Good morning. The recent shows on Hochanda featuring the Russian themed stamps and stencils from Chocolate Baroque were simply brill – great demos and such a lovely range of samples from my Teamies. If you missed the shows they do remain available online (23/24th March) for a while so you can catch up on the FAB demos from Lesley Wharton.
I am sharing one of my show samples today created with the lovely Russian Floral egg, Katya and crackle stamps. These stamps are exclusive to Hochanda until the end of the month. After that they will be available directly from Chocolate Baroque.
I used the decorative headdress from the beautiful Katya stamp to create a shaped card on which to mount the egg.
Russian Floral Egg, Katya and Large Crackle Background (sold out individually on Hochanda)
A5 white card blank, coloured card (lemon, Kraft and black)
Stamp the Katya headdress twice onto black card with Versamark and heat emboss with the powder. Colour the images with gold sparkle pen and blue pencil. Cut out to make a shaped topper, making the top and bottom edges parallel, horizontal and straight. Edge with gilding wax. Mount onto lemon card and cut out to leave a fine border.
Glue the topper to the card blank aligning the top horizontal edge with the fold on the card blank. Trim away the card blank (omitting the top edge) to make the shaped card. Add Glossy Accents to emphasise some of the patterned areas and glue on sequins.
Using the crackle stamp add texture to the Kraft card by stamping with Distress Ink and gold acrylic. Stamp the egg with Versafine and cut out. Colour with gold sparkle pen and blue pencil. Mount onto black card and cut out to give a fine border. Edge with gilding wax. Apply Glossy Accents over the floral, swirl and leaf elements. Mount onto the card front with 3D foam and finish with a bow.
Good afternoon. The recent shows on Hochanda featuring the Russian themed stamps and stencils from Chocolate Baroque were simply brill – great demos and such a lovely range of samples from my Teamies. If you missed the shows they do remain available online for a while so you can catch up on the FAB demos from Lesley Wharton.
I am sharing one of my show samples today created with the lovely Russian Floral egg and crackle stamps. These stamps are exclusive to Hochanda until the end of the month. After that they will be available directly from Chocolate Baroque.
Hope that you like my Easter treat box – ideal for filling with chocolates.
Russian Floral Egg and Large Crackle Background (sold out individually on Hochanda)
15 cm square egg stencil (Claritystamp)
21cm square white card (box base) and blue card (box lid), gold mirror card (for decoration) and 15cm square grey board
Happy Easter die (Heartfelt Creations Flowering Dogwood Collection)
How to make it:
To make the box using the boxer board, score around each side of the square at a depth of 3cm, choosing the box base and box lid score lines on the board. I used a 21cm square of white card for the base and blue card for the top. Using the score board makes it really easy. The score line measurements are slightly offset on the base side of the board so that it automatically makes a base slightly smaller than the top so that they fit together. Snip into the corners to create the gluing tabs. Before constructing the lid stamp the sides with the crackle stamp and gold paint.
Coat the egg stamp with a layer of Soft Form Relief Paste and leave to fully dry. This can take 2 days depending on room temperature and humidity conditions. Gentle peel away from the stamp and trim off any rough edges. Paint over the whole surface with blue acrylic paint. Quickly wipe across the surface with a damp cloth to remove paint from the upper surface level, leaving the blue colour in the deeper level. When dry, mount onto blue and gold card and glue to the box top with 3D foam for depth. I also added Glossy Accents into the blue leafy swirls for added shine, and added some PVA pearls.
Die cut the sentiment in both blue and gold card. Layer together slightly offset to create depth. Glue to the box top. Coat with Glossy Accents for added shine.
Stamp the egg 5 times onto gold mirror card with Stazon (only need the central area with the flower and leafy swirls). Cut out and shape the flowers slightly. Glue to the box sides and onto the paste egg topper. Add small PVA dots to flower centres. Initially I wanted to make these embellishments with the Relief Paste but I ran out of time rushing to get this ready to post for the shows. I don’t have central heating so the paste takes 2 days for each layer to dry!
To make the box topper coat the grey board with gesso to seal. When dry apply modelling paste through the stencil with a palette knife. Leave it to dry for around 10-15 minutes and press the crackle stamp into the paste to create texture. Leave to fully dry and apply another coat of Gesso. Stamp the crackle over the surface using gold paint. Rub over the surface and edges with gilding wax. Glue to the box top.
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:
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.
The scene was stamped a second time onto white card, coloured and cut out for decoupage.
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.
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.
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.
I finished with gold glitter glue and gems (I cannot resist a bit of bling).
Good evening. The recent shows on Hochanda featuring the Russian themed stamps and stencils from Chocolate Baroque were simply brill – great demos and such a lovely range of samples from my Teamies. If you missed the shows they do remain available online for a while so you can catch up on the FAB demos from Lesley Wharton.
I am sharing one of my show samples today created with the lovely Russian Floral egg. These stamps are exclusive to Hochanda until the end of the month. After that they will be available directly from Chocolate Baroque.
This stamp would also make lovely bunting for a summer garden party or wedding, stamped onto flag or triangular card or fabric joined with ribbon.
Florists ribbon (white) and embroidery thread (variegated sparkly metallic)
How to make it:
Stamp the eggs 6 times with Versamark onto coloured card and heat emboss with white powder. Colour with clear sparkle pen and cut out. Paint over some areas with clear glaze (darkens the background colour and enhances the glitter effect).
Die cut the letters and coat with glaze. Glue to the wooden pegs. Glue the pegs to the easter eggs catching in the thread for hanging.
Stamp and emboss the large daffodil bunch onto lemon card 10 times. You only need the area with the large flower head. Colour with gold sparkle pen blending out the colour with water. Cut out the daffodil head. Glue the daffodils back to back along the thread between the eggs. Note: the daffodils do tend to flip along the strand which is why I backed them with another flower head.
Finish by tying on small strips of florist ribbon (curl with the edge of your scissors).
Good evening. Woohoo – Lesley Wharton is now live on Hochanda with a ‘Pick of the Day’ from Chocolate Baroque. Something old, along with something very new, and all very different.
Here are some of my projects using the Babushka stamp set. The Babushka set was originally released last year – so I made these a while ago. This set is so much fun and really different. I also love the Russian buildings that are included too – great for scene building.
This set mixes and matches so well with the brand new Silhouette Palaces stamps and stencils.
You must see the other new stamps too. Katya is gorgeous, the Russian Floral and Exquisite Egg stamps are stunners, and the Crackle Background is so versatile. I will share more of my projects and tutorials using all of these throughout the month.
Note: initially Babushka, along with the new stamps and stencils released today, are all exclusive to Hochanda
The first show has just started (Thurs 8pm) with more shows tomorrow – Sky 663, Freeview 85 and Freesat 817 (or watch online – live or on catch up)
I combined the Babushka with the Indian Textiles (silhouette buildings in the background) stamp set to create this one. The brand new Silhouette Palaces stamps or stencils could be used in the same way.
I combined the Babushka set with the Fountain Scene stamp to create this one.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Finally finished with PVA pearls and glitter glue for sparkle.