Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Deco Sunburst

Hello and welcome to my blog  :)  Today I am sharing the first of my samples for the recent Chocolate Baroque tv shows that featured their lovely Mackintosh stamps.  These stamp sets are inspired by the amazing artwork of Renee Mackintosh.    I have used stamps from the Mackintosh Beauty, Mackintosh Windows and Mackintosh Words sets; Distress Inks, gold embossing powder; stencils from my stash.

On a piece of white card I used three DIs through a sunburst stencil to create a graduated effect.  I then stencilled some geometric shapes and blended ink around the edges.  I wanted the card to have an Art Deco feel to compliment the stamps.  

I chose these colours to replicate a sunset/rise.

On another piece of white card I stamped the focal images and embossed them in gold.  I used the same DI's to colour the images and then cut them out.

On a white base card I stamped the rose border in DI and used water to drag the colour  a little, then I blended the ink around the edges.

I matted the background panel onto black card and layered it onto the base card.  I then stamped a sentiment onto a spare piece of card, embossed in gold and coloured with DI.  I cut out the sentiment and matted it onto black card.

I attached the focal images and sentiment with dimensional glue.

I absolutely love this beautiful Lady stamp, I think she's very versatile.

I added Sparkle pen between the rays in the sunburst.

I am so pleased with the way this card has turned out, it's exactly as I envisaged it.  The colours are warm and uplifting, and the stencils helped me achieve the Art Deco feel.  This design will make a lovely special occasion card too.
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Thursday, 15 June 2017

Pastel Patchwork

Hello and welcome to my blog  :)  Today I have a quick cheerful card to share with you, which is also  being featured on the Chocolate Baroque DT blog in the 'Fifteen Minute Cards' section.  All the cards there take 15 minutes or less to make which is great when you need something last minute!  
The stamps I have used are from the Patchwork Butterfly and Leafy Background sets and I have coloured with Pastel Aquatints.

I stamped the large Butterfly first and embossed it in black, then masked it.  I then stamped the Leafy Background in grey ink so that it faded literally into the background, and created perspective.

I painted the background then removed the masking fluid.

I then painted the beautiful butterfly image.

To complete the card I matted the butterfly panel with black card and attached it to the base card.  I think this bright and cheerful design will suit a variety of occasions for all ages.
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Thursday, 8 June 2017

Golden Butterflies

Hello and welcome to my blog  :)  I'm sharing one of my recent tv samples for Chocolate Baroque with you today, featuring the beautiful Butterfly stamps and stencils.  I have used the Butterfly Blush, Patchwork Butterfly and Just Butterflies sets; Distress Inks - Vintage Photo, Mustard Seed, Squeezed Lemonade, Crushed Olive, gold embossing powder, gold marker pen, acetate.

I blended the DIs onto white card and dried it with a heat gun.  I then stamped  some swirls around the edges in the same DIs.

Using the stencil I faux bleached some small butterflies.  I then blended DI around the edges of the panel.  

I  inked up several of the silhouette butterflies with three colours of DIs and stamped them onto white card, then stamped the corresponding line images onto acetate and embossed them in gold.  

I cut out the silhouette butterflies and edged them with DI, then I cut out the acetate butterflies.

I used the gold pen to edge the panel then matted it onto gold card.  I used the stencil to ink some small butterflies in the corners of a white base card and blended ink around the edges.  I stamped a sentiment at the bottom of the card then I attached the butterflies after shaping them. 

I attached the acetate butterflies to the silhouette butterflies using glue along the bodies.  

This card is definitely one of my favourite samples using these lovely stamps and stencils. The acetate overlays give the butterflies a bit of movement whilst allowing the colours to show through.   This design would be suitable for a lot of occasions and for all ages.
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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Dew drops on Roses

Hi there and welcome to my blog  :)  This is my entry for the last Chocolate Baroque DT Colour Challenge which is finishing this month.  I have entered the challenge many times, it has been so much fun and it's definitely made me craft outside my comfort zone, try lots of new colour combinations, and ultimately led to me being offered a place as a guest designer on the CBDT - which I love. 
For this piece I have used stamps from Chocolate Baroque's Harlequin Rose, Breath of Spring and Mackintosh Words sets; Distress Inks Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, Wilted Violet and Dusty Concord; Black Versafine ink, clear embossing powder; dies from my stash.

I began by stamping the Harlequin Rose image onto white card and embossed with clear powder.  I then painted the panel with DIs and added Glossy Accents as dew drops. When they were dry I matted the panel onto black card.

On another piece of white card I blended the DIs and dried them with a heat gun.  I took a smaller rose stamp and sprayed water on it, then faux bleached randomly all over the panel.  I then took the same image and stamped it with DI randomly.  I also stamped the word 'Create'  randomly, blended DI around the edges and matted the panel onto black card.  

Next I took a white base card  and stamped a couple of corner patterns and a scroll around the edges then blended ink around them too. 

I blended the same inks on a couple of pieces of spare white card then die cut some flowers and foliage from them.  I also cut some flowers from a piece of coordinating patterned  paper, then edged all the petals with ink.  I assembled the flowers, coloured some pearls with an alcohol pen and added them.  I did the same with the foliage.

I attached the panels to the base card, then added the flowers and foliage to complete the card.  I absolutely love these colours!  They look so beautiful blended together as a background, and they also look striking as colours for the images.  This would make a lovely special occasion card, or a beautiful piece of home decor if it was framed.  I shall miss joining in with the colour challenge, but I shall continue to experiment with colour combinations!
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Sunday, 28 May 2017

Punky Pistol

Hi and welcome to my blog today  :)   I've got a really fun project to share with you that I made recently.  I went to a local Steampunk event with friends and we decided to go 'armed' lol!  My friend bought us a plastic toy water pistol each to 'steampunk' and we both had a lot of fun doing it! 
I have used black gesso, silver, gold and copper paints and gilding waxes, dies from my stash, texture paste, black and Kraft card, liquid pearls, acetate, glow paint and metallic markers.

I began by painting the water pistol with a couple of coats of black gesso.

I had quite a few cogs, keys and so on already die cut, but I decided to cut a few more smaller ones as they would be more useful.  I wanted the gun to have an old, worn distressed look so I needed to age the pieces I would put on it.  I added texture paste to some of the pieces before using the waxes on them.  I added a mixture of white and teal Aquatints to the parts where the texture paste was to create a verdigris effect.

I then took a piece of black card and embossed it in a folder from my stash.  I painted it with a pearly slate colour and added silver gilding wax, to give it a sheet metal look.  

I used waxes, paints and pens to add metallic parts and a distressed metal effect.  I then began attaching the pieces using a glue gun.  I stamped some images onto acetate and cut around them before adding them.  I coloured the light bulbs with a coat of glow paint and a coat of acrylic.  I wanted the bulbs to glow in the dark!  

I then cut the embossed panel into pieces then attached it to the handle.  I wanted it to look like several pieces of sheet metal had been used to make the handle.  I used the waste circles from some of the cogs to create rivets, holding the sheet metal pieces together.  

 I added Pewter liquid pearls to create tiny spikes in a few places and that was my gun finished!

I thoroughly enjoyed myself creating this project, and I received a lot of compliments on it at the event too.  It certainly doesn't look like a plastic water pistol any more lol!
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Our Lady of the Woods

Hello and welcome to my blog  :)  Today I'm sharing one of my fairy samples from the Chocolate Baroque tv shows.  I have used stamps from the Fantasy Castles and March Fairy sets; Aztec Paints, Distress Inks, watercolour inks, glitter and a stencil from my stash.

As soon as I saw this fairy stamp she made me think of Lady Galadriel and Lorien.  As you will know if you've visited my blog before I am a HUGE Tolkein and Middle Earth fan!  I have already created a couple of pieces of artwork with a Middle Earth theme and this one will make a lovely addition.  So this card is my own version of Galadriel walking through Lorien.  I started by stamping a castle and some florals then masking them.

I washed over the card with Aztec paints, giving the background a lovely sheen.  I then placed a tree stencil over the top and inked through with DI.  When it was all dry I removed the masking fluid.

I coloured the castle and flowers with watercolour inks, and added a little glitter.  You HAVE to have glitter with fairies and fantasy - don't you lol?!

I blended DI around the edges of the panel and matted it onto black card.  I placed stamped copy paper images around the edges of the base card to decide where to put them.  I stamped the fairy and painted her.  I removed the wings and coloured her with alcohol pens and Aztec paints, then added glitter.

I stamped several images around the edges of the base card with DIs.  I then attached the panel to the card, and added the lady in 3D.  

I'm really pleased with this card, it's just how I wanted it to turn out!  This design has managed to capture the ethereal feel that I wanted, like a magical misty forest.I hope Galadriel would approve!  
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