21 May 2014

Monochromatic at IndigoBlu

Hi everyone. It's the start of a new challenge over at the IndigoBlu challenge blog and this month's theme is 'Monochromatic' - in other words pick one colour and use different shades to add interest to your project.
You also need to use IndigoBlu stamps to qualify (all the FAQ's are over on the blog).

My 'milk carton' gift box is a C&C sample from the recent show and makes use of the Tulip border stencil and the Design Numbers stamp set.

The carton took two sheets of A4 card to create so I started by cutting out both template pieces. This made it much easier to work out the best spacing for the stencil on each of them. Once taped in place I used a mix of watered down Pink Iced Gem acrylic paint and Victorian Velvet Distress Ink spray to mist the card. Just for once I deliberately went in heavy handed to allow a little of the colour to leak inside the edges for a shadowed effect.

Finally I inked over the stencil with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink to make the bottom half of the carton a deeper shade. With the stencil removed I went back in with a little of the same colours and White Linen Dylusions spray to get an even more mottled look.

Having 'built' the carton it was on to the trimmings. I had in mind that this would work perfectly for a little girl's birthday and added a coordinating inked tag, stamped with the Design Numbers set and Plum Archival Ink. A coordinating ribbon around the top of the carton held the tag in place.

Finally I added some Alter Egos butterflies painted with the Pink Iced Gem paint.
As they are so lightweight you can put as many as you like on without fear of bending or warping the carton.

It was great to see a few of my samples make it onto the screen during the second show and I know the whole team worked incredibly hard to put together a lot of inspiration for the viewers.
To see even more of their fabulous work and welcome our new team member, Sarah Allan, head on over to the challenge blog.

Time to get back to it; plenty more to do here as we speed through May at a rate of knots!
Thank you for taking time out to drop by, your visits are very much appreciated. Take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx


  1. Missed that show sadly but this milk carton is lovely and just right for a little girl. Clever use of stencils and colour

  2. My fave colour Jenny plus some lovely Indigo Blu stamps used. I haven't made a milk carton before so your piece has given me some fantastic inspiration.

    Warm hugs from Shirl x x

  3. Prettiest milk carton ever and gorgeously girlie for that little eight year old. Nicola x

  4. Beautiful box you made, someone is going to love it! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

  5. I agree with Nicola - that's the pretties milk carton ever!!! :) xxx

  6. Good evening Jenny,
    That is one extremely smart milk carton.
    Don't watch C&C so missed on that.
    I love everything and that border is so pretty, I love it all.
    Brilliant for a little girl, there is a BIG girl here that would love it.

    Patricia xx

  7. This is really pretty, Jenny
    Rosie x

  8. This is so pretty and perfect for a little girl. The mottled background is stunning! Love the stenciling too. I too, think it is the prettiest milk carton ever... Anne xx

  9. Beautiful style of gift packaging,that little bit different. Monochrome happens to be my favourite way of working - your pretty colour offset with the white of the tulips is exceptionally feminine.

  10. That's a gorgeous milk box. Fabulous design.

  11. So pretty, Jenny! Love the monochromatic tones of pink with so much interest! Look at how pretty you tied up that ribbon! Love this! Hugs!

  12. This is beautiful Jenny! Great blending of the hues, fab use of the stencils and stamps and such a fun idea. Chris xxx

  13. Gorgeous, - love the mottled background! The whole thing is so cleverly put together and great use of those stamps!!

  14. Lovely - what a pretty mottled effect, and that stencil definitely looks tempting!
    Alison xx


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