Christmas Card and Treat Bag

Good morning. Today I am sharing a couple of Christmas projects – a simple card in non-traditional colours using the Pears and Baubles stamp set, and a pretty fabric pouch stamped and coloured using the Hark the Christmas Rose stamp (Chocolate Baroque).

AW Pink Bauble Card

A 6 X 6 inch white card blank was stamped with the lovely background stamp from the Pears and Baubles stamp set using pale pink dye based ink (Memories Baby Pink).

The sentiments were stamped with pink and Silver (Encore Ink) from the Let’s Get Festive stamp set.

An octagonal piece of pink card was embossed with a textured folder from my stash. A little Distress Ink (Tattered Rose) was applied across the surface with a sponge to enhance the texture. Versamark Ink was applied around the edges and embossed with white powder. This was glued to the card with foam pads for added depth.

The bauble was stamped with Silver Encore Ink onto plain white card and cut out. The bauble was sprayed with glittery varnish for added sparkle (Crafters Companion Spray and Sparkle) and Glossy Accents applied to the central star. The bauble was glued to the card with foam pads.

Finished with sequins, an organza bow, silver glitter glue (Dovecraft Silver) and silver PVA pearls (Tonic Nuvo – Silver Lining) – just couldn’t resist a bit more bling.

AW Xmas Pouch 1

A scrap of cotton was trimmed into a rectangle approx. 13 X 34cm. This gave enough room for seam allowances and a fold over top to thread with a ribbon drawstring. Before sewing together the Hark the Christmas Rose was stamped onto one end using Nuvo Black Shadow Ink. The ink was left overnight to dry and ironed to fix (essential if you want to colour with water based media).

Rather than water based media I decided to colour the image with permanent alcohol markers (green, yellow, pink and blue). Colour was encouraged to bleed and give a soft blended effect using a clear alcohol blender pen.

When dry a little clear acrylic sparkly glaze was applied to the flowers (Silks Acrylic – Ice), and gold glitter glue was applied to the stamens (Pinflair Glitter Wand). Yes – just had to be more bling. The fabric was again left overnight before ironing with a hot iron to set everything.

A small channel for ribbon threading was stitched on each end, then the fabric folded in half and the side seams stitched (omitting the channel). Two pieces of ribbon were thread through the channels to create a simple pull drawstring.

I hope that you have enjoyed my Christmas makes xxx.

AW Xmas Pouch 2

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Floral Card created with stamps from Chocolate Baroque

Good afternoon. Today I am sharing two variations of a card created with Chocolate Baroque stamps and a pretty background paper from Crafty Individuals.

AW Flower Pot V1

The theme for this week’s Simon Says Stamp Challenge (Mon) is ‘Flower Power’ – so I have entered this one.

I have entered the other into the Simon Says Stamp (Wed) Challenge as ‘Anything Goes’.

 

AW Flower Pot V2

 

Materials:

  • The Rose Tree, Essence of Nature and Mackintosh Sentiments stamp sets (Chocolate Baroque)
  • 8 X 8 inch card blank, Kraft card, pink card (pearl or satin mirror), pearl card (brown), Crafty Individuals Background Paper (Shades of Summer) and white stamping card
  • Inkpads: Memento (London Fog), Versafine (Onyx Black), Distress Ink (Broken China)
  • Alcohol ink pens (pink, yellow, green, pale blue plus clear blender)
  • Watercolour pens (pale blue, yellow) and Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen (Clear Overlay)
  • Fine tipped pen (opaque white, pink)
  • Stickles glitter glue (Crystal)
  • Flowersoft sprinkles (green, yellow)
  • Dies: Venetian Lace Layering set (Tonic), flower pot (Trimcraft Pots & Vases), Butterfly (Sizzix)

How it was done:

  1. Kraft card was trimmed and mounted onto the card front and faux stitching added with fine tipped pen.
  2. The lace mats were cut from pink card and decorative background paper glued in place. The butterfly was also cut from pink card. Sentiments were stamped with Distress Ink.
  3. The flower pot was cut from pearl brown card and lightly shaped before gluing with 3D glue gel.
  4. The flowers were stamped with Memento Ink and coloured with alcohol pens. The floral spray and individual flowers were cut out for decoupage, lightly shaped before gluing down using 3D glue gel. A little clar sparkle pen was brushed over the flowers for sparkle.
  5. The bumble bees were stamped with Versafine, coloured with watercolour pens and cut out.
  6. Yellow Flowersoft was glued into the flower centres, green onto some of the leaves and onto the foreground (to ‘ground’ the pots).
  7. Finished with touches of glitter glue for added sparkle.

Bird of Joy Quick and Easy Cards

I created two colourways in this card using the Bird of Joy stamp from Chocolate Baroque. They are just about manageable in around 15 minutes.

AW Bird of Joy 1 CAS

AW Bird of Joy 2 CAS

I stamped the images with Memento Ink (Tuxedo Black) and coloured using Chameleon alcohol markers. These make colour blending quick and easy. I brushed over the birds with clear sparkle overlay to add shimmer and used a clear glaze pen to add shine to some of the details (e.g. eyes). I roughly tore a piece of paper to hold over the bird (and protect) while lightly spritzing with light blue mica ink. Tip: Alternatively they could be done very quickly by stamping in Versafine (Onyx Black) and embossing with clear powder and colouring with watercolour or Distress Inks. The embossing resists the ink making colouring really quick and easy.

Wish Flower card

Good morning. I created this one with the Wish Flower stamp from Chocolate Baroque.

AW Wish Flower

I used Memento dye based ink for stamping which is compatible with alcohol inks that I used for colouring. I used Chameleon pens which make blending of different colours really easy.

After colouring I added some highlights with a silver pen and added a layer of clear sparkle pen overlay for shimmer.

The background was created with Distress Ink (a little water was flicked over the background and blotted off with tissue to create a little texture). I added alcohol ink to the edge to frame before gluing to the card front.

Materials:

  • Wish Flower stamp (Chocolate Baroque)
  • 6 X 6 inch white card blank and white stamping card
  • Inkpads: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Distress Ink (Peacock Feathers)
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen (Clear Overlay)
  • Metallic Glitter Pen (Silver)
  • Chameleon Alcohol Ink Pens (PK3 with BG3 top)
  • Marker pen (black)

New Colouring Pages from Chocolate Baroque

Good evening. The new set of colouring pages from Chocolate Baroque are simply gorgeous. They take watercolours, pencils or alcohol inks beautifully. I used Chameleon alcohol markers to colour mine.

AW Colouring A4

A4 colouring sheet – Chameleon alcohol pen colours: PK3 with BG3 colour top, BG3, PK5, YO2, VO4 with PK5 colour top, BL4 with PK3 top, PK5 with PK3 top, BG1 with YO2 top. Finished with glaze pen (Sakura) on bird dot details, and overlaid the birds with clear water base sparkle pen (Spectrum Noir Sparkle Overlay). The image was cut out, mounted on black card and glued to thick board (suitable for framing).

AW Colouring A5

A5 colouring sheet – Chameleon alcohol pen colours: PK3, BG4, VO4, BG3 with PK4 colour top, VO2, YO2, BG4 with PK5 top, BV2, BV2 with PK5 top, BG3 with BV2 top. Finished with metallic and glitter pen highlights (Sakura and Pentel). I edged the image with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink, mounted onto mirror and black card. Then glued to mount board (suitable for framing).

 

 

 

They are featuring on the Hochanda shows at the moment (Freeview Channel 85 or watch online live or on catch up via their website) – more shows tomorrow at 9am, 1 and 5pm.

Anne xxx.

Sneak Peek TV shows from Chocolate Baroque starting today

Good morning. Lesley Wharton will be on Hochanda today (6 and 8pm) plus tomorrow (9am, 1 and 5pm) bringing new goodies on a ‘One Day Special’ (Freeview Channel 85 or watch online via their website).

 

Anyone who makes a purchase from the ‘One Day Special’ before 4.30pm Friday will be in with a chance of winning £300 worth of Chocolate Baroque goodies.

 

Here is a sneaky peek of my samples:

AW Jan Floral SP

Steampunk Travels Pop Up Box created for Chocolate Baroque

Good morning. I had so much fun creating a fantasy world with the Steampunk themed stamps recently featured on Hochanda. Today I am sharing one of my show samples. I just love this sentiment verse and the fun sentiments that come with these stamp sets.

 

AW Pop Up Box 1

AW Pop Up Box 2

AW Pop Up Box 3

Materials:

  • Steampunk Travel and Steampunkery stamp sets (also available as a multibuy)
  • Ready made white pop up card blank (approx. 7cm wide box with back panel approx. 16cm high), white stamping card, Kraft card
  • Inkpads: Dye based ink (brown) and Versamark
  • Ink sprays with mica (blue and gold)
  • Alcohol ink pens and coloured pencils (blue, orange, yellow)
  • Fine tipped pen (brown)
  • WOW heat embossing powders (mix of Verdigris and Gold)
  • Dies to cut steampunk cogs and shaped mat for verse

How it was made:

  1. The box was spritzed with inks to add colour and edged with brown ink.
  2. The images were stamped with brown ink and coloured with alcohol pens and some pencil shading.
  3. The verse was cut out with a die and edged with brown ink and faux stitching. The remaining sentiments were hand cut and edged with brown ink. The Steampunk images were cut out by hand.
  4. The cogs were cut from Kraft card, coated in Versamark and heat embossed with metallic powders.
  5. The images, cogs and sentiments were glued to the card layers to give depth. Thin card strips were glued behind some of the elements to add extra support where needed.