Friday 26 August 2016

Princess Unicorn

Hello, it is Cec here and today I am bringing you some inspiration using the wonderful new unicorn stamp called Jewel.  I am calling this canvas Princess Unicorn because I think it looks like something that would make a very girly little princess very happy.

I started by taking an 8" x 8" canvas and covering it with Gesso.  Then I added some texture paste through the new Stars stencil.

The next step was add a bunch of bits and pieces - lace, buttons, flowers, a couple of air-dried clay embellishments, a metal charm and medallion along with some wooden words and shapes.  This is a perfect time to grab things that have been cluttering up your craft room or to do some recycling.  After everything was glued down, I gave it another coat of Gesso to unify the colour.

Next I gave everything a coat of Pink Iced Gem Acrylic Paint.  Once dry I mixed some Pink Luscious powder with water and painted it randomly on the canvas letting it settle wherever it wanted to.  I also mixed some Silver Luscious powder with water and painted some of the stars.

I stamped Jewel onto a panel of card stock using Jet Black Archival Ink and did some wonky stitching around the outside with my sewing machine.  I coloured Jewel with a couple of grey Prismacolor pencil crayons blended with Odorless Mineral Spirits and then mixed some Pink Luscious Powder with Golden Self Levelling Clear Gel and painted her mane, tail, horn and the hair on her legs.

After I distressed around the outside of the panel with my scissors I inked the edges with some Tim Holtz Spun Sugar Distress Ink.  It is probably difficult to see in the photo but I added a ruffle of baby pink tulle to the back of the panel along the top and down the right side and then I added some pale pink gems from the dollar store.

Finally I altered some more flower and button sets with the Pink Iced Gem paint and Pink Luscious powder mixed with water and added them along the left of the panel.  I also tucked a few more gems on the panel and in among the bits and pieces.

I think this very girlie canvas shows how magical Jewel is - hope you like it too.

Thursday 25 August 2016

Country House | Creating a Focal Element

Hello Everyone and Welcome! Today Ksenija is here, and I am excited to share with you a new project featuring Country House stamp from the latest IndigoBlu release. Previously I demonstrated how to use a complete impression of this stamp, while today I will show you how to create a focal element.

For my background I used IndigoBlu 6 x 6 inches stencil Roses. It covers the standard card panel (5 1/2 x 4 inches) completely. I blended Distress Inks in Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumpkin and Barn Door. Then I distressed the edges of the panel with Antique Linen and Black Soot Distress inks.

To create a focal element I inked Country House rubber stamp in archival black ink and stamped it down to an oval watercolour paper die cut. I did not want to colour it carefully, so I just smeared Antique Linen Distress ink directly with an ink pad across the impression and added shades with a water brush using Walnut Stain Distress ink.

I love adding a little bit of interest with a different texture. I stamped an ivy hanging over the door in FlitterGlu down to a piece of watercolour paper and covered the impression with Chariot of Fire Mega Flakes. Then I coloured the ivy with watercolour markers and fussy cut it out. To mask white fresh cut edges I distressed them slightly with Walnut Stain Distress ink.

To finish off my card I adhered the oval element and stamped the sentiment from Floral Fantasy stamp set in black dye ink and added a few border elements from Tiny Backgrounds stamp set.

To assemble my card I used a foam tape to raise the panel and an ivy over the door. Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoy this card and will give a try to Country House stamp in your next project.
IndigoBlu Supplies Used:
Country House Stamp
Roses Stencil
Chariot of Fire Mega-Flakes
Floral Fantasy Stamp Set
Tiny Backgrounds

Tuesday 23 August 2016

IndigoBlu Stamps on Tea Bags

Hello everyone! It's Solange Marques here and today I'll share with you an art journal page using the fantastic IndigoBlu products.

Art journal page by Solange Marques featuring IndigoBlu stamps.-01

I love to use stamps on tea bags background. I glued the teabags on the paper using regular gel medium and then I used Grand Tour I, Grand Tour II and Grand Tour III A5 red rubber stamps.

Art journal page by Solange Marques featuring IndigoBlu stamps.-02

Art journal page by Solange Marques featuring IndigoBlu stamps.-03

I also used some IndigoBlu English Cottage Artist's Acrylic Paints: Hot Cocoa, Townhouse Teal, Park Lane and the metallic blue: Sleeping Beauty.

Art journal page by Solange Marques featuring IndigoBlu stamps.-04

Art journal page by Solange Marques featuring IndigoBlu stamps.-05

Art journal page by Solange Marques featuring IndigoBlu stamps.-07

I really love the texture of the tea bags on the background!
I hope you enjoy it!

Solange Marques

Sunday 21 August 2016

August Challenge - All things Bright & Beautiful

Good morning everyone,

Well the July challenge was just fab! We had some gorgeous entries. I'm hoping you can stun us this month with your makes too. First let's congratulate our Random winner!

Sheila it's you! Congratulations, we will be in touch shortly to arrange your prize.
And our top 3 for July as chosen by the DT are:

1. No. 6 - Furry Log & Badger
2. No. 1 - Kimbo's Cards & Cats
3. No. 14 - DebsCraftytime

Congratulations all, we will be in touch to see if you would like to do a Guest Design piece for us. It's always amazing seeing the art that we get from you guys, and I know it inspires so many others.

You too could win - Our prizes are Indigoblu stamps of your choice as follows:

3 options to choose from:

1: 2 Large stamp plates (A5)
2: 4 Small stamp plates (A6)
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, your work will be on the Challenge Blog alongside the Design Team!

Also the Top Three each month (chosen by our lovely DT) will all be invited to do an inspiration piece to be included on the reminder post that 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 get to meet the Design Team in the tabs on the sidebar.

Our winner from the last challenge, Mariette is our Guest Designer this month, and has made this beautiful card for us on this month's challenge theme ' All things Bright & Beautiful'.

Mariette had this to say:

I have used distress inks for the bright part and for the beautiful part of this challenge I used all of the IndigoBlu stamps I chose for my winning prize. You can see more over on my blog.

Next it's our brilliant DT's inspiration for the new challenge, you can't fail to be inspired by this bunch :) They also happen to be some of the nicest people too, and we are very proud to have them as a team. Hop across to their blogs and leave them some love if you have time.


Wow! I think you will agree these are all stunning, and what inspiration! Don't forget you can hop over to our team's blog's to see how they made these too, just click on their names above the pictures.

So all that's left is for you to join us - and show us your Summer Florals! If you have any questions about entering, or don't have a blog, please leave us a comment and we will come back to you, we can help you enter, all you need is Indigoblu stamps in your project.

Happy creating!

Best Wishes,
Indigoblu Challenge Design Team

Enter the Challenge Here:

Saturday 20 August 2016

More Inspiration from Solange, Ksenija and Cec

Today we are excited to share some fabulous inspiration from three of our International Design Team. Follow the links to their blogs to find out more about how their projects came together;



Friday 19 August 2016

More Inspiration from Kay, Emilia, Autumn and Cheremane

Today we are excited to share some fabulous inspiration from four of our International Design Team. Follow the links to their blogs to find out more about how their projects came together;

Thursday 18 August 2016

Inspiration from Jannet, Elizabeth and Giovanna

Today we are excited to share some fabulous inspiration from three of our International Design Team. Follow the links to their blogs to find out more about how their projects came together;


Tuesday 16 August 2016

Jewel and Roses

Hello it's Kay here,  I do hope you enjoy my first post for this year's IDT, loving the work from the other ladies, it seems we all have fallen for Jewel!

 I've used the fabulous new Luscious powders, Extra Thick Slap-it-onRose stencil, Jewel, Spirit of Christmas, Unicorn Sparkles AND a sneaky peek at the soon to be released 6x6 paper pads!!   This is a board inspired by the Finnabair class on this year's Wanderlust journey. 

The 6" square canvas board was painted with Black Gee-Sso-Good, then small squares of the new papers were adhered on top with Slap-It-On-Matt, Extra Thick Slap-It-On was applied through the rose stencil.  This was then left to dry.

Texture elements- buttons, mesh, hot glue dots, chip board shapes were then applied using the Slap-It-On to the centre area of the board.  When dry these were then painted with Black Gee-Sso-Good and left to dry.  A small amount of Black Gee-Sso-Good was mixed with Slap-It-On Gloss and this was used as a wash over the whole board and to soften the margin of the black painted area and left to dry.

Out came the Luscious! Coral, purple and teal powders were dusted over the board and missed with water to set.  Jewel and the sentiments where stamped in black ink and heat embossed in clear powder, these were coloured with gold Luscious.

Paper roses were painted black and coloured with the purple and teal and foliage with gold Luscious powders.  These were attached to the board and silver Luscious mixed with water and applied to highlight raised areas before Jewel and the sentiments were adhered.

To finish,  dots of FlitterGlu were added around Jewel and Unicorn Sparkles applied, magical!

I really had fun making this board and hope you have enjoyed it too.

Take care,  Kay M x

Saturday 13 August 2016

Twinkling Unicorn Canvas

Hello there, Cheremane here today with my very first post as part of the International Design Team. I just adore Jewel the Unicorn stamp it's perfect for so many occasions.

I started with a 20cm x 20cm Canvas Board giving it a coat of Black GeeSso Good. Once dry I mixed some yummy Blue Luscious Powder with water to give a blue metallic wash, to make it look like a night sky.

Next I added some Extra Thick Slap it on through the beautiful Vintage Frame Stencil. The slap it on dries clear if you leave it as it comes out of the pot.

Before the Extra Thick Slap It On was dry I added some delicious Unicorn Sparkles. I just adore glitter.

I wanted to change my Extra Thick Slap It On from clear to silver so I mixed it with some yummy Silver Luscious powder. It's brilliant as you can now make your very own different coloured texture paste's. If like me you make to much then why not put the excess into an empty Mega-Flake pot ready for next time, as this is what I have done.

Randomly place the Stars Stencil and the made up Silver Slap It On over the canvas. Just look at that Luscious Powder! I really can't stop using them along with the Stars Stencil, they definitely never seem to be off my table at the moment.

Now to finish, stamp out Jewel with Versafine Majestic Blue ink pad and add some Unicorn Sparkles to the main and tail with Flitterglu.

The sentiment is from the New Sparkle and Glisten Stamp Set,before adding I used the Paper Distress Tool to the edge of the card.

For the final touch I added some clear gems for extra sparkle.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you like it as much as I did making it.

Crafty Hugs

Friday 12 August 2016

Fantasy Unicorn Tag

Autumn Clark here with my kickoff post.  I have been so excited to get my hands on the Jewel unicorn stamp!  I have made several projects, but can only share one today.  Check back often for more inspiration.  This stamp was so much fun to work with because your mind instantly gets carried into the realm of fantasy and wonder when you ink it up.  Today I thought I would share a mixed media tag with you using some fun background techniques with IndigoBlu’s exquisite line of paints & new Unicorn Sparkle glitter. 

I lightly mixed Park Lane and Snow White Metallic paints and scraped across a black tag with a plastic card.  I chose this technique because I really wanted my black background to show through.  While the paint was wet, I dropped a bundle of metallic string onto my tag.

Next, I mixed 1 part Unicorn Sparkle with 1 part Super Thick Slap It On together and scraped through the Stars stencil with a palette knife.  The reason I mixed it together rather than sprinkling it over the wet Slap It On was to avoid getting glitter everywhere.  If you love glitter, but hate the mess, do try this technique.

I allowed the Slap It On to air dry, while I worked on my other elements.  I stamped Jewel onto heavy card with Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I added some shading with a colored pencil.  Then I added a small amount of the same paints with some water and painted her as shown, overlapping the edges to allow for cutting.

When my tag was dry, I doodled around some of the stars with a permanent black pen.  Then I bundled Jewel with some purchased flowers, a die cut, and some gathered tulle to create my focal point.  I used pure white embossing powder over a wooden cutout for the main sentiment, and computer generated the lower text.  I mixed some tiny black beads with my Slap It On and brushed that randomly over my tag and flowers.  A few sequins and a bow completed the look.

You can see the Unicorn Sparkle reflects so many colors.  But if you rub it when mixed with Slap It On in paste form, it does not come off.  I hope you’ve been inspired today and would love to hear your comments.