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Wednesday, 6 July 2022

Black and Gold Christmas by Natalie


I know... I know... it's too early to be thinking about Christmas... or is it?

In June, Lesley brought the retiring stamp set to her shows on Create and Craft. This card uses a couple of these sets alongside the vertical sentiments: Say it Vertically. Vertical sentiments are great for where we need to add a vertical boundary or border.

The background design

Most of my backgrounds start life as a piece of plain white card. Using two of the larger flower gem designs, I stamped in Antique Linen and Weathered Wood Distress Oxide inks. Distress Oxides give a better impression when stamping but can also be pulled out with water. Stamp the images so they overlap and no masking is required.

As we are using white card rather than a watercolour or mixed media surface, work with a damp paintbrush rather than flooding the card with water. Start by pulling out the Weathered Wood flowers as the foreground; Antique Linen images will more easily fade into the background. Blend around the outside of the bezel (the round bit) around the gem. This will instantly give your image dimension, and you can always print with a little reinker or squidge some ink onto a palette. Blend around the outside of the flower using just water.

Colouring the gems

Treat each ring of polygons as one shape. Work a gradient across the ring dark to light; then on the next ring go light to dark. This will fake a sparkle; you can embellish with a white gel pen at the end if you wish.

Repeat this colouring process for the Antique Linen flowers but only where a Weathered Wood flower doesn't overlap.

Focal Point

Stamp two long drop baubles in Weathered Wood onto white gold mica cardstock. Allow to dry (it will take a little longer on this kind of cardstock) before fussy cutting out the images.

Crop a panel measuring 6x4" and adhere to a 6x6" black mica card blank. Trim a strip of vellum measuring 7x1.5" which will wrap vertically so you can adhere it on the inside of your card. Overlay your baubles and adhere both to the vellum and add additional adhesive beneath the vellum so it is secured.

Use a sparkly pen to draw two strings for the baubles.

Stamp your vertical sentiment onto either white card or more of the mica card. Use a more permanent ink to bring out the detail in the stamp such as a grey permanent pad.

Tuesday, 5 July 2022

Paisley Elephants (By Tracy Thompson)


This is my first post for July, and I'm here to show you some samples from our June's shows.  We had lots of fabulous stamps to use and my first creation was made using the stamp set Paisley Elephant.  I started by doing an inky background then stamping around the edge with versamark a paisley worker stamp and embossing in gold powder.  I stamped the main image of the elephant and stamped it again as a mirror image using a gel plate.  I coloured them in distress inks, fussy cut them and them mounted them onto my background.

For my second creation I used a stencil to create backgrounds, first on my base card then on my topper.  Using a corner stamp from Christmas Tweetings I stamped them back to back and then facing each other to make this image.  I rounded the corners and matted and layered to finish off.

See you for my next post

Happy crafting

Tracy x

Monday, 4 July 2022

peacock feathers (by Veronica)

June was quite a sad month, several of my favourite stamps were in the retired list, but digging them out made me realise just how old some of them were! On the plus side, retiring a whole load of older stamps means there will be room for new designs to tempt us, though I'm quite sure the bank manager would not agree!

My first samples for the recent shows on Create & Craft used stamps from the Peacock Fan and Peacock Glory sets.

I used the large feather stamp to create  fan cards. The first one has a brusho background, and I stamped the feather once on the right, then masked it with tissue paper and stamped again five times to create the fan shape. Some parts of the images were coloured with marker pens, then a mount of black card before adding to a white card blank.

The second version again had a brusho backgroumnd, and the feather was stamped five times and fussy cut out. The eyes were coloured with marker pens Then the fan was assembled onto black card.
My final card was a trifold on black card -after folding the card, I cut diagonally from the top of the lefthand panel to partway down the right hand panel, giving the shape on the right. The peacocks were stmaped using versamark and gold embossed, then painted with shimmer paints

The other scans show the inner and back of the flat card before folding 


Sunday, 3 July 2022

Christmas in July (by Sandra)

Hello everyone, I am sharing some of my cards from the June shows on Create and Craft.

These shows featured  stamps that were to be retired, I really hope you managed to treat yourself as they are no longer available on the website. I am using some of the Christmas stamps today.

For my first card (8x8) I used some pearl card in a deep blue-grey. I took one of the tree stamps from  Christmas Flourish and using my stamping platform I repeat stamped  to form the star shape. I used Versamark ink and embossed in white. I added a sentiment from Let's Get Festive. 

My next card uses New England Winter, one of my favourites! I have made a country scene by using a stencil to put some hills in the background and another stencil for the clouds. I used pale distress inks so that I could colour over the top without masking. I used the main house image as my focal point, added some of the trees to the foreground, the star and the pinecones - all from the stamp set.  I used alcohol markers to colour in. I then mat and layered onto a 8x8 card base.

My last card today uses the star from Christmas Fusion. I stamped and embossed in black onto Kraft card. I then used pencils in shades of blues to colour some of the parts in, leaving the Kraft to show too. I added a sentiment and a gem to the centre. I trimmed down the card and attached to a DL card base.

 I hope I have given you some inspiration and thank you for looking 

Sandra xx

Saturday, 2 July 2022

Blog Comment Winner


Hello and welcome to the Chocolate Baroque Design Team Blog.


We truly appreciate the time you take to let us know your thoughts about our designs, so each and every comment is very important to us.


Each comment in June was assigned a number and we used Random Org to draw a winner.


Congratulations to Pat you have won this month's £15.00 voucher to spend on Chocolate Baroque stamps.

To claim your prize, please email here to confirm your email address and Lesley will send your gift certificate.


Lesley will be giving a £15 gift voucher to another lucky winner drawn from the July comments.


The more comments you leave, the better your chances of being the winner.


Thank you so much for all the kind comments you leave.


Good luck from all on the Design Team


Here is another chance to see the beautiful creation by Judith.


Friday, 1 July 2022

Retired Birds (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I hope that you are keeping well. I have some projects to share with you featuring some of the fabulous retired stamps that we brought to last month's TV shows on Create and Craft. These stamps are no longer available on the website, but if you were lucky enough to purchase these stamps in our whirlwind shows, or from the website itself, then hopefully you will be inspired this month with the projects from the Design Team.

 My first two projects we created in much the same way, I placed two colours of Distress Oxide onto a large square acrylic block and spritzed this with water. I pressed the block onto a piece of textured card to colour the background. Once the card was dry, I added images from Dawn Chorus, Wise Owl and Let Your Heart Sing.

On the first card I added a sentiment from Amazing Mackintosh Words:

To complete the second card, I used a fineliner pen to lengthen the stalks and add more berries and flowers. Do not be afraid to embellish your images and create a picture. Silhouettes are a great way to do this, as all you need is a black pen. The sentiment is from Sing Your Song.

Finally here is an older card that I made some time ago which is in keeping with the general theme of my two previous cards. I made a Distress ink background for both layers, used brown ink for the stamping. I added some white charcoal to create a dreamy feel to the top layer. The image is from Let Your Heart Sing and the sentiment is from Fly Away With Me.

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

Take care,

Judith xx

Thursday, 30 June 2022

Not Just For Cards by Doreen

 Not Just For Cards

Hello everyone, I would like to share a very useful set of stamps with you today and although I have only used the stamps for cards and quite simply used them too, their potential is endless.

Slim Word Strip 1 is the stamp set I am talking about. They can quite simply be stamped onto printed backgrounds, onto plain card with clear inkpads and apply any colour embossing powder to give a subtle or elegant effect, or perhaps an inked background then stamped with any contrasting colour inkpad. But then of course they could be stamped as a background or even used in a journal page. Cover with relief paste leave to dry until it peels off with ease and use as part of a mixed media piece, honestly the uses are endless.

Well enough of my waffling I will be back next month with more posts for you but until then do take care

Love Doreen

Tuesday, 28 June 2022

Make your own journal by Natalie

Here's a quick way of creating a small journal using supplies you are likely to have around the house. This technique is useful for time limited projects or where your journal theme only has a finite amount of space required.

You will need:

  • Card blank measuring A5 or less (Kraft card used here) (or 2 for a thicker cover)
  • A4 paper (could be copier paper, cartridge paper or more quality focussed paper such as mixed media or watercolour paper)
  • Themed stamps: Making More Marks, Not More Flowers and Slim Word Strip 1
  • Permanent and water reactive inks and matching watercolour pens and pencil crayons.

Making the journal

  1. Starting with your card blank, decorate it as the cover for your journal. Start by stamping the "Journal" stamp for Slim Word Strip 1 with a chocolate permanent ink. Use a white pencil crayon or gel pen to highlight the detail in the word Journal.
  2. Blend around the edges of the card blank on all sides to age the cover if you wish. I used a combination of blending brushes and sponges to vary the texture and colour depth. If you are using two card blanks, blend on the outside of your stamped cover and on the inside of the remaining card.
  3. Depending on your card blank size, score and trim the papers to fit inside. Optional: you can round off the corners using a corner punch if you desire.
  4. Next, fold your pages into one signature and fix this into the inside card of your cover (if using two) and you can even cut slots in this card for pockets if you wish. Use double sided tape to fix the card cover together. If using one card, then just staple in for the outside in.

Decorating the journal

Here's a few example pages for you along with a few little ideas along the way.

Stamped the dandelion image using permanent ink and doodled splash shapes using coloured pencils. The splurges are coloured darker on the outside to give them a wet blob appearance.

I pulled in some other stamp sets on a few pages and used masking to stamp mark images from Making More Marks into the background. The "Nature" stamp from Slim Word Strips 1 was stamped onto copier paper and torn along the long edge. It was then run through a Xyron sticker maker to turn it into washi style tape.

Again using the "Nature" word strip onto copier paper, but this time blend in inks into the background to add texture. Pull out individual words from the strip to use as titling or journalling.

As part of my signature, I mixed up paper types including a sheet of translucent paper as well as marker paper. Marker paper is great for avoiding bleed through, while translucent paper is great for effects such as layering and increasing contrast. You should also consider the reverse of any elements stuck to the translucent page - a great place for hiding journaling.

You can use repetitive stamping to create a background by staggering the placement of the image. I created a full sheet and then trimmed to fit my page. 

In the centre spread, I mimicked the first page this time using the daisy image; this time blending two colours per main blob. The "ribbon" stamp was stamped using a light grey ink, and then coloured using the watercolour pens to give a rainbow effect.

The rainbow effect for the paint splodge was done directly onto the stamp using watercolour markers and a light spritz of water to blend. It was stamped onto the reverse of the translucent paper while the text was stamped onto the front. Stamp your text first as its the bigger stamp being careful to remove any excess ink prior to stamping.

For the colour border first stamp the strip background in light grey and blend the watercolour pens for a rainbow effect. Allow to dry completely before stamping the word stamp.

In the above image, colours were applied to the paint stroke image and then prized with more water than the previous image using this technique. The colours will blend more, but be aware more warping to your paper can occur.
Multiple impressions will give you a lighter colour. I would apply these coloured images first and then align your detailed images over the top to make the most of the textures.

The border here was stamped with background strip inked first with lighter ink using kiss stamping to add the flower image into the background using a darker ink. Over this impression, then stamp your word image, this time with a water creative ink for a softer finish.

Monday, 27 June 2022

Letters & numbers (By Tracy Thompson)


I'm here again with my final post for this month showing you creations from May's shows.  And oh wow I just love tyhis first stamp set Alium collage, maybe that's because I grow them in my garden.  To create this card I stamped the main image, then using Brusho's I sprinkled purple over the flower part of the image, then sprinkled green  over the stem part.  I stamped a sentiment from the set and made it into a tag and added some string to add it to my image.  Then just mounted it up onto black card, this is a simple way to add colour.

This next creation is quite different for me, I started with an inky background using Oxide inks.  All the stamps on this are from Just Useful, so I started with an Inky background in Oxides, then I stamped the numbers in the centre of the card in black and a notebook edge along the top.  Taking brown ink I stamped some splodges around the outer edge,  Using some Gilding flake glue I added some to the top edge of the card, then to the numbers then dotted some around the edge,  then added the Gilding flakes.  Love using the Flakes for that bit of luxury.  All that was left was to mount it onto some black card.

Well that's me now for this month, see you next month for more Chocolate Baroque makes.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Sunday, 26 June 2022

dragonfly dreams (by veronica)

For my last post tjhis month I have used the beautiful dragonfly from fragile wings, and just for a change, not cards....

The coasters were created from circles of grey board, painted with gesso and then sponged with distress oxide inks. The dragonfly was stamped using black versafine ink, and once dry the coasters were covered using modge podge adhesive as a sealer. 

Went back to my favourite candles for the second sample. The whole image was stamped onto the smooth side of white tissue paper using black versafine ink, and painted on the rougher side using shimmer watercolour paints. Brush with water round the image, tear out carefully and heat set onto the candle.


Saturday, 25 June 2022

Bold and Beautiful (by Sandra)

Hello, I am sharing some more of my cards from the May shows on Create and Craft.

My  cards feature stamps from Not More Flowers!

First I used my stamping platform and stamped the larger leaf  four times in a green archival ink on a 7x7 card base. I then used one of the smaller leaves and filled in the gaps with a different shade of green archival ink. I stamped the sentiment onto a die cut circle and layered this onto a slightly larger circle. Finally I mat and layered the card onto a 8x8 card base.

For my second card I used a 6x6 satin card. I stamped the Dandelions, twice, and the sentiment with VersaMark. I then used a brayer  and Distress Inks over the top. The VersaMark resists the ink and I am always amazed how crisp the stamping is with this technique. Once it was dry I buffed the card with some tissue and stamped some more Dandelions in the background in archival ink. I mat and layered onto some silver card and then onto an 8x8 card base.

Thanks for looking

Sandra x

Friday, 24 June 2022

Blue and Green (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I hope that you are keeping well. I have a couple of projects to share with you today, showcasing stamps that we brought to you on last month's TV shows on Create and Craft.

My first card uses a variety of stamp sets, but the hero of the card is the lovely dragonfly collage from the Fragile Wings stamp set. I decided to stamp this image on a coloured background, a deep teal colour, for a change. We often use black, kraft, grey, etc., but I wanted to reflect the wonderful dragonfly colours in the card background. I used Versafine Clair Nocturne to stamp the image, and Koh-I-Noor pencils to colour the image. I used white pencil first to create a base to add the rest of the colours, and to give a real sense of light to the image.

I created a background using green and blue Distress Ink, and then added stamps from Just Useful and Ace Card, using blue, green and black ink. I matted both layers using black card.

To create my second card, I coloured some Drawing Cartridge using tea, a favourite technique of mine. It's a really quick way of adding colour to a background and creates a vintage feel to a project. I stamped the playing card from Ace Card randomly over the background, and added a touch of turquoise around the edges using a watercolour pen, brush and water. I stamped the large image onto another piece of the rawing Cartridge and coloured the image in the same way using turquoise, green and brown watercolour pens. I edged the layers with the same dark brown ink that I had stamped all of the images with.

I chose to use a piece of scrap corrugated packaging as a mount; I dry brushed the edges with paint to match my colour scheme. Always keep that packaging, you never know when it will come in handy!

I had great fun creating these cards. I hope that they have inspired you. Thanks for stopping by, take care,

Judith xx

Wednesday, 22 June 2022

Canary Bird Rose (by Carole)

Hello fellow crafters.

My final contribution for this month, for the Chocolate Baroque GDT slot, uses the very pretty Canary Bird Rose stamp.

It is stamped and then I cut an oval around it. Half of this was cut away.

The flower was coloured with water colour pencils and Distress Inks.

The background uses an embossing folder covered with Versamark and then put through the embossing machine with a piece of card. Pearlescent powders were then brushed over the design. This is a lovely method which I haven't used for ages.

The background was then sprayed with cheap hairspray to seal it.

The message is from The Folk Art Garden set.

Hope you have enjoyed the samples I have shown you.

Please visit my Pinterest board to see other Chocolate Baroque samples that I have made:

Many thanks for visiting.

Happy crafting until next time.

Carole 😍

Monday, 20 June 2022

Your Card Has Been Marked !! by Doreen

Your Card Has Been Marked !!

Hello everyone I hope you are all well and welcome to my second blog of June.
Today I would like to share this rather randomly stamped card which was intentional of course.
Using the stamp set Making More Marks which I have to say is very versatile and leaves itself open to interpretation.

I think this card is definitely one for the men in our lives, nothing soppy in this is there ?? even my hubby likes it and he does not like cards and can't see the point in them. (How  rude).
Using Distress Oxide Inkpads colours I used are Crushed Olive, Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers and Squeezed Lemonade, using the bubble wrap and herringbone looking stamp I stamped some structure lines then added the squares randomly turning the stamp as you go.
I next used the Versafine Clair Nocturne to add not only straight lines but some string like images along with the exclamation marks  and some randomly stamped words.

Finally a few bits of Zentangle to enhance the shapes that the images of the stringy stamp gives us.

Here is another couple of cards using this set and the background of the final one also uses the Blank from the Slim Word Strip 1 

Thanks for looking in today

Love Doreen 


Let us dance ( by Magda) - Butterfly Dress, Words to Dazzle and Sparkle

Good Morning, 

The idea that summer offers us long evenings led me to create this page. What could be nicer than to wear a light, flowing dress for dancing till late? I used for this page: Butterfly Dress, Words to Dazzle and Sparkle, Distresss Crayons, stencil, baby whipe, Archival and watercolor pencils.

Summer hugs to you all,  Magda

Saturday, 18 June 2022

Beautiful Backgrounds by Natalie


You will need Not More Flowers and Making More Marks for this card. You will also need a piece of printed paper suitable for stamping on, ideally in a square format. You will also need: white card, A5 card blank and a piece of chocolate coloured card. You will also need distress inks and a paintbrush.

The background

Select your printed paper for texture but try to choose a neutral design with little contrast. Crop the paper, if needed, into a square. Using a stamp platform, insert your chosen paper up against a corner. Align your first leaf stamp so the image is positioned vertically and aligned centrally to your paper. Stamp this first image in Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Rotate your paper 90 degrees and stamp again; repeat for all sides. Blend any excess ink using a slightly damp paintbrush.

For the next image, align the stamp diagonally towards a corner. Stamp this image in Peeled Paint using the same technique as the first image.

Use another leaf design (or one you have already used but upside down) to infill using Saltwater Taffy Distress Ink.

Once your panel is dry, you can ink blend around the edges using the same colours to pull out more detail from your background or add lighter stamped images for added interest.

The card

Stamp your circle image onto your white card in brown ink and align and stamp your sentiment centrally. Using the string like image from Making More Marks, stamp in green ink. I really love this stamp for adding texture without having to worry about adhesion methods for fibres.

You can then cut out the circle and adhere it to your background panel directly, or add more depth with extra cardstock layers beneath.

The panel is then mounted onto chocolate card with a thin border to the top, right and bottom edges. Mount this onto your card blank as preferred and the trim the left hand edge of the chocolate card accordingly.

Friday, 17 June 2022

Nature In Ink (By Tracy Thompson)


Here I am with my second post for this month, bringing you samples from May's shows.  In my first creation I used the stamp set Fragile Wings, it's a really beautiful stamp set with a very good wood panel, which I've used several times with Inks.  I used Ink sprays for my background, some were Mica sprays with some shimmer in.  Therefore so that the image would show over the Mica I used embossing powder and for a nice subtle look went with white embossing powder.  I stamped a sentiment and mountede it before adding it to my creation.

For this piece I chose my Ink colours in both Distress Oxides and Versafine Clair, getting the colours as near as I could. So the background with the leaves on I stamped with Versafine Clairs, all I did using Not More Flowers I took a couple of different leaves and added two inks to each stamp making the image multi toned.  I then mounted that background onto a coloured background which was inked with oxides.  I used a gold Posca pen to edge the background.   I created the strip using Slim word Strip 1 with the Nature words on it, stamping in brown Versafine Claie and then embossed on top of an Inky background created with Distress Oxides.  I edged the strip again with gold posca pen.

I will be back with a final post for this month near the end of the month.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Thursday, 16 June 2022

Pretty Pastels 2 (by Miranda)


Hello crafty people,

Miranda here with another pastel creation for you. Again not my usual colorscheme but I am pleased with the results.

I have worked on a slimline size card and used the beautiful 'Floral grunge individual stamp'. For the background I have used the same stamp as before ' Make your mark stamp set'  and for the words I have used the 'Artistic Expressions stamp set'. Still one of my favorites.....

The coloring was done with Distress inks and some Tombow markers. For the final touch I have used some colored pencils and silver embossing.

I have extended some of the lines of the 'lightning' stamp using an embossing marker and embossed it with silver embossing powder.

Also some spattering using silver acrylic ink.

Thanks for your visit and see you next time,

have a lovely day,