Friday 28 October 2016

The Mad Inventor

Hi it's Jannet here, let me tell you a tale of Mr Herbert Bumblewaite is known locally as "the mad inventor" as he is always collecting whatnots to make some sort of contraption with. On a crisp Autumn morning he decided to test out his latest invention which was his flying contraption.......

To make the circular house I cut 3 inches from one of the Damaged Dots 6x6 cards I also cut out a row of little triangle tabs on the bottom.
I cut out some wonky Windows (I didn't have to try too hard to do that!) and also cut a doorway.I made frames for the Windows from one of the red sheets, and attached them with a screw-head brad. I cut a door and popped in a square brad for the handle.

I used the inside of a duck tape roll to draw a circle for the roof. I distressed the edges and folded it in four and cut along one of the folds and then placed the edge slightly over the top of the other edge to create a raised roof. To add some quirkiness I glued a hammer brad into the centre of the roof. I rolled up the house into a cylinder shape and adhered the edges together.

Before gluing on the roof, I cut some little bunting from the papers and threaded it under the roof.

For the base I used a Dairylea box, which I covered in Damaged Damask card.

I stamped Herbert twice. I added colour to only one. I painted both of his flying fans with Goldfinger metallic paint. I cut out each fan section and used a foam pad to adhere the fan pieces on top of the fan on the coloured in Herbert.
I adhered Herbert to some thick brown wire and poked a hole in the top of the dairylea box and pushed the wire in and bent it up underneath and glued it in place.I added some glue to the tabs on the bottom of the house and also adhered it to the box

I gave Herbert some privacy by die cutting a fence to go around his house. I made him an all important Mad Inventers sign. I die cut some Autumn leaves from card which I had previously added washes of Luscious Pigments in Coral and Teal.

Happy flying Herbert!
Products used

Thursday 27 October 2016

Lady in Autumn, two stretched canvas

Hello Giovanna here, and today I show you one of the most elegant stamp by IndigoBlu in a Autumnal dress: "Valerie".
I made two stretched canvas, stamping the main image on gessoed book page

Here the background is covered entirely on mega flakes, the effect is stunning:

I hope I have inspired you :-)
Products used:
Live Laugh Love A5 Red Rubber StampCountry House A6 Red Rubber Stamp by Kay Halliwell-SuttonValerie A6 Red Rubber StampGeeSso Good! Gesso - White 120mlIndigoblu Megaflake Autumn BlazeFaber Castell Gelatos - 6 different set options (shipping from 1st November)

Wednesday 26 October 2016

Twinchie Canvas

It is Cec here and I have some autumn inspiration for you.

I thought this time I would make a canvas in fall colours to share with you.

I started with a 6" square canvas and gave it a coat of white Gesso.  Then I added some texture through the IndigoBlu Mixed Media Stencil.

Once it was dry I covered it with Lemon Meringue Matte paint and then added Burning Bonfire and Postbox Red that were thinned with water, wiping each layer back with a baby wipe in random areas.  After I took this photo I decided to knock back the colour a bit by dry brushing another light coat of Gesso on the canvas.

I cut eight 2" x 2" pieces of chipboard and glued them in pairs with Super Thick Slap it On to make four twinchies.  I used double sided tape to cover them with old book paper.

The twinchies were coated with white Gesso, painted with Lemon Meringue Matte paint and then dry brushed with a little more Gesso.  Take note of the text because it is soon going to disappear.

Next I used a variety of Distress Spray Stains, some Miss Moneypenny Metallic paint and some Gold Luscious to add some interest to the canvas and the twinchies.  I sprayed, splattered and dropped blobs of colour on.  I find it fascinating how differently the substrates react to exactly the same additions.

I used Jet Black Archival Ink to stamp the butterflies and small flowers from the IndigoBlu Live, Laugh, Love stamp set.  In the end I stamped 4 of each and then fussy cut them.

I painted both sides of the butterflies with Carved Pumpkin Distress Ink and the flowers with Candied Apple Distress Ink.   Next I painted the front of two butterflies with Miss Moneypenny Metallic paint and the front of two flowers with Ruby Slippers Metallic paint.  I cut between sections of the flowers and shaped them a bit before I layered them in pairs with the painted flowers on top and added some black pearls for centres.  I layered the butterflies in the same manner and added pearls to their bodies.

The twinchies were adhered to the canvas using Super Thick Slap it On and the embellishments added to the twinchies.

I hope you are inspired to play with twinchies.  I am now on a mission to try something with inchies.

Tuesday 25 October 2016

Clean and Simple Thank You Cards

Hello Everyone and Welcome!

Today Ksenija is here, and I am happy to share with you a new project dedicated to Autumn.

I started with applying Flitter Glu to a leaf stamp from one of my all time favourite stamp set Blooming Great and stamping it down to a a white card stock panel. Then I covered the impression with Morris Dance Megaflakes and rubbed off the excess.

To create a decorative stripe I used Texture stencil and blended in Distress inks in Abandoned Coral, Fired Brick and Aged Mahogany. Megaflakes are resistant to dye inks, but to restore shine I always wipe off inks after stencilling. To finish off the card I stamped down the sentiment in black Archival ink and mounted the panel to a soft grey card base.

I am always sending many Thank you cards and try to theme them up to the season. This design and techniques are so simple that allow making several cards without big effort. For the second card I used Autumn Blaze Megaflakes and a blend of Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky and Salty Ocean Distress inks.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope, you enjoy these cards.

IndigoBlu Supplies Used:
Blooming Great Stamp Set
Morris Dance Mega Flakes

Sunday 23 October 2016

Altered Clipboard

Hello everyone!It's Solange Marques here and I'll share with you a new autumn project using IndigoBlu products.
I've made an altered clipboard:

 First I covered the clipboard with IndigoBlu Steampunkesque-Mixed Media Paper Pad-6x6 
and IndigoBlu Damage Dots-Mixed Media Paper Pad-6x6.

 I've applied modelling paste on IndigoBlu Stencil- Cogs and Gears

 I've mixed Luscious Pigment Powder-orange with modellin paste and I applied it on some cogs and gears :

I've added some leaves that I cut out from IndigoBluu Damage Damask-Mixed Media Paper Pad 6x6
and some  butterflies from IndigoBlu Floral fantasy -A5 rubber stamp. I also used IndigoBlu Steampunkesque A5 Red Rubber Stamp:

 I hope you enjoy it!

Saturday 22 October 2016

Introducing Guest Designer and our new Brand Ambassador Linda Simpson

It's "Time" to introduce a Guest Designer and new Indigoblu Brand Ambassador Linda Simpson.

Linda is based in the UK and loves all types of crafting from crochet to mixed media and steampunk. Today she is sharing a project using one of the IndigoBlu Small Clock Kits.

Using the small Clock kit and an MDF fob watch I painted a coat of Gesso over them both.  Once this was dry I mixed IndigoBlu acrylic paint Hot Cocoa with Gesso and again covered both MDF pieces.
Using one of the papers from the clock kit I adhered to the clock face and covered with a coat of Mod Podge. I stamped IndigoBlu Mechanics with Versafine vintage sepia.  Once this was dry I then dusted Luscious Powder Orange which adhered to the stamped image.

The fob watch outline I covered with a combination of Lemon Meringue and Burning Bonfire Acrylic Paint with a baby wipe as this gave it some texture.  To give it a rustic feel I then dabbed on with again a baby wipe metallic acrylic paint Pheasant Bronze.

Once the paint was dry I then added FlitterGlu to a foam pad and dabbed around the edge of the fob watch.  I then stamped the Mechanics stamp around the edge with Stazon.

Next was to add the numbers to the clock face. I did this by using the stencil which came with the kit, I mixed Super Thick Slap it on and Acrylic Metallic Paint Goldfinger.

Once everything was dry on both pieces I then adhered the clock face to the front of the fob watch outline.
The last item to attach to the project was the clock hands which came with the kit.  


Happy Crafting
Linda x