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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Floral Musica by Zoe

Good morning I hope you are all well? Today it's my turn to share with you one of my projects using one if the gorgeous new stamps, there are 4 in the floral selection all with a really unique background, I've used the Floral Musica which I stamped using Black Archival inkpad onto an inked background, I used Dusty Concord, Faded Jeans and Evergreen Bough, I spritzed some water which I cupped into my hand first then clapped my hands together to get a more splattered effect, I dabbed with a dry cloth and heat dried before stamping. I stamped the image onto another piece of card and coloured it in using Picked Raspberry distress ink which I added a touch of mica powder to the water and painted and then adding shade using the same colour Distress marker, the leaves and foliage I "Faux Bleached" using a water brush and dabbing dry and adding a white gel pen on the edges just to make it "pop" some more.

I used a die to cut out my image and mats and fussy cut out just the flower heads which I used a blob of hot glue to get some dimension, the sentiment is from the Birthday Words stamp set.

I've added a close up photo with hopes you can see some of the subtle shimmer from the mica.


Have a wonderful day, don't forget to pop back to check out what the wonderful Design Team have created xx Zoe xx


Monday, 8 February 2016

Painted Flowers (by Debbie)

Good morning.
I have a card and a tag to show today. Both using the same colours of paint and technique but look different because of the change of amount of each colour.
The Crackling Roses stamp is a fantastic size for cards, I used a 15cm x 15cm. I painted the background using Decoart paints randomly and when dried stamped the Rose with Versamark ink and embossed with black powder.  The rose was painted with well watered white paint, more colour was added with coloursoft pencils. Green was painted onto the leaves.
I wanted to keep the washed out look to the tag so didn't add any colour other than white to the flowers of the Flora Musica.
Many thanks for visiting

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Floral Beauties (by Julie)

Hello and welcome! The four new stamps Chocolate Baroque have to offer you this month are a real treat, so today I have chosen two of them to show you and they are Crackling Rose and Floral Musica.

This first card is Crackling Rose, which I have stamped onto watercolour card using Onyx Black Versafine and then water-coloured with brush markers. I cut the design out using an oval die and layered onto another oval matt, coloured with Hickory Smoke Distress ink which I then over stamped with the crackle egg from the clear, Natural Egg set. The birthday sentiment is from Amazing Birthday, which again has been cut using a die. I then finished off the card by running Crystal Stickles around the edges of the die cut pieces and to the rose design.

Floral Musica was used to create my second card and was stamped and water-coloured as before.
The base card was stamped with the heart from Music Fanfare and coloured with Marigold and Mustard Seed Distress inks and then finished off with touches of a white high-lighter pen.

Many thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again soon.

Julie xx

Saturday, 6 February 2016

An handful of flowers (by Dominike)

Today I will like to play with the beautiful Leaf stem stamp and the Dotty Rose stamp.

  1. Make the background with carmin and gold acrylic paints on the Gelli plate.
  2. Stamp one flower.
  3. Stamp another one on a piece of paper.
  4. Hide the first flower with this paper.
  5. Stamp the flower.
  6. Repeat step 3.
  7. Stamp the Dotty Rose for the 3th time.
  8. Stamp a part of the leaf on the top of the flowers and the other part on the bottom.
  9. Write a word, a sentence. What you want.
This is a page to introduce my new Art Journal around nature.

I wish you a good week. Take care.

Friday, 5 February 2016

January Blog Comment Winner

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well.

Once again we would like to thank you all for your visits here at the Design Team blog.  We truly appreciate the time you take to let us know your thoughts about our designs.  
Each comment in January was assigned a number and we used Random Org to draw a winner.  Congratulations to Akkina Van Steen  you have won a £15.00 voucher to spend on Chocolate Baroque stamps!  Please send a quick email here to confirm your email address and Lesley will send you your gift certificate.
Lesley will be giving a £15 gift voucher to another lucky winner drawn from February's comments.

The newly released individual floral stamps, Crackling Rose, Flora Musica, Harlequin Bouquet and Floribunda Net are being shown by the Design Team, so keep popping in to see them displayed beautifully and don't forget to comment.
The more comments you leave the better your chances to win!
Thank you for your kind words and comments,
Good luck from the Design Team!

Floral Steampunk Stepper Card using Punky Flowers (by Anne)

I was lucky enough to grab the special offer ‘Stash Box’ from Chocolate Baroque before they flew off the shelves. There was so much stash included I couldn’t believe it. The Lucky Dip stamp sets that I received were right up my street, Steampunk and sewing themed sets, and I didn’t already have them. How lucky was I! I got all of this for just over the cost of one A4 stamp sheet. I will be busy for some time with this lot.

I just had to create something using the Punky Flowers stamp set included. I made this stepper card for a friend and he loved it.
Materials: Summary of Methods Used:
  1. I used dies to create the stepper card and mats for layering and stamping. Small gears were die cut from Kraft card for embellishing. I used an embossing folder to create the gear textures.
  2. Images were stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with fine gold powder.
  3. The main image was masked using Pebeo Drawing Gum. I really love this masking fluid. It is water soluble while wet so cleaning up brushes is so easy and there is no nasty rubbery ammonia smell that some masking fluids give.
  4. I coloured the backgrounds with Distress inks. I also randomly heat embossed some of the textured gears with a mix of the gold, copper and verdigris embossing powders.
  5. When completely dry I removed the drawing gum (it rubs off really easily) and coloured the main image and smaller images using Distress Inks and water on a brush. The smaller images were cut out for decoupage.
  6. Layers were then glued to the card blank. 3D glue gel was used for the embellishments to give added depth.
  7. As this was for a friend I created a personalised sentiment mini tag to finish the card.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Blooming New Stamps launched today (by Lesley)

Where did January go?  Did you blink and miss it too, because I can't believe it is February and I am telling about a fabulous new stamp launch.

We are still in individual stamp mode here at Chocolate Baroque towers, although I promise you that we have not abandoned our A4 and A5 sets but you will just have to wait and see what we have in store on that front. I'm an awful tease aren't I!

Anyway, back to the single cling mounted stamps that are on release today and all I can say is that they are delicious. There are four stunning florals, each set on a different background, available as individuals and our usual money saving multi-buy.

Crackling Rose

Flora Musica

Harlequin Bouquet

Floribunda Net

Sue has once again drawn us some glorious images and I have combined them with a selection of backgrounds. These are large stamps, with three of them measuring over 5", so they will make a real statement on your project. Great for a good selection of occasions and just excellent for playing with!

On the four samples shown here I have stamped on to die cut hearts and coloured with watercolours and I think you will agree that these beautiful images just speak for themselves. The Design Team are busy stamping, colouring and creating as I write this so be prepared for some amazing samples over the course of this month from our talented girls.  

One last thing. If you are a member of our Chocolate Baroque Facebook group then why not show us what you have created with these new stamps, or any of our stamps for that matter. We love to see your work and you never know, you could feature in our Readers' Gallery

Bye for now.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Chocolate Baroque Reader's Gallery- Here's looking at your Artwork!

Hello everyone, it's time for our monthly stroll through the Internet, stopping off at Pinterest, our very own Chocolate Baroque Facebook Group, and various blogs to see what you, our readers have been creating with Chocolate Baroque stamps in the past month. We love to see what you create with the vast range of stamps, and this monthly post is a small chance to share some of that talented creativity. We hope that you enjoy what we have managed to find this time around.

From the Chocolate Baroque Facebook Group:

Shirley has created two pretty cards this month, with beautiful backgrounds:

Akkina's card uses lots of smaller background stamps to show off the beautiful large flower:
Tracy's card very cleverly uses embroidery to emphasise the stamped image.:

Here are some honorable mentions from the Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog. Last month's colour challenge incorporated a very striking colour theme, and these two cards used the colours very effectively.

Finally, a quick stroll through Blogland.

Barbara's card in a simple tag shape is coloured beautifully:
Janny has created a bold Steampunk collage for her card:
We hope that you have enjoyed this month's selection of artwork, and find lots of inspiration amongst the collection. If you do not have a blog, or have access to the Facebook Group, we would be delighted if you would send good quality photographs to Lesley on and we can then upload them to the gallery for you. We would really love to share more of your projects with everyone, so please send them to us. We will be back next month with another selection of artwork, so please post your pictures and let us know what you are doing.