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Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Succulents in arid landscape (by Magda)

This time I have been inspired by the arid land where the succulents grow so well, therefore my project has a sandy tone, a page that reminds me of the desert

1. Trace the horizon line and blend several brown and green shades of Distress Ink Pad for the ground
     and blue shades for the sky.
2.  Stamp with Archival or Versafine the grass in green, the clouds in blue and the sun in red.
     You can find the single stamps in "Seashore Scenes"
3.  Stamp the succulent plants with two archival colours,  pink for the flower and green for the plants
     and the grass
4.  Cover all the page with a very light coat of white gesso and let dry
5.  Repeat gently points 1 and 2
6.  Stamp the succulent plants again on a white cardstock, colour all with Aquarelle Pencils and cut
     the images out.
7.  Colour the sun in orange/yellow
8.  Prepare the sentiment and glue all the single pieces with Zig 2 ways Pen on the page as shown
9.  Add some stickles 

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Monday, 16 July 2018

Welcome to Autumn!

Hello everyone, it is with great pleasure that we welcome Autumn Clark, a new Guest Design Team member from America to the blog today. Autumn will be sharing three posts with us this month, but first, here is an introduction from Autumn herself, so that you can get to know her a bit better.

Hello! Autumn Clark here, happily joining you as a guest designer. I am a mixed media artist, who has been passionate about stamping for nearly two decades. Creativity is my outlet, passion and purpose. I define my style as grunge meets elegance. Though I love to distress everything, I like to balance my work with a touch of pretty and neat. In addition to stamping, I love to draw and paint and have found that mixed media allows me to blend these skills and create rich artwork, filled with depth and texture. I am thrilled and honoured to be joining the amazing talent here at Chocolate Baroque. Visit my blog at

This month I will be sharing some Christmas in July samples with you. Today's card features the Robin the Spruce stamp set with one of my favourite techniques, embossing resist.

To begin, stamp the bird scene with a Versamark inkpad and emboss in white. Use a combination of Chipped Sapphire and Evergreen Bough Distress Inks to sponge over the embossing for a resist effect. Flick water onto the panel and allow it to sit for thirty seconds, then dab with a dry cloth. The ink will lift away and leave a snow-like pattern. Emboss a second panel in black and fussy cut the bird. Watercolour the bird with Fired Brick and Frayed Burlap Distres Inks. Sponge a small scrap with Fired Brick Distress Ink and hand cut a tiny star. Use the remainder to die cut a sentiment. Adhere the bird, star and sentiment as shown. Thanks so much for joining us today!

Thank you Autumn for sharing your beautiful card today. Autumn will be back next week with another inspirational project.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Fifteen Minute Cards

Hello everyone, it is time for our monthly crop of projects from the Design Team as a whole; cards and miscellaneous items that we have made to inspire you, taking no more than fifteen minutes to complete. We aim to share tips and ideas with you for time saving ways of creating projects that will look as if they have taken much longer to complete. These ideas will be great for batch cards, cards in a hurry, craft fairs and fund raising. There are no limits as to how many cards you can make with Chocolate Baroque stamps, as long as each image is hand stamped.

So, grab a cuppa, and enjoy what we have to share with you this month.

Lots of our projects are based on last month's TV shows stamps, and you will see a general theme running through the stamp images. However, it will show you how much variety can be achieved by changing the colours, background and layout of a card. This will be very useful for you to see the versatility of a stamp and how much variety you can achieve, how much you can stretch a single stamp. If you have a stamp in your stash, imagine how much use you can get from it by changing small things.

The Blossom and Grow stamp set features heavily this month, I think we all felt that these images were ideal candidates for quick cards! Rachel has treated this image in two very different ways, for her first card, she stamped and embossed the image onto kraft card, using Versamark and white embossing powder. She then coloured the image using pencils.

Her second card was created by stamping the image and colouring it with Distress Inks. She then masked an area around the image off and coloured the rest of the card with Distress Inks.

Her third card was made using a premade background from her stash, created using mica based powders spritzed with water. She stamped using Archival Ink and the image was coloured with sparkle pens.

Two cards from Anne next, using the same images, but showing how different the cards can look. She has gone with the blue and white theme that she loves so much. She stamped the images and sentiments with Versafine (Majestic Blue) and coloured with a dark blue watercolour pen. Colour was scribbled onto areas requiring the darkest shading and the colour dragged out with a damp brush. A good quality stamping card or watercolour card is needed for this technique to work.

Extra colour was sponged around the edge of the second card, splashed with water and lifted off with kitchen paper to give added texture to the background.

I have chosen to use soft vintage colours when using one of these images. I stamped the image using green ink onto linen texture card, and painted the image using Distress Inks and a water brush. I created a background using an image from the Scrumptious Succulents stamp set, stamping randomly over the linen textured card once more, using the same green ink. I edged both pieces of card with the green ink to create a border. I have left the card without a sentiment for now, and can choose my sentiment later to fit any occasion.

We have a mixture of cards from Magda up next. She created a series of Birthday cards for some male relatives this month. She needed to make several cards, and by varying the layouts slightly, everyone received a unique card. This is a great idea if you have lots of cards to make.

Another Birthday card, mixing background stencilling, stamping and a bit of decoupage:

Finally, a watercoloured card, the warm pinks and oranges really set off the green cacti.

A card from Gerrina next, using one of our Steampunk Birds. She has used Perfect Pearls and Versamark with a stencil to create an interesting background.

Next up is a selection of cards from Brenda. Her first card was created by using a stencil and Distress Inks over the background. She stamped and coloured a butterfly on a spare piece of card, using Distress Ink. She cut the butterfly out and decoupaged it onto the background.

For her next card, she created a soft background with Pan Pastels, inked and stamped the floral images with water based markers and heat embossed them with clear detail embossing powder. She fixed the background behind a die cut frame. She used a stencil and Pan Pastels to add the wording.

For her third card, she used a circle mask, inked around the edges, inked the rose image with Distress Inks and dragged out the colour with a waterbrush.

For her next card, she created her background with Pan Pastels, stamped and cut out the flower three times, and added some twine and some gems.

Now we have Brenda's take on the Blossom and Grow stamp set. She stamped the sentiment and image with Versafine Onyx Black ink, and coloured the image with sparkle pens:

For her final card, she stamped the setiment with Versafine and inked the image with water based markers, dragging out the colour with a waterbrush. The toning ribbon on both of these cards adds a lovely touch, and really pulls out the colour of the focal images.

A pretty card from Carole is next.
Stamps used: Essence of Nature , The Rose Tree and Pretty Poppies. The top of the Rose Tree is stamped with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink and brushed over with a damp brush to bleed the colour slightly. The butterfly tree is stamped with Versafine and coloured with the same Distress Ink as the background. The words are stamped onto parchment paper with a permanent inkpad, but you could use Versafine and clear embossing powder. The parchment gives a softer look to the sentiment. She used spray mount to attach the parchment to the card.

Vronnie has created a very simple but elegant card. She has used Versamark and silver embossing powder to create her finished card, stamping the image and sentiment with Versamark, then rubbing around the edge of the card as well. She has added the silver embossing powder, heat set everything, and then attached the card to a plain white card blank.

A softly coloured card from Julie is next. She has added a blended background to the images and complimentary matting, bringing the whole card together.

Finally we have three cards from Pat. Her first card has a Brusho background, and she has stamped and embossed the images using white embossing. She has then painted the images with a waterbrush, also using Brushos.

She has created an alcohol ink background for her second card, and stamped the image and sentiment using a permanent ink. She has coloured the image using alcohol inks and a blending solution.

Her final card was also created using an alcohol ink background. She has used a blue permanent ink to stamp the image twice, and coloured the images using water based markers.

As you can see, we finished up with the same image that we started with, but it looks very different!

We hope that you have enjoyed our selection of projects for this month. We will be back next month with another bumper selection of quick projects to share with you. In the meantime, do keep visiting the blog for a daily dose of inspiration from our regular Design Team posts. Thanks for stopping by,

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Blossom and Grow Cacti (by Anne)

Good morning. I created these samples for the recent shows on Hochanda TV using Captivating Cacti, Blossom and Grow and Scrumptious Succulents stamp sets.

My first sample was created using a 5 X 4.5 inch card blank. The lower third of the card blank was embossed using a lacy textured embossing folder. The background was stamped using the Square Bubbles stamp and Distress Ink (Tattered Rose). Distress Ink, purple dye based ink and pink glitter glue were applied over the embossed section to colour and highlight.

The sentiment was stamped from the Blossom and Grow stamp set using purple dye based ink. The card was edged using purple alcohol marker to frame and a ribbon glued down to create a base for the flower pot.

I used a flower pot die to cut the pot from Kraft card. A little colouring was added using watercolour and clear sparkle pens before shaping and gluing to the card front with 3D glue gel.

Cacti from the Scrumptious Succulents set were stamped onto smooth stamping card using Versafine (Onyx Black). Images were then coloured with watercolour pens, dragging out colour and blending using a damp brush, then cut out. The large ‘face on’ cactus image was stamped several times, cut out, shaped and layered up. Elements were shaped using a ball tool and foam mat then glued down with 3D glue gel.

For my second sample I used the gorgeous Captivating Cacti stamp and a sentiment from Blossom and Grow.
I prepared a decorative card blank from a 6 X 6 inch Kraft card blank, extending the edges by adding die cut borders from white pearl card. Finished by adding faux stitching with a fine tipped pen (opaque white) and PVA pearls.
Images were stamped onto textured watercolour card using Versafine (Onyx Black). Watercolour and sparkle pens were used for colouring. Colouring was extended at the base to give the cactus grounding.
A little gold sparkle pen was flicked across the image for added texture. I didn’t intend to do this initially but I had to cover up an accidental splodge! I liked the result, so a ‘happy accident’ as they say – tee hee. The card was edged with dark brown marker to frame before gluing to the card front.

Friday, 13 July 2018

Checkered flowers (by Miranda)

Hi there lovely people,

It's been a while.......but I am happy to write a guest design post and get the chance to play with my beautiful CB stamps!
 This time I've used the stylish Chequered flowers. I stamped on the beautiful patterned paper from Crafty Individuals. So no need to create a background this time.......

I stamped using a stamping tool. I used several soft ink colors from Memento. Than the fun starts.......colouring with coloured pencils. One of my favorite techniques.

I've added some extra dots on the upper flower and embossed the lovely leaves from the Take it or Leaf it set. Really love that one!

Than I stamped the word ' Love' from the Artistic Expressions sheet.

Here is the full version of the card........

Maybe you are inspired to take out your patterned paper and have a play? 

Thanks for watching and till next time,

Thursday, 12 July 2018

scrumptious succulent (by Veronica)

This time a flowering cactus from the scrumptious succulents plate and a sentiment from blossom and grow, just to swop things around a bit.....
Afraid it's still brusho though - images stamped with versamark and white embossed before sprinkling leaf green brusho over the background and orange over the flowers and sentiment before spritzing with water. It looked a bit washed out when dry, so i sprinkled more brusho over the stems and the flowers and used a wet paintbrush to add more colour - once everything is dry, just tap off any excess powder.
A mat of black card and mounted onto a 7" square white card blank to finish off.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Inspire and Create by Penny

Good morning everyone, I hope I find you all well and keeping cool! I am loving this weather  but I am also careful to spend time in the shade and keep hydrated.  I'm doing all my crafting in the garden at the moment  :)  
I have a piece of mixed media for you today featuring the beautiful Captivating Cacti stamp and some of the words from Bird of Joy  I have also used some clear texture paste and a stencil from my stash, and some gilding wax.

I began this project with a greyboard substrate and painted it with black gesso.  When dry I stamped and embossed the beautiful cacti image in gold, then painted it with pearlescent paints.  I took a stencil from my stash and some clear texture paste which I added through the stencil to create a textured background.  I left it to dry naturally before rubbing gilding wax over it to accentuate the pattern.  I edged the art work with a gold pen.

I then took a piece of white card and stamped the words using black Versafine ink, and embossed them with clear powder.  I die cut the words into two panels, one an oval and one a banner, and attached them to the art work in 3D.  I punched two holes at the top of the panel and threaded Baker's Twine through them to hang it up by.  A lovely little wall hanging to cheer up any room  :) 

Thank you so much for dropping by today, I hope I've inspired some of you to try a bit of mixed media yourselves. 

                                                                          Penny  x

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

A Burst of Colour (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I am back to share more of my prickly projects with you today, featuring the stamps from last month's TV shows on Hochanda.

To create my first card, I trimmed two pieces of drawing cartridge slightly smaller than A5 in size. I sprinkled Brushos over one piece of card and spritzed the card with water. I then placed the second piece of card over the first, to create two coloured backgrounds. I left both backgrounds to dry. The second background will be useful for a project at a later date.

I stamped three of the images from the Scrumptious Succulents stamp set onto the background, then covered the images with masks that I had already stamped and cut out. I stamped two more images in between the masked images and then drew a line between all of the images to create a landscape, using a fineliner pen. Using the Square Bubbles stamp, I stamped below the landscape line using second generation stamping. The stamp creates a stone effect, which is perfect for the cacti to stand upon.

I used the same colours of Brusho powders to colour the cacti images, adding a couple of additional colours, (red, orange and yellow). I sprinkled a little bit of each colour onto a large acrylic block, but you could use your craft mat, and added a bit of water to them, so that I could use them like watercolours. More water creates a paler colour, but you can then go over the images with a bit of stronger colour to add shading. You can be as creative as you like with the colours, I had a lot of fun creating a vibrant fantasy collection of cacti. I then painted the little stones in the same colours, being completely random. I added a sentiment from the Blossom and Grow stamp set.

My second project is full of colour too. I wanted to create a lovely sunset, and stamped the tall leafy image from the Blossom and Grow stamp set a couple of times first of all. I masked the images and masked an area for the sun, then coloured the background with Distress Inks. I chose vibrant pinks, oranges and yellows, blending them, and adding a spritz of water.

I stamped some foliage from the Wild Meadow and Silhouette Grasses stamp sets, using coloured dye based inks. I added the little birds from Landscape Edges and a sentiment from Scrumptious Succulents. I removed the masks and coloured the foliage with pencils.

I hope that you will be inspired by my projects to try out some of these ideas. Thanks for stopping by,

Judith xx

Monday, 9 July 2018

Glorious Poppies by Brenda

Good morning Peeps, Brenda here with some shares from my samples for Lesley's June shows on Hochanda which featured some beautiful floral and succulent stamps. It occurred to me as I was scheduling this post that today would have been my maternal Grandmothers Birthday, she loved her cottage garden so my cards seem a very fitting tribute to her.

For my top card I repeat stamped what I have decided is a Poppy from Scrumptious Succulents around the borders of my base layer and coloured in with pens. Next an oval aperture at an angle which I edged with a pearl string and stamped a sentiment from Loving Sentiments to fit in the frame.

Here I have a bookmark, the base piece is 600gsm Fabriano which takes water really well without warping so perfect for purpose. After adding Distress Oxides, I stamped the lovely flower which I think looks rather like a Hollyhock from Blossom and Grow.............although there's a bit of atistic licence with the colours..........and coloured in with pens, then stamped part of one of the Cacti from Scrumptious Succulents around the edge using Versamark and heat embossed with details gold.

I have always liked the shape of the boxes and cards using this die set so I decided on another offering using the new stamps, the flowers on the top are from Captivating Cacti, stamped several time, coloured and cut out to build. I then used a mixture of stamps from the three sets mentioned above, colouring all with sparkle pens adding some stenciling and sentiments from the same sets.

My final card today has a background using Distress Inks blended with a little glycerine which seems to give a lovely soft finish, a sponged sun and the blooms from  Blossom and Grow stamped in versfaine black and left un-coloured as I felt there was enough drama in the strong background colours.

My thanks as always for popping in today and I hope I have offered some inspiration to those of you who already have the stamps and if you don't, then I hope you will want to pop over to the shop and treat yourself.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Make a wish... ( By Marga)

Hello every one, hoep you are all well. Today it's my turn to let you see something.

This card I stamped with Versafine Onyx Black and coloured it with Distress Ink.
The sentiment I stamped also with Versafine Onyx Black

Stamps I used are:



Saturday, 7 July 2018

Distressed Effect Cacti (by Julie)

Hello, today I have a card made with the fantastic newly released Captivating Cacti

This image was simply inked up with Onyx Black Versafine and stamped onto white stamping card. I added colour with polychromus, coloured pencils and then polished the finished design with a soft cloth. The polishing helps to blend the colours and creates the light background that surrounds the cactus. I then dry-brushed black gesso around the edges and when dry added white paint pen to create the scratched look.
The finished image was mounted onto green card-stock before adding to an A5 card blank.

Thanks for stopping by and please call back for daily Design Team inspiration.

Julie xx

Friday, 6 July 2018

Cup and Saucer (by Rachel)

Hello everyone, today we are welcoming our regular contributor Rachel Fisher as a permanent member of our regular Design Team. Rachel has been a member of our Guest Design Team for a long time, and also supports us by making projects for the TV shows on Hochanda. We are delighted to have Rachel on the Team. You will be able to see inspiration from Rachel such as the fabulous project below cropping up on the Design Team blog each month from now on.

Hello there! Its Rachel here today with my first post for the main design team - I was delighted to be asked - thanks Lesley, David and Judith!

I thought I had better make a ceramic piece my first one - this is the one I painted for the June show using the scrumptious succulents stamp sheet.

To get the images onto the pottery I use a brayer to get a thin layer of glaze then dip the stamp and apply it to the pot. This surface was tricky as its not straight! After doing the stamping I use more glaze to paint the images prior to it getting fired.

The whole pot has a final glaze on top prior to firing but the place I visit to do this - PottyRoos in Morecambe -do this bit! 

Looking forward to seeing you again soon!

Big hugs

Rachel xx