Birthday card created with the Russian Floral Egg stamp from Chocolate Baroque

AW Birthday Card

 

Good morning. Today I am sharing another of my TV show samples (Hochanda) created using the Russian Floral Egg stamp from Chocolate Baroque.

It started off as a completely different project. I wanted to create an opulent golden Easter egg with an aged effect. I stamped the egg onto mirror card and covered it with Ranger Crackle Accents. I was hoping that it would give me a crackle background which I could paint over with brown acrylic, wipe off the surface, and leave an aged effect. However, the crackle didn’t develop as expected. All I got was a few deep crackles and not the crazed crackle effect that I was after. Obviously Crackle Accents doesn’t work too well on shiny mirror surfaces. So I learned something new.

I decided to cut out a tag shape from my ‘disaster’ and mount it onto a card front. I added a bit of colour using alcohol pens, and stamped the crackle effect on top using the background stamp and StazOn ink.

I partially stamped the egg onto the orange background mat, coloured with sparkle pens (spritzed & splattered background), and added more texture and crackle by stamping with gold paint.

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Rose card created for Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge 33

AW Rose Colour Challenge 33

Good morning. Here is my first contribution for the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge No. 33.

 

The images were stamped with Versamark and embossed with gold powder. The edges were distressed (using the edge of scissors) and coloured with watercolour ink (picking up colour from my craft mat and applying with a sponge).

The images were quickly coloured with watercolour pens and a damp brush (the embossing powder resists so colouring is really quick and easy).

 

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True Friend card created for Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge 30

AW True Friend Colour Callenge 30

Good morning. Here is my contribution to Colour Challenge 30.

I directly stamped an 8 X 8 inch card using Distress Inks using stamps from Floral Notes and A Little Bird Told Me stamp sets. I lightly coloured the flowers with a wash of watercolour pen.

The printed paper is from Crafty Individuals (Book 7 – Shades of Summer). I stamped and heat embossed the birds in gold and the sentiment in bright pink (Mackintosh Sentiments). The birds were coloured with watercolour and glitter pens. I outlined them with pale grey alcohol marker to make them stand out a little more from the background. I also coated them with Glossy Accents.

I mounted the decorative panel on green card and attached to the card front with 3D foam for dimension; added a bow and faux gems to finish.

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Quick and easy birthday cards created for Chocolate Baroque

AW Floral Mandala CAS

Good morning. Today I am sharing a set of quick and easy cards using lovely floral single stamps from Chocolate Baroque.

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How to make them:

Stamp the images with Versamark and heat emboss with Mica Boss powder. Take care not to overheat as it melts very quickly. The embossed image remains sticky allowing you to apply gilding flakes, transfer foils or mica powders etc. I used mixed coloured gilding flakes for these.

You could take them a step further by colouring with water based media – the embossed areas will resist the colour.

Quick and Easy Floral card created for Chocolate Baroque

AW Wild Flower CAS

 

Good morning. Today I am sharing another quick and easy card. I used a gorgeous stamp from the Wild Meadow set and Mackintosh Sentiments. I stamped the images onto an ink spritzed background and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

Materials:

  • Wild Meadow and Mackintosh Sentiments stamp sets
  • Cream card blank (approx. 12 X 19.5cm)
  • Heavy cartridge paper (approx. 11.5 X 19cm)
  • Versamark Inkpad
  • WOW embossing powder (detail white)
  • Ink sprays (red, green, yellow with gold mica)
  • Alcohol ink marker (dark brown)
  • PVA pearls

How to make it:

  1. Spritz the background and dry fully. Tip: I tend to prepare large sheets of background papers in advance and then cut them down as I need. Great to use if you need something done in a hurry, or for batch making sets.
  2. Stamp the flower and sentiment with Versamark 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. Edge with alcohol marker to frame and glue to the card blank. Finish with PVA pearls.

Floral Notes With Love card created for Chocolate Baroque

AW With Love

 

Good morning. Today I am sharing a quick card using the lovely new Floral Notes stamp set. There are so many gorgeous images in this set.

Materials:

  • Floral Notes and Mackintosh Sentiments stamp sets
  • A6 scalloped card blank (red), white stamping card and a strip of copy paper
  • Versafine inkpad (Onyx Black)
  • Pencil and watercolour paint (red)
  • Alcohol marker and fine tipped pens (black)
  • Sparkle brush pen (clear)

How to make it:

  1. Trim the stamping card to fit the card front. Cut a strip of copy paper and lay onto the card front (mask). Stamp the images in black. Stamp again onto spare card and cut out one of the flower heads.
  2. Using the fine tipped pen draw the border and fill in any little gaps in the stamping (i.e. so that they join up with the border). Colour the lower edge of the border with pencil.
  3. Colour the flower head with watercolour. Curl the petals slightly and glue to the card.
  4. Brush over the flower petals with sparkle pen. Difficult to see in the photo but it just gives a little lift to the design.
  5. Outline the topper with alcohol pen and glue to the card front.

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.

Materials:

  • 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.