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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Harlequin Poppies (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I have a project to share with you today that featured on last month's TV shows on Hochanda.

This project was created using the fabulous Drawing Cartridge paper, which is such a great product. I love to use smooth watercolour paper in a lot of my projects, which can be a bit pricy. Cartridge paper is a cheaper alternative, and this paper from the website is perfect for adding water, and lightweight enough for fussy cutting. It is smooth enough for stamping as well, so a good all rounder for your projects.

I started my project by blending bands of Distress Ink across the background, and then spritzed them with water for a mottled effect. Once the background had dried naturally, I added a circle mask, and stamped a harlequin image from the Harlequin Fragments stamp set around the masked area, using a deep red Distress Ink, mixed in with a little brown. I added some extra shading around the edge of the mask, before removing the mask.

On another piece of the cartridge paper, I added some colour using green, red, yellow and orange Distress Inks, and then stamped some of the flowers and a butterfly from the Butterfly Poppy Collage stamp set, using Versafine Onyx Black Ink. I heat set the images and cut them out. I stamped a sentiment from the Loving Sentiments stamp set into the circle aperture created underneath the mask, using the black ink as before.

I added large black brads to the flowers to give the illusion of the flowers being poppies, before attaching them to the card, and added some leafy die cuts. Finally, I adhered the background to a large black card blank.

Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Floral Pen Holder (by Gerrina)

Hello everyone, today sees the second post from our Guest Designer Gerrina, this month. She has created a pretty holder for her pens, decorated with floral images. 

Gerrina writes:

It is already the second of my Guest Design Team posts at Chocolate Baroque this month. This time I have made something that can make your craft room an inspirational place and is still so useful. I have altered another glass jar that I use for markers:

Used Materials:

Stamps: Floral Notes
Ink: Memento - Sky Blue, Cantaloupe, Love Bug, Teal Zeal, Cottage Ivy, Bamboo Leaves, Lilac Posies, Tuxedo Black
Other: Glass jar, white linen cardstock, crayons

Work Process:

Cut a piece of linen cardstock that fits the jar that you want to use.
Choose some beautiful flower stamps from Chocolate Baroque, two background stamps and one or two grass stamps.
Stamp the two background stamps with a light blue and a light yellow ink. They might overlap.
Stamp the flowers without masking, and 'ground' them by stamping the grass stamps at the bottom of the cardstock.
I inked the stamps directly with the inkpads.
Colour the flowers with the same ink colours and a water brush. If you wish, you can draw some extra grass.

Creatieve groetjes,


Thank you Gerrina for another fabulous project.

Gerrina will be back next week with her final project of the month.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Trees by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies and welcome to my second post this month.

I started using some Brushos and spritzing with water, once dry I stamped the verse using a grey Inkpad, I then inked over using Antique Linen Distress Oxide Inkpad, stamped my image and sentiment then using a ruler and fine line marker just added some random lines, a few sequins and Voila!

I used the "wrinkle free" distressing technique using Distress Oxide inkpads, I used hot foil through a stencil using my laminator to create some texture, stamped the verse randomly using a grey Inkpad, I used versafine Onyx Black Inkpad to stamp the tree then heat embossed with black ep, I added some coloured enamel drops here and there and on the flower centres, I roughed up the edges and inked to get a more grungy effect.

I do love trees for my crafting, so versatile. Thank you for visiting, have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx 

Monday, 16 October 2017

More Autumn by Brenda

Hello Peeps, I am back again with some more of my samples from Lesley's recent Autumn shows on Hochanda.

So more indulgence in inky Autumn colours and Poppies and my starting point for the top card was a background of  Mica powders spritzed with pearl mica spray to bleed the colours and add some sparkle. I then stamped the Poppy heads from the Poppy Meadow set along with some smaller ones from Natures Table and some grasses from the same set. Next I used a stencil and Distress Inks to add some sun rays, then stamped some more poppy heads across the top. The sentiment is from Natures Peace which is one one of the sets in the multi buy. I added colour to the Poppy heads using the same mica powders and highlighted with a white pen.

Scenes are something I really enjoy creating and for the card above I started with a cloudy sky using distress inks and bleaching out some clouds. I then stamped trees from the Autumn Edges and Tall Trees using Gathered Twigs DI and added leaves with DI's using just the top of one of the larger stamps in the same set. Using watered down DI I painted in some hills and stamped leaves along the top using another stamp from the same set. The fauna in the foreground is stamped with an image from Silhouette Grasses and sentiment from Birthday Words.

On this one I tried to create warmth using DI's for the background and then added some stenciling. The focal images is from Fantasy Woodland. After cleaning the larger stamp I masked off a section so I could ink and stamp just the tiny trees alongside the small tree to the right. Inking just the tip of the flower stamp in the set I added a border around the piece and finally stamped a sentiment from Birthday Words.

Another Oxide background here with some stenciling, followed by some background stamping using the scrip stamps from Butterfly Poppy Collage and then the lovely harlequin and Poppy head stamp using Versafine Black. After stamping I cleaned the stamp, masked the Poppy heads and inked just the harlequins to extend the pattern. The two Butterflies are from the same set and coloured in with the same inks used for the background.

I hope you all have a lovely day with some crafty time as well.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Fifteen Minute Cards

Hello everyone, today we are sharing our monthly selection of cards and projects from the Design Team that have been created in fifteen minutes or less. The object of this monthly post is to share lots of tips and tricks for creating quick designs that are beautiful, stylish and still have that wow factor, but have taken a fraction of the time that some of our other cards normally take us to complete. If you are a beginner stamper, and are worried about complicated designs or processes, or simply need a card in a hurry, there will be something in these monthly posts to suit you. You can use the ideas for batch card making, or for craft fair sales. There is no limit to how many cards you can make with these stamps, as long as you hand stamp each item yourself.

We hope that you will enjoy what we have to share with you this month, so grab a cuppa, and settle down to browse through this month's selection.

Our first card is a rainbow explosion of colour from Magda. She has used Brushos for her background, and then stamped the image with Versafine Onyx Black Ink.

For her second project, she has created three mini cards. She has stamped in grey ink for the sentiments and the poppy image. She used Distress Ink for the other images. She spritzed her cards with a wet brush, adding colour with watercolour pencils.

Two tags from Magda next, the first has been coloured with Distress Ink, and simply stamped with a quick bit of stencilling in the background.

The second has been coloured with Distress Inks again, more stencilling for the large word, and the image has been coloured with watercolour pencils.

Two Christmas makes from Magda now, the first uses white embossing as a resist for the lovely Reindeer image.

Finally, she has made some quick gift tags, stamping with Distress Ink, and filling in the open areas with markers. She has then stamped the inkpad itself to add interest onto the background, A bit of Stickles adds some sparkle.

I have made a very quick Autumn scene for my card. I coloured a tree stamp using water based markers, and stamped it onto a piece of smooth cartridge paper. I then added some hills with greem Distress Ink to ground the tree. I stamped several small leaves using various Autumn tones of Distress Ink, and pulled the colour into the leaves with a water brush. I added a setiment using brown Archival Ink. I added a border of yellow ink around the background.

Rachel has created three fabulous cards for us this month. The first uses white embossing onto black card, for a very striking finish. She has then simply matted and layered the background for a dramatic card.

For her second card, she has used Brushos for her background before stamping the image. She used the Brushos to add a little bit of painting afterwards.

Finally she has built a scene using repeat stamping of the trees, using a mask and some torn paper, before adding Distress Ink for the background.

A quick card from Marga next, using a piece of patterned paper. She has stamped the image and coloured it with pencils. All of us have paper in our stash, and this is a great way of creating quick cards.

We have a great selection of cards from Anne this month. Her first card was created using Versamark, adding a sicky embossing powder, and gilding flakes.

Anne's next two cards both use two lovely tree images, and would make beautiful cards for either men or women. The first card was stamped using a sepia Versafine Ink, and the background was then edged with Distress ink and a fine border of alcohol marker, before matting onto a scalloped card. A little bit of copper glitter glue was added to the leaves for added sparkle.

For her next card, Anne stamped the image with the Sepia Ink again, and she added colour using a water brush, pulling the colour out from the darker areas of the image, indicated by the stamp detail, giving tonal variation. She added Glossy Accents to the apples for added shine. The edge of the card was coloured with Distress Ink, and roughed up with scissors. Faux stitching was added, plus some little PVA pearls.

Carole has created two cards using the same design, but in two different colourways. This is a great idea for quick cards, especially if you want to make batch cards. A lot of time is spent in the design process, and once you have found a design that you like, often you can make the card themselves quite quickly. She has stamped the large corner design and trimmed it down to a 12cm x 12cm square. She sliced across the design and mounted it onto a 14cm x 14cm piece of card, leaving a 1cm gap for the words.

Finally, we have a bumper crop of cards from Brenda. There is something for everyone in her collection this month!

Her first card uses a lovely Spring time image stamped with black ink onto a background created using an acrylic block that has gridlines. The gridlines create an interesting pattern on the background when adding Distress Inks that have been spritzed with water.

The next card is simply stamped and coloured with pencils.

For her next card, she has masked off a central panel, then using a stencil and Distress Inks, she has created a background pattern She removed the mask, and stamped a sentiment using the same colours as she used for the background.

She stamped an image with Distress Ink, and used a waterbrush to drag out some of the colour to create this pretty sepia toned card.

Using a stencil, she added Pan Pastels and then some stamping with Versafine Ink. She added more stamping and Pan Pastels in the bottom corner of her card.

Stamping, spritzing with water and adding Brushos created the scene in this seasonal themed card. Brenda has used a piece of recycled packaging for the background.

For her next card, she coloured the stamp with water based markers and spritzed the stamp with water before stamping the image.

A strip of colour was created by masking off the edges of the card, and adding Pan Pastels. Brenda then repeat stamped the butterflies over the panel and added a sentiment.

She used acrylic paint to create the following background, and simply used gold embossing pwder and Versamark Ink to add the image and sentiment.

The next three cards were all completed in exactly the same way, just varying colours and stamps. Brenda used water based markers, coluring the stamps, and spritzed the stamps with water before stamping. She added a sentiment afterwards.

Another inked background using the gridline acrylic block, adding Distress Inks, and sprizing with water, before stamping onto the background. Brenda then added the poppy image and sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black Ink.

That ends our selection of cards and projects for October. We hope that you have found something to inspire you and that you will try some of these ideas out for yourselves. We will be back next month with another selection. Do keep checking out the Design Team blog for a daily dose of inspiration from our regular Design Team posts. Thanks for stopping by,

Saturday, 14 October 2017

A Tree (By Marga)

Hello everyone. Today a new card from me.

I used some tape and Distress Ink for this card to make the framework inside the card. Then I stamped the sentiment and the trees. I love the sentiment very much.

The stamp I used: Tall Trees



Friday, 13 October 2017

Autumn Scenes (by Julie)

Hello, hope you are well. Today I have a couple of Autumnal cards to show you. 

My first card has been stamped with Nature Table. I started my card by applying masking tape around the outside edges of the card blank and then I stamped the group of 7 mushrooms onto copy paper so that I could make a mask. I then stamped the mushrooms that appear behind them onto the copy paper and cut out both images.
Ink up the group of 7 mushrooms with Onyx Black Versafine and stamp onto your card blank. You then need to cover them with the mask. Ink up the second mushroom stamp and stamp over the mask that you have just put in place. Now you need to place the mask you previously cut, over your second image so that you can stamp the foliage that appears to be growing behind the mushrooms. Stamp the foliage in any green or yellow dye ink that you have to hand. Once you have stamped everything remove your masks and colour with coloured pencils. Apply Squeezed Lemonade and Broken China Distress ink to the background and then remove the masking tape from around the outside edges of your card. Finally take a fine tip pen and outline the centre panel you have just created. You don't need a ruler, freehand looks best.

My second card is similar to the first but is super quick to make. 
Start by applying masking tape around the card edges, then take your Autumn Hedgerow  stamp set and ink up your chosen foliage stamps and stamp to the bottom left of your card. Stamp the lighter colour first and then over stamped with the darker brown ink. 
Apply Weathered Wood and Wild Honey Distress inks through Kaleidoscope of Butterflies stencil 
ans then apply Squeezed Lemonade and Antique Linen Distress Stain to the background before removing the masking tape from the outside edges. To create some depth run a pale grey colouring pencil around the outside of the panel you have just created, smudge it with your finger and you should start to see a faux shadow.
Finish the card off with a sentiment stamped with Onyx Black Versafine.

Many thanks for stopping by and please call again very soon to see more Design Team inspiration.

Julie xx