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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Mixed Media Mini Book (by Nikki K)

Hello everyone, today we have the second of our projects this month from our new Guest Design Team member Nikki Killinger. Nikki has created a fabulous mixed media project for us.

Morning everyone,

I'm here with my second Guest Post for Chocolate Baroque today. I have made a mini book, with stamps from the lovely Butterfly Poppy Collage set for you.

I painted the greyboard mini book in dark grey chalk paint, and then added patches of cream colour. Over the top of this I added patches of chalk crackle medium. The final coat was a pale green/blue chalk paint, and when it crackles it shows both of the other colours through in patches.

On top of this I stamped the text from the Butterfly Poppy Collage in toffee ink. The edges of the book were painted in dark brown to age it.

The greyboard feathers were painted in the blue green, and stamped with the background swirl and text stamp from the Butterfly Poppy Collage set. I love this stamp as you can pick any area of it you want for smaller items. The feathers were then glazed with a triple thick glaze and glued to the book.

I added some pages to the book and a metal feather down the spine on some silver elastic, to tie in the theme.

The word 'Dazzle' was taken from the Words to Dazzle and Sparkle set, I just inked the word itself and stamped onto white card, and attached it to a glass dome to magnify it and add an embellished element.

I hope you enjoy the post today, thank you for taking time out with me.

Best Wishes,

Nikki K. xx

Nikki will be back next week with her final project for the month,

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Journaling Card - (by Magda)

Today my step by step is concerning a Journaling Card.

1. Apply white Gesso randomly on an white A4 Cardstock as first mat and let it dry
2. Blend Distress Inkpad considering the light and the dark zone you would like to have and use
    therefore appropriate colours
3. Stamp the images and sentiment of Tranquility with Versafine Onyx Black and colour all with
     watercolors Aquarelle Pencils.
4. Glue your first mat on a second black mat and finally, everything onto your card

Thank you for passing by and have a nice crafting week

Monday, 16 April 2018

Decorative Mixed Media (by Anne)

Good morning. Today I am sharing a couple of mixed media projects created with Wisteria Lane and Artistic Affirmations stamp sets.

My first is a small decorative hanger.

  • Wisteria Lane and Artistic Affirmations stamp sets
  • White board panel (15 X 10cm) and circles (White Board Shapes kit), gold metallic satin card, pink card and turquoise glitter card
  • Decorative lace and border dies
  • Acrylic paints (turquoise, pink, purple)
  • Versamark Inkpad
  • Embossing powders (yellow, pink, purple)
  • Texture paste and gilding wax 
  • Texture stencil 
  • Glossy Accents
  • Scrap lace trim and pink ribbon
  • Faux gems, pearls and sequins
  • Glitter glue and 3D glue gel
  • Variety of small plastic container lids and a straw (for printing)
How it was done:
  1. Texture paste was applied onto the background panel through a stencil.
  2. The white board shapes were coloured with acrylic paints. Plastic lids and a straw were used to print circles. Gilding wax was applied to the edges.
  3. Images were stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with coloured powders.
  4. The hanger was extended on the top and base using die cut panels.
  5. Elements were glued down using 3D glue gel for added depth and dimension.
  6. Finished with lace trim, faux gems, sequins and glitter glue for sparkle.

My second is a small canvas.

  • Wisteria Lane, Tranquility and Artistic Affirmations stamp sets
  • 20cm square canvas board, white stamping card
  • Embossing powders (yellow, pink, purple) and WOW (Clear Gloss)
  • Viva D├ęcor crackle colour (pearl teal)
  • Ink sprays (pink, teal, purple)
  • Inkpads: StazOn (black), Brilliance Pigment (variegated pink & blue pearl)
  • Sparkle pens (pink, purple)
  • Fine tipped alcohol pen (black)
  • Puffy paint (green)
  • Glossy Accents and silver gilding wax
  • Faux gems and sequins, 3D glue gel
How it was done:
  1. Crackle paste was applied to the outer edges of the canvas and left to dry overnight.
  2. The canvas was spritzed with coloured inks. Some pink spray was also applied so that it sunk into the crackle crevices, excess being removed from the top surfaces with a damp cloth.
  3. Images were stamped onto the background with Brilliance Ink and embossed with clear powder. Floral stems were also stamped onto white card, embossed with coloured powders and cut out for decoupage.
  4. The sentiment was stamped with Stazon and quickly embossed with clear powder. Black pen was used to enhance the sentiment (the canvas is quite textured so detail doesn’t stamp well).
  5. Images were coloured with sparkle pen and floral stems stuck down with 3D glue gel for added depth.
  6. Glossy Accents was added to some of the flower heads, and dotted over the background.
  7. A little silver gilding wax was applied around the canvas edges and over the crackle texture.
  8. Puffy paint was applied along the base of the canvas and heated to give extra texture.
  9. Finished with lots of faux gems and sequins.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Fifteen Minute Cards

Hello everyone, it is time for our monthy offering from the Design Team of quick and inspirational ideas that take fifteen minutes or less to create. We aim to show you a range of projects that will let you see how easily you can make something using the range of beautiful Chocolate Baroque stamps, taking just a few minutes. We hope that if you are a new stamper, just starting out on your crafting adventure, or even someone with more experience, you will find something in these monthly blog posts to interest you. The cards and other projects that we share could be suitable for craft fairs and charity sales, Wedding Invitations, or other batch makes, like Christmas cards, depending on the image that you use. Chocolate Baroque's Angel policy allows you to make as many cards as you like, as long as the images are hand stamped.

So please enjoy what we have to share with you this month, grab a cuppa, and take a look at our projects.

Marga has created two beautiful cards on a circular theme. She has created gelli plate backgrounds for both. On her first card, she has stamped with Versafine Ink and added details with a white gel pen:

On her second card, she has stamped with Distress Ink. The layouts are very similar on both cards, but the small changes make the cards look very different. You could make a big batch of these very quickly and keep them for when you need them.

Rachel has made us some fabulous Eastern themed cards this month. She has created backgrounds using Distress Ink, and simply stamped over the top using black ink, very quick cards to make.

Again, by varying the colours of your backgrounds, you can achieve some very different looks.

Brenda is up next, with a variety of cards and techniques. She shows how you can use white embossing in several ways with her first few cards, and hopefully, this will give you lots of ideas to use what you have in your stash.

For her first card, she has stamped the images and embossed with white embossing. She has then created the background using Brushos and water, the final effect really has a wow factor, but is so quick and easy.

For her second set of cards, she used Distress Inks to create the backgrounds, then once they were dry, stamped and embossed the images with white embossing powder, and added the sentiments with black ink.

For the following card, she again used Distress Inks for the background and stamped and embossed the image with white embossing powder. On this occasion, she bleached out the colour within the image.

The following pretty card was created by inking through a stencil onto a book page with Distress Ink, to add the dots. She then stamped the image and added the sentiment using black ink.

Her final card was created by making a background by adding Distress Inks and water to an acrylic block with gridlines. She then stamped the butterflies over the top of the background using Versafine Onyx Black Ink.

Doreen has created a simple, but very elegant card using one of the beautiful buddha images for us. She has stamped and embossed the image, adding some colouring, before adding a coordinating matting layer of card.

We have some projects from Anne to share next. She has made a gorgeous card and matching gift bag. You can often find dies or ready made bags to decorate, or look for templates that you could download from Pinterest or other websites. Anne has used smooth white card, and stamped with a dark blue Versafine Ink. She has coloured the images with blue sparkle pens and blended the colouring with a clear sparkle pen. The card background was edged with a blue alcohol marker for definition. She has added little pearls and a ribbon to finish.

For her next card, Anne used a background from her stash that had been created by spritzing ink onto the surface and adding salt to create a lovely textured pattern. Once dry, the salt is brushed away. She stamped and embossed the images using Versamark and white embossing powder, before edging the background with Versamark and silver embossing powder.

For her final card, Anne created a washed background using yellow and orange watercolour ink. She stamped and embossed the images and sentiment using gold embossing powder. She used water to create a moon, and detail to the sky, also taking colour from the flowers, blotting everything with some paper towel to remove the colour. She coloured the flowers with alcohol markers and added some shimmer with sparkle pens. She added an edging of sparkly gold embossing to the background.

Penny has created a delightful bookmark using a scrap of card for us. She likes to keep her scraps, which a lot of us do, and they are a useful resource for cards in a hurry. She has stamped the image oto a piece of Kraft card using Sepia Versafine Ink. She coloured the image with pencils, and edged the panel with Distress Ink. She added some lace and a button threaded with fibre for a vintage feel. The panel was matted onto some coloured card with a point at one end. She punched a hole in the card and added some pretty fibres.

Penny has also created two cards for us, the first, was created by stamping images onto black card using Versamark and clear powder. She coloured the images with metallic pencils, and cut each image out so that it was on its own little square. She edged the squares with a gold marker pen, and matted them onto black squares so that they looked like photographs. She created a larger background by stamping a treeline and set of clouds from the Landscape Edges stamp set along the top and bottom of some white card. She attached her 'photos' and added a sentiment.

Her second card was created by stamping several images from Sunburst Scenes and Country Views to create a scene. She decided to limit her colour palette to red, black and white. She used Distress Ink to stamp and watercolour the scene, and a black fineliner pen to connect the images and to create some hills. She stamped the wall image around the edge of a white card blank and watercoloured this. She added silver marker around the focal panel, matted it onto black card, and attached it to the base card.

Julie has created a very pretty card using a floral image from the Tranquility stamp set. She has added a hand drawn frame around the images, and added some soft colouring.

We have two Nature themed cards from Carole next. The first is using one of our tree sets, and the pink and grey colour combination is fabulous. Do not be afraid to choose unusual colours to make your cards, go with your favourites, or something that you have seen that has inspired you.

Carole's next card incorporates a lovely flower spray that could be used for so many occasions. The toning ribbon finishes the card off perfectly.

Magda has created her first card by using Distress Crayons for the background, and then stamping over the top using black ink. The vibrant background was very quick to create, and the bold orange contrast gives the card a very zingy feel.

Her second card is more muted in colour, she has inked the stamp with Distress Ink, and spritzed it with water before stamping, to create a watercoloured effect. Magda says that this was a five minute card, very quick indeed!

Her final project is a set of little napkin rings, a lovely idea. She has used the water lily image from the Serenity stamp set, colouring the images with watercolour pencils.

Some projects from Vronnie next, her first card is using up a scrap of background created with Brushos. She has simply stamped the image using black ink, but it looks so effective on the beautiful background.

For her next card, she has stamped the main image with Distress Ink, and drawn some of the colour out with a water brush. She has added some stencilling and colouring with pencils.

Vronnie's final card is a great example of using up your scraps. She has used four squares of left over Brusho creations, and stuck them onto a card blank. She has then stamped the sentiment onto another piece of card, which she has edged with black and matted onto white card, before adding to the centre of the card. This is such an eye-catching, vibrant card, and was just from her left overs!

We hope that you have enjoyed our projects this month, and will try out some of the ideas shown within the blog post. Don't forget, keep those scrap pieces of card left from your projects, you never know when they will come in handy!

We will be back next month with another jam packed blog post for you, but 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 April 2018

serenity (by Veronica)

 Good morning everyone - hopefully the better weather we are promised is on the way! A much nicer day here at least, even if it is still a bit grey and dull at least there is no rain or fog.
My card today uses the main image from the serenity stamp sheet for the focal point.
I stamped it in dark brown ink, and coloured with alcohol pens. I used Pebeo drawing gum to mask the image before stamping the trees from the same set behind the shrine in green distress ink, and sponging more green to create a background.
I added the wisteria stamp from wisteria lane along the top using a darker green. Once I was sure everything was dry, I rubbed off the drawing gum, trimmed the image, amounted it onto a sqaure white card blank with a narrow black mat.

Thanks for looking, there are some lovely samples coming up from the team over the next few days, don't miss them!

Friday, 13 April 2018

Eastern Dreams by Penny

Goodly morning everyone!  Penny here again with a couple of projects from the 'Eastern' shows last month.  I hope you are all warm and well despite the weather, and that you'll join me for a few minutes of crafty inspiration.  

Tag of the Orient

My first project is a simple, pretty tag using the Eastern Grasses,   Artistic Affirmations, and Serenity stamp sets; Distress Inks, black Versafine ink, acetate, clear embossing powder and a few embellishments and dies from my stash.  

I began by blending the Distress Inks onto a piece of white card and die cutting it in a large tag shape.  I then stamped the grasses in black ink along the bottom  and top edges of the tag and added gold pen around the edges.  I stamped the word 'Dream' near the top of the tag and a little bird beside it.  I then added gold pearldrops around the stamped images.  

I took a piece of acetate and stamped the grasses in a frame image with black ink and embossed it with clear powder.  I cut the acetate into a strip a little bigger than the stamped image and wider than the tag.  I scored the ends of the acetate about a quarter of an inch from the edge of the strip.  I used red double sided tape along the edges of the strip and attached it to the back of the tag.  The acetate forms a dome over the stamped grasses on the tag.  I then matted the tag onto black card and cut around it leaving a border.  I punched a hole in the top centre of the tag and added a Chinese coin and some fibres from my stash.  I also added a clay butterfly that I painted gold, and attached it to the acetate with glitter glue. 

To finish this tag off I added a little black glitter glue to the flowers for extra sparkle and texture.  This tag makes a lovely piece of home decor or a present.


Oriental Garden

For my second project I have a mixed media card featuring stamps from the Serenity and  Artistic Affirmations sets; Distress Inks, Versamark ink, gold embossing powder, alcohol pens, gold pen and liquid pearls and a stencil from my stash.

I began with a piece of white card and blended Distress Inks on it.  I then took my stencil which happened to be Oriental themed and added one of the inks through it, giving a subtle layer on top of the background.  I added gold pen around the edges of the card. 

The next stage was to make the focal elements.  I stamped the serene lady and some foliage onto white card and embossed them in gold.  I used the same inks to colour the images as on the background panel, except for the lady's skin which I coloured with pens.  I then carefully cut all the images out, including the background of the lady.  


I took a white base card and used one of the inks to stamp some foliage and little swirls along both sides of the front of the card.  I finished it off by blending the same ink around the edges. 

I stamped a word  in one of the top corners of the background panel using black Versafine, then added gold pearl drops around it.  I then matted the panel onto black card and attached it to the base card.  I took the embossed focal images and attached them in 3D onto the card, and added some more pearl drops.

I wanted to create a calm, soothing scene for this card, with the serene lady in the cool calm garden.  I absolutely LOVED creating with these stamps, I hope you do too! 

Thanks for popping in today, another of my teamies will be here with more lovely artwork tomorrow.

Crafty hugs,


Thursday, 12 April 2018

Fabric Stamping (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I have some projects to share with you today incorporating fabric. I really like to add some texture into my projects whenever I can, as it adds a bit of interest and makes the project look and feel quite expensive, for very little cost. I demoed these three projects on last month's TV shows on Hochanda, and I hope that you managed to watch Lesley and I in action.

To create the first card, I cut some small pieces of cotton fabric, and put some Distress Ink onto a craft mat, which I spritzed with water. I patted the fabric into the ink, moving it around to blot up the ink. I added more ink and water if necessary to get a good coverage of the fabric, but was happy to leave some areas uncoloured. I left the pieces of fabric to dry by themselves.

I frayed the edges of each piece of fabric, and stamped a silhouette image from one of the stamp sets: Tranquility, Serenity, Wisteria Lane or Eastern Grasses, and added a sentiment as well. I chose words from Artistic Affirmations, Amazing Mackintosh Words, and Words to Dazzle and Sparkle. I used Archival black ink to stamp all of the images onto the fabric, leaving the stamp on the fabric slightly longer than I would on card or paper, to allow the ink to grab onto the fabric. You do not need to press any harder.

I attached the fabric pieces to a piece of black card before matting them onto a card blank. A little button with paper string tied through was a finishing touch to each card.

For my next card, I created a paint swatch effect by masking sections of a piece of cartridge paper, and inking three toning colours of Distress Ink. I stamped the silhouette image from the Eastern Grasses stamp set onto the piece of card.I matted the panel onto black card before adding the panel to a piece of linen card.

I coloured a piece of cream ribbon with Distress Ink and stamped it with Archival Ink as before, using a sentiment from the Amazing Mackintosh Words stamp set. I attached the ribbon to the background and then placed the background on a square card blank.

For my final project, I used a Crafty Individuals tag, and stamped the main image from the Tranquility stamp set across the bottom of the tag. I coloured the image with pencils. I added the wisteria image using water based markers across the top, using first and second generation stamping for a fuller effect. The ribbon was made in exactly the same way as before, picking up colour from the craft mat, and then once dry, stamping with Archival Ink. I used a word from the Serenity stamp plate. I like to colour ribbon myself to coordinate with a project, you can see another example here.

I hope that I have inspired you to to have a go at stamping on fabric, I will be back later in the month with more projects to share. Thanks for stopping by,

Judith xx