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

Friday, 21 October 2016

IndigoBlu October Challenge - Monochrome

Good morning,

It's Challenge Day!  This month's theme is a nice easy one, Monochrome.  We have some beautiful inspiration for you, but first, our winners from last months challenge, Autumn Wildlife.

Our random winner of the stamps prize, is:
Congratulations Sue!  We will be in touch shortly to arrange your prize.

Our Top 3 this month, as chosen by the DT, and who get a Guest Designer spot in our Challenge reminder post are:

1. No 4 - Angela
2. No 3 - Kelly
3. No 1 - Shelagh

Congratulations to you all, we will be in touch shortly.

As always, we have prizes on offer each month,  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 theDesign Team in the tabs on the sidebar.

So first up it's our winner from last month with her gorgeous Guest Inspiration for you, Amanda.

Amanda told us:  I was happily surprised that I was drawn as the winner of the Bright & Beautiful Blog Challenge, and must confess that I have had the Jane Stamp for a few years - but hadn't had the courage to use her up until I stumbled upon the Challenge and I'm so glad I did- the inspiration from everyone is fabulous, so for everyone thinking they can't you really CAN!! Grab those wonderful Indigo Blu Stamps and have a go! 

Please hop over to Amanda's blog to see how she made this lovely piece, and leave her some love if you have time. x

Next up it's our lovely Sheila.  I mistakenly asked Sheila to design for this month's challenge, but I'm so glad she did!  We have been thrilled to have her make something for us in both September and October!

Sheila told us:  I received my parcel with the stamps I bought from my win last month, and decided to use Floral fantasy, and Elsie.  Such beautiful stamps, I put them all together today, I hope you like them as much as I do.

Sheila doesn't have a blog, but does log in to the IB blog every day, and is a loyal IndigoBlu fan, so please leave her lots of love in your comments below, I know she will see them and appreciate them.

And here is the inspiration from our fabulous DT:



Wow!  Some stunning inspiration here, I hope it's got you all fired up to take on the challenge of Monochrome! 

Don't forget, all we need is that you use IndigoBlu stamps in your makes, and that's all the rules there are.

Can't wait to see what you create!

Join in HERE:

Best Wishes,
The IndigoBlu Challenge Design Team
& Guest Designers.