Flora Musica card created for Chocolate Baroque

Good morning. This was one of my recent show samples using the Flora Musica stamp from Chocolate Baroque.

 

AW Framed Flora Musica

Materials:

  • Flora Musica stamp
  • White card blank (10.5 X 15cm), black card, pink metallic card, decorative background paper (blue/lilac)
  • Versamark Inkpad
  • WOW Embossing Powder (Gold Rich)
  • Fine tipped pen (black)
  • Gouache paints (white)
  • Watercolour pens (Spectrum Aqua – pink, burgundy)
  • Sparkle pen (Spectrum Noir – green)
  • Pebeo Gilding Wax (Empire Gold)
  • Oval die (Tattered Lace), Decorative frame die (Tonic) and harlequin embossing folder

How to make it:

  1. Trim and emboss the black card with the harlequin embossing folder. Lightly rub over with gilding wax and glue to the card front. Add faux stitching with the fine tipped pen.
  2. Stamp the Flora Musica onto patterned paper and heat emboss with gold powder. The embossing makes colouring really quick and easy. Colour with watercolour and sparkle pens and drag out colour with a damp brush. Use some white gouache to add highlights. Gouache paints are semi opaque so are great for covering over patterned or precoloured areas. Note: the watercolour beneath will dissolve and move when painted over with wet media and so will tint the white gouache.
  3. Cut out the topper, edge with a little gilding wax, and mount onto decorative mat cut from metallic card. Glue to the card front using 3D foam for added depth.

Another quick and easy card created for Chocolate Baroque

Another with the Flora Musica stamp from Chocolate Baroque.

Heatherwell Designs by Anne Waller

Good morning. Today I have another quick and easy card to share – made in under 15 minutes. I had to make a couple of samples in a last minute hurry for Lesley Wharton’s recent TV shows on The Craft Channel. I hope that you like it.

AW Floral Musica Pink

On the Chocolate Baroque DT Blog are more quick makes from my Teamies today.

Materials:

  • Flora Musica stamp
  • 14.5 X 17cm white card blank, white stamping card, dark pink card
  • Distress Inkpad (Black Soot)
  • Watercolour pencil (dark pink)
  • Watercolour brush
  • Decorative oval layering dies (Tonic Elegant Oval)
  • Organza ribbon (pink)
  • Black alcohol marker (Spectrum Noir)
  • Glitter glue (silver)

How to make it:

  1. Stamp the image with Distress Ink. Using the pink pencil scribble some colour onto the flowers and leaves. Brush over the image with a damp brush to shade and colour.
  2. Cut out the image using the decorative oval. Edge with…

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Floral Musica and Harlequin Bouquet Cards created for Chocolate Baroque

A couple I made a while back with the Flora Musica and Halequin Bouquet stamps from Chocolate Baroque.

Heatherwell Designs by Anne Waller

I have two cards to share with you today using the lovely new floral collage stamps – Floral Musica and Harlequin Bouquet.

I hope that you like the new stamps this month as much as we all have on the DT.

Happy crafting, Anne x.

AW Harlequin Bouquet

AW Floral Musica

Materials:

How it was done:

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Blue and White Baroque Tiles card created for Chocolate Baroque

Good morning. This was one of my recent show samples using the Baroque Corners stamp set. I built up a pattern using the large and small corners in Blue & white, reminiscent of vintage tiles.

 

AW Corners with love

Materials:

How to make it:

  1. Stamp the large corner stamp onto each of the 4 corners of the card blank. It is easiest to turn your card 90 degrees between stamping. An acrylic block with grid markings also helps to align the stamp straight with the edge of the card. I used the Tim Holtz stamping platform which made the pattern stamping really easy. Simply stamped, turned the card on the platform (butting it up against the platform ridges) and stamped again. It is not essential to use a stamping platform or alignment tool but it does make it so easy and quick. No hovering and aiming.
  2. Edge the card with blue marker to frame and draw faux stitching with the fine tipped pen.
  3. Trim the next panel to 13cm square and stamp using the smaller corner stamp. Add the faux stitching and layer onto the dark blue card. Glue to the card front with foam pads for added dimension.
  4. Trim the next panel to 11.5cm and stamp the small corner stamp into the centre. It may help to draw pencil cross hairs to help alignment. The little sticky out swirls also help you see where you are going and help align the stamps square.
  5. Stamp the sentiment into the space in the middle. This is quite easy to align with the clear stamp. Trim off the corners (at 45 degrees) to create the octagonal shape. Note: not all the sides are equal, 4 sides are a little shorter than the other 4. Add the faux stitching and mount onto blue card. Attach to the card front with foam pads.

Egyptian Cards and a bit of experimentation with Powertex and stamps

Oh I just love the new stamps from Anna Hewlett (Rosehart Studio) and Powertex. They sold out in a flash on the Hochanda shows too. Here are a couple of my card samples created for the show.

 

AW Heiro Card

 

On this one I used the Hiero Heaven stamp. The background was stamped and embossed with clear or gold embossing powders onto the black card. The vintage papers were created by stamping and colouring with Distress Inks (Scattered Straw, Vintage Photo and Peeled Paint).

 

AW Scarab Card

 

 

On this one I created the background by stamping with black archival ink onto craft card and colouring with pencils (they gave a nice chalky effect).

I created the gold embellishments using a Soft Form Relief Paste (Pebeo). I inked the Hiero Heaven and Scarabella stamps with archival black ink, spread with the paste and left to dry for 48 hours before peeling away. Extra colour was added to my scarab using acrylic paint.

No Powertex in these but I did have a little play:

Experiments:

This soft form paste stays flexible when dry so it can be curved around 3D objects and can also be stitched into. Some of you may know me for my paper crafting and textile art, so this is something I keep in my stash.

I have since had an experiment with using Powertex onto my stamp and leaving that to dry. I did have a concern about using Powertex on my stamps at first. Not that it would harm the rubber but I like to mount my stamps onto foam mount for clean crisp stamping in my textile and paper crafting. I thought that the Powertex might seep into the foam and harden it up ruining the cushion. I did a couple of bench tests to try it out:

 

AW Powertex experiment 1

  • I inked up part of the Heiro Heaven panel with Archival Ink and poured on some Ivory Powertex. Immediately it started reacting strangely with the ink. The outer edges of the puddle started moving and swirling and lost their colour.
  • I also poured some Powertex onto a non-inked area (although there was a bit of residual dried ink on there).
  • I mixed in a little Stone Art into the Powertex, making a paste, and spread this onto an inked area. This was more controllable than pouring liquid and there was no strange reaction evident with the ink beneath.
  • I also poured some Powertex over one of the smaller stamps, deliberately spilling it over the sides and onto my foam mount.

Experiment results:

Similar to my usual texture paste it took 24-48 hours to dry fully. All the test pieces worked really well and peeled away from the stamp really easily. Residual dried on Powertex was easily removed with warm water and a nail brush. The embellishments are quite stiff but remained flexible enough to curve around if desired, particularly if warmed up in the hands or with a hair dryer.

 

AW Powertex experiment 2

The ink transferred really well giving a nice dark image into the embellishment crevices, even the one that seemed to have a strange reaction with the ink worked well.

The smaller stamp that I covered in Powertex also cleaned up easily and the Powertex pulled away from the mount foam ok too, although I had to pull it away gently as it hung onto the foam quite tightly.

If you use unmounted stamps then obviously there is no issue in covering them with Powertex. I would say that if like me, you like to foam mount your stamps, then I would recommend making a bit of a paste with Powertex plus Stone Art or 3D Sand and spread this over. It is much more controllable and you can keep it away from the edges and foam mount more easily.

I hope that my experiments help with your own creative play.

Another sneak peek of my Egyptian themed samples for Powertex

Good morning. Here is another sneak peek at my mixed media samples created for Powertex using the new Egyptian themed stamps from Anna Hewlett (they will be available on the Powertex website shop soon) and 3D plaster busts.

 

TV shows are still available online at Hochanda if you missed any of the demos from Tracey Evans.

 

I will be blogging full pics and details soon xxx

 

AW Nefertiti Sneak Peek

AW Tut Sneak Peek

Quick and Easy Floral Harmony card created for Chocolate Baroque

Good morning. Today I am sharing another of my show samples for Chocolate Baroque using another of the lovely stamps recently featured on Hochanda. This is also a quick and easy one using the Floral Harmony stamp.

 

AW Floral with love CAS

Materials:

How to make it:

  1. Stamp and heat emboss the image and sentiment with white powder.
  2. Spray over the image with ink sprays, spraying more pink ink over the flower. While the ink is still wet drag out the colour over the stamped image using a damp brush. The embossed line makes this quick and easy. Use a little extra water and blotting with tissue where the colour needs lifting out and lightening.
  3. Drag some of the ink out across the base to anchor the image. I used a hair dryer to speed up the drying (a heat gun can bleach out some of the colour and may re-melt the embossing).
  4. Outline the topper with burgundy pen to frame and glue to the card front.