Sunday 17 February 2019

Hello 2019 !

Hello there and Happy New Year to you! 
Yes I know, how bad am I as we are now in February! 
It's such a shame but I'm wondering if people still read blogs as much as they use to. Sometimes I'm adding something to the blog and I wonder how many people will read it and leave me a comment. I love to share my crafting goings on but without any interaction from readers I really do wonder if its worth it..............
Anyway I thought, give it another go and see what 2019 brings.

So I will start off this years blogging by sharing some Artist Trading Coins (ATCoins) I have created to help inspire members of the 'I Love IndigoBlu' Facebook group as we are going to start a new swap starting on the 20th February. So if you are already a member then why not join in. If you are not a member but are interested please come and join us!

The first step for making one of the coins into a shaker ATCoin is to decorate a piece of white watercolour card stock. For this I mixed up some of the new colours of  Luscious Powder (Peacock, Bulfinch & Quail) with some tepid water in little spray bottles, then lightly sprayed the card. I sprayed two colours then dried the card then went back in with another of the colours. 

 I used my stamping platform and black Tonic  nuvo Hybrid ink so that I would get a better stamped impression of the New IB stamp Open your Heart over the sprayed card stock.
 I then used a 2 1/2" punch (You can also use a Die or draw around a glass if needs be) to punch out the front of the coin.
I then punched out 5 more 2 1/2" card circles with a 2" aperture punched out from the middle creating boarders to layer together to use instead of foam tape. ( if you have any funky foam you could use that to create the depth needed for a shaker card). 
The Collectors Edition Stamp no 23 Artist Trading Coin was stamped and punched out to use as the base of the shaker.

 From another piece sprayed card I punched out a boarder (done as above using the 2 different size punches).

 A circle of acetate was glued onto one of the white boarder pieces and then the coloured boarder was glued on top to create a lid. The remaining white boarder pieces were glued and layered up.
 The stack of boarders were glued to the shaker base making sure glue hadn't seeped though and two of the NEW colours of the Textured Art Stones were added inside to create the shaker. (Glitter or small beads would be good for this as well). The Acetate top was then glued into place.

 To create the other two coins I used Distress Oxide inks to create a background of colour first on watercolour card. The first coin was then stamped in green ink using the Calm and Relax stamp and the Peacock Luscious powder was mixed up with some the Super Thick Slap it on then put through part of the Moroccan Tile Stencil
The last coin was stamped using the  Fandangle Feathers, and using the Basket Weave Stencil Bullfinch Luscious powder was mixed up in the Super Thick Slap it on to create extra texture.
Extra details were added to the coins and I got to use one of the New Jane Davenport Gold Pens I purchased from the IndigoBlu shop. 
I have to say I'm loving using all of the above craft items.
So there you have it. ATCoins and one of them being a Shaker Coin. Enjoy.
Thanks for checking this out.
Happy Crafting and Swapping,
Sue  xx


  1. Hi Sue, I quite often read blogs but never comment. Your post has made me realise feedback is important. I shall endeavour to be more encouraging in future. Loved the shaker coin, wouldn't have thought of that in a month of Sundays.

    1. Hello there, thank you so much for leaving me your comment, means so much. I hope you come and say hello again. xx

  2. These are gorgeous Sue! I hope you do continue to blog because your projects are inspiring to me x

    1. Thank you Karen, its lovely to hear from you and i'm glad I can help to inspire you xx


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