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Monday 15 January 2018

Fifteen Minute Cards

Hello everyone, it's time for our first monthly post of 2018, showcasing a range of quick and time saving cards created by the Design Team. We hope to inspire and enable you to create lots of different projects yourselves using the various different techniques that we use within these blog posts. If you are a beginner stamper, or need a card in a hurry, these projects will be perfect for you. If you want to create lots of cards for a wedding, Christmas, or a craft sale, then you will be sure to find ideas that you can adapt for your occasion. You can create as many cards as you like using Chocolate Baroque stamps, as long as they are all stamped by hand.

Brenda has created some beautiful cards on a watery theme for us this month. She has used stencils and Pan Pastels to create her first three cards, then stamped over the top using Versafine Ink.

For her final card, she added Distress Ink to an acrylic block which had gridlines. She then spritzed this with water, and placed the block onto her background. The butterflies were stamped with Versafine Ink.

Carole has created this stylish masculine card, using stamps from the Eccentric Edwardian and the Punky Expressions stamp sets. The burgundy and kraft combination is a really great mixture:

We have a lovely selection of cards from Anne this month, the first two floral cards are very CAS in style. She has focused on using some tiny stamps on her first card to make a wreath to surround her sentiment, and used one of the images again for the larger background.

On her second card, she has chosen a monochrome scheme of blue tones, a favourite colour choice of hers to stamp the pretty positive and negative flower image:

For her third card, she has gone for a bold ink background to which she added sea salt to create the pretty patterns. Once the background was dry, she brushed away the salt, and used simple white embossing to stamp the image and sentiment. The oval aperture in the gold card shows off the image perfectly:

Finally, she has created a delightful underwater themed card, using the fabulous seahorse from the Underwater stamp set, placing the image on a beautiful watery background. The background was created by spraying blue, green and gold ink sprays with mica onto the background, and then puffing the background while still wet with air to move the inks around. She added PVA pearls and edged the background with an alcohol marker.

We have two cards from Gerrina next. For her first card, she stamped some flowers from the Sketchy Doodle Landscape stamp set, and added some background stamping using an image from the Tangled Fragments stamp set and a mixture of bright coloured inks. She coloured the images with pencils.

For her second card, She used background stamping using an image from the Tangled Fragments stamp set once again. She chose an image from the Floral Notes stamp set, and coloured the stamp directly with marker pens, spritzing them with water, before stamping the images onto the card.

I have made a quick little card using an image from the Bird Song stamp set, stamped onto a scrap of left over background, found in my card stash. I keep lots of left overs for cards that I need to make in a hurry. I used water based markers on the main image, and a toning ink on the sentiment which comes from the Loving Sentiments stamp set.

 Magda has created a real pot pourri of projects this month, something for everyone. Her first project is a set of ATCs, using Distress Inks for the backgrounds, stencil layers, and second generation stamping.

A masculine Birthday card is next, with some Steampunk stencilling and coordinating stamping.

A pretty floral card, great as a card in a hurry, using a single floral image and added sentiment. If you have left over backgrounds from previous projects, you could use this idea and  make up a batch of cards in next to no time.

Here is another card on a similar theme, with a different image:

Finally a teeny Christmas card, with Distress Ink around the edges, and a bit of added sparkle for some Christmas magic.

That's all for this month, we hope that you have enjoyed our selection of cards and projects. We will be back next month with another crop of quick makes for you. In the meantime, please do keep popping back for a daily dose of inspiration from our regular Design Team posts.

Thanks for stopping by,


  1. Lovely selection of cards again. Well done and thank you girls.

  2. Lovely selection of cards again. Well done and thank you girls.

  3. Yes I agree with Christine, these are a great selection and it's great to see so many ideas for me to try out!

  4. These are fabulous! Great inspiration and just goes to show what you can create with fabulous stamps in 15 minutes.
    Linda xxx

  5. More wonderful inspiration for quick cards Judith and the DT have come up trumps with their wonderful ideas. x

  6. As always - some gorgeous inspiration :)


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