card for their next challenge, which is Let It Snow.

Bit of a challenge as I don't own many IndigoBlu stamps (yet) and I didn't have any to really get into a scene building theme so I had a play around with Frosted Baubles and Seasons Greetings.
I've used the sentiment set loads of times as it fits in with contemporary and vintage themes but had yet to ink up Frosted Baubles.


You can find Sue's full write up of how she created the card over on her blog:

Sarah Allan

Julie Cassidy

Laura Williams

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday 12 November 2014

Challenge 21: Magical Masking Top 3 Inspiration

Today is Top 3 inspiration day! I have for you some wonderful pieces of work from the last top 3 winners chosen by the design team for this months challenge 21: Magical Masking.

In no particular order here they are and what they had to say.......


Used a 5x7 card I layered it with orange, green and black card. Using white card I masked off the top and bottom of the card and made a circle mask for the sun. I used distress inks in Rusty hinge, Bundled Sage and Antique Linen to make the background. I then stamped the image, IndigoBlu Wild Meadow, stamped a couple of times,to fit card, using versafine ink. Adding stickles in paprika, xmas red and lime green to highlight and black grosgrain ribbon with a bow in the centre and a green gem to finish.

Sam x
I started with a piece of white card and brushed it with antique linen
distress ink. Then I went in with old paper, brushed corduroy and
vintage photo, every time going in less so that the centre of card
remains light. I inked edge very lightly with walnut stain.
To add more interest to background I stamped the script from Sarah's
choice in antique linen. From the same set i used the easel and stamped
just the splat in brushed corduroy. I also added the chicken wire
background in old paper.

Next I stamped the large flourish in versamark and embossed it with a
mixture of powders: black, gold and silver. This gave it an antique
look. Then it was time to stamp the bauble. I stamped the middle one
first in black archival and masked it off to stamp the other two in
second generation black archival to create perspective. I heat set it
and masked the middle bauble off again so I could create some shadow
with distress inks and a make up sponge. I also added a lighter shadow
to the other 2 baubles after masking them off as well.

I added a gold line to the 2 lighter baubles and a black one to the
central ones so that the baubles appear like they are dangling from
Then I covered the central bauble with the clear wink of stella to add
some sparkle. I added some gold pen to the snowflake  and then a little
gem to centre of all of them.
Next I stamped sentiment in black archival and inked the card with same
distress inks.
I matted both sentiment  and topper on black. I then matted topper on
antique gold card and stuck to black base card.
I attached sentiment with foam pads to add some height.

My blog can be found at

Theresa x


Products used
Dinky Flutterby stamp
Script background stamp
If you truly love nature... ... from Nature 1 stamp plate

Distress Ink – salty ocean, old paper

Distress Pens – salty ocean, mowed lawn

Stazon inkpads – Blue Hawii, Cactus Green

Mini blending tool

Heat resistant acetate

Glamour dust glitter, Angel Whispers

Quickie glue pen


  1. Cut IndigoBlu stamping card to 160 x 160 cm.
  2. Stamp the butterfly you wish to appear foremost first using the distress pens. Mask off with a butterfly cut from the sticky end of a post it note. Then stamp the next butterfly and so on, masking off as you go.
  3. With the masks still in place stamp the script all over the panel using old paper distress ink.
  4. Remove the masks and ink the edges of the card using salty ocean distress ink. Set aside.
  5. Using the stazon inks this time, stamp the butterfly onto heat resistant acetate. Dry and cut out. Shape the wings then apply quickie glue pen to the reverse of the wings before applying the glamour dust. Set aside to dry.
  6. Mount the piece onto chosen cardstock (I used green) then mount onto a 7 x 7 “ card.
  7. Adhere just the body of the acetate butterfly to the body of the foremost butterfly. Allow to dry before adding gems.
My blog can be found at


Thank you ladies for some wonderful inspirational pieces! You still have over a week to enter our Magical Masking Challenge so get inspired and get creating!

Wednesday 5 November 2014

Challenge 21: Magical Masking Demonstrator Inspiration

Our wonderful team of IndigoBlu Demonstrators work hard up and down the country to bring you live IndigoBlu goodness, Each month they make something special as an added bonus piece of inspiration for the challenge. Here is what they have crated this month......




 Kay M





We hope your heads are buzzing with inspiration, I know mine is! Join us for some Magical Masking, you have until 9pm on the 20th UK time to enter the challenge.