MDF Bookstand Decorated for Chocolate Baroque Challenge 20

I had so much fun using this month’s hot colours to decorate this book stand for my desk. The colours just said ‘Indian Theme’ to me. I used acrylic paints and mixed and matched stamps from several different stamp sets. The design could easily be adapted to create a wall hanging or small canvas.

AW Colour Challenge 20


AW Colour Challenge 20 side view

Good luck everyone with the Challenge – some wonderful projects on there already this month.

Anne xxx.


· Words of Inspiration, Indian Elephant, Exquisite Edges, Punky Flowers, and Gothic Fragments stamp sets

· MDF book stand (Creative Expressions Kit)

· White gesso and acrylic paints (pink, pearl pink, dark red, orange and yellow)

· StazOn Inkpad (Jet Black)

· Zig 2 Way Glue Pen

· Fine tipped alcohol markers (black, pink, dark red and orange)

· Polychromos pencils (pink, dark red, orange and yellow)

· Cut-N-Dry Foam

· Gold gilding wax (Pebeo Renaissance Gold)

· Iridescent spray varnish (Crafters Companion Pearl Diamond)

· Scrap paper for planning and masking plus dye based black inkpad

Step By Step:

I first sealed and primed the MDF stand with white gesso. Tip: When painting MDF items it is often best to paint them after constructing as the MDF can expand slightly making it difficult to fit the joints together afterwards.

The sides were painted with pink acrylic. The back and front panels were painted using orange and yellow acrylics. I painted from the outside edges working inward and blending the orange into the yellow in the centre.

The sides were randomly stamped with the paisley motif (Indian Elephant set) using StazOn. A bit of colouring was added using pencils.

I cut a piece of scrap paper the same size as the front panel in order to plan out the stamping. I have included a picture of my sketchbook page. I then worked out the order of stamping and which images needed masking. You will need to protect (mask) the foreground stamped images while building up the scene.

AW Colour Challenge 20 Rough Plan

I stamped the lettering, elephants and border (Exquisite Edges set) with dye ink onto copy paper and cut around them to create masks. I added a few dots of Zig 2 Way Glue to the back and left to fully dry. This then acts as a temporary tacky adhesive to hold the masks in place while stamping.

It is tricky to stamp some areas on a ready-made item. The stamps need to be positioned on the stamping block to enable stamping into corners etc. It is also easy to slip when you are stamping at an angle on a 3D item. Tip: You could paint a piece of card to fit the area, stamp onto that instead, and then glue this onto your project afterwards.

I first stamped the sentiment, elephants and lower border with StazOn Ink. I then covered with the masks as shown in the picture.

AW Colour Challenge 20 masking

Next I stamped the background arches (Gothic Fragments set) with a mix of pearl pink and red acrylic paints using Cut-N-Dry Foam to apply the paint to the stamps. Tip: Squeeze some acrylic paint directly onto the sponge and work it into the surface using a palette knife. This saves washing up of palettes and it wastes less paint. Place the coloured sponges face down on a craft mat and the paint stays workable without drying out for ages. Apply to your stamp with a dabbing motion. Clean your stamps quickly after use with warm water. A soft toothbrush can be useful to remove paint from the stamp crevices.

Next the tall stylised flower (Punky Flowers set) was stamped with dark red acrylic. The top of the stamp was then stamped with StazOn along the base. Masks were then removed.

A bit of colouring was added using marker pens and pencils. The pencils gave a nice textured effect to the elephants. I then outlined elements of the tall floral stamp using a fine tipped black marker. This brought the images further forward and created a nice frame up the sides of the scene.

I then sprayed with pearlescent varnish to protect and finished by adding gold gilding wax to the edges.

My Project for Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge 17


Here is the colour scheme provided for this months Challenge.


Here is my inspirational project for the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge 17. I used the lovely new Exquisite Edges and Owl Edges stamp sets to create this one.

AW Challenge 17

I hope that you like it – the owls are so much fun.


  • Owl Edges, Exquisite Edges, and Words of Inspiration stamp sets
  • Crealies Masks and More – 101 (6 inch stencil)
  • A5 scalloped card blank, white stamping card
  • Inkpads: Distress Ink (Peacock Feathers, Stormy Sky), dye based inkpad (dark red/burgundy) and Versamark
  • WOW embossing powders (Gold Rich, and Earthtones Blueberry)
  • Glitter glues (blue-grey and dark red), PVA pearls (gold) and gold gilding wax
  • Alcohol marker (dark blue-grey), fine tipped black pen and white gel pen
  • Die cuts – rushes (Spellbinders) and to create sentiment mat
  • Adhesive and 3D glue gel

How to make it:

  1. Trim stamping card to fit the card front. Brush through stencil with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink to create a random swirled background. Using a sponge, emphasise the edges with Stormy Sky Distress Ink and edge the card with dark blue alcohol marker.
  2. Using Stormy Sky Distress Ink stamp the little branch along the top third of the card (leaving enough room for the owls). Next stamp the bulrushes across the centre, first with Stormy Sky and then, positioning slightly lower down, in the dark red ink.
  3. Using Versamark stamp the little owls and the bottom border. Heat emboss with gold. Tip: ensure that the card is fully dry and brush with antistatic powder before embossing. This will prevent stray powder sticking where you don’t want it.
  4. Colour the owls using Peacock Feathers and dark red inks, and fill in the bottom of the card with Stormy Sky using a water brush to pick up colours. The embossing will resist the ink. Use the fine tipped black and white markers to colour the owl eyes. Colour the die cut rushes with Stormy Sky Distress Ink. Tip: apply inks to your craft mat or a piece of acetate before picking up with a wet brush. Do not put a wet brush directly onto your inkpad or you will dilute them.
  5. Stamp the sentiment with Versamark and emboss with Blueberry powder. Ink the edges of the mat with Stormy Sky and blue alcohol pen. Mount onto scalloped background mat and edge with a little gold gilding wax.


I hope that you like my offering for this month’s Challenge. I am looking forward to seeing your creations. Good luck with the prize draw.

Anne x.

Butterfly Stepper Card using Exquisite and Owl Edges Stamps from Chocolate Baroque

The new Edge stamp sets from Chocolate Baroque are gorgeous – they are so versatile and can be used in so many different projects and mixed & matched with other stamps in your collection. I have combined mine with some patterned paper and stamped butterflies. I hope that you like it.

AW Butterfly Stepper


How to make it:

  1. Stamp the border along the top and bottom edges of the decorative paper.
  2. Stamp the sentiment and small floral motif. Extend the stems by drawing with fine liner pen. Colour the floral motifs with pencil.
  3. Trim the paper slightly to fit onto the card base and give a fine border of the white card showing. Enhance the edges with green ink and glue on the die cuts.
  4. Stamp the steps masking the card where needed using a sheet of scrap paper. Glue on the card front.
  5. Stamp the butterflies and colour with alcohol ink pens. Glue to the card.
  6. Add Glossy Accents to the butterfly bodies. Finish by adding sparkle with glitter glue.

Happy Stamping, Anne x.

Ruby Wedding Card using the new Exquisite Edges stamp set from Chocolate Baroque

I love the new Exquisite Edges stamp set from Chocolate Baroque. It is so versatile and useable on a multitude of projects.

I have used one of the lovely borders to create an Art Deco style Ruby Wedding Card.

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  • Exquisite Edges stamp set
  • A5 white card blank, pearlescent white card for stamping
  • Versafine Inkpad (Onyx Black)
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Alcohol ink pens (black and red)
  • Adhesive, sticky foam pads and 3D glue gel
  • Dies for decorative mat and heart, and personalised sentiment printed from computer

How it was made:

  1. Stamped the border with black ink three times onto pearlescent card, and embossed with clear powder. Coloured the image with red alcohol pen.
  2. Cut out the various elements, enhanced the edges with black pen, layered and glued to the card front.

I printed a personalised sentiment from my computer but you could stamp any message to suit your own project.

I hope that you like it my first project with the new edges set, Anne xxx.