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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Mermaid in December ( by Magda)

Today I want to show you the samples I made for the TV shows that Lesley had in December on Hochanda.
Both projects were done with the  "Mermaid Queen" stamp set.

For the backgrounds:  I used several blue shades of Distress Ink Pad, spritzed with water and stencilled with clear and white modelling pastes.

For the three decorations:  that Lesley put on the Christmas tree, I stamped the elements of Mermaid Queen with Onyx Black, Green, Red,  Spanish Moss  Versafine Ink.

For the card : I stamped some elements directly onto the background, while the Mermaid  is cut out, stamped with Versafine  Onyx Black and coloured with Koh-I-Noor Brilliant Water Colour.

I hope you liked my projects and please remember that you can have a lots of inspirations visiting the Chocolate Baroque Design Team Blog.  


Monday, 22 January 2018

Seaside Mini Hangers (by Anne)

Good morning. I made these mini hangers for the recent sea themed shows. I had so much fun making these, although one of them almost ended up in the bin – tee hee.

On my first project I used stamps from Mermaid Queen, Seaside Dreams, Underwater and the large Ammonite stamp.
  1. I started with one of the white board panels (approx. 10.5 X 14.5cm) from a mixed media white board pack (Chocolate Baroque). I used a swirly stencil from my stash and spritzed through the stencil with blue ink containing mica. I then applied blue acrylic paint mixed with sand texture paste through the stencil with a palette knife for texture. When dry I added some sparkle with gold glitter glue and applied silver gilding wax to the edges.
  2. I trimmed a piece of greyboard to make the top panel, stamped the sentiment with Versamark and heat embossed with WOW embossing powder (Detail White). Shells were stamped onto the background using blue pigment ink. The edges were finished with silver gilding wax and gold glitter glue. Holes were punched into the header and main panel and they were joined with string for hanging.
  3. I applied Hollographic Crystal Gel over the Ammonite stamp surface and left it to dry for several hours before carefully peeling away. I rubbed over the surface lightly with gold and silver gilding wax to emphasise the detail. I then painted the surface with DecoArt Antiquing Cream (Titanium White). After drying I rubbed away the colour from the surface with a damp cloth (this medium remains water soluble when dry – so can be used to add detail to crevices).
  4. I applied StazOn Ink onto the Ammonite and seahorse stamps, then I applied Soft Form Relief Paste (Silver) over the top and left to dry overnight. The embellishments were peeled away from the stamp and rubbed over lightly with gold and silver gilding waxes. The seahorse was glued to the background. I used a fine tipped pen to add in a little more detail (the ink didn’t transfer too well).
  5. I stamped the shells onto cartridge paper using Versafine Ink (Onyx Black) and spritzed with orange/yellow and gold inks with mica to colour. The images were cut out and shaped lightly using a ball tool and sponge mat. I die cut a decorative star shape from black card and coated with gilding wax. The embellishments were glued in place with 3D glue gel.
  6. White pen was used to add highlights to the pearls and seahorse eye, then Glossy Accents added for shine. I finished with some small embellishments created with air dry clay and silicone moulds from my stash.
On my second project I used stamps from Mermaid Queen, Seaside Dreams, and Underwater sets.
  1. I started with one of the white board hearts from a mixed media white board shapes pack (Chocolate Baroque). The background was spritzed with blue ink containing mica. The background weeds were stamped with blue pigment ink and the foreground weeds with Distress Ink (Peeled Paint) and embossed with WOW Embossing Powder (Clear Gloss).
  2. I stamped the seahorse and sentiment with Versamark and embossed with WOW Embossing Powder (Silver) and coloured with dark blue sparkle pen then added a layer of Glossy Accents over the seahorse. At this stage it all looked a complete mess and nearly went in the bin – tee hee. I stamped over the top using StazOn Ink (White) and decided to continue with ‘the mess’. Maybe it would be ok when other bits & bobs were added?
  3. A fine tipped marker was used to add a drop shadow around the sentiment lettering which made it stand out better.
  4. I spread some Viva Décor Crackle Paste (Teal) around the base of the heart and dropped in some blue seed beads for texture. When dry I rubbed over the surface and edges with a little silver gilding wax. I punched a couple of holes in the top to attach a hanging ribbon, and holes in the sides and base for attaching hangers.
  5. The seahorses and weeds were stamped onto blue card with White StazOn Ink, cut out and glued with 3D glue gel.
  6. The shells were stamped onto cartridge paper and spritzed with blue and gold inks with mica. The shells were cut out, shaped and acrylic modelling paste applied to the backs to make them a little more robust. I applied clear glaze onto the fronts for shine. When dry I created attachment holes and added them to the base of the heart using recycled jewellery chain loops.
  7. Finally finished by adding some glitter glue sparkle – just had to be done – tee hee.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

seaside nights (by Veronica)

 Maybe I should have chosen to show you more cheerful cards, considering the horrible grey weather outside!
I love trying to capture night scenes, and here are 3 of my latest efforts for the Chocolate Baroque shows on Hochanda last month
The seaside scene is perfect for this, as it shows a lighthouse and a setting sun - couldn't be better!
I stamped it using black versafine ink onto white card, and coloured it with watercolour pencils and a water brush in greys, adding a touch of yellow and orange to the sun , clouds and sea.
The background uses the big ammonite stamp, stamped in grey ink randomly round the edges of the card blank, with the sentuiment added in black versafine.

The beach huts came next, stamped in black onto pale grey card, shading again with the pencils. I masked off the huts and used distress oxide inks sponged over the sky to create a sunset.
Sentiment stamped in versamark and whitye embossed onto a black card blank, then the beachhuts mounted above it.

Same method for the final card, apart from stamping onto black card, this time with clouds and a moon in the sky.

Thanks for supporting the DT blog, we love to read your comments There are more cheerful samples coming up the the rest of the team, so keep looking - we do try to show you something different!

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Springtime Canvas (by Penny)

Hello everyone, Penny is back with another beautiful project to share with you today. You are sure to be inspired by her pretty canvas.

Penny writes:

Hello there, I have a mixed media canvas to share with you today featuring some more beautiful Spring floral stamps from Chocolate Baroque. I have used stamps from the Hyacinth, Lily, and Breath of Spring stamp sets; acrylic paint, black Versafine ink, Distress Inks, Liquid Pearls, and Stickles.

I took a small canvas and stamped a hyacinth directly onto it using black ink then embossed with clear embossing powder. I masked the image with masking tissue and repeated the process twice. I then painted the whole canvas with blue acrylic paint. When the paint was dry I sponged over it with silver acrylic paint to add texture. I then stamped and embossed some silhouette images randomly onto the canvas. I removed the masks and painted the flowers in a Folk Art style to make them look more realistic.

I stamped and embossed the poem from the Breath of Spring stamp set onto a piece of white card, then tore the edges to give them a shabby distressed look. I blended Distress Ink over the whole piece then edged it with a darker tone. Next, I stamped and embossed a butterfly from one of the silhouette images onto another piece of white card. I painted it, cut it out, and attached it to the canvas by the body only, to create movement with the wings.I attached the poem in 3D as well. I added Liquid Pearls to the silhouette images and Stickles to to the centres of the flowers. To complete the piece I rubbed silver gilding wax around the edges of the canvas.

I hope that you have enjoyed this post, I really enjoyed creating the canvas and showing you how I did it! There are step by step details and pictures on my blog.

Happy Crafting Everyone!

Penny x

Friday, 19 January 2018

Through the Depths (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I have a card to share today using the stamps featured on last month's TV shows on Hochanda. The images I have used were from the Mermaid Queen and Underwater stamp sets.

I had a pretty background lurking in my stash created using inks and mica powder with cling film onto a piece of plain card, and I felt that this would be a perfect backdrop for a watery scene. I wanted a feeling of looking through the water at the images, and so I stamped straight onto the background, and coloured the images using pencils. The mica on the background gives a floaty effect of water both in front of and behind the images.

Where there were gaps between the three individual images, I used a fine marker pen to join the images up using small dots, as Sue has drawn on the images themselves. This way, it looks as if the three images all form part of one larger piece. I have also used common colours across the three sections to tie everything together.

Finally, I edged the background with Distress Ink before attaching it to a large white card blank.

I hope that my card will inspire you to create something using these lovely stamps yourselves. Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Underwater beauty by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies, I’m back today with another sample featuring the gorgeous under the sea stamps that were on Hochanda last month with our fab Lesley and Judith.

Used Distress Oxides on my card which I’d applied to acetate, spritzed and then laid onto my card, I chose this technique because I wanted some white space and a little more control, I then dotted water from my finger tip to get a sort of bubble effect and dried. The fabulous seahorses were stamped onto some card that I’d previously coloured using spray inks, I cut them out and decoupaged onto my stamped background. A very simple card but colourful, I finished off with some matting and layering and few glass beads.

Thank you so much for spending your time to visit and leave comments, have a wonderful day xx I’m back later this month with my final post for January xx Zoe xx 

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Katya (by Doreen)

Hello everyone, today sees the second post from our new Guest Design Team member Doreen Sympson. Doreen has created a  fabulous card using our popular stamp Katya.

Here is how Doreen created the card:


Stamps: Katya, Words to Dazzle and Sparkle
Shaving Foam (cheapest works best)
White card
Alcohol Inks
Glitter brush pens: grey green and red
Blue Lagoon Versafine inkpad
Clear Detail embossing powder
Glossy Accents
Gems from stash


Using shaving foam and inks, make a marble effect background on white card.

When dry use anti static bag all over card, stamp using Blue Lagoon Versafine and heat emboss with Clear Detail embossing powder.

Take glitter pens, water down in palette or on a craft mat, and colour using a fine paintbrush.

Check this is dry before applying Glossy Accents to gems in headdress, tassels, eyes and lips. Leave to dry.

Mat and layer onto card. Add sentiment and gems.

Thank you for looking,

Love Doreen.

Doreen will be back next week with her final post of the month,