More stamping delights from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning. This is the last of my guest posts for Chocolate Baroque this month. I had planned a completely different set of projects but just had designer block! Horrible when that happens, especially when working to a deadline. This happens to us all at times, particularly this year with all the added stresses.

After several days of wasted effort I just stopped working on my original plan, went away from my desk and tried to clear my head. I then went back and decided to just ‘go for it’ – no plan, no nothing. I just picked up stamps and got started. Finally ideas started to flow – phew. I find that this usually works for me, although it is not always easy to do – ha ha.

I hope that you enjoy my offerings. Everyone take care and enjoy Christmas as best you can. Spring will soon be here and I am hopeful for far better times to come soon. Big hugs Anne xxx.

Blue and White Mandala

AW Blue White Madala

This one is a quick and easy make using the lovely mandala style stamp.

Materials Used:

  • 15cm square white card blank, decorative die cut circle in blue card and scrap white stamping card
  • Palm Fan Silhouette stamp (Chocolate Baroque)
  • Versamark Inkpad
  • Dark blue embossing powder (WOW Earthtone Blueberry)
  • White pen

How it was done

  1. Faux stitching was added around the die cut circle to frame it. It was glued to the card front with 3D foam for added depth.
  2. The Mandala was stamped and embossed with blue powder, cut out and glued to the card front with 3D foam.

Dazzling Butterfly


AW Dazzling Butterfly

Chocolate Baroque have so many wonderful butterfly stamps – love this one.

Materials used

How it was done

  1. A mix of the Distress Inks were used to blend the outer edges of the card blank (this mix closely matched my blue die cut circle).
  2. The blue card topper was stamped with Versamark and embossed with white powder.
  3. The butterfly was stamped with Memento, coloured with alcohol pens. It was then heat embossed with a layer of clear sparkly powder and cut out.
  4. Everything was stuck down and the card was finally finished with glitter glue and PVA pearls.

Hydrangea Card


AW Hydrangea 2

When pushed for time I will often use some ready printed papers in the background. They can also help with inspiration at times too.

Materials used

How it was done

  1. The background paper was trimmed and edged with black marker. The base texture was stamped with black Versafine.
  2. The main image was stamped with blue Versafine, the card trimmed to approx. 9 X 13cm and edged with black marker. The floral section was stamped again with black Versafine. The stem was extended by drawing with black pen and the image cut out.
  3. The topper was then spritzed with water and Brusho powder dropped onto the wet card. When dry the monochrome Hydrangea was glued on top, curling the edges up slightly for dimension.

Floral Thank You Card

AW Coneflower thank you

This one was a super quick make. Ideal if you have a last minute card to do.

Materials used

How it was done

  1. The watercolour card was spritzed with water and stamped using a mix of the Distress Inks. These bled out giving a lovely watercolour effect.
  2. When dry the image was overstamped with Versafine. Versafine was also used to stamp the border and sentiment.

Dreamy Elephant Card

AW Elephant Dreams

I love the Indian themed stamps from Chocolate Baroque – definitely amongst my faves. To save a bit of time I again used a pre-printed background paper.

Materials used

How it was done

  1. The sentiment and base texture was stamped and embossed with copper powder.
  2. The flowers were stamped with Versafine. The background was then edged and embossed using the embossing pen and copper powder.
  3. The elephant was stamped onto white card with Versamark and embossed with gold powder. The image was then coloured with pencils and pens and cut out. The elephant was lightly shaped and glued down with 3D glue gel for dimension.



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.

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.

My Project using the Free Tapestry Script Digital Paper from Chocolate Baroque

Hi all – what a lovely script paper we have been given this month. I have used mine with the Hydrangea Tag stamp set to create a vintage styled card. You can download yours from the Challenge Blog.

Tapestry Script


AW Digital Challenge 17 Hydrangea

I hope that you like it.

Happy crafting, Anne x.


  • Tapestry Script free digital paper
  • Hydrangea Tag stamp set
  • White card blank (8 inch square), Kraft card, cream glitter card, gold mirror card
  • Inkpads: Distress Ink (Scattered Straw), Dye ink (deep pink/red) and Versafine (Onyx Black)
  • Fine marker (brown)
  • Glitter glue (clear) and PVA pearls (gold)
  • Dies for decorative trellis and butterflies (Tonic)
  • Organza ribbon (cream)
  • Adhesive, strong double sided tape, glue dot and 3D glue gel

How to make it:

  1. Print the paper and trim to approx. 7.5 inch square. Scrunch, distress and curl the edges. Add colour with the red and yellow inks.
  2. Ink the card blank edges with Distress Ink. Draw linear corners with fine brown pen.
  3. Stamp the main Hydrangea image twice, and the little tag once, with Versafine onto Kraft card. Also stamp an area of the text with red ink. Cut out the main image with the decorative trellis die. Cut out the tag and the flower from the second main image. Cut out the butterfly from the red script.
  4. Apply red ink to your craft mat and using a water brush colour the flowers. When dry cut into the extra flower with a knife, shape and lift some of the petals. Decoupage onto the main image using 3D glue gel.
  5. Cut out the backing mat for the trellis and a filigree butterfly from the glitter card. Cut a scalloped circular frame from the mirror card.
  6. Glue the gold frame to the printed paper. Use 3D glue to stick the trellis to the backing of glitter card and glue to the paper. Attach the ribbon across the paper using double sided tape onto the back of the paper. Attach a bow with a glue dot.
  7. Glue the paper onto the card front and attach the butterflies and small tag. Finally finish with touches of glitter glue and PVA pearls.