Thursday, 26 May 2016

Mixed Media Card

Hi Lovelies

Georgie here with you today and I'm sharing a mixed media style card!

I used some gorgeous new Indigo Blu products, have you seen some of the new colours...? Once I had added my textured base I used some Gee-Sso Good just lightly over the top and then added Hot Cocoa paint, but sprayed and spritzed to get the painterly effect.

Once that layer was dry, I added Raven Black to create some shadows, and then brushed over the top with Pheasant Bronze. Stamping close to the focal I used Tiny Textures stamp.

Finally I highlighted with Goldfinger, lightly over the top.

The heart was a piece of die cut chipboard. I used some Flitter Glue and Chariots of Fire Mega Flakes, applied a layer of gloss, but went back over with some Hot Cocoa. Just smudged a bit on with my fingers and then randomly dabbed the Flitter Glue and repeated with the flakes to get the distress look to the heart.

Before I added the heart I added some thread and used odd chipboard pieces to help raise it up above the textured base.

Thank you for joining me today and hope you're enjoying the challenge this month.


Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Word Blocks #1 | Clean and Simple Cards

Hello Everyone and Welcome! Ksenija is here today highlighting Word Block #1 stamp set.

This set contains all occasions words so easy to use for card making. For the cards I demonstrate today I selected Beauty and Thanks words and started with stamping them down to white card stock.

Then I inked Vintage Flourish with light dye inks and rolled it randomly across Word Blocks impressions. The Word Blocks and black mats are die cut with Sizzix Square dies.

To add a little bit of shine and to soften black frames I stamped Honeycomb Background with FlitterGlu and covered the impressions with Chariot of Fire Mega Flakes.

To create main panels I stamped flowers and a rose branch from Live Laugh Love stamp set in Archival ink and coloured the impressions with watercolour markers.

For additional dimension I popped up the Word Blocks with a foam tape.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

IndigoBlu Supplies used:
Word Blocks #1
Honeycomb Background
Chariot of Fire Megaflakes
Vintage Flourish
Live Laugh Love

Saturday, 21 May 2016

May Challenge - May.. All your dreams come true

Hi everyone,

The Indigoblu challenge is here again, this month our theme is 'May....All your dreams come true'.  You can interpret this how you wish, colours, stamps, paints etc, as long as you use Indigoblu stamps in your work.

We also have on offer a fabulous prize of Indigoblu stamps of your choice as follows:

As always, you have 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 random winner of the April challenge, 'Spring is in the air', is:  

Congratulations SunshinePen, we will be in touch shortly to arrange your prize.  Our Top 3, who get a Guest Designer spot, as picked by the DT are:

1. No 7 - Isle of Crafty Creations
2. No 10 - Craft Room Delights
3. No 2 - Ellie Knol

Congratulations all, we will be in touch shortly.

Our winner from last month, Jannet, has joined us as Guest Designer this month and created this beautiful piece for us:

Jannet said: I used the lovely Clumber Park set for this scene, which I chose for my winning prize!

Thank you Jannet, this is absolutely fabulous and you've done a great job with your prize, thank you for joining us as Guest Designer this month.  I wonder what the dog is dreaming - about catching those birds I expect! 

And of course we have our amazing DT's inspiration for you:

A huge thank you to our amazing team, and the lovely Jannet for her Guest DT piece, I'm sure you will agree they are all fantastic!  The ladies would love it if you stopped by their blogs too.

You can join in our challenge below, we'd love to see what you create. The entries we see every month are truly inspirational.

Best Wishes,

The Indigoblu Challenge DT
& Guest Designer Jannet.

An InLinkz Link-up

Friday, 20 May 2016

Inspiration from Solange Marques, Ksenija Rizova, Elizabeth Robinson and Jenny Marples

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;

Ksenija Rizova

Thank you ladies for all your beautiful creations. We can't wait to see more!

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Inspiration from Candy Rosenberg, Beck Beattie and Kay Molyneux

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;

Thank you ladies for all your beautiful creations. We can't wait to see more from the team tomorrow!

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Inspiration from Marie Johansson, Georgie Connelly and Monika Januszewska

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;

Thank you ladies for all your beautiful creations. We can't wait to see more from the team tomorrow!

Monday, 16 May 2016

Roses on Fabric

Hello, Kay Molyneux here. Today I would like to share my painting on fabric project with you. I used calico material instead of a blank canvas and painted, stencilled and stamped it with the IndigoBlu English Cottage Artist's Acrylic paints, then attached it to an old photo frame to display it. As this was a bit of an experiment there are not any step by step photos but I'll talk you through what I did.

Two lengths of calico fabric, one big enough to cover the photo frame, the other for the sentiments and was painted with Townhouse Teal, Kingfisher Blue and Snow White paints an blended together with water to produce a wash. When dry, Snow White paint was stencilled through the Floral Fantasy stencil on the main panel. The leaves were stencilled through the Laurel Leaves stencil with Hunters Green and Lime Marmalade paints mixed together in different ratios.    

Mulberry Bush paint was mixed with a little fine textured paste then applied through the Roses stencil and left to dry. Mulberry Bush was painted over the roses, the stencil was then replaced and Snow White paint applied, I used my finger for this. An extra rose was produced with spare fabric in the same way and cut out.

Words from Word Block #1 stamp set were stamped onto the remaining painted fabric with Raven Black paint and mounted onto card.

To finish, the panel was attached to the old photo frame, the sentiments added, the cut out rose attached. Gems just added a little 'bling'.

I had a lot fun experimenting and do hope you feel inspired to have a go too!

Until next time, take care, Kay M

Stencils-    Floral Fantasy,  Laurel Leaves, Roses,                 

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Inspirational mixed media canvas with Beck BT

Hi Everyone, it's Beck Beattie here today to share with you an inspirational canvas full of fun and texture using some of my favourite Indigoblu products.

MegaFlake really transforms a paper die into something extra special, and full of metallic goodness.

I love how the Big Butterfly stamped onto the acetate gives a softer and see through look.   

Here you can get up close with the texture created with the 'Slap it On' and paper towel in the background.

Products I used:


 Big Butterfly                      Gee-Sso Good! Gesso (White)                 Slap It On matt

          MegaFlake Lankshire Rose                                   Megaflake Starter Kit without MegaFlake

The process:
  • Create texture on the canvas using Indigblu 'slat-it-on' Matt and some pieces paper towel.  Paint the slap it on in between layers and create fun texture - allow to dry
  • Apply a coat of Gee Sso Good Gesso in white over the top
  • Add some colour using gelatos or a colour spray
  • Additionally add some metallic rub over the top picking up some of the texture.  
  • Stamp the 'Big Butterfly' stamp onto some acetate with permanent ink such as StazOn ink in Jet Black.  Allow to dry and then fussy cut the image out.
  • Coat the die cut frame using the mega flake by first adding some FlitterGlu and then adding Lankshire Rose Mega Flake before using the scrubbie to remove the excess Megaflake from the piece.  
  • Adhere some twine beads and the butterfly along with the die cut frame  twine.  
  • Finish off with some inspirational words for your canvas.
All the above elements work well to support and accent the most important part of the page - the photo!  

I hope you enjoyed my share and I've inspired you today

Happy Creating!

xxxBeck BT