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.

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Quick and Easy Birthday Card created for Chocolate Baroque

AW Love & Happiness CAS

 

Another quick make for you.

Materials:

Breath of Spring and Birthday Words stamp sets

11 X 14cm ready made gold aperture card, inked card for background from my stash

Versamark Inkpad

WOW Embossing Powder (Detail White)

Metallic glitter pen (gold)

How to make it:

Note: I used a ready made background paper from my stash. I created it by painting with water based inks and dropping dishwasher salt granules onto the ink while still wet. This was then left to fully dry before brushing off the salt. These are so quick and easy to make and I tend to do a batch of them so I always have some backgrounds in my stash. You could use a commercial printed paper instead.

Trim the patterned paper to fit behind the card aperture and stamp the images with Versamark Ink. Heat emboss with white powder.

Stick behind the aperture and colour the butterfly with the gold pen and add faux stitching around the border for sparkle.

Vintage Birdie Spring Card created for Chocolate Baroque

AW Vintage Bird

 

WOW, the shows with the Babushka and Russian stamps this week were simply FAB. So many lovely samples from my Teamies and great demos from Lesley.

This morning I am sharing a Spring themed card with you – a Vintage styled project using the Spring Bird Crocus set. I hope that you like it x

 

Materials:

  • Spring Birds Crocus and Breath of Spring stamp sets
  • 8 X 8 inch card blank, 6 X 6 inch background paper from Crafty Individuals (Shades of Summer), white stamping card, green card and pink glitter card
  • Inkpads: Versafine (Vintage Sepia), Versamark, Distress Ink (Broken China, Tattered Rose)
  • Heat embossing powders (clear and gold sparkle)
  • Watercolour, sparkle and glitter pens (yellows, blues, pinks, greens)
  • Alcohol marker (pale blue-grey) and metallic marker (gold)
  • Glitter glue (gold)
  • Trellis die (Tonic)
  • Metallic thread (gold) and acrylic gems (gold)

How it was done:

  1. The bird scene, sentiment and border were stamped onto the patterned paper with Versafine and embossed with clear powder. Water based pens were used to colour. To bring out the scene a little more from the background I used a grey marker to add a drop shadow.
  2. The scene was stamped a second time onto white card, coloured and cut out for decoupage.
  3. Broken China Distress Ink was blended in from around the edges. The topper edges were then embossed with a little gold sparkle powder. Decoupage elements were glued down with 3D glue gel.
  4. The topper was matted onto green card. I used an offcut from a Trellis die cut (pink glitter card) to layer behind the topper left hand side. Gold thread was added for extra sparkle and texture. A square paper doily tinted with Distress Ink would also work really well if you don’t have dies.
  5. The background card blank was stamped using Tattered Rose Distress Ink. Broken China Ink was used to blend in from the edges, and the gold pen used to edge the card.
  6. I finished with gold glitter glue and gems (I cannot resist a bit of bling).

A Little Bird Told Me card created for Chocolate Baroque

AW A Little Bird Told Me Colour Challenge 33

 

Good morning. Here is my contribution for this month’s Colour Challenge. I have used some of those ‘little extra elements’ that often come along with the main images in a stamp set. These are so often overlooked but they are perfect for creating backgrounds, building patterns or for decorating die cuts.

The small decorative stamp from the Spring Bird Daffodil set was stamped onto each of the die cut flower petals. The small flower centres were stamped with one of the blossoms from the bird branch. I added a bit of Flower Soft and stamens for added texture.

I stamped and cut out the cage and bird from A Little Bird Told Me stamp set. The background and elaborate birdy tail were created using the Baroque leaf swirl from the Breath of Spring stamp set.

I used a Baroque label die to layer up in the background as I thought it co-ordinated perfectly with the Baroque leaf swirl stamp. Decorative ovals would also work well for this layout.

 

Materials:

How it was made:

  1. The card blank was randomly stamped with the Baroque swirl leaf from the Breath of Spring stamp set using Distress Ink. Ink was also blended around the card edges to frame.
  2. The thin ‘beaded’ strips were actually waste pieces from a card blank die cut in white (Double Cascade Waterfall). I coloured them with the burgundy alcohol pen and glued to the card to divide up the background. The leaves in the upper and lower sections were then coloured with lavender alcohol pen. The sentiment was stamped with Versamark and embossed with honey powder.
  3. The Victorian Baroque Label die set has separate inner and outer dies enabling the decorative elements, background mats and frames to be cut out. Two background mats were cut in lavender card. The other layers were all cut in white card. I spritzed the background mats with lime and gold shimmer inks. The burgundy layers were coloured using an alcohol pen. These were then layered up and glued to the background. I used 3D foam for the central label to give added dimension.
  4. The cage and bird were stamped with Versamark and embossed with gold powder. The Baroque leaf swirl was stamped several times and embossed with honey embossing powder. These were cut out and coloured with watercolour pens. The elements were lightly shaped and glued to the card with 3D glue gel for dimension. The large tail swirls of the bird were snipped off and replaced amongst the Baroque swirl elements to build the new elaborate bird tail.
  5. The small decorative stamp from the Spring Bird Daffodil set and Distress Ink was used to stamp over the petals of the die cut flowers (2 large and 3 medium flowers). Die cut mini flowers were stamped with one of the small blossoms from the bird branch (Spring Bird Daffodil set). This was achieved placing the stamp flat onto the work surface, partially inking the stamp (i.e. picking one of the blossoms) and pressing the die cut onto the stamp (i.e. Sheena Douglass style) to transfer the ink. A little colour was added using alcohol ink pens (to keep the integrity of the stamping detail – watercolour would cause the Distress Ink to spread). The edges were lightly inked with Distress Ink. The flowers were shaped using a ball tool and foam mat. Flower Soft and stamens were added to the centres to give added texture.
  6. Finally finished with PVA pearls and glitter glue for sparkle.

Blue Bird quick and easy card created for Chocolate Baroque

AW Blue Bird CAS

 

Good morning. Today I am sharing another quick make using the Spring Bird Crocus and Breath of Spring stamp sets from Chocolate Baroque. I love creating these monochrome scenes. Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink is the perfect colour, giving the effect of blue & white pottery.

I used fancy edged circle dies to cut the stamping plate and background, but plain circles would work well too. I stamped the image with Distress ink and dragged out the colour using a damp brush. Extra colour was added by picking up more ink from a craft mat and a watercolour brush. The corners were stamped directly onto the card front. I added a coat of Spray & Shine to the topper to give it a ‘pottery tile’ finish.

Materials:

Daffodil Fold Back Card created for Chocolate Baroque

AW Daffodil Fold Back 1

AW Daffodil Fold Back 3

 

Good morning. Here is another of my blue & white monochrome show samples using the Spring Bird Daffodil and Breath of Spring stamp sets. Cannot stop making these – they are just so effective.

Materials:

How to make it:

  1. Open out the card blank and randomly stamp the inside with the leafy swirl. Edge with Distress ink to frame.
  2. Score the front of the card vertically in half and fold back the front. Glue down ribbon.
  3. Cut two squares. Stamp one with the sentiment and decorative corners. Edge with Distress Ink and glue to the card inside.
  4. Stamp the second square with the Daffodil and sentiment. Using a damp brush drag out some of the colour. Add more colour by picking up ink from your craft mat using a watercolour brush. Paint in extra shadows – use the stamp detail as a guide. Glue to the card front overhanging the folded back edge.

Butterfly Stepper Card created for Chocolate Baroque

AW Butterfly Stepper

AW Butterfly Stepper SP

 

Good morning. Today I am sharing another of my show samples using the Breath of Spring stamp set from Chocolate Baroque. The butterfly swirl can be used to make lovely backgrounds but it also works well as the main decorative feature. I used sparkly black embossing powder for added dimension (a bit difficult to see in the pic). I stamped and cut out extra butterflies and used them to embellish this stepper card, along with some die cut swirls and paper punched flowers. I also used a pretty background paper from Crafty Individuals (6 X 6 inch pad – Springtime). Victorian Velvet Distress Ink was used on the card blank and edges.

I cannot wait for more shows coming at the end of the month. Lesley will be bringing us something a little different. My lips are sealed – tee hee x.

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