Saturday, 24 June 2017

Aloysius In His English Country Garden

Welcome fans of IndigoBlu rubber stamps! For today's blog post we asked Jannet Blay from our International Design Team to show us her imaginative ideas for using the cutest little bear stamp, Aloysius, as part of what will now be a regular link up with Topflight Stamps, LLC.

Topflight Stamps is a new Art Stamp Online Store. They are a US based company that carries Rubber and Clear Stamps from different countries around the world. Check them out for unique international stamps, including IndigoBlu. All US orders over $50 ship free. We are so excited to be able to team up with them to share inspiration for designs now in stock in the US as well as at IndigoBlu's own online shop here in the UK.


First up Jannet shares a brand new project and step by step tutorial which also incorporates the large 'Victorian Garden' stamp set, also now available at Topflight Stamps. Then we highlight further projects created featuring 'Aloysius' to really get those creative juices flowing.


Hi Jannet here today with our darling Aloysius, who loves to sit in the beautiful flower garden at Brideshead.



I stamped Aloysius with black Archival ink. I decided to colour him with watercolours, but markers, pencils, or inks would be perfect too. Aloysius always wears his signature check scarf, so I fussy cut him and then cut slits around his neck (so sorry Aloysius).I cut a length of check fabric and draped it around his neck.


For the background I used a wash of blue watercolour for the sky and left gaps where the white paper would show through to form the clouds. I mixed some grassy green watercolour and swept it over the bottom part of the background.


When the watercolour was still wet I crumpled up some copy paper and pressed it onto the wet green paint. It left a lovely random pattern.



I cut a slit in the background scene and slid Aloysius into it, adhering him on the other side. Around Aloysius I stamped and heat embossed the flowers from the IndigoBlu Victorian Garden Stamp set.



I stamped and heat embossed lots of flowers onto card and fussy cut them, and then used foam pads to adhere them to the picture. I overlapped some of them to give some depth and fun to the picture.To finish the card I edged the picture with black ink, and then adhered it onto a scalloped edged white card.

I hope you have fun playing with the gorgeous Aloysius, I know he can't wait to meet you xx

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And now we get to see more of Jannet's fabulous ideas for using this wonderful little bear. Here's one from January 2017 (click on her name to see the original post and more details);


And isn't this just the most wonderful teddy bear hanger from April 2017!


Products used for the step by step tutorial include;

Friday, 23 June 2017

Blooming Marvellous Mini Album

Hello everyone! It's Solange Marques here again and today I'll share with you a new project using the fabulous IndigoBlu products!
I've made a mini album in a can based on the month's theme, Blooming Marvellous!
Then I've used a lot of flowers stamps.
Here is the cover:



I've covered the can and all of the pages with IndigoBlu Damage Damask Mixed Media paper.
Inside on the the can, I've used IndigoBlu Blooming Great A5 Red Rubber Stamp.


I've used Luscious Pigment Powder to color it


 On this page I've used IndigoBlu Poppy Meadow A5 Red Rubber Stamp:

 Here, IndigoBlu Floral Fantasy A5 Res Rubber Stamp:


On the reverse, I've used IndigoBlu Color Me Stamps:


IndigoBlu Colour Me Anenone A6 Red Rubber Stamp:


IndigoBlu Colour Me Lily A6 Red Rubber Stamp:


IndigoBlu Colour Me Dahlia A6 Red Rubber Stamp:


 IndigoBlu Colour Me Daisy A6 Red Rubber Stamp and IndigoBlu Shine Bright A5 Red Rubber Stamp:


I hope you enjoy it!!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Inspiration from International Design Team members Ksenija, Cec and Giovanna

Lots more inspiration today from Ksenija, Cec and Giovanna. To check out further details and their tutorials, head over to their personal blogs via the links.




Monday, 19 June 2017

Inspiration from Autumn, KayM, Cheremane and Solange

Lots more inspiration this morning from Autumn, KayM, Cheremane and Solange. To check out further details of the tutorial head over to their own blogs via the links.







Sunday, 18 June 2017

Inspiration from Jannet and Emilia

There's the most gorgeous floral inspiration on the blog this morning from Jannet and Emilia. Check out the full tutorials by heading over to their own blogs (via the links below);

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Guest Designer Trish Latimer


Hi there!
Trish Latimer here, very happy and honoured to be sharing a post today on the blog!

For those that don’t know me, I’m a messy painty mixed media artist, into all things colourful and quirky! I also love drawing faces and figures, and I have my own range of WhimsyGirl rubber stamps
Oh, and I am also Editor of the best mixed media magazine around, Craft Stamper!

In February, I was thrilled to be asked to be a guest demonstrator for IndigoBlu at the UK trade show, Stitches. I had an absolute blast, and loved showing people how I created painty backgrounds for the figures I had made using the stunning face stamps by Kay. The journal pages I created there have since been featured on Hochanda (squeeeee!), with Kay doing an AMAZING job showing how to recreate the look!

I thought I would share a step by step tutorial on how I create figures from the faces, but first, here is the finished piece…


So, how to create the figures? (Please bear in mind that these are ‘quirky’ people, so might not be anatomically to scale)
Firstly, stamp the head, and then sketch in the ‘body’ (or shape of the dress). As a general rule I simply extend the lines from the sides of the neck, flaring out slightly as I go…




Next, extend the lines of the shoulders. For most of my figures, I’m not sketching actual body shapes, these are the clothes shapes, so the shoulders can be exaggerated to form sleeves.


For this dress, I wanted a collar, so this gets sketched in next…



The sleeve shapes can be finalised…



I’m rubbish at drawing hands, so most of my girls either have their hands behind their backs, or I draw an extra ‘something’ that they can be holding without the need to draw an accurate hand! This little lady had her hands behind her back…



Details can now be added, then the sketched lines that you want to keep can be drawn in with a permanent fine liner pen. You may notice that my figure ‘stops’ halfway down! I know the size of the background I’ll be placing her on, so I don’t need to draw in the rest. Of course, lines can be extended down, and legs and feet added if the whole person will be on show.



She can now be coloured! The ‘extra’ bit of stamped neck that was present in the collar was simply gessoed over before colouring.



All kinds of clothes can be drawn for your figure, check out fashion magazines or web sites for inspiration about necklines or dress shapes!



I then created a painty background using IndigoBlu paints, and background stamps collected from lots of different IndigoBlu stamp plates. No space here today to share just how I created the background, but if any of you are curious then I have video tutorials showing the process. The links to these can be found on my blog: http://www.inkpaintbeads.blogspot.co.uk/



The finishing touch was a wonderful phrase from the Mindfulness plate. I hope you like her!

 



Thank you so much for having me!
Trish xxx





Friday, 16 June 2017

Book of Flowers

Hello, Kay M here today to share my project with this month's theme, Blooming Marvellous. It has been inspired by the lovely Jenny Marples, she kindly gave me a set of Eileen Hull's journal die she had cut for from mount board and a painting technique she demonstrated last year. I've made a Book of Flowers to store my flower seeds both brought in and saved from the garden.


A piece of calico was cut 3cm larger than the made up mount board journal and placed onto a craft mat. Lemon Meringue, Burning Bonfire and MulberryBush paints was painted in horizontal strips onto the calico and then sprized with water to blend, it was then left to dry.
 

Images from Victorian Garden and Nature 1 was then stamped in black Archival ink. The calico was the attached to the journal using Fabric Slap-It-On and eyelets attached when dry.


A sheet of Damaged Dots paper was used to line the inside covers and make pen/pencil and label holders. 



I made one signature, the cover could hold up to three, from kraft card, all the pages were the same with a pocket for a packet of seeds an space for notes. Before making up the signature each page was decorated on both sides, firstly a wash of white Gee-Sso-Good, then random brush strokes of diluted Lemon Meringue, Burning Bonfire and Mulberry Bush paints. When these were dry Giant Poppy and Giant Peony was stamped over with black ink, finally white Gee-Sso-Good was sponged to provide areas to make notes.


The tie closure was coloured with Burning Bonfire and secured with a button and a couple of tassels were attached to finish.


May your summer be full of colourful flowers.

Take care, Kay M