Friday, 26 May 2017

Patchwork Garden

Hello and welcome to my blog  :)  I'm sharing another of my tv samples for Chocolate Baroque today, featuring their beautiful Patchwork Butterfly stamp set with a sentiment from the Words of Love set.  I have also used Mica powders, black embossing powder, pearl paints, and liquid pearls.

I created the background panel by stamping the silhouette floral panel onto black card with Versamark ink, then I brushed Mica powders over the image.  I fixed the powders with hairspray.  

I cut the panel out leaving a small border of black card.  I then attached it to a white base card.

I stamped a swirl in black ink then embossed it in clear powder.  I added dots with liquid pearls around the swirl.  I then stamped a sentiment onto black card, brushed it with Mica powders, then cut it out leaving a small border again.  I then attached it to the card.

I stamped and embossed a butterfly onto black card, then painted it with pearl paints and cut it out. 

I repeated the process with a second butterfly, then attached both of them to the card.

This is one of my favourite of all my samples for these stamps!  I love using the Mica powders and I think they really showcase the background panel.  The liquid pearls really accentuate the lovely swirl as well.  I'm so pleased with the way this card has turned out, and I think this design would suit a lot of occasions.  
Thank you for visiting my blog today, I hope you've enjoyed this post and you'll come back soon  :) 

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Butterfly Kisses

Hi there, welcome to my blog  :)  Today I am sharing one of my recent tv samples created with beautiful Chocolate Baroque stamps.  I have used the Butterfly Blush, Just Butterflies, Patchwork Butterfly and Tangled Peacock sets, the Butterfly stencils; Distress Inks, Mica powders, white gel pen, Versamark ink.

I created the background panel by blending Distress inks onto a piece of white card.  I then used DI through the stencil to position the butterflies.  I dotted around the three large butterflies with a white gel pen.

Next I stamped the large silhouette butterfly that matches the stencilled ones onto white card with Versamark ink then brushed Mica powders over the ink.  I then inked up a stamp from the Tangled Peacock set and kiss stamped the butterfly, removing some of the Mica powders to reveal the pattern.  I repeated this technique twice, once on white card and once on black.  I used hairspray to fix the powders then cut the butterflies out.  

I took a white base card and stamped one of the butterflies from the Just Butterflies set around the edges of the card with DI and blended some ink as well.  

I stamped the Irish Blessing from the Patchwork Butterfly set with DI onto the background panel, then matted and layered it onto the base card.  

I shaped the butterflies and attached them to the card then added some gems to the bodies.

I love this card, it turned out even better than I thought it would!  The colours work really well together and the design is a great worker card for lots of occasions.  
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Rustic Spring Tag

Hello and welcome to my blog  :)  I'm sharing a piece of tag art with you today which I created as the third of my GDT posts on the Chocolate Baroque DT blog.  I love painting in the folk art style, and this stamp is perfect.  I have used stamps from the Breath of Spring set; Pebeo Deco acrylic paints, black Versafine ink, Distress ink, gold gilding wax and embossing powder.

I decided to practice on a piece of scrap card first.  I stamped the large floral image in black ink, and dried it thoroughly.  I then chose my colours.  I decided to use a technique in folk art called dotting, as well as comma strokes and long strokes.  Dotting is done using a ball tool dipped into paint, and dotted onto card.  I started with pink for the petals, then sepia for the centres.  These Pebeo paints are great for folk art as they are runnier than normal acrylics.  

The dotting technique doesn't show all the tiny details but I think it really works with this stamp. 

I wanted to make the tag quite rustic so I created a crackle background using PVA glue and paint. I painted the tag with a dark coloured acrylic - in this case purple - then dried it with a heat gun.  I painted a coat of PVA glue on top then partially dried that.  I used some left over emulsion paint over the top then used the heat gun again.  As the paint dries it reacts with the glue and cracks appear, giving the effect of old dried cracked paint.  The colour from the first coat shows through the cracks.


As usual I stamped and cut the images out of copy paper and arranged my composition before stamping onto the tag in black ink.  

I then painted the image using the dotting technique.  I chose to paint the flowers blue this time.  I put a dot at the end of the petal with a medium ball tool and dragged the paint a little to create a petal shape. I used sepia for the centres again, and dotted around the outside of the flower as well.  Then I painted the foliage with a mid green, added shading with a darker tone, and dotted around the bottom of the flowers.  

I blended DI around the edges of the tag then embossed some swirly foliage in gold at the top and bottom of the tag. 


I blended gold gilding wax around the edges of the tag.

I added a blue ribbon from my stash, to compliment the flowers.  I then stamped the sentiment and embossed it in gold.  

I'm very pleased with this piece.  The stamp wasn't designed for folk art but it has worked  really well.  It is such a beautiful stamp in it's own right, and I wanted to use it in a different way.  I think this is a lovely gift or keepsake to give to anyone, or a beautiful piece of home decor for yourself!

Thank you for popping in today, I hope that you've enjoyed this post and to see you here again soon  :)

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

A Gothic Ruin

Hello and welcome to my blog  :)   I'm sharing a card today that I made recently for my husbands birthday.  I know that all us crafters struggle sometimes with cards for men, especially once we have already exhausted the sports, alcohol and car themes lol!  Especially if, like my hubby, the man in question isn't a sports or alcohol fan.  I've used all the car stamps I have over the years too! 
I have used stamps from Chocolate Baroque's Gothic Fragments and Words of Love sets; Distress Inks, Versafine ink, Aqua Tints; die cuts and an embossing folder from my stash. 

I started by creating the background, blending DI's all over a piece of white card.  When that was dry I took a patterned image and spritzed the stamp with water before stamping randomly over the panel to faux bleach it.  I then inked the stamp with grey DI and stamped the image again several times using 1st and 2nd generation ink.  I then stamped another image randomly in 1st and 2nd generation grey ink.

Next I stamped an arched window in grey Versafine ink, then faux bleached it to show highlights.  I then stencilled some brickwork randomly in grey ink.

I stamped a sentiment in Sepia ink onto Kraft card and cut around it to create a panel then I blended DI around the edges.  I embossed another piece of Kraft card in a brick wall folder and blended DI over it.  I wrapped some natural twine around the focal panel then attached it to the wall panel, and in turn attached them to a base card.  I then attached the sentiment panel.

To complete the project I added a couple of die cuts; a leafy swirl corner that I cut from some card I had painted for a previous project, and a section of brick wall cut from Kraft card and blended with DI.  

I really love this card, the Gothic Fragments stamps are so gorgeous!  I think that this is a great worker card, for any occassion and for either male or female cards.  Thank you for popping by today, I hope you've enjoyed this post and that you'll visit again 
soon  :)

Monday, 15 May 2017

Copper Field

Hello and welcome to my blog today  :)  I have a quick and easy card to share with you which is featured on the Chocolate Baroque DT page this month as one of the Fifteen minute cards.  I have used the Baroque Meadow stamp, a sentiment from Words of Inspiration, a piece of printed paper, copper embossing powder, Stickles, Versafine Sepia ink, gold pen.

I took a piece of patterned paper which I printed off a CD  in my stash, then  stamped and embossed the meadow flowers and a butterfly in copper.  I then die cut the piece into an oval, matted it to some black card and edged that with a gold pen.  I attached the focal panel to a linen base card then stamped the sentiment.

I added some dots of Stickles in opposite corners of the card.  I also added Stickles to the flowers and the butterfly.  This is a lovely quick card for any occasion and for male or female cards.  It is also perfect for those last minute projects - the 'oops I forgot' moments!  

Thank you for dropping by today - I hope you've enjoyed this post and will visit again soon  :)  And don't forget to pop over to the CBDT blog for more quick card inspiration

Pearl Peacock

Hi there and welcome to my blog  :)  I'm sharing a card that I made for the Chocolate Baroque DT blog Fifteen minute Card post.  All the cards featured take only fifteen minutes or less to make using CB stamps.  For this design I have used images from the Tangled Peacock set; Versamark ink, gold embossing powder, mica powders, gold pen; dies from my stash.

I began by die cutting some black, turquoise and white card to create a focal panel, mat and base card.  I stamped the Tangled Peacock onto the black card with Versamark ink, then brushed mica powders over the image.  I sprayed it with hairspray to fix the powders, then stamped and embossed a stylised  feather image in each corner.  

I edged the focal panel with gold pen, then matted and layered it onto the base card, which I also edged with gold.  I stamped and embossed a sentiment onto some more black card, edged it in gold then matted and layered it before attaching it to the card.  I added some tiny gems for the eyes of the peacock, and to the sentiment panel to complete the design.  I LOVE the CB peacock stamp sets, and I'm loving using my mica powders again!  I think that this quick and easy design makes a great card for lots of occasions.
Thanks for popping by my blog today, I hope you've enjoyed this post and will come back soon  :)    BTW - why not pop over to the CBDT blog for more quick card inspiration 

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Here Be Fairies

Hello and welcome to my blog  :)  I have a piece of home decor to share with you today, another of my recent tv samples.  I created this fairy door for the Spring Fairies shows, and it is one of my GDT projects this month on the Chocolate Baroque DT blog.  I have used the beautiful stamps from all three sets of Spring Fairies and Fantasy Castles; a wooden fairy door; Aztec paints, Distress inks, black Versafine ink, Aquatints, alcohol pens, glitter,clear and holographic embossing powders; an embossing folder from my stash. 

I stamped  the images onto copy paper and cut them out, then arranged them into a pleasing composition.

I drew around the doorway onto white card and cut out the shape.  I stamped a castle in the centre and masked it.  I then created a background with the Aztec paints, making a shimmering fantasy sky.  When that was dry I removed the mask and painted the castle with Aquatints and DIs.  

Next I painted the fairy door and doorway with the Aztec paints to give them a beautiful pearly sheen.  I then stamped a swirly image repeatedly around the top of the doorway and on the door using holographic powder.  This powder changes colour as it is heated and as the light hits it, so it appears magical.  I think it looks like ancient runes.  

I stamped the fairies, a butterfly and some florals onto white card with black ink and embossed them with clear powder.  I then painted them with Aztec paints, and added glitter when they dried.  I used alcohol pens for the fairies skin.

I decided to create a wall for my fairy door to go in.  I took a piece of Kraft card and embossed it with a brick pattern.  I washed the wall with white gesso, let it dry then blended DI around the edges.  

Now to assemble the piece.  I attached the panel with the castle to the back of the doorway, then attached the wall panel.  I decoupaged all the other images onto the front of the fairy doorway.   

And so my magical fairy door artwork was complete!  I LOVED creating this, and I think it would make a lovely present for a child or adult.  You are never too old for fairies hee hee!  The Aztec paints are so shimmery and the glitter adds a magical touch to everything.  

Thank you for visiting my blog today, I hope you've enjoyed this post and that you'll pop in again soon  :)