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Hi everyone and welcome to the start of a new week here at IndigoBlu. Jenny reporting for duty with a card design for all those celebrating exam success (with two at my house awaiting these I’m crossing everything we’ll be celebrating I can tell you!!!) This one combines those English Cottage Artist’s Acrylic Paints, Mega Flakes and a spot of die cutting.






For this one I started with some plain white card, added some Old Paper Distress Stain all over (it’s really good to get it blotchy and looking aged) then reached for the Wimberry Pie paint. It looks regal and is – as my eldest puts it – ‘gender non-specific’, meaning it suits boys and girls. The lettering was stamped using the A5 Design Alphabet set and the paint, as were lines; apply the paint to the side of a Slim Jim block unevenly with a brush to get that distressed look. I used one of those (now unnecessary) large acrylic blocks to add lines of Flitter Glu and Chariot of Fire Mega Flakes. Finally a little paint was splattered over a few areas of the background to emulate an ink splattered exercise book, from the days before they used i-pads!!!




Now for the central panel. The chalkboard look is always a winner for this theme and is incredibly easy when you use black card and White Gee-Sso Good! with your alphabet stamps. I’ve left my set in one block as it makes it easier to stamp accurate lines and blocks. The edge of the panel was patted with some chalk to finish.




The main ‘Congrats’ sentiment was a little more time consuming to create but is well worth the effort to make your lettering stand out. Each letter was stamped onto card, fussy cut and painted with Goldfinger paint. Let this air dry to get the full effect of the shine from this paint as using your heat gun can dull it a little.




And now for those die cuts. There are lots of ‘office style’ dies to be used with plain card and then it’s just a case of colouring with the same media you’ve used previously to keep the colour scheme tight. It’s a really good idea to move your shapes around before settling on a design and getting that glue out. The mortar board was easy to create by resizing and printing a clip art image onto card and cutting it out. You can always paint it with Black Gee-Sso Good! if the ink isn’t dark enough.




There you have it for today, well at least here… don’t forget it’s the start of a new challenge over at the IndigoBlu Challenge Blog. You’ll need to head on over there to find out who last month’s winners were and what the theme is for this month!

Jenny x

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6 Comments on Congratulations

  1. Gorgeous card Jenny. Great techniques to produce another stunner. Beautiful work.
    Lisa xxx

    Lisa Winnard | July 21, 2014 at 10:23 am () ()
  2. Fabulous card Jenny and that colour is perfect for exam time. Good luck for your Boy’s, Elizabeth xxx

    Elizabeth | July 21, 2014 at 12:05 pm () ()
  3. Oh my goodness Jenny, all that fussy cutting (!) but the letters do look amazing. The blue paint really does have a regal look to it and the neutral colours and splattering in the background create such an ‘aged’ look to your fantastic card. I hope both of your lovely boys get to receive cards just like this! Anne xx

    Anne R | July 21, 2014 at 4:14 pm () ()
  4. What a brilliant card for a successful scholar!

    Deborah (rustycage11) | July 21, 2014 at 8:09 pm () ()
  5. Love the card and thanks for sharing.

    Kay | July 21, 2014 at 11:46 pm () ()
  6. Stunning card Jenny!! Fabulous design and great techniques!! x

    Margaret Mifsud | July 24, 2014 at 1:15 pm () ()