Seaside Mini Hangers created for Chocolate Baroque

Good morning. I made these mini hangers for the recent sea themed shows on Hochanda. I had so much fun making these, although one of them almost ended up in the bin – tee hee.

AW Hanger Dreaming of the Beach

On my first project I used stamps from Mermaid Queen, Seaside Dreams, Underwater and the large Ammonite stamp.

  1. I started with one of the white board panels (approx. 10.5 X 14.5cm) from a mixed media white board pack (Chocolate Baroque). I used a swirly stencil from my stash and spritzed through the stencil with blue ink containing mica. I then applied blue acrylic paint mixed with sand texture paste through the stencil with a palette knife for texture. When dry I added some sparkle with gold glitter glue and applied silver gilding wax to the edges.
  2. I trimmed a piece of greyboard to make the top panel, stamped the sentiment with Versamark and heat embossed with WOW embossing powder (Detail White). Shells were stamped onto the background using blue pigment ink. The edges were finished with silver gilding wax and gold glitter glue. Holes were punched into the header and main panel and they were joined with string for hanging.
  3. I applied Hollographic Crystal Gel over the Ammonite stamp surface and left it to dry for several hours before carefully peeling away. I rubbed over the surface lightly with gold and silver gilding wax to emphasise the detail. I then painted the surface with DecoArt Antiquing Cream (Titanium White). After drying I rubbed away the colour from the surface with a damp cloth (this medium remains water soluble when dry – so can be used to add detail to crevices).
  4. I applied StazOn Ink onto the Ammonite and seahorse stamps, then I applied Soft Form Relief Paste (Silver) over the top and left to dry overnight. The embellishments were peeled away from the stamp and rubbed over lightly with gold and silver gilding waxes. The seahorse was glued to the background. I used a fine tipped pen to add in a little more detail (the ink didn’t transfer too well).
  5. I stamped the shells onto cartridge paper using Versafine Ink (Onyx Black) and spritzed with orange/yellow and gold inks with mica to colour. The images were cut out and shaped lightly using a ball tool and sponge mat. I die cut a decorative star shape from black card and coated with gilding wax. The embellishments were glued in place with 3D glue gel.
  6. White pen was used to add highlights to the pearls and seahorse eye, then Glossy Accents added for shine. I finished with some small embellishments created with air dry clay and silicone moulds from my stash.

AW Hanger Take me to the Ocean

On my second project I used stamps from Mermaid Queen, Seaside Dreams, and Underwater sets.

  1. I started with one of the white board hearts (approx.) from a mixed media white board shapes pack (Chocolate Baroque). The background was spritzed with blue ink containing mica. The background weeds were stamped with blue pigment ink and the foreground weeds with Distress Ink (Peeled Paint) and embossed with WOW Embossing Powder (Clear Gloss).
  2. I stamped the seahorse and sentiment with Versamark and embossed with WOW Embossing Powder (Silver) and coloured with dark blue sparkle pen then added a layer of Glossy Accents over the seahorse. At this stage it all looked a complete mess and nearly went in the bin – tee hee. I stamped over the top using StazOn Ink (White) and decided to continue with ‘the mess’. Maybe it would be ok when other bits & bobs were added?
  3. A fine tipped marker was used to add a drop shadow around the sentiment lettering which made it stand out better.
  4. I spread some Viva Décor Crackle Paste (Teal) around the base of the heart and dropped in some blue seed beads for texture. When dry I rubbed over the surface and edges with a little silver gilding wax. I punched a couple of holes in the top to attach a hanging ribbon, and holes in the sides and base for attaching hangers.
  5. The seahorses and weeds were stamped onto blue card with White StazOn Ink, cut out and glued with 3D glue gel.
  6. The shells were stamped onto cartridge paper and spritzed with blue and gold inks with mica. The shells were cut out, shaped and acrylic modelling paste applied to the backs to make them a little more robust. I applied clear glaze onto the fronts for shine. When dry I created attachment holes and added them to the base of the heart using recycled jewellery chain loops.
  7. Finally finished by adding some glitter glue sparkle – just had to be done – tee hee.

AW Hanger Take me to the Ocean 2

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Hydrangea Tag cards created for Chocolate Baroque

Good afternoon. Catching up with a little blogging while watching the snow fall outside. Looks gorgeous but rather stay in the warm today.

 

I am sharing some of my samples created with the Hydrangea Tag and Birthday Words stamp sets from Chocolate Baroque.

AW Hyacinth Birthday

The first is a birthday card. I used a plain white card blank (approx 12 X 17.5cm) and added a die cut border to the left edge (Crafters Companion) along with a pretty organza ribbon.

The Hydrangea collage was stamped onto cartridge paper with silver Encore ink and heat embossed with clear powder (WOW Clear Gloss). I used ink spritzers (purple and pale blue) with mica to colour the background. Purple die ink was used to edge the background and to stamp the sentiment.

On a scrap of card the Hydrangea was stamped again with Versafine (Onyx Black) and quickly heat embossed with clear powder. I used watercolour pens and a damp brush to colour, then cut out the flower and lightly shaped before gluing onto the card using 3D glue gel. I brushed over the flower with clear sparkle pen, added PVA pearls and a bow to finish.

AW Hyacinth Kind Hearts

I gave my second variation a more vintage feel. The card blank was created in a similar way to above using a decorative die cut border in pearl card.

The Hydrangea collage and tag images were stamped onto smooth stamping card with Versafine (Vintage Sepia). The Hydrangea were coloured with watercolour pens and a damp brush to blend. I brushed over the flowers with clear sparkle pen for added shimmer.

The tag and topper panel were cut out, edeges roughened using the edge of my scissors. Antique Linen Distress Ink was blended in around the edges.

The sentiment from Birthday Words was stamped directly onto the card blank with Versafine and quickly heat embossed with clear powder (WOW Clear Gloss).

Finished with a bit of blue glitter glue for added sparkle plus a few faux gems and a bow.

AW Hyacinth With Love

For my third sample I went for a more colourful opulent feel. I used a 15 X 21cm white card blank and light chocolate coloured card to create the background. I stamped the Hydrangea Tag image, and corners from the Breath of Spring stamp set, with Versamark and heat embossed with Wonder Powder (Hochanda Pink). I rubbed the card edges into Versamark and embossed with pink powder.

I used a decorative oval die to cut the frame from black card. Mounted onto pink card and hand trimmed around the edges. Mounted onto the card front with foam pads for added dimension.

Stamping card was coloured with watercolours, painting wet on wet (red, yellow, green). The background was stamped, and overstamped, with Versafine (Onyx Black). The sentiment was stamped from the Birthday Words set. The decorative oval frame die was used to cut out the background image which was then glued into the aperture.

The flower was stamped again onto scrap card and coloured with watercolour pens and a damp brush for blending. After cutting out a layer of Versamark was applied over the image and heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss powder (this added a shine – not really visible in this pic). The flower was then lightly shaped and glued to the card with 3D glue gel. A little dilute black watercolour pen was used to enhance the shadow behind the flower.

Finished with touches of glitter glue, sparkly faux gems and a bow.

Quick and Easy Birthday Cards for the Little Ones

AW Birdy 1

AW Birdy 2

 

Good afternoon. These were another quick and easy make. I had to rush make these for a couple of little friends ready for their birthday party yesterday and got them finished half an hour before leaving – just enough time for the glue to dry – tee hee.

Materials:

5 X 5 inch white card blanks, white card for layering, patterned papers and plain coloured card to match (black, blue, pink, orange, green and glitter pink), waste mount board

Ready made decorative chipboard numbers

Alcohol ink pens (pink and blue)

Glitter glue (silver)

Happy Birthday dies (Tattered Lace), Lettering dies (Create & Craft Couture set), Birdy dies (Sizzix BigZ Bird #3)

How it was done:

The background mats were trimmed slightly smaller than the card blank and edged with alcohol marker to frame.

The bird body was cut from mount board and floral paper. The large circles from white card and smaller circle from black, to make the eyes. The beak and legs were cut from orange and pink card, and wings from coordinating plain card.

Lettering was cut from plain card. You can see what a rush I was in as they aren’t exactly glued down straight! I decided to add a bit of glitter glue to the foreground which helped to ‘ground’ the birdy but also helped to disguise the slightly off lettering and odd glue splodges.

I hate having to come up with a design in a super rush but it was well worth it. So much nicer and more special than a shop bought card.

Lighthouse Scenes created for Chocolate Baroque

Good morning. Today I am sharing a couple of my recent samples using the Seashore Scenes stamp set (plus Mermaid Queen and Underwater for embellishments). The first is a sunset scene mounted onto a patterned background paper from Crafty Individuals, the second a mini wall hanging.

AW Lighthouse Sunset

Sunset Scene Card:

  1. The patterned paper was trimmed and edged with black pen to frame before sticking to the card blank.
  2. The background was painted with water based inks (orange and yellow) and the image stamped with Versafine (Onyx Black). Some areas of colour were lifted out using water and blotting. The image was coloured with watercolour pens and pencil. White pencil was used to emphasise highlights.
  3. The foreground was created using Expand IT tinted with watercolour pen, heated to puff and create the texture. Mounted onto black card to frame and glued to the card with foam pads for dimension.
  4. The shells were stamped with Versafine (Vintage Sepia), spritzed with blue and gold ink sprays, cut out and lightly shaped before gluing down with 3D glue gel.

Materials:

  • Seashore Scenes, Mermaid Queen and Underwater (for shell embellishments) stamp sets
  • 6 X 6 card blank, 6 X 6 background paper (Crafty Individuals – The Seaside), black card and white stamping card, scrap cartridge paper (for shells)
  • Inkpads: Versafine (Onyx Black and Vintage Sepia)
  • Alcohol ink pen (black)
  • Watercolour pens and pencils
  • Water based inks (yellow, orange)
  • Ink sprays (blue, gold with mica)
  • Colourcraft Expand IT (puff paint)

AW Lighthouse Follow the river hanger

The scene looks so different done in an alternative colourway.

Follow the river hanging:

  1. The scene was stamped onto whiteboard with Versafine. A fine tipped pen and additional scene building stamps were used to extend the scene. Drawing Gum was used to mask the gull image while stamping the background images (i.e. grasses behind the gull and post).
  2. The scene was coloured with watercolour paints. Extra details and texture were added with coloured pencils. Drawing gum was used to mask some areas while painting (e.g. clouds, water highlights).
  3. Grey board was trimmed and cut with a rope edger die (top edge) and overlaid with red card cut to match. Holes were punched in the top to tie on the hanging string.
  4. The starfish and shells were stamped onto cartridge paper, coloured with watercolour and mica paints. After shaping they were glued to waste acetate pieces with 3D glue gel to make them more robust (particularly as they overhang the ‘canvas’ edges).
  5. The rope and ships wheel were cut 2-3 times each from Kraftcard, layered up and glued together to make them more robust. Colouring was added using Distress Ink, glaze and glitter pens.
  6. The scene, embellishments and string were glued to the hanging. Finished with PVA pearls and touches of glitter glue.

Materials used:

  • Seashore Scenes, Mermaid Queen and Underwater (for shell and starfish) stamp sets
  • 15 X 10cm whiteboard shape (Chocolate Baroque kit), Grey board, red card, white stamping card, Kraft card, scrap cartridge paper and acetate
  • Watercolour paints and water based paints with mica
  • Coloured pencils
  • Pebeo Drawing Gum
  • Glaze pen (red) and glitter pen (gold)
  • Fine tipped pen (black)
  • Inkpads: Versafine (Onyx Black), Distress Ink (Scattered Straw)
  • PVA pearls and glitter glue (clear)
  • Bakers twine (red & white)
  • Dies to cut ships wheel, rope edge (top of hanger) and rope embellishment

Floral Rocker card created for Chocolate Baroque

Good morning. This rocker card was one of my samples using the Tangled Garden stamps from Chocolate Baroque. The stamps went perfectly with one of my embossing folders from Sheena Douglass. Something bright and cheery on a gloomy day x.

 

AW Floral Rocker

Materials:

  • Tangled Garden and Words of Inspiration stamp sets
  • Hammered card and stamping card (white)
  • Inkpads: Marvey Matchables Dye based (Violet), Versamark
  • WOW Embossing Powder (Fuchsia)
  • Brusho Powder (Purple)
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens (peacock, orange, pink and Clear Overlay)
  • Gel (orange) and glitter pens (blue)
  • Spectrum Noir alcohol pen (purple)
  • Fine tipped pen (purple)
  • Glitter glue (aqua) and PVA pearls (orange)
  • Glycerine
  • Glass seed beads (silver lined green)
  • Circle Rocker die (Tattered Lace), sentiment panel die (Sizzix)

How it was made:

  1. The circle rocker card blank was cut using the die and embossed with the floral embossing folder. The sentiment was stamped with purple ink and cut out. Peacock Sparkle Pen colour was blended over the surface using a sponge. I used the technique recently demonstrated by Sheen Douglass: Add a drop of glycerine to the craft mat and work into sponge. Then pick up some pen colour, after scribbled onto the mat. The glycerine makes it blend onto the card like a Distress Ink.
  2. The card and sentiment panel were edged with alcohol marker and the fine tipped pen used to draw faux stitching.
  3. The flowers and leaves were stamped with Versamark and embossed with pink powder, cut out and coloured with sparkle, glitter and gel pens. While wet a little Brusho powder was dropped onto the petals for extra colour and texture.
  4. The flowers and leaves were shaped and glued to the card with 3D glue gel.
  5. Glass beads were glued to the flower centres. Finished with PVA pearls and glitter glue.

Oriental Mixed Media Canvas with Teneriffe Lace and Powertex

I created this mixed media canvas using acrylic paints and various elements treated with transparent Powertex. Powertex is great for stiffening, gluing down and protecting porous substrates such as fabric, card or wood.

 

AW Oriental lace canvas

The lace elements were my first attempts at making Teneriffe Lace (yes the lace name has 2 f’s – as in the original spelling of the island) using the newly released looms and instructions from Gina-B Silkworks. I struggled a bit with getting my knotting secure at first (until I read the instructions properly – tee hee), plus my weaving and tensioning was pretty uneven too. My technique soon improved but I wasn’t sure what to do with these first experiments. They nearly went into the bin! However, I then thought of Powertex treatment. The lace would be stiffened and sealed so no worry about any of the knotting coming lose.

AW Oriental Lace Canvas 1

AW Oriental Lace Canvas 2

AW Oriental Lace Canvas 3

The variegated blue threads that I used inspired me to create something with an Oriental theme. Incorporating my ‘imperfect’ lace elements into a canvas was perfect.

AW Oriental Lace Canvas 4

AW Oriental Lace Canvas 5

I was really pleased with the results and my lace pieces ended up being showcased very nicely.

Materials:

  • Teneriffe Lace Complete Starter Kit (comes with Looms 1 and 3)
  • Total Trimmings Project Book – Teneriffe Lace (comes with a Heart Loom 11)
  • Strong thread (for the holding threads on loom) and pearl 8 embroidery thread (plain blue and variegated blue) for the lace work
  • Transparent Powertex
  • Card (approx. 230 gsm – white and blue)
  • 12 X 12 inch stretched canvas
  • Gesso (white), acrylic paint (blue) and Starlight Paint (gold metallic)
  • Alcohol marker and PVA pearls (blue) – to colour edges and add centres to flowers
  • Bamboo barbeque sticks
  • Thread wrapped button embellishment, bead and tassel
  • Dies to cut branches and blossoms (mixed brand and Spellbinders)
  • Mandala stencil
  • Rubber stamp (for background texture)
  • Plastic sheeting to protect table and to dry Powertex treated elements
  • 3D glue gel

How it was done:

  1. The butterfly was created on the outer ring of Loom 3. This was a result of a bit of play and trying out the technique. I didn’t use a specific pattern but added darned areas to get a stylised butterfly shape.
  2. The large circular motif was worked on the outer ring of Loom 1 following the design for the Teacup Pincushion Pattern included in the Total Trimmings Book.
  3. The 2 small circular designs were again worked on Loom 1 (small inner ring) using the Lace Button Designs included in the book.
  4. I treated the lace with the transparent Powertex and laid out to dry overnight on plastic sheeting (Powertex doesn’t stick to plastic). I snipped out the butterfly from my circular lace design. I also cut up some of my rough trial pieces to use as extra texture in the background.
  5. The canvas background was painted with white gesso to prime. Rubber stamps were used with acrylic paints to add a little background texture. I also sponged acrylic paint through a mandala stencil to complement the lace elements. Starlight paint (which contains crushed gilding flake) was used to blend in from around the edges.
  6. The branches and blossoms were die cut from card, shaped with an embossing tool, then painted with transparent Powertex. Likewise the fan was created using card and bamboo barbeque sticks. Again I treated this with Powertex.
  7. Flat elements were glued to the canvas with Transparent Powertex. More dimensional elements were stuck down with 3D glue gel.
  8. I also added a thread wrapped button embellishment and tassel. Gina has some wonderful instructional DVD’s and books which are fabulous if you would like to learn these techniques (Making Buttons DVD , Button Workshop Manual, Making Tassels DVD)

Time Flies Steampunk Wall Hanging created for Chocolate Baroque

Good afternoon. This is the last of my recent Steampunk themed samples created for Chocolate Baroque. I made this mini wall hanging using white board and mount board shapes.

AW Time Flies

Materials:

How it was done:

  1. The white board panel was covered with decorative paper and the border plus sentiment stamped with Versafine. The edges were inked with Distress Ink and black marker.
  2. The clock stamp was coated with StazOn ink then spread with the Soft Form Relief Paste. This was left to dry overnight before peeling away and trimming to neaten.
  3. The clock and cogs were cut from mount board and scrap card. The clock centre was stamped using Versafine. The centre pieces were then coloured with Distress Ink and edged with black pen.
  4. The die cut cogs and clock outer were coated with Versamark and heat embossed with metallic powder mix.
  5. The embellishments were glued down with foam pads and 3D glue gel for dimension. Glossy accents was added over the clock face and some of the stamped lace cogs. PVA pearls were added for extra decoration.
  6. Finally a small hole was punched in the top and ribbon attached for hanging.