Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Father's Day with Indigo Blu

Hello my lovely creative friends

Well Daddy's Day is almost upon us and I'm reliably informed that many people find it difficult when it comes to cards for the Men in our lives.

Over at Indigo Blu HQ, Kay and Alfie have kindly agreed to offer a promotional 20% discount to all our crafting friends. Simply take a look at the male inspired designs created by our talented design team for inspiration and leave a little creative love in their comments box. Enter FD20 at the checkout to receive your discount on the stamps listed below. The offer is available until 17th June 2018.

The Draughtsman
Drive Hard
Fly High
Travelling Home
Grand Tour I
Grand Tour II
Steampunkesque
Circus Alphabet

So let's get started....


To begin with,  cut a 14cm square panel from Indigo Blu Watercolour card. Using a non stick mat, add a 2p sized amount of acrylic paint in Fair, Medium Tan, Hot Cocoa, Ugly Duckling and Coastal Walk. Leave a space between them before adding a liberal amount of water either with a paint brush or a water spritz. Swish your cardstock through the paint. The colour should be subtle, if not a another spritz of water, heat and repeat. (Colour can be gently removed prior to heating with a baby wipe.


Using Phatt Foam, pick up a little Ugly Duckling Acrylic Paint and add carefully to the card panel edges. You can distress the outer edges of the card with the paint then remove with a baby wipe to avoid the colour being too intense if required.


Take the Faded Dots Stencil and mask off an area using sticky notes. I masked off a horizontal strip just above centre, covering the area where the cogs stamp would go. Apply Texture Pate with a palette knife and set aside to dry naturally. Once dry, add more watered down Ugly Duckling Paint into the centre of the card area. Spritz with water and allow to drip down the cardstock. Dry thoroughly with a heat tool.


Mix up 2 teaspoons of clear embossing powder with a 1/4 mixture each of Verdigris and Bronze Luscious Powders and mix well. Stamp the gears stamp from the Fly High Stamp Set down the left hand half of the card. Apply the Luscious Embossing Powder and heat, use a soft brush to remove the remaining luscious shimmer (this will slightly darken the embossed area).

Take Iced Spruce distressing ink and stamp the blueprint stamp in various places around the central area of the card. If your inkpad is very juicy stamp onto your craft mat first before stamping onto your card panel.


Using a large Slim Jim acrylic sheet, mix more Ugly Duckling paint with water towards the edge. Take a medium brush and flick the paint off the edge of the acrylic sheet onto the card panel. I've tried many ways of splattering paint and this is by far the most reliable and least messy of them all!


Here is a few close up shots....



Next stamp the Draughtsman onto Indigo Blu Watercolour Cardstock using Black Permanent Ink. Now stamp him onto a sticky note, ensuring his head is stamped over the tacky strip. Cut him out and mask the main image. Using the distress ink method from earlier, ink up the Collector's Edition No.4 Numbers Stamp. Stamp over the Draughtsman's head before removing the mask.

Cut down to size before inking the edges with Phatt Foam and Ugly Duckling Acrylic Paint. Cut a piece of corrugated card to size, distress and ink the edges as before. Take an old pen nib and add a length of wire before attaching to the card panel. Mount and set aside.


Stamp a sheet of cream heavy weight paper with the Map stamp from the Grand Tour II Set using the Iced Spruce Distress Ink. Using a knitting needle or kebab skewer, wrap the map paper around before tearing away the remainder and sticking the edge in place to create map straws. Cut to size, long enough to fit behind your dapper chap. Distress the edges and colour with Ugly Duckling Acrylic paint and Phatt Foam.


Die cut a few medium cogs using any die set. Mix a little regular sand with Ugly Duckling Paint and cover the cogs thickly. Apply direct heat with your heat tool to create bubbling within the paint layer. set aside to cool. In the mean time, mix a little water with Gold Luscious Powder to create a thick paint. Repeat with Bronze and Green Luscious Powders. As the paints start to dry gently apply a little to the cogs using your finger. This will have he same effect as using gilding wax without the smell.

Finally, cut a layer of brown card to 14.3cm. Mat and layer up the completed card panel and attach to a cream 14.8cm square card. Attach the map straws and cogs with wet glue. Take your quote stamp from Grand Tour I and stamp in black permanent ink before attaching your dapper Draughtsman using Super Thick Slap it On.


Why don't you visit the rest of the Indigo Blu design team for some amazing inspiration? Just follow the links below.

Don't forget to claim your 20% discount at Indigo Blu on selected stamp sets. Just quote FD20 at the checkout - valid until 17th June 2018. Offer includes: 

Thanks for stopping by. If you've enjoyed your visit, please leave a comment.

Bye for now, Julie x


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