Friday 27 January 2017

1 Stamp 5 ways: Only for Cat Lovers

Giovanna here, aka a crazy cat lady...and this post is dedicated to one of myfavourite IndigoBlu stamp and cats...:-)
I definitely love this stamp "Kibble Kits"designed by Gem:
Kibble Kits A6 Red Rubber Stamp by Gem
And here are five different ways to use it: in an ArtJournal page, featuring my lovely Dido, I used the stamp on a piece of gesso page cut in a heart shape, and as background:
Stamping the whole stamp, coloring it with Gelatos and cut in squares, to make a card:

Stamping the whole stamp, coloring it with Gelatos just one detail and adhering to a card
Stamping the whole stamp, coloring it with Gelatos, cut  to shape and then mounted to make a couple of fun, colourful earrings
And least but not least, stamping on fabric coloured with acrylic paint and then gluing the fabric to an empty masking tape rolls, to create a couple of bangles.

SO, what's your favourite stamp? And in how many ways you can use it?

Thursday 26 January 2017

Vintage Travel Canvas

It is Cec here and I am bringing you a canvas I made using some of my favourite IndigoBlu stamps.  Like most people, I couldn't just pick one favourite so I chose some that I thought went together quite nicely.

I started by taking a 5" x 7" canvas and covering it with Gee-SSo Good White.  Then I used some texture paste and the Texture stencil to add some interest on the edges.  I also added some paste with my fingers and made some areas that were simple bumpy.

Next I painted around the edges and a portion of the canvas top with Hot Cocoa English Cottage paint and then dry brushed some Goldfinger Metallic paint on top.

I cut four strips of chipboard, covered them with some old book paper and then gave them a coat of watered down Lemon Meringue English Cottage paint followed by a light dry brushing of Hot Cocoa.

The next step was to add some Distress Spray Stain in Gathered Twigs and Tarnished Brass.  I also added some Red Oxide acrylic ink.  Once the inks were dry I dabbed on some Pheasant Bronze Metallic paint.

The next two steps and a couple later on are missing photos because just after I had completed them, our anti-virus software started to indicate that there were hundreds of thousands of files infected with viruses and quarantining the files on every computer in the house.  Talk about panic setting in but after a few hours we discovered that these were false positives and the company had installed a fix so we could restore all the files from quarantine.  Unfortunately a few files would not restore and some were the photos I wanted to show you.

So, the next step was to add some stenciling with the Texture stencil and the Believe stencil using Coffee Archival ink.

Following that I lined the panels up the way I wanted them to look on the finished canvas, carefully taped them together on the back and then turned them over and stamped the dirigible from the Grand Tour I set and the hot air balloon from the Grand Tour III set using Jet Black Archival Ink.

I decided to add some texture at this point so I mixed a drop of Orange Blossom reinker with Super Thick Slap It On and put it through the Texture stencil.

At this point I adhered the panels to the canvas but since I decided to leave a bit of space between each panel, I had to go back and paint the rest of the canvas.

I used Versamark embossing ink and stamped some clocks from the Good Times set onto some transparencies and then heat embossed them with some Copper Embossing Powder.  All the clocks were fussy cut.  This photo shows my first attempt using Gold Embossing Powder because the photo in Copper is one that I lost.  Transparencies are slippery so the stamping is not crisp but I loved the outcome because it added to the vintage feel and as long as I kept my heat gun high enough and moving, it did not warp or melt.

Now it was time to add some embellishments.  I pulled all sorts of metal and wooden pieces from my stash and my husband's workroom and set about to alter them so there was a consistent copper theme.  Metal pieces were altered with Rust Alcohol Ink blended with Copper Mixative Alcohol Ink and wooden pieces were painted with Miss Moneypenny Metallic paint.  I used Super Thick Slap It On to attach all the embellishments and usually find that using my finger to smear it on is the easiest way.

I know this was a long post but I hope there are something to inspire you to dig out your favourite IndigoBlu products and play.

Wednesday 25 January 2017


Hello Everyone and Welcome!

Today Ksenija is here, and I am happy to share with you a new project dedicated to the approaching St Valentine Day.

I am featuring one stamp set by IndigoBlu Plume and demonstrating megaflakes in combination with watercolour markers.

I started with stamping down the biggest feather from Plume set in black archival ink and then continued with stamping in FlitterGlu and Autumn Blaze Megaflakes. Foil flakes are resistant to watercolor and I easily coloured the impression with watercolour markers.

I love a marble effect of Autumn Blaze Megaflakes and slightly raised texture they add to an impression. This time I unevenly applied FlitterGlu to the stamp to avoid full coverage of the image.

An elegant one word sentiment stamped in matching deep red archival ink completes the card. To balance the colour scheme I stamped splatters from the same set in black ink and mounted the card panel to a black card stock base.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope, you enjoy this card and you will play with Plume set before St Valentine day.

I am wishing you a bright sunny day!

IndigoBlu Supplies Used:
GlitterFlu Kit
Autumn Blaze

Tuesday 24 January 2017

Winged Heart Mixed Media Valentine

Autumn with you today sharing an altered art Valentine created with our lovely Flutterby stamp.  This month we are working with our favorite stamp and this is by far my favorite!  I wanted to do something different and decided to stamp it out in a color, because I so often stamp in black.

I used Fired Brick Distress Ink and stamped onto some brownish inky paper.  I drew a heart onto chipboard and cut it out.  I embossed it with an ultra thick embossing powder mix for texture.

My sweet friend Barbara was cleaning out her stash and gave me a stack of restaurant coasters, which I thought would be the perfect base for a collage - I was in the mood to get messy!  I covered one with french book pages randomly, then while the adhesive was wet I sprinkled on tiny Art Stones and wiped away any that didn't adhere fully before giving a few sprays of ink.  I used some vintage lace and crochet that Barbara had given me for texture and contrast and glued on a strip of corrugated board, as a base for my sentiment.

I gave it all a good splash of watery black GeeSso Good! gesso and then added some Chocolate Box Megaflake with FlitterGlu along the edges.

I glued on my text strips and added some tiny staples.

And here's a closeup of the embossed heart - what fun!  I hope you are inspired to ink your stamps in a new way today and get your hands messy.  Thanks for your visit - Autumn :)

Monday 23 January 2017

Butterfly canvas

Hello everyone! It's Solange Marques here and today I'll share with you more a project using the fabulous IndigoBlu products. This month we must choose our favorite stamp to make a project. It's a hard task because I love all of the stamps from IndigoBlu, but I am in love with butterflies and I choose Flutterby Dinkie .

 I've created a canvas.
First of all I glued down a photo on Square Flat Canvas and I prolonged my photo using acrylic paints:

 Then I used some backgrounds stamps (I love them)!
I've used Ledger Background and Script Background:

I've added Flutterby Dinkie:

 I hope you enjoy it!

Sunday 22 January 2017

A Card with Chemistry Lab

Hello IndigoBlu fans!

Emmy here today sharing a card I created with two of my favourite stamp sets from IndigoBlu - "Chemistry Lab" and "Industrial Lamps" -

For the sentiment I used heat embossing with Gold embossing powder. Then I coloured the background using Tim Holtz Stormy Sky and Broken China distress ink pads.

Then I stamped the lamp on another piece of white cardstock using Indigoblu FlitterGlu and Chocolate Box megaflakes. Then I fussy cut the image and coloured it with a mixture of Tim Holtz Scattered StrawTea Dye and Spiced Marmalade distress ink pads.

I hope I managed to inspire you today!

Come back soon for more inspirational projects from our design team!


Monday 16 January 2017

Lost in Thought

Hello and welcome, Kay M here today to share my project with this month's theme of using one of my favourite IndigoBlu stamps.  I managed to narrow my choice down to a 'smallish' list, but am unable to have one overall favourite, so this canvas uses today's favourite, Lost in Thought,  with runner up sets, Limor Circles and Plume!

I re purposed a 20cm2 canvas board. It had Croma Crackle applied to it for a another project but as I didn't like how it turned out, I decided to make it the base for this project.  Extra texture was added with fine paste through the Weird Science stencil and the whole board was painted with black Gee-Sso-Good.  When dry,  Luscious powders were brushed all over, and lightly sprayed with water to set.  Silver Luscious powder was mixed with water and applied to the raised areas and edges with my finger, a bottle top was used as a stamp with the silver mixture, and  White Gee-Sso-Good was splattered to finish the background.       

The focus of the canvas was made with wooden stirrers, both wide and narrow.   They were glued together to make boards with wood glue and taped behind with tape. 

When dry these wooden panels painted with White Gee-Sso-Good   and again left to dry. Then the images were stamped with black Archival ink, and coloured with Distress inks.   

I cut two of the narrow boards in half, and edged all of them with black pen.   Then a length of thin string was coloured with Luscious powders and wrapped round in places.  

Once all the elements had been arranged and I was happy with the composition, they were attached using silicon glue.

I do hope you have enjoyed today's favourite stamp(s!)  It is a near impossible to choose just one but if you could, which one would be yours?

Take care,  Kay M

Friday 13 January 2017

Luscious Butterfly

Hello Cheremane here with you today with one of my favourite IndigoBlu Stamps Big Butterfly, this was the very first stamp I purchased which got me hooked.

I started with the Script Stencil and spread a layer of Super Thick Slap It On over and let it dry naturally which does not take very long at all. Making sure you wash my stencil straight away.

Once the Super Thick Slap It On was dry I mixed some of the Teal & Lavender Luscious powder with some water in spritz bottles and started spraying my background building up the colour slowly drying off between each layer.

When it was fully dry I took a baby wipe a gently wiped over the Super Thick Slap It On to reveil the white underneath as it will act as a resist. Wowee look at that shimmer from the Luscious Powders!

I then stamped the Big Butterfly stamp onto some IndigoBlu Stamping card with black archival ink and then coloured it in with the Teal & Lavender Luscious Powder.

To complete my card I took another very useful stamp set by IndigoBlu Design Alphabet and stamped the word FLY in black archival ink. I used a die on the one edge of my background to create a circle on the one edge.

I'm not very good at fussy cutting butterfly antenna out so I used some wire stem's from some paper flowers as I always cut them off the flowers so instead of putting them in the bin I put them to good use. I added the Big Butterfly to my card using 3d glue gel.

We would love to know what your favourite IndigoBlu stamp is, I know there are some many gorgeous Indigoblu stamps and for me it really was so hard to choose. 
Thank you for joining me today hope to see you again soon.
Cheremane x