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Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Guest Post - In an Oriental Garden by Brenda Weatherill

I can't believe it is the middle of October and I am welcoming another member of the Guest Design Team on her first post.  I am pleased to introduce you to our third Guest member, Brenda Weatherill.  This week she has a created a beautiful oriental scene, so without further ado I shall hand you over to Brenda.

Good morning everyone, Brenda here and I'm  thrilled to be sharing my first card on the Chocolate Baroque DT blog.
I have been a fan of CB stamps for many years going right back to the days when Glenda used to demonstrate all things inky on TV and as with so many of us, I gained great inspiration from her style of crafting.

The unique designs of CB stamps along with their superb quality makes working with them a pleasure and as I am not a colourist find they work so well with the ink and paint techniques I so enjoy. I am delighted to have been offered the opportunity by Lesley to share my take on working with CB products.

So here is how I created my card using the Oriental Crane clear stamp set.
  • I started with a piece of single sided pearl cardstock and used the reverse side to stamp the tree and temple stamp twice using an Adirondack Black inkpad, masking off the bottom ground line before stamping.
  • Next I created the hills using a piece of torn paper and PanPastels Phthalo Green, then placed a large circle mask centrally, slightly overlapping the hills and created the sky, again using a piece of torn paper to represent clouds and PanPastels Magenta Shade. After removing the mask I used a little PanPastels Diarylide Yellow to shade the sun and clouds.
  • I then masked the crane and upper section of the crane stamp and inked just the bullrushes and stamped across the bottom of the scene. Using the smaller of the cherry blossom stamps I stamped several times across the top of the scene and added a little shading and colour to the trees and temples with pencils.
  • Using co-ordinating cardstock I matted and layered the scene onto a white base card and finally added some liquid pearls to the blossoms.
Thank you for popping by today and you can find more of my work on my blog Floral Fantasies.
B x

Just love the soft, almost etheral look of this card Brenda, thank you for this gorgeous contribution and we look forward to seeing what you bring to us next week.


  1. Lovely to meet you Brenda. Gorgeous card. Looking forward to seeing more of your makes.
    Flo xx

  2. Hi Brenda. What a beautiful card to start your guest DT stint! This is a lovely serene scene with gorgeous soft colours. I feel as though I could just sink into it for relaxation at its best!

    Lesley Xx

  3. Wow, such a beautiful oriental scene! Great job Brenda and like Flo said...looking forward to see more of your work, Mirandaxx

  4. I like all : the colors, the stamps, the atmosphere. Beautiful work.

  5. This is so pretty Brenda and I like the ethereal look using these light tones of pan pastel. A really beautiful scene you have constructed. x

  6. As allways your scene looks stunning! Love the pastel colours!

  7. Love this, beautiful misty effect

  8. This is gorgeous Brenda, wonderful stamping and I love the images, beautiful soft colours too,Kate x

  9. Fabulous card, makes me feel very relaxed :)

  10. The scene and colors are so soothing and peaceful and beautiful . Just lovely .

  11. gorgeous work brenda - brilliant xx

  12. This card is really lovely. I will get out my oriental stamps again.


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