10 projects created using Luscious Powders from IndigoBlu
Welcome back to our third and final installment in the series on IndigoBlu and their exciting products! If you missed the first two posts, you can read them HERE and HERE. This month we are playing with Luscious Powders. They absolutely live up to their name! These 25mL jars of shiny, colorful powders are a mix of artist grade pigments, mica and binder - NO fillers - just pure beauty!
Check out IndigoBlu designer and creator, Kay Haliwell's introduction and then read on for some projects using this colorful medium.
The best part about these powders - along with the wide range of more than 60 gorgeous colors - is the versatility. They can be mixed with pastes like I used in the cards and the journal page below: (see September's blog post for more detail on these projects).
Since I had already tried this technique in a prior post, I chose to explore the watercolor style technique. Kay recommends using the ink and paint palette from Tim Holtz to mix the powders with water. The resulting mixture will dry out eventually, if not used, but can be reactivated with water at any time. I used a palette knife to add powder to the pallet and then dripped water carefully on the powder with a waterbrush. This method worked as long as I didn't overfill with too much water all at once. It actually worked better to dip a moderately wet brush into the original jar and then mix it onto the pallet. (I realized that is what Kay does in her videos, gave it a try, and it worked great!)
Once mixed, I used them as I would watercolor paints to create a variety of backgrounds. In this first background, after painting the watercolor cardstock, I spritzed it with water to blend the colors for a grungy, autumn look.
I also blended the colors in an ombre effect, and used the green to splatter color onto another.
I used archival ink and a background stamp on top of the first background, combined with the Happy Birthday to You die cut from Lawn Fawn to create this card. The photos don't do it justice. The blended sparkle is so pretty!
I also wanted to see how well the powders worked with embossing projects. I stamped and embossed these cute critters (also from Lawn Fawn) in both dark grey and white embossing powders and then painted them with the Luscious Powders. The finished look is very metallic. I found the darker colors better for distinguishing the details in the stamped image.
I also tried stamping and embossing a background and painting over the entire card with the Luscious Powder. I absolutely LOVE how this card turned out! (NOTE: "Sending Big Hugs" is die cut from white cardstock, painted in Distress Collage Medium, and covered in IndigoBlu Unicorn Sparkles).
(Be sure to check out our Instagram @whimzeesscrapbookstudio for a video of this card and get the full affect of the colors!)
I had so much fun making backgrounds that I decided to try the powders on die cuts. I cut out several phrases using both regular 85 lb white cardstock and 110 lb watercolor cardstock. Then I painted the Luscious Powders onto the dies. It was so easy to blend them - even on the skinnier letters. I would say the watercolor cardstock was easier to blend but both types of paper worked very well.
I wanted to see how well the colors would show through when covered with the Unicorn Sparkles glitter. I was not disappointed! Here is the die cut painted with Luscious powders and covered in Unicorn Sparkles:
And here is the finished card:
I was so in love with the results of the Luscious Powders on the die cuts I wanted to show them off as the focal point of a card. I used them with white cardstock embossed using 3D embossing folders. I have to admit these were my favorites of all the cards I made:
Next, I tried using both Lawn Fawn paste and FlitterGlu with MegaFlakes on top of the Luscious Powder background. They layered with no issues! Adding a "Thanks so Much" die cut from gold paper finished off a fall leaf-themed card.
Finally, I used a cool technique I found on the tip video linked at the end of this post. I stamped the gears image onto white cardstock using FlitterGlu. Then I poured DRY Luscious Powder onto the image just as if it were glitter or embossing powder. Next, I poured and very gently brushed off the excess powder.
To finish the card, I added the mustached man from the Observations stamp by Tim Holtz stamped in Flitterglu, covered in Manchester Tart Megaflakes, and painted watercolor style with Luscious Powder. So much fun to do!
At this point, I had to stop so I could get started writing this blog post! Keep in mind, I barely touched the techniques that can be used with Luscious Powders. They can be mixed with embossing powders to create custom colors or used on fabric too. Check out this video by Birdcage Craft Studio with a few more tips and tricks along with easy to replicate techniques for the Luscious Powders!
Thank you for joining us for this series on IndigoBlu's products - now in stock at Whimzees Scrapbook Studio! We hope you enjoyed all the projects and are inspired to give these fun and awesome products a try! Visit us at the store to pick up your IndigoBlu products.
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