Fun cards for the guys

Thought that I would give you a short break from all the butterflies posted up earlier.


I had 2 male friends with special birthdays this weekend so I came up with a couple of fun cards that would appeal to their sense of humour. Thankfully they loved them and I haven’t damaged my friendships – tee hee.


The first is for my friend who was 70 this weekend. We had a great party and he had his guitar out for a sing along too. He has fond memories of the 60’s so I thought that the Day of The Dead Collection from Sheena Douglass would be perfect, done in ‘Flower Power’ style.

AW Peter 70


  • The image stamps and dies are from Sheena Douglass (Day of The Dead) coloured with Spectrum Noir Aquatints and Distress Inks.
  • I added some foiling bling using a Zig 2 way glue pen and transfer foil. The foiled sentiment was done on the computer with toner sublimation foil and my Minc machine.
  • The curved ‘happy birthday’ , shaped card blank and bunting created with dies are from Tattered Lace. The letters cut using Create and Craft Couture dies.


The second card is very tongue in cheek. Shall I just say that my friend is renowned for being a bit ‘windy’!


AW Bill 65


  • I used an Embossalicious folder and coredinations card to create the background – sanding it back to reveal the ‘vintage’ sentiment panel.
  • The pipework and beer bottles were cut with dies from Robert Addams, the jug from Heartfelt Creations. The lettering dies are from Create and Craft Couture. The cogs dies are from a variety of sources including Robert Addams, Trimcraft, Sheena Douglass and Tattered Lace.

Autumn Medley Card created for Chocolate Baroque

Good morning. Today I have an Autumnal project to share with you. I simply love this Autumn Medley stamp. I have used an acorn die from my stash but elements could be cut out and decoupaged from the stamped image too.

AW Autumn Medley


  • Autumn Medley and Mackintosh Sentiments stamps
  • A5 ready made stepper card, white stamping card, A4 thick cartridge paper and waste shredded paper
  • WOW embossing powders (extra fine White and Metallic Gold Sparkle)
  • Inkpads: Versamark, Versafine (Vintage Sepia), dye based (dark brown)
  • Ink Spritzers: Reds, oranges, yellows and greens – some with gold mica (Mr Huey’s and Lindy’s Stamp Gang)
  • Dye based inks: Orange and yellow (Spectrum Noir Aquatints)
  • Watercolours with mica: Reds, oranges, yellows, browns and greens (Twinkling H2O’s)
  • Alcohol ink marker and pencil (dark brown)
  • Paper raffia (yellow)
  • Dies: Acorns (Spellbinders), square (Tattered Lace Torn Edge), mini tags (Create & Craft Couture Deco Boutique Collection)
  • 3D glue gel

How to make it:

  1. Spritz the cartridge paper and waste paper strips with autumnal coloured inks and leave to dry. Trim the background panel, edge with brown marker and glue to the card front. Die cut tags and acorns from the remainder.
  2. Edge the mini tag and sentiment panel with brown marker. Stamp the sentiments with Versamark and heat emboss with white powder.
  3. Add some shading to the acorn and leaf die cuts using the brown dye based ink, and shape using a ball tool and embossing mat.
  4. Stamp the Autumn Medley onto stamping card using Versafine. Quickly add gold sparkle embossing powder to the hair (avoiding the face) and heat emboss. Colour with watercolours (with mica) and inks. Use the brown pencil to add extra shading.
  5. Lay the square die onto the image and mark the position of the overhang and trim around with a craft knife (i.e. the foliage and hair that extends beyond the die edge). Lay the overhang behind the die cutting edge (so it won’t cut through) and cut out the square. Edge with brown marker and blend brown ink in from around the edges.
  6. Scrunch up a bundle of the waste paper strips and raffia and lay the die cut topper over the top. Put everything together using 3D glue gel.

Quick and Easy Floral card created for Chocolate Baroque

Good morning. Today I have a 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 Harlequin Bouquet Orange

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


How to make it:

  1. Colour the stamping card quickly with aquatints (or use Brusho’s, watercolours or spritzer inks) dropping colours on ‘wet in wet’. Blot off excess with kitchen towel and dry with a heat gun.
  2. Dust the surface with talc, antistatic powder or corn flour. This stops the embossing powder sticking where you don’t want it. Stamp the image with Versamark. Heat emboss with the black sparkle powder.
  3. Colour parts of the image quickly with the glitter pens and add highlights with the white pen (just ‘scribble’ quickly around the flower petal edges).
  4. Outline the card with black marker, glue and mount to the card front.

Wild Meadow Dream Card created for Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge 24

AW Dream Colour Challenge 24

Here is a quick and easy project that I created for the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge 24. Loving the vibrant colour scheme this month.


How to make it:

  1. Lightly spritz the card with water and paint with inks, blending yellow into orange and violet. Dry.
  2. Sponge water onto the texture stamp and randomly stamp over the background. Repeat stamping will pick up and transfer some of the underlying ink. Blot with tissue. Dry.
  3. Stamp the thistle with violet ink. Repeat stamp to give paler background impressions (second generation ink stamping).
  4. Partially ink the sentiment stamp to create the sentiment and ‘background’ text.
  5. Outline the panel and card blank with the alcohol marker to frame. Glue down the panel

Dreaming Steampunk Trees card created for Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge 24

I so enjoy the monthly colour Challenges. Looking forward to seeing all the inspiration from my Teamies and of course all of your FAB creations too.

This was also one of my samples for the recent TV shows with Lesley Wharton demonstrating Brusho inks on The Craft Channel.

Anne x.

AW Gears Dream Colour Challenge 24


  • Punky Flowers and Words of Inspiration stamp sets
  • Purple A6 card blank and white stamping card
  • Alcohol marker (black) and glitter gel pen (purple)
  • Water based inks (yellow, orange, purple) – Spectrum Noir Aquatints
  • Versamark and dye based inkpad (purple)
  • WOW embossing powder (Detail White)
  • Dishwasher salt

Step By Step:

  1. Trim the stamping card to fit the card front leaving a small border.
  2. Paint the background with the inks. Add a few splatters, drop on some dishwasher salt and leave to dry. This creates an interesting texture. I have used ready mixed vibrant inks but you could use Brusho’s.
  3. Stamp the gears with Versamark and heat emboss with white powder. Colour with the purple glitter pen.
  4. Stamp the sentiment with purple ink. Edge the card with black marker and glue to the card base.

Bright Storm Tree card created for Chocolate Baroque

Here is another quick and easy stamping project for you – make it in under 15 minutes.

I also sent this as a sample for the recent Brusho and Design-A-Tree shows demonstrated by Lesley on the Craft Channel.

AW CAS Bright Storm


How to make it:

  1. Cut the stamping card to fit onto the card front and leave a small border. Colour the card brushing the colours and blending as you go. Use a fairly dry brush for the upper yellow and orange sky – so there is more texture in the sky. Dry.
  2. Flick with water and lift off the ink with tissue. Dry.
  3. Stamp the tree with Versafine ink.
  4. Edge the card with black marker to frame. Use the fine tipped pen to draw a base and anchor the tree. Glue to the card blank.