Quick and easy monochromatic floral cards

I love to use a blue & white theme and it is a quick and easy method to create cards when you are in a hurry. I created these samples for the recent shows on Hochanda TV using the Blossom and Grow and Scrumptious Succulents stamp sets from Chocolate Baroque.

Images and sentiments were stamped with Versafine (Majestic Blue) and coloured with dark blue watercolour pen. Colour was quickly scribbled onto areas requiring darkest shading and the colour simply dragged out using a damp brush. Note: You need to use a quality stamping card or watercolour card for this technique to work. Card with a high chalk content will grab onto the ink colouring and it cannot be easily spread with water.

The panels were edged with dark blue alcohol marker to frame before gluing to the card fronts.

AW Grow Positive Thoughts CAS

My first quick scene was created using the Blossom and Grow stamp set and textured watercolour card and mounted onto a 6 X 4 inch card blank. A little watercolour pen was run along the base to ground the image, spreading the ink with a little water. Clear glitter glue was added to the flowers for a bit of sparkle – I just cannot resist. Loving the sentiments in this stamp set, think that I will be using them a lot.

 

AW Things of Nature CAS

My second quick scene included the sentiment from the Scrumptious Succulents stamp set. Again I used textured watercolour card, mounting the finished scene onto a 3 X 5 inch card blank.

The scene was stamped and coloured as above. Extra colour was sponged around the edges by lifting watercolour pen scribbled onto my craft mat. A tiny drop of glycerine was blended into the sponge before lifting colour. This helps the ink to blend more easily and behave more like a Distress Ink (a Sheena Douglass tip). I then splashed the blended inked background with water and lifted off with kitchen paper to give added texture.

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Dream, Wish, Create a Beautiful World

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This lovely image of a young girl (Victorian Photographs Rice Paper) really called to me and inspired me to make this piece. To me she portrayed a young girl that had experienced in her life far more than any child should. Alone she would dream and wish for a better world. Her creativity would enable her to escape from the trauma and open the door to a world full of beauty.

I know that many can testify that using imagination and creativity really does take them to a happy place and can increase wellbeing. Sorry, maybe a bit heavy? I hope that you like the ‘beautiful world’ that I have created.

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I first collected together lots of elements from my stash; a small wooden pallet (15cm square from Art-C), a thick greyboard panel with frame (13.5cm X 5cm, 6cm X 2cm centre, from Tando Creative) plus smaller panel, silicone moulds to create flowers and fern, MDF Heart Keyplate, Penny Washer and Heart Flower (Powertex), scraps cotton fabric and lace.

I created the flowers and ferns using silicone moulds and Stone Art Clay. Stone Art was mixed approx. 50:50 with Ivory Powertex plus a little Transparent Powertex. Ivory Poweretex was also used to coat the inner greyboard pieces.

The wooden pallet and remaining greyboard and MDF pieces were coated with a leftovers mix of Powertex (mainly Lead and Ivory). I keep any leftover Powertex in recycled little takeaway sauce pots (plastic with fully airtight lids). My mix gave a lovely warm grey colour.

I spread Easy Structure Paste across the centre of the pallet and then spritzed with Green Bister.

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The rice paper images were applied to the Ivory Powertex coated panels using Easy Coat Mat Medium. Note: the sentiment is actually snipped from the ‘Creative Paper’ branding down the side of the paper. I also used some small leftover snips from a floral paper.

Cotton fabric was treated with Ivory Powertex and draped diagonally across the middle. More texture was added using 3D Sand & Balls.

The flowers, ferns, Heart Flower and Penny Washer were coloured with Acrylic Inks; Palm Leaf, Viola, Viola Metallic and Golden Metallic. A little gold colour was also applied to the edges of the keyplate and image panels, plus drizzled onto the texture paste. The fabric was spritzed with a little Green Bister.

A strip of thin fabric braid was treated with Powertex, coiled tightly into a spiral, and added to the MDF flower centre (coloured with gold ink when dry). A sheet of Angelina fibre was created by ironing heat fusible sparkly fibres between sheets of baking parchment. I collected together a few snips of lace plus some Powercotton.

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Next I put it all together. I hung a small metal ‘wish’ charm from the base.

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I used Easy Structure Paste through the Duo Arty Quotes Mini Stencil to add the ‘Dream’ sentiment.

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More Acrylic Ink colour was dry brushed over textured areas.

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I love the new Acrylic Inks. The fluid formula enables you to drizzle areas with intense colour too.

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I was really pleased with my ‘Dream, Create, Wish’ mini artwork. I think that I might just have to keep this one for me.

Off to get busy as I have so many ideas. I will share more soon. Hugs all xxx.

Blossom and Grow Cacti

Good morning. I created these samples for the recent shows on Hochanda TV using Captivating Cacti, Blossom and Grow and Scrumptious Succulents stamp sets from Chocolate Baroque.

AW Cactus Pot

My first sample was created using a 5 X 4.5 inch card blank. The lower third of the card blank was embossed using a lacy textured embossing folder. The background was stamped using the Square Bubbles stamp and Distress Ink (Tattered Rose). Distress Ink, purple dye based ink and pink glitter glue were applied over the embossed section to colour and highlight.

The sentiment was stamped from the Blossom and Grow stamp set using purple dye based ink. The card was edged using purple alcohol marker to frame and a ribbon glued down to create a base for the flower pot.

I used a flower pot die (Sheena Douglass Herb Garden set) to cut the pot from Kraft card. A little colouring was added using watercolour and clear sparkle pens before shaping and gluing to the card front with 3D glue gel.

Cacti from the Scrumptious Succulents set were stamped onto smooth stamping card using Versafine (Onyx Black). Images were then coloured with watercolour pens (Crafters Companion Spectrum Aqua), dragging out colour and blending using a damp brush, then cut out. The large ‘face on’ cactus image was stamped several times, cut out, shaped and layered up. Elements were shaped using a ball tool and foam mat then glued down with 3D glue gel.

 

AW Large Cactus Love Blossom

For my second sample I used the gorgeous Captivating Cacti stamp and a sentiment from Blossom and Grow.

I prepared a decorative card blank from a 6 X 6 inch Kraft card blank, extending the edges by adding die cut borders from white pearl card (Crafters Companion Die’Sire strip die). Finished by adding faux stitching with a fine tipped pen (opaque white) and PVA pearls.

Images were stamped onto textured watercolour card using Versafine (Onyx Black). Watercolour and sparkle pens (Crafters Companion) were used for colouring. Colouring was extended at the base to give the cactus grounding.

A little gold sparkle pen was flicked across the image for added texture. I didn’t intend to do this initially but I had to cover up an accidental splodge! I liked the result, so a ‘happy accident’ as they say – tee hee. The card was edged with dark brown marker to frame before gluing to the card front.

Growing Blossoms

Good morning. Today I am sharing a couple of my samples for the recent shows on Hochanda with the Blossom and Grow and Scrumptious Succulents stamp sets.

AW Pink Flowers

This one was created with a 6 X 6 inch Kraft card blank. First the flowers were stamped onto scrap copy paper and cut out to create a mask. A little Zig 2 Way glue was dotted on the back to provide a temporary tac. Alternatively you could use the special masking tissue.

The images were stamped directly onto the card blank using Versamark and embossed with detail white powder. The foreground florals were stamped first, covered with masks before stamping the background foliage.

A little texture was added using a little ‘pricking wheel’ and a ruler. Just something I have in my tools, like a mini pastry crimping texture wheel. Opaque white pen was then used to add faux stitching and dots. Light colouring was brushed over with watercolour pens, using a clear sparkle pen to dilute the colour.

The flower was stamped again onto white stamping card using Versafine (Onyx Black) and coloured with watercolour and sparkle pens. The image was trimmed out and mounted with 3D foam. Finished with PVA pearls.

AW Blue Flowers

My second is a wreath created with one of the small flower heads. A 6.5 X 5.5 inch textured card blank was randomly stamped using the Square Bubbles stamp and Versafine (Majestic Blue). I used various dies to cut mats and layers and to build out decorative sides to the card blank (using white and blue card). Dies: Pin Dot Decorative Circles (Tattered Lace) and Florence (Crafters Companion Die’Sire).

I used the Inkadinkadoo Stamping Gear to stamp the wreath using Versafine (Majestic Blue). This can be done manually by dividing the circle into 8 segments (mark lightly with a pencil). Tip: Stamp the first image and turn the card before stamping the next, keeping the stamp orientation the same as you go. It’s easiest to stamp the 4 quadrants first then go around again and fill in between. Practice on some copy paper.

The flowers were coloured with watercolour pens and clear sparkle pen to dilute out colour and give shading. 3D foam was used to add depth and dimension to layers.

All about feathers, cards created with stamps from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning. Today I am sharing a few cards created with the ‘I Shall Be Your Wings’ stamp set from Chocolate Baroque.

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My first is a colourful bunch of feathers in a shabby chic style.

I first stamped the feathers onto copy paper and cut them out to create masks. A few dots of Zig 2-way glue were applied to the back to hold the masks in place. This glue gives a temporary tac if left to fully dry before sticking down. Alternatively this could be done using the special Masking Tissue which comes with a tacky back. These masks can then be kept and re-used multiple times.

The feathers were stamped with multi-coloured dye based ink, layering images with masks and working from foreground to background. The sentiment was stamped with Versafine (Vintage Sepia). A drop shadow was added around the feathers using pale watercolour pen ink applied with a brush (to add more 3D depth).

Kraft card and the stamped panel were trimmed to fit an A5 card blank. The craft card was distressed using the edge of scissors, the stamped panel edged with alcohol marker to frame. A little Stickles (Crystal) was added for sparkle.

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My second is a 6X6 inch card embellished with 3D shaped cut out feathers.

Faux stitching was added around the edge of the card, and small dots drawn, using a fine tipped opaque white pen.

The feathers were stamped onto a slightly paler version of Kraft card using Versamark and sparkly aqua embossing powder (WOW Calypso). These were then cut out and lightly shaped with a ball tool before gluing to the card front with 3D glue gel. Finished with a ribbon bow.

AW Feather Birdie

My third is another 6 X 6 inch card using a lovely background paper from Crafty Individuals (Shades of Summer). This particular pad is usually available on the Chocolate Baroque website (but depends on stock).

The paper was glued to a card blank and faux stitching added around the edge using a fine tipped pen. The sentiment was stamped with Versafine (Vintage Sepia). A little watercolour pen was painted over the image to help at more ‘weight’ to the base.

The feathers were stamped onto Kraft card using Versamark and sparkly aqua embossing powder (WOW Calypso), cut out and lightly shaped before sticking over a die cut birdy (Tattered Lace die) using 3D glue gel. Eye and leg details were added with fine tipped pen. A little clear sparkle pen was brushed over the bird for extra shimmer.

Quick and Easy cards created with stamps from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning. Today I am sharing three quick and easy makes using stamps from Chocolate Baroque. These are great for batch making or for creating something in a hurry.

AW I shall be your wings CAS

For my first make I used the Square Bubbles background stamp and I Shall Be Your Wings stamp set.

The theme for this week’s Simon Says Stamp Blog Challenge (Wed) is ‘Frame It’ – so I have entered this one.

A black card blank (15 X 13cm) was stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with white powder. The feather was embossed with aqua glitter powder onto white card, and the sentiment with white powder. The card was sprayed with water and colours dropped on (sparkle pens) and blown around by puffing through a straw. Finished with a few sparkly sequins.

AW Let Your Dreams Soar CAS

My second quick make was created using the Square Bubbles background and Rose Duo stamp set along with a sentiment from I shall Be Your Wings. I used dies to cut a fancy card blank and layers in black and watercolour card.

The card blank background and sentiment were stamped with Versafine (Onyx Black). The foliage was then stamped using a multi-coloured dye based inkpad. Spritzing with water spread and softened the prints. A black alcohol marker was used to edge the card.

A strip of copy paper was then placed across the sentiment (acting as a mask) and images stamped again with Versafine, repeating the stamping without re-inking to create depth. I added a tiny die cut bird to finish the scene.

AW Simple Floral CAS

I again used the Square Bubbles background stamp and Rose Duo set to create a pretty floral card.

The image was stamped with Versafine onto watercolour card and very quickly coloured with watercolour pens. A little colour was added directly to the darker areas and colour dragged out using a damp brush to give quick shading.

I then covered my image and stamped the background with pale ink. I had already stamped the image onto copy paper and cut out to create a mask. You could also use special Masking Tissue, which has a tacky temporary adhesive back, to create masks. I often do this with a new stamp set keeping the masks in my stash for future use (I re-use these masks multiple times). If you don’t have masks prepared then obviously you will need a little more than 15 mins to make this one. Alternatively just randomly stamp around the background avoiding the floral image. I finished by edging with alcohol marker and faux stitching using a fine tipped pen before gluing to the card blank.