Monday 15 April 2019

A little Mid Century Modern Card Making.

Hello there, so quite a few things have been happening over the last month which has kept me busy and I haven't had time to do any blogging so without further ado here is a quick tutorial for a card I created for the IndigoBlu show on 11th April on Hochanda.
Mike Deakin designed these stamp sets and I have to say that once I started using them I kept coming up with more and more ideas. 
If you would like to watch the shows yourself you should be able to watch them online for the next week. 11am Show & 3pm Show

I have called this my Delta Card 

Materials used
Mid Mod 1 & 2 Stamp Set
Matt Paints - Rouge, Grandma’s Teacup, Apricot Blush
FlitterGlu & Chariots of Fire Mega Flake, Scoochie
Phat Foam
Thin Tip Black Pen
White Stamping card, Black Card, Card Base
Post it notes, Ruler, Black Ink Pad
-For the front panel I cut out a 5” x 8” piece of white card
TIP-I stamped out the main shape from MM1 (the Delta or Arrowhead onto a stack of three post it notes), and cut them out so that I could make a rough template of where I wanted to place them. (This also helps when you are not sure what size panel of card you need).

-Make up a paint pad of each paint colour with a small piece of Phat Foam and spread a small amount of paint into the foam. Using one colour at a time, stamp out the Delta shape, one colour under the other leaving a small space between cleaning off the paint between colours. (Clean your stamp well, after you finish)!
-When the shapes are dry, use your ruler and black pen to draw a line to connect them all together. Draw a large dot on each end of the line.
-Using the MM2 stamp set, take the smaller circle and a black ink pad and stamp once over each of the coloured shapes.
-Going back to the MM1 set choose a sentiment and use a post it note to mask off a couple of the lines to enable you to stamp one line at a time onto sections of your card front.
- Now make up a glue pad with the Flitterglu, just as you did with paint and stamp out some of the smaller Atomic Starburst shape. Leave these to become really tacky (no sigh of white glue) then cover the images with the Mega Flakes. Rub the flake into the images and rub away excess flake. Take the Scoochie and rub over the flaked images to define the shapes. 

Put any spare flakes back into the pot.
-Round the corners of the decorated panel then Mat onto black card and a card blank rounding these corner as well.
Eveything you need to create this card can be found on the IndigoBlu Website.

If you have any questions or help, please let me know. 

Happy Crafting, Sue  xx

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

Sunday 14 October 2018

Tie Dying and Stamping with IndigoBlu

Hello there, today I have a project to share with you using the IndigoBlu Artists Acrylic Paints, which are also Fabric paints and some of the Newish 'Artist' Stamp sets.
I wanted to try a little Tie Dying with the paints as well as stamping images on the T-Shirt.
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 or you could use the Stroke of Midnight paint, stamp out images from “Artist Tools”, “Art gives you wings“ and “Art Studio” around the Tie-Dyed patterns. 

Step 6. Once dry, iron again to fix the stamped images.
Hand wash the T-Shirt the first time and after that you can machine wash it on a 40 degrees wash

Enjoy creating one of your own xx

Please check out the IndigoBlu Blog for more inspiration from the other TV Design Team members called the 'BluBirds'.

Happy Crafting,
Sue xx

Thursday 27 September 2018

Challenge Yourself With IndigoBlu- Master Board Technique

Hello everyone, have you missed me?
I have been busy with the family over the last couple of months with my daughters wedding and my other two moving away from home but now I'm back and to start off blogging again I have a tutorial to share with you on how to make up a batch of  cards creating a master board with paint as the background for cards. This blog post came about as an inspiration piece for the 'I Love IndigoBlu' unofficial fan page for the monthly challenges we run. This time the Theme is 'Christmas/ Winter and I'm going to make up a master board using shades of blue and the focus of the cards will one of the New Christmas Stamp A5 sets from IndigoBlu called Tree Dressing

Check out the 'I love IndigoBlu' Facebook page for details of the new 'Challenge yourself Event'. 
You of course don't have to make more than one card or project. My contribution was to give you some ideas xx
Kay and Alfie from IndigoBlu are very generous and give us fab prizes for the winner! Why not pop over and join in! 

IndigoBlu Items used
Stamp sets -Tree Dressing & Vintage Frame
Stencils -  Stars , Snow and Spirit of Christmas
English Cottage Artist Acrylic Paint - Sleeping Beauty, Purple Rain, Townhouse Teal and Snow White.
IB Watercolour card, Rice Paper and Super Thick Slap it On, Slap it on (matt), Unicorn Sparkles and Phat Foam (These items are all on the website)!
Water spray bottle, Spatula, White & coloured card, Card Blanks or make your own.

Whats next
Step 1. Using a spatula  put small dabs of paint onto your glass mat or a piece of plastic and spray with water. Carefully spread out the paint without mixing the colours together to much, spray again with water.
Lay the watercolour card down onto the paint and press. (There was enough paint left so I managed to use two pieces of card). Mop up any remaining paint with the rice paper. Leave the card and rice paper to dry or speed it up by using your heat tool.

2. Once the watercolour card is dry, use a piece of phat foam to add Sleeping Beauty paint through 'Star' stencil and then without cleaning the stencil use some of  the Snow White paint to create a pale blue colour through the stencil. Now fill in any gaps with the 'Snow' stencil and the Snow White paint. Spread some Purple Rain onto a piece of phat foam working it in to make a ink pad to use on the smaller circle frame from the Vintage Frame set and stamp across the master board. Use the side of a coffee stirrer or credit card to create lines of Town Teal across the MasterCard. Once dry cut up into different sizes and use to create a job lot of card fronts.

3. Onto the Rice Paper. I used the paint pad and circle frame stamp again and randomly stamped across the paper. Then using a dark blue ink I stamped 'Happy Holiday' from the Vintage Frame set in the centre of the round frames. Stars from the Tree Dressing set were stamped over the rice paper.

3.Now decide how you want to use the Master board. Here are some ideas from me. 

Stamping out images onto the master board panels or onto white card and cut out and colour.

Changing or highlighting some of the colours on the master board by using a weak solution of  bleach and water.

Using 'Super thick Slap it On' mixed with Paint and Unicorn Sparkles and using it through the word stencil.

Card 1.
Starting off with the Rice Paper, I cut off a piece that would cover a piece of 5 1/2" x  51/2" piece of card and used slap it on to stick it down and seal it. This was mounted onto a slightly bigger piece of black card then mounted onto a white card base. A square of the master board was matted onto black card and glued to the card front with a stamped sentiment from the Vintage frame set.

Card 2. 
Stamping straight onto a master board panel with the stockings and taking some of the colour out to highlight the stockings.Finish off the panel by sponging purple paint around the boarder. Using Thick Slap in on mixed with blue paint and Unicorn sparkles through the stencil. Mounted on green card then a card base.

Card 3. 
Stamping out the trees with green ink and using the same stencil and colour as above. The Reindeer and Stockings were stamped, cut out and coloured. These were then mounted on foam dots to give some dimension. The panel was finished off using some white puffy paint for snow dots and mounted as the card above.

Card 4.
Smaller panel of the master board was stamped with just the top of the tree. A Reindeer and string of lights were stamped, coloured and cut out. Mounted using the same technique as above.

Card 5.
Strings of lights were stamped and coloured at the top of a piece of white card then cut down to measure an 5"x8" card panel. A piece of the master board was cut into a panel of 4 1/2" by 2" and mounted onto green card and had "Christmas Wishes" stencilled across it with Super Thick Slap it on mixed with blue paint.This was then mounted onto black card and a white card base.

Card 6. 
Using my stamping platform I positioned the Reindeer to fit just to the right, bottom part of a 6"x6" piece of white card and inked up the stamp with black ink. Once the image was stamped  I glued in place a square of the master board into the centre of the white card. The Reindeer was still in place on the stamping platform and the image of the Reindeer lined up perfectly over the master board piece. I then stamped out stars and painted them in with a wash of purple and stamped a couple of the small stars out in green ink. Super thick slap it on was mixed with Unicorn sparkles and put through the stencil. The string of light bulbs were stamped out coloured and cut out. The card panel was then mounted onto green card and a card blank.

I still have more of the master board pieces left so I can make up some more cards in the same style as above.

These are my ideas and I hope it has given you some of your own and inspired you to start on your own cards and of course join in with the challenge. I look forwards to seeing what you create. 

Need some more inspiration then you really have to check out what Julie has created for this challenge.

Thank you for stopping by. Happy Crafting xx