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