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Saturday, 20 January 2018

A Sign of Spring



Hello and welcome to my blog  :)   I have a mixed media canvass to share with you today, one of my samples for Chocolate Baroque's tv shows.  I have used stamps from the Lilly, Hyacinth and Breath of Spring sets; acrylic paints, black Versafine ink, liquid pearls, and Pebeo acrylics.




I started by stamping the Hyacinth several times onto the canvass using black Versafine.  I stamped two images and masked them, then stamped a third and masked it.  I then painted the whole canvass with blue acrylic, when it was dry I sponged silver paint all over to add more texture.




When the paint was dry I stamped several silhouette stamps around the flowers using black ink, and embossed the images with clear powder. 





I removed the masks and started to paint the flowers in the folk art style.  I used lilac and white acrylic and a small round brush which I double dipped in the paints.  That means that I dipped the brush into both colours, the colour that I dip into last will be the first and prominent colour of whatever I'm painting.  With these images each little petal was painted in one brush stroke, the double dipping technique gives each petal a lovely marbled effect.



Once all the petals were finished I painted the leaves, double dipping the brush into white and green.



I wanted to add a sentiment and I decided to create a distressed, Vintage style label.  I took a piece of white card and stamped the 'Breath of Spring' poem in black then embossed it with clear powder.  I tore the card around the poem to give a distressed uneven look.  I then blended DI all over the card and edged it with a darker tone.



I decided to add another layer so I stamped and embossed the butterfly from one of the silhouette images in black ink onto white card, then embossed with clear powder.  I painted the image and cut it out, then I attached it to the canvass. 




I attached the label to the canvass next with dimentional glue which adds another layer.  To complete the design and add more texture I used Liquid Pearls to accentuate the silhouette images and Stickles to add centres to the flowers.  I then rubbed silver gilding wax around the edges of the canvass.




I had a lovely time creating this canvass, using lots of my favourite techniques and of course these beautiful stamps.  This little canvass makes a lovely piece of home decor and would make a great present for anyone.  Thank you very much for popping by today, I hope you've enjoyed this post and that I'll see you again soon  :)  

Monday, 8 January 2018

A Peacock Portrait in Blue.




Hi and welcome to my blog  :)  Today I'm sharing a piece of mixed media home decor that I have just created.  I decided to design and create this piece to enter the Country View Challenges January challenge - Anything Goes. http://countryviewchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/  As you may know if you've visited my blog before - I love these Peacock stamps!  I have used them for a lot of my projects but not for a while, so they were my first choice.  
For this piece I have used stamps from the Peacock Parade and Tangled Peacock sets; Dyna Paints, black gesso, Versamark ink, clear embossing powder, gold glitter texture paste; Sissix and Intricut dies from my stash; a stencil and some gems from my stash.  



I took a small canvass and painted it with black gesso.  I then stamped a Peacock with Versamark ink and embossed it with clear powder.  This is just a guide to centre the artwork.  Next I stamped and embossed the Peacock and several large images on black card, painted them and cut them out.  



I then applied some texture paste through a stencil to create a border around the Peacock, and left it to dry.


I then gathered my painted images and added to them by die cutting two sizes of feathers from black card.  I painted each feather and added gems.




I used a recycled piece of packaging to create a mount for the canvass, painting it with Dyna paint.  I peeled the top layer of card in each corner to add more texture.





I attached the canvass to the mount then began arranging and attaching the stamped and cut out images.
 


I attached all the embellishments with dimensional glue to make them 3D. 





As I've already said I LOVE my Peacock stamps!  The Dyna paints are irredescent which really adds to the artwork and lifts the whole peace.  The feather dies are a new addition to my stash, and I think this is a lovely way to christen them!
Thank you very much for visiting today, I hope that you've enjoyed this post and that you'll pop in again soon  :)









Sunday, 7 January 2018

Sea Shell Seahorse




Hello everyone, I hope you have all had a great Christmas!  My Festive holiday had an eventful beginning and end - but the middle was lovely.  So welcome to my blog  :)  I am sharing a card today that was a sample for Chocolate Baroque's recent 'Seaside at Christmas' shows on tv.  It was lovely to work with stamps that are so far removed from Christmas  :)  
I have used stamps from the Underwater, Mermaid Queen, and Seaside Dreams sets; I used Aztec Metallic paints, Distress Inks, black Versafine ink, clear embossing powder, Glossy Accents, Alcohol pens and acetate.




I took a piece of white card and stamped the Seahorse and seaweed images, then masked them with masking tissue.  I blended three DIs all over the card for the background.  I stamped a couple of mermaid images in second generation ink so that they appeared in the distance.  I dried all the inks then removed the masks.  I then coloured the three original stamped images with Aztec paints to give them a pearlescent look.  



I added some shading to the shells and seaweed images, then I stamped and embossed the Seahorse in black  on acetate.  I cut around the image and attached it to the stamped image on the background accentuating the detail of the stamp.





I added some bubbles with glossy accents giving some texture to the background.




On a white base card I stamped one of the borders from Seaside Dreams along two sides and coloured the images with alcohol pens.  





I added a gold marker pen to the edges of the panel then attached it to the base card.   I added Glossy Accents to bubbles and seaweed in the borders and the pearl on the shell  then added the sentiment panel.




I really enjoyed making this card, using lots of techniques and colours.  I think it would make a lovely card for any occasion, and it could be given to a man or woman.  I'm sure this cheerful design, with these beautiful stamps will bring a smile to anyone's face.
Thank you so much for popping by today, I hope you've enjoyed this post and that you'll come back soon  :)

Friday, 5 January 2018

Year's Last Smile



Hello and welcome to my blog  :)  I have a lovely Autumnal card to share with you today from the Chocolate Baroque shows last year.  I have used stamps from the Nature Table, Poppy Meadow and Nature's Peace sets; Distress Inks, Distress Oxides, gold pen and gold embossing powder.




On a piece of white card I stamped and embossed several images in gold then masked them.  I blended three colours of DOs all over the card, then stamped smaller, worker stamps randomly all over.  When all the ink was dry I removed the masks.





I water coloured the images with DIs except the honesty, which I left white then added clear Sparkle pen.




Next I took a white base card and stamped corner images in DO, then blended the matching DI around the outer edges.  I added gold pen to the edges of the focal panel and matted it onto black card.




I stamped and embossed a sentiment and a butterfly in gold on acetate then cut them out.  I then added them to the card to complete the design.  I absolutely love Autumnal colours and I love these stamps too!  I had such a great time creating this one and I'm so pleased with the result.  I think this lovely card will suit any occasion and recipient.
Thanks for dropping by today, I hope you've enjoyed this post and that I'll see you again soon  :)

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Song In Your Heart



Hello and a warm welcome to my blog  :)  If this is your first visit this year then Happy New Year!  Today's post is a card that I made for a Chocolate Baroque tv show in the summer.  I have used stamps from Harlequin Bouquet and Loving Sentiments sets; Distress Inks, alcohol pens, gold marker pen, and dies and a stencil from my stash.



I began by taking a white base card and stencilled DI around the edges of the card,then blended another colour of DI around the outside edges of the card. I stamped a sentiment to one side of the card front in the second DI colour.



Next I took a piece of white card and stamped and embossed the Floral Bouquet image in black.  I coloured the image with alcohol pens, then I die cut the image.  I used the die as a stencil and added DI around the edge of the panel.  I then added gold pen to the outer edges of the panel, and matted it onto black card.



I attached the panel to the card front next to the sentiment to complete the design.   






I love this card, it is a cheerful design with a vintage feel to it.  I think this lovely card would be great for all sorts of occasions, and with a change of colours it would be suitable for men or women.  This design just makes me smile, I hope it does the same for you!  
Thank you very much for dropping in today, I hope you've enjoyed this post and that you'll visit again soon  :) 

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Roses in Red



Hi and welcome to my blog  :)  I have a lovely floral card to share with you today.  It was one of my samples for some Chocolate Baroque tv shows earlier this year, and it is also being featured on the CB DT blog  http://chocolatebaroque.blogspot.co.uk/  as I am a guest designer there this month.  I have used CB stamps Floribunda Rose, Loving Sentiments, and Harlequin Rose sets; grey Versafine ink, Candied Apple Distress Ink, alcohol pens, gold marker pen, clear Sparkle pen; dies from my stash. 



I began this project by creating the focal panel.  I stamped the rose image in grey ink onto white card then coloured it in with alcohol pens.  I love using my pens as you can get such beautiful and varied results, depending on how much blending and shading you do.  When the colouring was finished I added some Sparkle pen to the netting in the background of the image then die cut it into a panel and added DI around the edges using the die as a stencil.  I added gold pen to the outside edges of the panel and matted it onto black card.   



On a white base card I stamped a single rose image in each corner using red DI.  I used a paintbrush and water to drag the ink through the image then added Sparkle pen.  I blended DI around the edges of the card. 



I added a sentiment in red DI at the bottom of the card then attached the panel.   




I really enjoyed creating this beautiful card, the focal image is so gorgeous and detailed that it doesn't need much more.  Roses are such beautiful flowers and are among my favourites, and these stamps are very lifelike.  This design would make a lovely all occasion card, and it can be tailored to suit the recipient by changing the colours.
Thank you very much for popping in today, I hope you have enjoyed this post and that you'll come back soon  :)  

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Punky Baroque Chest



Hi there and a warm welcome to my blog  :)  I have a mini chest of drawers to share with you all today, I created it as one of my tv samples for the recent Chocolate Baroque Steampunk shows.  As you may know I LOVE Steampunk, and I use it quite a lot in my artwork.  This project is similar to the chest that I created in a previous post - Metal and Sparkle - but this time I have used stamps as well as embossing folders.   I have used CB Eccentric Edwardian, Steampunkery, Key to My Dreams sets; Embossing folder from my stash; gilding waxes, Aztec paints, embossing powders, black gesso, Glossy Accents, paper clay embellishments from my stash.
 


I painted a small MDF chest with black gesso, both the framework and the drawers.  When the paint was dry I added gilding waxes to the handles and the edges of the drawer fronts.




Next I embossed two sheets of black card using a folder, and added gilding waxes to them to create a sheet metal effect.



 I used some more black card to create the drawer fronts; stamping, embossing and painting the panels that I had cut to size.



I cut the metal sheeting card to size, leaving a little around the edges to fold over and neaten them.  I attached each panel with strong PVA, and added some 'rivets' made with the waste from die cutting cogs on a previous project. 



I used several embellishments to decorate the top of the chest, all of which I made myself; some are paper clay, some are stamped and embossed onto card and cut out. 




I stamped and embossed a key in gold onto black card and  then cut it out.  I added some ribbon and hung it on one of the handles.



The fob watch has been stamped and embossed onto card in gold, then   and Glossy Accents was added as glass.
 


I loved creating this little chest of drawers!  These stamps are so beautiful and detailed, and they suit this project so well.  This little chest not only looks good but it is useful too; whether it sits on a desk or craft table, or like mine it can go in the sitting room or bedroom to hold all the little bits and bobs that  you need from time to time - safely in one place Lol!



Thank you very much for popping by today, I hope you like this post and will come back again soon  :)