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Friday, 21 September 2018

Autumn Medley (by Carole)

Hello everyone, here is the final post this month from Carole, a beautiful Autumnal project, using a mixture of stamp sets.

Carole writes:

Hello again.
My final project for this Guest Design Team session is Autumn based, a beautiful time of the year.
As the foliage is changing colour rapidly where I live and the leaves are falling, I have used a favourite stamp of mine called Autumn Medley and an Autumn Edges stamp.
I think this is a beautiful image and the foliage hair can be used on its own, to create lovely autumnal backgrounds.

Products used:-
Stamps: Autumn Medley, Autumn Edges, Essence of Nature (words)
Versafine inkpads: Onyx Black, Satin Red, Spanish Moss
Gold glitter embossing powder
Distress inkpads- various Autumn colours
Gold gel pen

I created a background using a variety of Distress Inks in Autumn colours.
This was then spritzed with water so the colours bled into each other then I over-stamped with the border while it was still damp, so this bled too.
It was left to dry and then over-stamped again with the green and red Versafine inkpads.
The main image was stamped with black Versafine and covered with embossing powder, but only over the hair foliage. When heated this gives a very pretty effect over the black. Unfortunately my photograph does not show this well. The image was coloured with Distress Inks and the hair highlighted with a gold gel pen.
It was then cut out and the edges inked.
I have a couple of other projects using these stamps on my blog. Hope you'll get a chance to visit.
I have enjoyed showing you my three projects and I look forward to visiting next time.
Bye for now and happy crafting.

Carole 😊

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Indian Delights (by Anne)

Good morning, today I am sharing a couple of projects created with the lovely Indian themed stamps.

My first is a shabby chic style card. Think vintage block printed sari silk and old documents.

How it was done:
  1. Soft Form Relief Paste was spread over the stamp and left to dry overnight before peeling away. Extra colour was added with glaze pens and gilding wax.
  2. The card blank was repeat stamped with the paisley background and rainbow ink. Alcohol marker was used to emphasise the edges. Textured ribbon was glued down to create a border.
  3. The cartridge paper was stamped using Versafine and trimmed to fit the card front. The edges were distressed and curled using scissors then coloured with alcohol marker. The paper was then spritzed with inks before gluing to the card front.
  4. The embellishment was glued to the card front with 3D glue gel for added depth. Finished with PVA pearls.

My second project is a bright and cheery elephant scene. You know how I love colour and bling. I had a lot of fun with this one.

How it was done:
  1. Soft Form Relief Paste was spread over the stamps and left to dry overnight before peeling away. Extra colour was added using pink and gold metallic plus black paints. Glitter glue and PVA pearls were added for extra bling (you know me!).
  2. Watercolour card was spritzed with water and coloured by dropping on pigment powders. Images were stamped with Versafine (third generation stamping was used to faintly stamp the buildings in the background). The flowers were coloured with metallic pen (taking care not to obliterate the stamp detail – the ink was very opaque).
  3. The card was edged with Versamark and embossed with sparkly powder (Yay, more bling).
  4. The embellishments were glued to the card front with 3D glue gel for added depth. Yellow puff paint was applied to the foreground and heated to puff up and add texture.
Sad News
I hope that you like my latest projects. This will be my last regular post for Chocolate Baroque for a while. I have been working with this wonderful Design Team for over 3 years now and I am very sad to be leaving. Nothing to worry about, I just have to give extra priority to other things at the moment. However, you will still see the odd post from me in the guest blogger spot and in the Facebook Group. I simply cannot tear myself away completely.

Thank you all for your support and lovely feedback over the years. Big huggles, Anne xxxx.

I am sure that you will all join us in wishing Anne all the very best in her future adventures, and we hope to see her back here from time to time as a Guest blogger. We will miss her colourful projects, as a regular feature here on the blog, but as she has said, she will keep in touch on the Facebook Group. Good Luck Anne!

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

mini journal (by Veronica)

 My apologies, but this is a long post, and picture heavy, so you may want to get a coffee first!

Usually I just play with new stamps and see what happens, but this time I had a new die to play with that created a mini book that I really wanted to try out - I had a slightly crazy idea of using it with the new Indian themed stamp sets  and trying to use all the stamps the time I tried to take the photos, I was sure that it was crazy, but didn't have time to go with anything else for the tv shows.
Anyhow, here goes , and you can decide!

The first pic is of the slip case I made for the book, using the script stamp in black onto a brusho background. The fastening is a loop of plaited embroidery threads with embossed elephant buttons glued back to back over the ends.
 The cover from black card was simply stamped in versamark and gold embossed with the script stamp , and you can see the embroidery threads holding the inner pages in down the spine.
 the diecut pages were coloured as spreads before decorating, so I had to try to arrange them in colour groups before fastening them into the cover. most of the backgrounds were brusho, but some were distress inks.
Tjhe silhouette was stamped in grey versafine, elephant stamped onto white card and cut out after colouring using the Koh-i-noor paints
 Images gold embossed on both pages, strip of matching card added to create the pocket, and a strip of glitter netting added. Small tag stamped  and embossed in gold, coloured with distress inks
 Images again embossed in gold, coloured with pearlescent paints
 More gold embossing, gold is a colour that i associate with India for some reason, along with jewel colours
 Similar to first page on the left, but more of a lighter sky.
Feather stamp is from the I shall be your wings set, stamp covered with mica powders and then silver soft relief paste,. trimmed once dry and glued in place.
Pocket stamped with border stamp from indian textiles set , flower stamp on tag from same set.

The stamp on the right is an older single stamp that has a definite eastern theme, and I thought it fitted with the other sets. It was coloured with brusho used as watercolours

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Floral Script - by Penny

Hello peeps, Penny here again to share another of my Indian samples from the shows last month.  This one features stamps from the Indian Textiles, Indian Elephant and Paisley Elephant sets; Distress Inks, Little Birdy Paint  and a gold pen from my stash.  

I stamped three floral and paisley images in black and embossed them with clear powder.  I then masked the images and painted the background in Muted Teal.  When dry I stamped the script in gold ink and added a worker and a paisley stamp  randomly.    I removed the masks and coloured the images with pens.  I then added gold pen around the edges of the panel

On a white base card I stamped some worker stamps and a paisley image to form a border around the edges of the card, and blended ink on the outer edges.  I then attached the focal panel to the card.  I stamped a sentement on a spare piece of white card, edged it with gold pen then added dots around the words, before attaching it to the card.

Thanks for dropping in today, I hope you've enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed creating this card.

Until next time,

                            x Penny x  

Monday, 17 September 2018

Sunny Flowers (by Monica)

Hello everyone, Monica is back with another card to inspire you with today. She has chosen a bright cheery palette of yellows to brighten up your day.

Stamp your image using Versafine Ink onto Yupo paper and colour using alcohol inks. Once done colouring, adhere to a 6.25" x 4.25" piece of black cardstock.

Honey Bee stamp set
6" x 4" Acrylic Block
Versafine Ink
Double Sided Tape
Yupo Paper

Monica will be back with her final project next week.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Paisley Accordian Book (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I am back to share another project with you featuring the stamps from last month's shows on Hochanda.

This time, I have chosen to share a little concertina book that I made. I make these books quite often, and they are a great size for journalling, or creating smaller pieces of artwork.

I took two whiteboard postcards, and coloured the white surfaces with blue Distress Ink. I then stamped the surfaces with a paisley image from the Paisley Elephant stamp set, using purple ink. To create a cover for the inside, I coloured a piece of drawing cartridge with green Distress Ink, and stamped the same image with orange ink. I trimmed two sections to fit the whiteboard panels.

These sections will be barely visible when the book is finished, but they create a nicely decorated edge inside the book, and it is worth completing this step.

I made my pages by cutting and folding some large pieces of watercolour paper, but you could use drawing cartridge, it would make a great surface for this project. You need to make the pages slightly smaller in height and width than the whiteboard pieces themselves, and just keep folding the pieces, and sticking them together until you have a section as long as you want to put inside the book. As you can see, I have already added some ribbon underneath my back decorated surface, and this will wrap all of the way around the book eventually, to keep it closed. The left side of the ribbon needs to be longer than the right, to go across the spine and the front of the book, (see top picture).

To decorate the front of the book, I used some shimmering purple Soft Form Relief Paste, which I spread over the large background image from the Paisley Elephant stamp set. I left this to set overnight, and then peeled it away from the stamp. I trimmed the edges, and added some blue and gold gilding wax, picking out some of the raised detail. I attached the film to the book, and added some Little Birdie flowers that I had spritzed with orange Brusho, and some gold paisley embellishments from my stash.

Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Fifteen Minute Cards

Hello everyone, it's time to share our monthly crop of time-saving and stash-busting projects created by the Design Team. The following cards and projects have been created in fifteen minutes or less, and aim to inspire you to make something that looks eye-catching and unique. Whether you start from scratch with a blank piece of card, or rummage through your left over materials as a starting point, you can rustle up a card with a few basic supplies for that last minute Birthday surprise. If you want some ideas for batch cards; Weddings, Christmas cards, or craft fairs, we can give you lots of ideas. Check out some of our previous posts for more inspiration. So, grab a cuppa, and enjoy what we have to share with you this month.

Most of our cards have an Eastern feel this month, as we are sharing designs from last month's TV shows on Hochanda. The lovely Pat has created two pretty cards for us. She used a flower from the Indian Textiles stamp set, which she stamped and watercoloured using Distress Inks and a waterbrush. She then added the background using more Distress Inks and a waterbrush. An image from the Nature's Paisleys stamp set was added to the corners and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. She completed the card by redefining the outline and detail of the flowers with a permanent black fine nib pen.

To create her second card, she stamped images from the Nature's Paisleys stamp set using brown Distress Ink and heat embossed using clear embossing powder. A further small image from the Indian Textiles was stamped and embossed using silver embossing powder. The script stamp from the Paisley Elephant stamp set was partially stamped using blue Distress Ink. Distress Ink was blended over the background. The sentiment was stamped and embossed with silver embossing powder onto coloured vellum.

Zoe has created some fabulous mail art for us on the following two envelopes.

Who would not want to receive one of these in the mail? She has simply masked the address panel before adding colour and stamping the images. 

Her final project uses black embossing on black card for a very dramatic finish.

Two bold cards by Anne next, her first uses a shaped coloured card, and she has used Versamark Ink throughout. The border and sentiment were embossed using gold embossing powder, and the smaller motif had mica powder brushed over the top. She picked out some details in the border with a dark pink sparkle pen and purple glitter glue.

For her second card, she stamped the border directly onto the card using StazOn, (she used a glossy card base). She then stamped the images with an ink which when heated became tacky, but you could use a suitable glue instead, and then added gilding flakes. Finally she added black sequins.

A quick card from Julie next. She told us that she very bravely stamped this by eye using a clear acrylic block, and did not do any extra lining up. If you are nervous, you could draw some fine pencil lines to help. (I often put guide lines on the reverse of my acrylic block to show where certain parts of the stamp are, using a marker pen. These can be wiped away when I am finished.)

A dreamy card by Penny next, she has used a mask on drawing cartridge, and added diluted brushfulls of Distress Ink. She spritzed more water over the card, creating a wash. She dried the background with a heat gun, and removed the mask, replacing it with the matching stencil, and blended ink through it.

For her second card, she stamped the elephant onto drawing cartridge, and added a mask over the top. She stamped the paisley image over the top, removed the mask, and then painted the elephant. She added a border using gold pen. A ribbon and bow were added to complete the card.

I stamped and embossed an image from the Nature's Paisleys stamp set several times onto coloured vellum, using Versamark and gold embossing powder. I cut the images out to form 'petals'. I chose one of the other images from the stamp set, and after loosely laying the petals onto a card blank, decided where I wanted to stamp the image, to create leafy sprays. I stamped the image using green ink, and then adhered the petals to the card. I added a blingy centre to complete the flower, and stamped a sentiment from the Paisley Elephant stamp set to complete the card, using the same green ink as before.

Rachel has created three fabulous cards for us, the first using gesso as a resist, and applying Distress Oxides over the top. She has simply stamped the images and added white highlights.

She has stamped the background using black ink, stamped the focal image, which has been painted, cut out and decoupaged. The plain black and white background looks so sharp and crisp, a real tribute to the quality of Sue's designs and the stamps themselves.

Rachel's final card has been stamped in various colours of Distress Ink, and painted with the inks as well. The monochrome colours work really well with this design:

Magda has created a mixture of projects for us this month, and the first one is really delightful. She has stamped and watercoloured a small panel using Distress Inks, which she has attached to a hessian wall hanging.

Her second project was created in exactly the same way, but she has left this one as a card:

Magda's next idea would be sure to win anyone over- little packages of chocolates! She has created a Distress Oxide background, stamping a small flower, which she has coloured with markers.

She has stencilled a background, using Distress Inks, adding a stamped image, and placed the sentiment on 3D foam.

Finally, a set of ATCs, she has created Distress Ink background, adding stencilled embossing paste, and stamped images.

Finally here are a few cards from Brenda, she has placed a mask onto a card blank, adding two colours of Distress Ink, and stamping, before removing the mask.

She blended Distress Inks with glycerine before stamping the images with black ink.

She stamped the main image once, then covered the image with a sticky note and stamped the top part again to extend it, and stamped the tiny flower a few times onto the stems. She stencilled some brick work onto the background using Distress Ink.

She stamped using Versafine black ink, doodled a border, and added orange Liquid Pearls.

Finally, she created a Distress Ink background and added some stecilling. She repeat stamped the paisley image with black Versafine. She added a sentiment panel and an organza bow.

We hope that you have enjoyed this month's selection of cards and projects. We will be back next month with another post full of inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by,