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Wednesday, 20 March 2019

folk art 3 ways (by Veronica)

I loved this huge stamp, whcih makes a card on its own.

While it is a very detailed stamp, just crying out to be coloured in, I wanted to try it in monochrome. It was stamped in black versafine ink onto a dull silver card ( using a stamp platform as it is so big) and clear embossed. I then coloured the butterflies and three flowers using white watercolour paint. It was then mounted onto a 8" square white card blank.

My second card has a pale brusho background , image again stmaped using versafine and clear embossing powder. I used brusho to colour the butterflies, flowers and foliage before trimming it down to fit onto an A5 card blank and edging with a black marker pen.

The final version has a brusho back ground again, with the image stamped using a toning distress oxide ink pad. This time it was cut down to fit a 5"x7" card blank, edged with black marker again, and the sentiment stamped in black.  I used one of the chipboard circles to stamp part of the image using black versafine ink, then coloured the flowere with watercolour paints before edging the circle with black marker pen and gluing in place.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Colourful Inspirations by Penny

Hello again peeps!  I'm back again with my second post of the month.  I hope you are all well and not too hampered by the weather.
I began this project by taking one of the CB designer papers My Floral Soul and stamping a mannequin image from The Sewing Room stamp set in black Versafine ink, and embossing it with clear powder.  I then coloured it with alcohol pens.  I blended black Distress Ink around the edges of the paper and matted it on black card.  On a spare piece of card I stamped and embossed a pin cushion  from the Haberdashery set, and a card of cotton from The Sewing Room set, then on acetate I stamped and embossed a pair of scissors.  I coloured them all with pens and cut them out.  I then stamped and embossed a sentiment in black onto the background paper.

On a white base card I stamped a border image around the edges.  I then attached the focal panel to the base card and added the embellishments. 

To complete the design I added clear Sparkle pen to the flowers on the background paper.

Thank you for dropping in today and spending a little time with me to read this post.

Take care,

                        xx  Penny  xx

Monday, 18 March 2019

Springtime Tulips (by Corine)

Hello everyone, Corine is back with her second post for this month, a beautiful Spring themed card.

Corine writes:


Here I am again. This is my second post in March. I will show you today a Spring card with tulips.

I used stamps from the sheets:
Spring Bird-Tulip
Texture Fragments

Stamp the tulips on watercolour paper with black water resistant ink. Mask the first print and then place the second print. Colour the image. I used watercolour paint for this.
Use Distress Oxide to create a background on watercolour paper with the colours Worn Lipstick and Seedless Preserves. Stamp the fragment with Wilted Violet.
With a white gel pen I put dots in the background.
Stamp the text with Archival Dusty Concord on a separate piece of paper.
Sponge the edges with Distress Oxide Wilted Violet.

Stick the background on a white card. Then stick the 'tulips' with foam tape on the background and attach the text to the right of your card.

Kind regards,
Corine van Kuilenburg

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Folk Art Inspired Garden (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I have two projects to share with you today, featuring The Folk Art Garden stamp set, which we shared on one of last month's TV shows on Hochanda. This beautiful stamp set features a wonderful intricate stamp, along with some delightful smaller images all hand drawn by our designer Sue Page, and some fabulous little sentiments added by Lesley.

I created my first project by stamping the main image onto some 160 gsm Luxury Smooth White Paper which is perfect for this kind of project. This paper is the same paper that the colouring pages, and the designer papers are printed on. You can colour with pencils, add inks, or watercolour on the paper, it is very versatile. I used Versafine Clair ink in a dark blue, rather than going for a stronger black colour. I partially masked the image using Masking tissue, and added some of the little worker stamps around the edges, to create the effect of a garden running along the bottom of the page.

I added some Distress Ink along the top of the card, masking off a circle for a sun, and using torn paper to create hills. I used a mixture of blue and pink to create the sky. I added yellow for the sun, and stamped a sentiment. I added two little birds from the Landscape Edges stamp set. I used pencils to colour the flowers and butterflies. It may seem like it would take ages, but I sit in front of the TV, and the time passes without me noticing!

For the purposes of a TV demo, I needed to create a quicker version of this card. I used the big acrylic block that we sold with the stamp, and covered it with two different colours of Distress Oxide Ink, one blue, and one green, and spritzed them with water. I smooshed the block across a piece of drawing cartridge, (that had a circle mask already added), covering the background in one go. Once the background was dry, I stamped the large image in a dark colour at the bottom of the page, as before, but towards the middle this time. I used the large image to stamp around the edges, filling in the gaps, so that the image was not floating by itself.

I coloured the image with Koh-I-Noor paints, as these cover the Distress Oxide Ink really well. I stamped a sentiment from the same stamp set to complete the card.

By varying the amount of Distress Ink that you add to the block, you can alter how vibrant your background will be. If you do not want such a strong background, add less ink to the acrylic block.

I will be back later in the month with more projects to share with you. Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Fifteen Minute Cards

Hello everyone, it is time for our monthly compilation of quick cards made in fifteen minutes or less. Each month, the Design Team come together to bring you a host of designs and tips to help you create projects in next to no time. If you are looking for batch cards for Christmas, for a Wedding or moving house, etc., then we can help with design ideas to inspire you. If you sell cards at craft fairs or for charity, you can use Chocolate Baroque stamps to make your cards, no problem. If you are a beginner crafter, or someone with a bit more experience, there is something within these blog posts that will appeal to you. So, grab a cuppa and enjoy what we have to share with you today.

Carole has created a pretty card in blue tones, using stamps from Briar Rose Butterfly, Harebell Butterfly and a sentiment from Amazing Mackintosh Words. She has used Distress Inks Blueprint Sketch and Peacock Feathers. She stamped the bobble spray image in a circular pattern using the peacock colour, adding second generation stamping in the gaps. She spritzed the card with water so that the colour bled. She pressed the blue inkpad onto a small piece of white card and overstamped with the butterfly section of the Harebell stamp.

Rachel has created a stunning card using one of our newest stamps The Folk Art Garden, stamping the image onto kraft card, using white embossing powder. She has added a pop of colour to key areas of the design with watercolour pencils.

 For her next card, she used some of the smaller images from our Haberdashery range of stamp sets, and repeat stamped them over the background, adding some mica powders once she had finished.

Finally, she stamped the scissors repeatedly to create a background, then using a topper made with alcohol inks, stamped the mannequin using ink to lift some of the background.

Vronnie has created a beautiful Brusho background, adding a white embossed image. She has added more Brusho to the flowers, activating the colour with a damp brush.

The same image takes on a completely different look in this card by Magda. She has stamped the image using black ink, and coloured the flower with watercolour pencils and glitter glue. You can add as much or as little colour to this image as you like, the choice is yours.

Magda has created the following two backgrounds using Distress Ink. The first card she has stamped the images, stencilled with water, and added glitter glue.

For her final card, she has spritzed the background with water and stamped the images with Versafine.

We have some fabulous mail art from Zoe up next, these lovely envelopes are quick to make, but would certainly brighten up anyone's day when they were received through the post.

 Penny has created a romantic card, using bold red and black which adds a bit of Ooh la la to this card! She has coloured the images with alcohol pens and then coloured over the top with a clear sparkle pen.

An assortment of cards from Brenda are next, this pretty floral card in shades of blue and green could be made in lots of different colour options to suit a personal preference.

She has stamped the lace ribbon repeatedly to create a background before adding some of the lace flowers as a focal point.

Adding The Folk Art Garden to a vibrantly coloured background avoids the need to colour the image at all, a very effective way of creating a quick card.

Finally, Brenda has used one of the smaller floral sprays to create a larger image, using a single colour of ink. This monochrome card is fabulous, and could be made in lots of different colours to make a set of cards for a gift or to keep and send for cards in a hurry.

Another monochrome card here from Julie, stamped onto kraft card, using a white pencil for detail and faux stitches added. Such a stylish design, which looks simple, and takes very few materials to create.

We have three beautiful designs from Pat using the sewing stamps. For her first card, she used Distress Inks to create a background. She then added borders down each side using a blue Distress Ink, and added extra blue ink along the edges for shading. She stamped one of the mannequins with the same ink and watercoloured it lightly with both inks using a fairly dry waterbrush. The sentiment was also stamped using the blue ink.

For her second card, she used a gelli print created with white acrylic paint and red Brusho, then a layer of white acrylic and blue Brusho, with the buttons stamped around the edge of the plate with the blue Brusho paint mix before pulling the print. She then stamped the mannequin, some buttons, the small scissors and the sentiment using a dark blue and a light green Distress Ink. She blended some more of the green around the edges before adding the background to a card blank.

Her last card uses stamps from the Haberdashery and Floral Mannequins stamp sets, and for all stamping she used a blue Distress Ink. She added spritzed Brushos in two shades of green to the topper, which was layered onto blue card. She stamped the frilled and floral lace pieces onto the card blank before adding the topper, and finished with a sentiment.

That concludes our collection of cards for this month. We hope that you have enjoyed the inspiration that we have shared, and will try some of the ideas out for yourselves. We will be back next month with another crop of quick projects for you. in the meantime, do keep visiting the blog for our regular Design Team posts. Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, 15 March 2019

Brushos With Stamping (by Jodie)

Hello everyone, Jodie is back with another project for your inspiration, using Brushos to create a bright, bold background.

Jodie writes:

Good morning everyone, this is my second project for Chocolate Baroque. This time I wanted to try Brusho Crystal Colours with Stamping. The results came out better even than I expected.

Stamps- Loving Sentiments, Exquisite Edges
Colour- Brusho Crystal Colour (Set of 24, Yellow & Brilliant Red)
Inks- Versafine Onyx Black inkpad, Versamark
White embossing powder
Paper-A4 white cardstock, watercolour paper, red cardstock
Water spritzer bottles- pack of 2
Double sided foam tape
Heat Tool
Die cut

Cut the watercolour paper to 4" x 5 1/4" (10.16cm x 13.34cm)
Using Versamark, ink up the stamp from Exquisite Edges and stamp onto watercolour paper.
Sprinkle white embossing powder, tap off excess and heat set.
Repeat above two steps on other side of watercolour paper.
If using your Brusho colours for the first time, take a thumb tack and pierce a hole in the top. I cannot stress enough that a little goes a long way.
Sprinkle a tiny bit of both Yellow & Brilliant Red onto the watercolour paper.
Next spritz the paper using the water spritzer bottle and watch the crystals explode with colour.
At this point, you can either add more crystals to deepen the colour, or add more water to get more blending, slightly diluting the colour's intensity.
Where you've embossed, this will act as a resist, really popping out the stamp's design.
Once happy with the result, simply dry the paper using your heat tool.
Next, cut the red cardstock to 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" (13.97cm x 21.59cm) and fold in half.
Layer your background onto your card base.
Stamp the saying onto the white cardstock with Versafine Onyx Black ink, and cut out the saying using a die cut.
Attach the saying to the front using foam tape, then adhere the sequins for a bit of added sparkle!

Don't forget to swing by my blog, where I have a few more samples of Brusho Crystals using stencils and embossing folders!

Jodie will be back next week with another dose of inspiration. Thanks Jodie!

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Sew Inspired- Part 2 (by Zoe)

Good morning Lovelies and welcome to my second post this month featuring the gorgeous needlework inspired stamp sets that were on Hochanda last month.

I used the lovely lacy ribbon to create my background, I used Versafine Clair inkpad Warm Breeze, I also used it to blend the edges. I heat embossed the dress forms using gold embossing powder on top of an inky scrap I had that matched the colours. I used a gold glittery marker pen to colour the flowers on the line art dress form.

This was another of my Gel Press backgrounds I had created some time ago and was sitting in my scrap box, I simply stamped onto it and used a gold marker pen to fill in areas.

Finally a set of ATC coins (Artist Trading Coins) 2.5" across to make ATCoins!
I used another one of my Gel Press backgrounds from my scrap box and very simply stamped and heat embossed in white embossing powder, some faux stitching around the edges, very quick and simple.

Thank you once again for visiting, I hope you like my creations?
Have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx