21 July 2014

The First Noel... for IndigoBlu

Hi everyone and thanks for returning for my second post of the day (the first can be seen HERE and includes news... ) As you'll be aware (I hope!) it's the 21st of the month so that means the launch of a new challenge over at the IndigoBlu Challenge Blog and the theme this month is 'Christmas in July'. Yep, that's my personal nemesis! Frankly the thought of having to create anything festive at this time of year is not a prospect I relish, but when the DT call you gotta "pull on those big girl knickers" (to quote the wonderful Rita :)


You'll not have seen these stamp designs before as they are quite literally hot of the press (a press I've now seen and boy, is it hot!) The main A6 design is called 'Rockin' Robin'. What can I tell you about it... well it's incredibly detailed and beautifully designed which means all you need to do is stamp it onto a coloured background and you've got something that looks fantastic. That's ideal when you need to get those A6 cards made in a jiffy, and it's one you'll be reaching for time and again.


Clearly you're expecting to see something a little more detailed from me so I heat embossed the stamping before blending various Distress Inks over the card. The robin was fussy cut, inked, clear embossed and overlaid onto the image to give it even more impact and definition. The 'Noel' Dinkie stamp (used for the sentiment) matches the lettering on the Design Alphabet, Design Numbers and latest Design Merry Christmas stamp sets, making it perfect for personalising your cards and projects.


Normally I wouldn't even consider stamping detailed wording with Distress Inks as these inks are designed to remain fluid and therefore have the potential to 'bleed out' before drying, but actually as I only wanted to use the word in the middle of the stamp I used a Distress Marker and you can see I hope how clear and crisp the result was on plain white card.


To finish some festive greenery was die cut and I painted with with some of the English Cottage Artist's Acrylic paints to make sure it coordinated (with Glossy Accents on the berries). And then there's that embossed background... now then, can I spy 'Snow White' getting in on the act?!!!


There are lots of teasers here to whet your appetite for the new releases and I hope you love what you see as much as I do. For your part I'm hoping you'll be joining in with the new IndigoBlu challenge 'Christmas in July' to be in with a chance of winning some fabulous prizes and even get a jump on those festive cards into the bargain!

Time to vamoose - lots to do, people to visit (washing to get done - booooo) and I'm not getting any younger - lol!
Here's hoping you have a great week ahead whatever that entails.
Take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

24 comments:

  1. Gorgeous card Jenny and I love your Robin, Julie x

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  2. Beautiful card Jenny , love the background stamp and the colouring. Congratulations on your wonderful news. Best of luck. Tracy x

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  3. Well Jenny, you know how much I love birdies, and I love your rockin robin too. He sits so well against your embossed background I suspect he is eyeing up those berries for dinner though! Mo x

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  4. Fantastic card, love everything about it.
    Congratulations on your wonderful news, wish I lived nearer I would be there at some of your Demos.
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY for yesterday.
    Hugs

    Patricia x

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  5. This is gorgeous Jenny, why did I not buy the "Rockin Robin" :( that's three more stamps on my wish list since last week's spree lol. Elizabeth xxx

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  6. Pretty, I like the white embossing background a lot. The robin is very cute, too.

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  7. Congratulations again on your brilliant news!

    Your card is beautiful, I absolutely love the cheeky little Robin and the wonderful embossed background sets him off beautifully. Just think of it as being 'one down'....how many more to go though... Anne xx

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  8. Jenny, what a stunning Christmas card! I love the that elegant background with the Robin. I just did a Christmas In July and think I will do more to get ahead of the game! Hugs!

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  9. Good grief, lots of teasers is right. I'm over the moon at the detail in that Robin. I have to say that the feathers look exquisite and as for the DI lettering, it turned out completely crisp. Gorgeous make for Christmas and certainly one to be CASED!
    Hugs to you,
    Lisa x

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  10. Beautiful Christmas card! I love the background, the bird and the shimmer!

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  11. Wow! Love the restrained palette. Christmas red and green knocked right back. And the beautiful embossing. Pure class.

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  12. A wonderful Christmas card, love the background.

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  13. Lovely Christmas card in July, Jenny! That little bird is so sweet and perfect for this wintery greeting :) Congrats on your Demonstrator position with IB! That's Fantastic! If I lived 'in country' I'd be at your classes in a heartbeat :) XOXO-Shari T.

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  14. Beautiful card Jenny, love the background behind the bird.
    Greetings from Veerle

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  15. Beautiful card Jenny! I love the gorgeous robbin and all those snowflakes and swirls, will pop back to see the technique. You made me laugh when you said you had to get your big girl knickers on...lol. I also wanted to thank you for your very kind comments. Karen.x

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  16. Adore your lil Rockin Robin card :)..You have a done a super job with the background too..Love it! Jan x

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  17. So tender...lovely Christmas card Jenny!

    greetings, Alie

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  18. Great card!Super,layers and composition. Xxx

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  19. I wouldn't normally comment on a Christmas card at this time of year, but this is just gorgeous Jenny. x

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  20. A truly fabulous card Jenny and the robin is stunning. I adore robin's and this is one beauty. How fabulous to see the stamps being made.

    TFS and Best Wishes
    Annie xx

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  21. Jenny
    Thank you for the reminder because I promised myself that I must start at least one card before August, yes, I am fast running out of time!
    I like that cute little robin paired with that beautiful background on this very elegant card.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  22. Oh love that gorgeous background stamp, perfect in white against those subtle colours! The robin looks lovely too, great Christmas card altogether. Love the blue print style sentiment too!

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  23. That background stamp is awesome Jenny, just love it!! So many people doing Christmas cards at the moment I'm starting to panic!! Perhaps I'd better get my big girl pants on as well and do a couple myself!! LOL!! Love the embossing on your card and that little robin is gorgeous!! x

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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