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Monday, 23 October 2017

Transparent Poppies (by Anne)

Good morning. Today I am sharing one of my samples for the recent shows on Hochanda featuring the Pretty Poppies and Poppy Meadow stamps.

I coloured my scene using the fabulous alcohol markers from Chameleon. I simply love the new Color Tops that allow you to blend 2 completely different colours seamlessly – very tricky to do with standard alcohol pens.

  • Pretty Poppies, Poppy Meadow, Nature Table, Butterfly Poppy Collage stamp sets
  • 8 X 8 inch card blank, 6.5 inch square card suitable for alcohol ink (I used Velvet Card) and scrap copy paper (to make masks)
  • Inkpads: Versafine (Onyx Black), Distress Ink (Tumbled Glass), Memento Dye Ink (London Fog)
  • WOW embossing powder (Clear Gloss)
  • Zig 2 way glue (temporary adhesive for masks)
  • Alcohol pens (yellow, green, blue, beige and pink): Chameleon Pens (YG3, YL2, BL3) and Color Tops (NU0, PK3)
  • Permanent marker (black)
  • Coloured pencils (black, green and pink/purple)
  • Water based fine tipped pen (light grey)
  • Gel pen (Hybrid Ink - black with metallic red)
  • Stickles glitter glue (Crystal)
How it was done:
  1. The card background was stamped with the honesty stamp and Distress Ink. The corners were stamped with Versafine and the edges blended lightly with Distress Ink.
  2. The foreground poppies were stamped onto copy paper and cut out to create masks. Small dots of zig glue were added to the back and left to dry (turns from blue to clear) to create a temporary stick to hold them in place.
  3. The foreground poppies were stamped with Memento (water based ink that will not bleed when colouring with alcohol ink pens) and then covered with the masks before stamping the background poppies.
  4. The stems were extended where needed by drawing with the fine tipped pen (NB. Make sure it is suitable for colouring with alcohol pens without bleeding – test if unsure).
  5. The image was then coloured with alcohol pens. I love the delicate transparent finish – perfect for delicate poppies. I used the new Chameleon pens with Color Tops. These enable really easy one step blending of one colour into the next. Leaves were coloured with YG3 and NU0 Color Top, Flowers with BL3 and PK3 Color Top, Buds with BL3 and NU0 Color Top, Butterfly with YL2 and and PK3 Color Top.
  6. A little texture and extra shading was added where needed with coloured pencils. The sentiment was stamped with Versafine and heat embossed with clear powder to emphasise. The card was edged with black marker to frame and glued to the card front with 3D foam for added dimension.
  7. The butterfly was stamped with Memento onto a spare scarp of card, coloured with alcohol pens and cut out. To enhance the butterfly details (the grey ink was a bit pale) I overstamped it with Versafine Ink.
  8. A little metallic ink was used on the butterfly and stamens. Further sparkle was added with Stickles glue.

Sunday, 22 October 2017

We Will Remember Them (by Asha)

Good morning, friends! We are almost at the end of October and while a Halloween project would be the obvious choice, I decided to hop off the bandwagon and pursue a different theme. Looking ahead to November, I decided to play with the Pretty Poppies stamp sheet to create a Remembrance Day inspired page.

It's a simple page, no unnecessary embellishments, textures or distractions. Just a field of red poppies against a clear blue sky. A telling contrast... lest we forget the price of peace.

I used acrylic paints for the background and stamped the poppies directly on the page with Versafine Vintage Sepia. I coloured the stems and leaves with alcohol markers. Then I stamped the poppies and buds separately, coloured and fussy cut them before adhering them to the page.

As always, I have details of the tools and products used on my blog. Thank you for stopping by and drop in soon for more designs by the team.


Saturday, 21 October 2017

poppies (by Veronica)

  I am an absolute sucker for poppy stamps, so it was lovely to have these stamps back in the spotlight.
The butterfly poppy set is A4, so there are lots of images to play with. I used the large scripty image to make the background, stamped in hickory smoke distress ink and sponged witht he same ink.
I inked up the main image using distress markers, using one colour at a time and my stamping press to make sure the images matched! Doing it this way meant that the ink stayed damp, and any in the wrong place could be removed easily. This was on white card, sponged with wild honey distress ink after stamping and tearing round the image. I curled up some of the corners as well before gluing down

 The background here is grey again, leafy spray from take it or leaf it. Image from poppy meadow stamped in black versafine ink and coloured with watercolour pencils. Die cut in an oval shape, which was edged with black versafine by running the diecut along the pad.
three small gems to finish

Third card uses the script and poppy head stamps from butterfly poppy to create the background, stamped using wild honey distress ink and sponged edges with the same ink.

The main image was stamped with brown ink onto white card, sponged with the same ink on the harlequin bit and very lightly across the script to try to suggest antiquity. Pured with marker pens, then cut out and glued over the original image - I didn't try to cut the antenna out!

A very quick card using an image from pretty poppiespoppies , stamped using versamark and white embossing powder, then red and green distress inks sponged across the image

                                                                                               Lastly a card using another stamp from pretty poppies, stamped directly onto a 7"x5" card blank using black versafine ink, and coloured with watercolour pencils. Sentiment also on the same plate.
Another very quick card.

Friday, 20 October 2017

A few more cards ... (posted by Claire)

Good morning, Claire here with some of the projects made for Lesley's shows on Hochanda.

This first card was made using stamps from Nature's Peace. I began with a PanPastel background and stamped the tree using brown ink, the foliage in the top corner with green ink and then stamped the foliage in the foreground with a dark green ink, over stamping with the berried inked in red ink. The sentiment was stamped and embossed with a vintage gold ink.

This card features Butterfly Poppy Collage, I love this large image it's so pretty.

I made the background by swooshing some white card through Picked Raspberry and Peeled Paint distress inks misted with water on my craft mat. Once the ink was dry I used a harlequin stencil and glossy black stencil paste over the top. While that was drying I stamped the image and embossed with black embossing powder. I painted the image with watercolour painted and splattered a little paint here and there. I distressed the edges and layered it on black card. Lastly I assembled the card adding some pink organza ribbon and a big bow.

My last card today  uses the seed heads collage from Butterfly Poppy Collage. I stamped the image to the side of a linen card blank and then doodles the wiggly edges with a black micron pen. I painted the image with watercolour paints and added some paint splatters here and there before adding the sentiment which is from Pretty Poppies.

Thanks so much for visiting today
Claire xx

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