Baroque Meadow card and gift tag created for Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge 32

AW Baroque Meadow Colour Challenge 32

AW Baroque Meadow Colour Challenge 32a


Good morning. Here is another of my projects for the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge. I have used the shaving foam technique to create the swirly background for this card and tag set. I stamped the card blank with Distress Ink to create the outer background frame. The main images were stamped using Versamark and heat embossed with copper powder.


  • Baroque Meadow, Silhouette Grasses, Words to Dazzle & Sparkle stamp sets
  • 17.5cm square card blank, pale blue and holographic copper card for layering, white stamping card, and gift tag
  • Inkpads: Distress Ink (Tumbled Glass) and Versamark
  • WOW heat embossing powder (Copper)
  • Tray to fit paper, shaving foam, and water based liquid inks (greens and copper with mica)
  • Fine tipped pen (pale blue)
  • Piercing tool (pricking tool/bradawl), foam mat and ruler
  • Organza ribbon and PVA pearls (pale blue)

How to make it:

  1. Squirt a layer of shaving foam into a tray. Drop inks onto the surface and swirl over the surface with a cocktail stick. Lay card on top pressing down lightly to transfer ink. Lift off and use the edge of a ruler to lightly scrape across the card and lift away excess foam layer. Tip: Have lots of paper, card and tags etc. ready and do a whole batch at once. You will then have plenty of backgrounds in stock for future projects. Keep dropping on more inks and swirling etc. Eventually the colours will blend into the foam, and the colours will mix and become muddy. Just keep going for as long as you like the results. Muddy brown papers can be nice for cutting out branches or even Steampunk cogs etc. using dies. Another note about this technique: The papers dry smooth and with a slight sheen that is resistant to water so they are best used with stickier or solvent based inks for over stamping.
  2. Stamp the card blank with the Silhouette grasses and Distress Ink. Pierce a border using a pricking tool with foam mat beneath. Add faux stitching with the fine tipped pen.
  3. Cut the mats and layers for the tag and card front. Stamp the tag and topper with Versamark Ink and heat emboss with copper powder.
  4. Glue layers together and add ribbons. Finish with PVA pearls.

Quick and easy cards and tags created for Chocolate Baroque

AW Harlequin Rose CAS 1

AW Harlequin Rose CAS 2


Collage stamps are perfect for creating quick makes. This Harlequin Rose stamp is a brilliant example. The design is already done, no background, masking or composition to do – it has already been done for you. In addition the shading is all there so colouring is a breeze too.

I created these super quick makes by stamping the image with Versafine Ink (Onyx Black) which gives a sharp black waterproof image. I then simply coloured using watercolour pens, applying strongest colour into the darker shaded areas of the stamped image and dragging out the colour with a water brush. I mounted onto coloured card blanks to coordinate and frame the image.

Pre-cut tags were created in the same way. To finish I simply ran a black marker around the edge and added a coordinating ribbon.


  • Harlequin Rose stamp set
  • 15 X 10.5cm card blanks (pink and blue), pre-cut white tags and white stamping card
  • Versafine (Onyx Black)
  • Alcohol marker (black)
  • Watercolour pens (green, blue and pink)
  • Organza ribbon (pink and blue)

Christmas Gift Tag created for Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge 28

AW Xmas Tag Colour Challenge 28

Good morning. I am really enjoying the Colour Challenge this month. Here I have created a pretty Christmas tag using stamps from the Sparkling Trees set. The tag was coloured and splattered with spray inks and the images stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with pearl yellow and white powders. Dark blue ink was blended in from the edges and an alcohol marker used to frame the tag. Finished with yellow and blue ribbon and of course some glitter glue for sparkle.


  • Sparkling Trees stamp set
  • Watercolour card tag (approx. 6 X 12.5cm)
  • Inkpads: Versamark and dye based (blue)
  • Spray inks (light and dark blue, yellow and green – some with mica)
  • Heat embossing powders (pearlescent yellow and detail white)
  • Alcohol marker (dark blue)
  • Yellow and blue organza ribbon

How to make it:

  1. Spritz and splatter the tag with spray inks and dry fully.
  2. Stamp the Trees with Versamark and heat emboss with the yellow powder. Stamp the snowflakes and heat emboss with white powder. Tip: to prevent the powder sticking where you don’t want it (especially if your card is still a little damp), dust the surface with a little talc.
  3. Blend blue dye ink in from the edges and frame with dark blue marker.
  4. Finish by adding ribbons and a little glitter glue for added sparkle.

Butterfly card created for Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge 28

AW Butterfly Colour Challenge 28


Good morning. Today I am sharing my contribution to the Colour Challenge this month. I am just loving these colours. Did you catch any of the shows recently on The Craft Channel where Lesley demonstrated the use of Angelina fibres? The butterfly stamps are just perfect for this technique.

I coloured a decorative card blank and tag with spray inks and made the floral embellishment from the waste pieces. I used stamps from Just Butterflies, Butterfly Blush and Mackintosh Sentiments stamp sets. The sparkling 3D butterfly was created by inking the stamp with black ink, overlaying with Angelina fibres and baking parchment, then ironing briefly on a hot setting. Note: Lesley recommends Black Archival Ink (Ranger). Mine did not work too well. However, I did manage to rescue it using a fine tipped alcohol ink pen to redraw my rather faint image.

I used a die cut scalloped circle (dark blue), ribbon, faux gems and glitter glue to finish.


  • Just Butterflies, Butterfly Blush and Mackintosh Sentiments stamp sets
  • Decorative card blank, watercolour card tag, dark blue card
  • Spray inks (light and dark blue, lime and yellow)
  • Dye based inkpads (dark blue and black) – important: see note above
  • Glitter pens (green and blue)
  • Angelina fibre (Mint)
  • Baking parchment and iron
  • Organza ribbon and faux gems (blue)
  • Alcohol marker (dark blue) and fine tipped marker (black)
  • Glitter glue (light blue)
  • Scalloped circle die (Tonic)
  • High tac acrylic glue and 3D glue gel

How to make it:

  1. Spritz the tag with light and dark blue inks. Stamp the sentiment with dark blue ink. Edge the tag with alcohol marker to frame.
  2. Spritz the card blank with green, light blue and yellow inks. Note: I thought that the waste elements would make lovely petals. I left them in place while spritzing then used them to make a 3D flower. Alternatively you could spritz a ready-made paper flower to match.
  3. Stamp the butterflies and sentiment with blue ink. Colour with glitter pens.
  4. Ink up the large butterfly with black ink and overlay with Angelina fibres. Cover with baking parchment and iron on a hot setting without steam for a few seconds. If using the recommended Archival Ink you should see the image appear through the parchment – it will then be ready. Peel away from the parchment and trim out the butterfly. I made a bit of a mess of mine! I used Memento ink and it left a fairly feint image. To rescue it I used a fine tipped black marker to go back over the image and make it more visible. I made 2 butterflies to layer up.
  5. Add a dark blue scalloped circle behind the decorative card front, add a ribbon and bow, glue everything together and finish with glitter glue.

Hydrangea quick and easy cards and tags created for Chocolate Baroque

Good morning. Here is another quick and easy project. Take a look at the Chocolate Baroque DT Blog for more quick and easy project ideas from my Teamies.

AW Hydeangea CAS 1

AW Hydeangea CAS 2


How to do it:

  1. Stamp the main image and the tag. Trim card and cut out the tag.
  2. Colour quickly by scribbling watercolour pen onto the shaded areas of the stamp. Pull out the colour with a damp brush.
  3. Drag the pen around the outer edges of the card and tag, then use damp foam sponge to blend in from the edges. Also blend in Distress Ink from the edges.
  4. Glue topper to card front and add ribbon to tag. Brush over highlights on the flowers with a little clear sparkle pen.
  5. This quick and easy set is ideal for batch making.

Summer T-Shirt decorated using Tattered Lace dies to create stamps and stencils

Good evening. I hope that you like my summer themed project. You may of seen my stamped and decorated summer top in my last posting. This time I have created a variation using dies to create the stamps.

I designed this to showcase how dies can be used to create stamps by cutting from funky foam. Stencils can also be created by cutting acetate or plastic stencil sheet.

Use the coordinating stamps or stencils to complement die cuts on cards, or use them to decorate fabrics for sewing projects, or to decorate ready made items.

AW T shirt front


AW T shirt back


AW T shirt tag

Decorated tag to match


*I used Vallejo fabric paints (Green, Metallic Turquoise, Bengali Rose, Parma Violet, Blue and Black) plus Martha Stewart Multi Surface paint (Spring Pasture) and Pinflair Glitter Wand. IMPORTANT NOTE: I was assured that the Pinflair glitter wand was suitable and fixable on fabric (after heat fixing) but mine has just washed out – eek! I will find another glitter glue suitable and let you know when I find an alternative.

Note: If you want to stamp onto a darker coloured fabric you will need to use opaque fabric paints specially formulated for dark fabric.

How to do it:

Prewash the shirt in plain soap to remove any fabric treatments or conditioners (I use ordinary dish washing liquid). Dry and iron to give a smooth stamping surface.

AW T shirt - Fabric Paints

Load the paints onto the CutNDry foam and work in well with a palette knife. Place them sponge side down onto a palette (I used a piece of waste packaging) and lightly spritz with water to keep them damp. While not using I also place a damp cloth over the top. This keeps the paints useable while working on your project. I have found this to be the best method for getting nice crisp stamping without paint clumping or drying out. They will even keep overnight if placed in a plastic bag.

AW T shirt - Stencils masks stamps labelled

Use the dies to cut funky foam shapes. Apply Zig 2 Way glue and leave to go tacky (this glue is blue on application and dries clear to give a repositionable tacky surface). Mount stamps onto acrylic blocks for stamping.

Cut the butterflies from waste acetate and use the apertures as a stencil.

Stamp the butterflies onto copy paper and cut around the outer edge to create masks for stamping. Wash stamps immediately after use (or place face down on a wet cloth until ready to clean).

AW T shirt Stencil

Lay some plastic sheeting inside the shirt to protect any paint from seeping through layers (i.e. front to back) while stamping. I placed my glass mat inside the shirt while working. Stencil the butterfly silhouettes with multi colours. Dry. A hair dryer is useful to help speed up the drying process while working (the paints do dry quite quickly).

Stamp the butterfly details over the top of the silhouettes using black paint.

Stamp the foliage using paper masks to protect the butterfly images.

Finally add glitter glue to the butterflies on the shirt front.

Leave overnight for the paints to fully cure and then iron fix the paints on the reverse to make them permanent and washable.

Take Time mixed media tag screen created for Chocolate Baroque

The last of my recent TV show sample created for Chocolate Baroque on The Craft Channel using the Words of Wisdom, Gothic Fragments and Mini sets.

This is a tricky one to give a full step by step but I will do my best.

Anne x.

AW Take Time 1

Laid Flat

AW Take Time 2

Standing Screen

AW Take Time Back

Screen Back

AW Take Time Panel 1

AW Take Time Panel 2

AW Take Time Panel 3

AW Take Time Panel 4

AW Take Time Panel 5


  • Words of Wisdom, Gothic Fragments , Mail Art, Curiosities and Mini Scripts stamp sets
  • Cream mount board, cream and white stamping card, black card
  • Inkpads: Versamark, Versafine (Black Onyx), Distress Inks (Victorian Velvet and Old Paper)
  • WOW embossing powders (Pomegranate)
  • Spectrum Noir alcohol ink pen (black)
  • Glitter pens (pink, purple and green)
  • Mr Huey’s Color Mist Spritzers (Leaf Green, Sunshine and Blue)
  • Viva Décor Kristall Gel (dark cerise – 501) and acrylic paint (lime)
  • Pebeo Gilding Wax (Silver)
  • Inscribe glitter glue (Mermaid), glitter (blue/green)
  • Heart sequin waste (to use as stencil) and Texturised stencil (Crafters Workshop – Ronda Palazzari)
  • Dies: Pin Dot Hearts (Tattered Lace), Artist Trading Card and Tags #3 (Sizzix BigZ die), Hinges, Latches, Handles and Photo Turns (Sizzix Originals Red die), smaller tags (Trimcraft)
  • 3D glue gel and foam pads

How to make it:

  1. Die cut 5 tags from waste mount board and randomly spritz the backs with inks and paint with acrylic. When dry apply pink Kristall Gel through the sequin waste with a palette knife to cover the backs. Randomly drop some glitter into the wet gel.
  2. Cut hinges from black card and join the tags using 3D glue gel to make a panel. Apply gilding wax to get a metallic effect.
  3. I reinforced the hinges with some silver duct tape across the tag fronts. This was so they will cope with lots of handling while on the shows. It will not be archival so possibly the glue will seep through into the artwork with time. I believe that there are specialist tapes available, used by Scrapbookers for creating albums etc. I would recommend a proper tape when creating something that you want to last over the years.
  4. Cut 5 more tags from cream stamping card. Randomly colour with inks. Dry.
  5. Stamp the poem onto white card with black ink. Cut out the words and phrases and edge with black alcohol pen.
  6. Cut 3 smaller tags decorative tags from cream card. Colour with Distress inks and add texture with the mini crackle texture stamp. Stamp with the mini ‘love’ and ‘dream’ verses and the building.
  7. Cut small hearts with black card. Colour with acrylics, texture gel and gilding wax.
  8. Stamp the mandala from the Gothic Fragments set onto the top of each main tag with Versamark and heat emboss with the pink powder. Stamp the scenes with Versafine. Colour with glitter pens and Distress inks.
  9. Add more texture with the crackle stamp and with the paste and sequin waste. Dry.
  10. Stick down the main tags flat onto the tag screen with acrylic glue. Stick down all the embellishments with 3D glue gel. Finish with glitter glue.