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Sunday, 12 January 2020

Imagine What Lies Beneath



Hello and welcome to my blog  :)  I have another of my Chocolate Baroque samples to share with you today, featuring the lovely Steampunk stamps from the shows last month.  For this card I have used stamps from the Steampunk Funky Fish and Steampunk Sea World sets, Distress Oxide inks, black Versafine ink, clear EP, pearlescent ink sprays, metalic acrylic paints, a white pen and an embossing folder from my stash.



I began this project by creating the background.  I took a piece of white card and spayed it with a couple of pearlscent inks and left it to dry.  I then embossed the panel in a folder from my stash, I thought the swirling pattern represented the underwater currents of the ocean.  I then blended DO ink around the edges and matted the panel onto black card.  




I took a white base card and stamped around the edges with one of the large images using DO ink then attached the panel to the card.  



I stamped some fish and a sea creature image onto black card using black Versafine, and embossed them with clear EP.  I coloured the images with metalic acrylic paints and added white pen as highlights before cutting them out.  
  


I shaped all the images with a ball tool before attaching them to the card with 3D gel.  I took a spare piece of white card and stamped a sentiment in black ink and embossed it with clear EP.  I blended a little ink around the edges of the panel then attached it to the card.
  




I had a ball creating this card, I love the little mechanical fishes and creature!  I love the textures that I've created too.  I think this is a cheerful little card that would suit all sorts of occasions and recipients of all ages.
Thank you for stopping by today I hope you've enjoyed this post.  Feel free to take a look at my other work on this site, and I'd love it if you left me a comment!  Hope you'll visit again soon  :)   

Curios Adventures



Hi and welcome to my blog  :)  I have a mixed media Steampunk wall hanging to show you today which was one of my samples for the Chocolate Baroque tv shows last month.  I LOVE Steampunk and I LOVE mixed media so this project was definately a labour of love for me!  I have used stamps from the CB Steampunk Sea World, Steampunk Funky Fish and Punky Expressions sets; chalk acrylic paint, metalic acrylic paints, Distress Oxide Inks, gold Soft Form Paste, gold pen, black Versafine ink, Versamark ink, gold EP and a selection of stencils from my stash.
  


I began by creating the background on an MDF panel.  I gave it a coat of white gesso, and when it was dry I painted a coat of blue chalk acrylic  onto it I let that dry then started to layer up several stencilled images using DO inks.  I wanted to create a sense of being deep under the ocean so some of the stencilled images were done in shades of blue on the blue background  to give depth to the piece.  I took some gold Soft Form Paste and added it to the bottom edge of the panel through a stencil to create a sea bed and to add texture. 






I then stamped  several fish, sea creatures and quirky machines in black ink onto black card and embossed them all with clear EP.  I painted them all with metalic acrylics to emphasize the mechanical nature of the images.  I cut them all out and shaped them with a ball tool before attaching them to the panel with 3D glue gel.




The larger images had some 'sand' or 'sea bed' attached to them so I placed them along the bottom edge, above the textured sea bed.



Once the bubbles had been added to the 'thingamybob' I added Glossy Accents to give them a domed shine.  



I stamped a few sentements from the Punky Expressions set onto black card and embossed them with gold EP.  I added gold pen around the edges of the sentiments and the edges of the panel.  I attached the sentiment panels with 3D glue gel, then punched a couple of holes on the top edge of the panel and threaded some cord through to hang the panel up with.



I had so much fun creating this mixed media piece, from layering the stencilled background to attaching all the images.  I never tire of creating art with these fabulous images!  
Thank you for dropping in today, I hope you've enjoyed this post and maybe it will inspire you to have a go.  Feel free to browse here some more, leave me a comment, and I hope that you will pop in again soon  :) 

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

The Traveller



Hello and welcome to my blog  :)  I have a collage/mixed media card to share with you today that I made for someone who loves travelling, as you can see I used it as a birthday card - belated I'm afraid  ;)  
I have used stamps from La Blanche - their Vintage Collection and Background Set; Distress Oxide inks, Versafine inks - sepia and black, a lazer cut MDF piece, puffy stickers and Vintage Ephemera from La Blanche, a couple of stencils and a some dies from my stash.
  


I took a piece of white card and blended a couple of DOs all over it.  I then flicked water over it and faux bleached randomly.  When it was dry I used a blue ink to stamp a collage image randomly over the background.



I took a stencil from my stash and used DO inks to add another layer to my background.  I love layering backgrounds.



I used a couple of the background stamps to stamp around the edges of a white base card.





I matted the background panel onto black card.




I stamped several focal images relating to travel with a Steampunk and Vintage twist, then cut them out.  I added gold gilding wax to the compass.



Next I took a piece of printed ephemera, I tore the edges and added ink to them then folded and rolled them to create an old, distressed look.




I took an MDF embellishment of a gentleman on a Penny Farthing, which was beautifully detailed, and stamped a postal themed collage image in black Versafine ink over it.




I stamped and coloured some more focal images.  I attached the background panel to the base card at an angle, then attached the other images and embellishments.  I decided to add the Penny Farthing because  the recipient is really into mountain biking, and he likes Steampunk too.  





I added some puffy stickers that look like rivets to add to the industrial Steampunk look.  Everyone knows how much I love Steampunk and Vintage so I  had a lovely time creating this card!  These gorgeous stamps are among my favourites in my collection, and the image of the lady with a steam ship and clock in her head is one of my oldest stamps.  It works just as well now as it did when new.  
Thank you for popping in today, I hope you have enjoyed this post.  Feel free to leave me a comment, I love to hear from you, and I hope that you'll drop by again soon  :)

Saturday, 9 November 2019

Bright and Grungy



Hi - welcome to my blog  :)  I have a mixture of Vintage and Grunge to share with you today, another of my samples for the Chocolate Baroque October tv shows.  I have used stamps from the Baroque Ephemera sets 1 and 2 and the Floral Grunge set; matte spray inks, Distress Oxide inks, sepia Versafine ink and a gold pen from my stash.   
  


I began by stamping the flower onto a piece of smooth white card using sepia ink.  I masked the image with masking tissue and spritzed the card with the spray inks to create a bright but grungy background.  I then stamped various images from the Ephemera sets randomly over the background.  




I removed the masking tissue and painted the flower with Vintage Photo DO ink.  On a spare piece of card I stamped the flower again, painted it and cut it out.  I added gold pen around the edges of the background panel then matted it onto dark card.  



 I blended DO around the edges of a white base card then attached the background panel.  I then attached the flower I had cut out to the card.  I stamped the word 'Vintage' onto spare card, cut it out, edged with ink and attached it to the front of the card.    




This card was such fun to make and I'm really pleased with the result.  I love the mix of the Vintage flower against the bright cheerful colours of the background.  It's a design that would suit a lot of occasions and any recipient.
Thank you for popping in today, I hope that you've enjoyed this post and that you will come back soon  :)

Beachside Memories



Hello and welcome to my blog  :)  I have a lovely Vintage card to share with you today, one of my samples for the October Chocolate Baroque tv shows.  I wanted to create something that looked like a collection of seaside memorabelia - the sort that you might find in Grandma's attic.
I have used stamps from the Baroque Ephemera 1 & 2, Seashore Scenes and Eccentric Edwardian sets; Distress Oxide inks, and sepia Versafine ink.  
  


I began this project by taking a piece of copier paper and stamping ephemera images randomly all over it, using DOs.  I then spritzed water all over the paper and scrunched it up to create a distressed, aged look.  I pulled the wet paper out and flattened it, but not too much as I wanted it to look like a piece of old paper that had been folded several times and screwed up into a ball and forgotten about.  When the paper was dry I blended Vintage Photo ink around the edges of the paper and over the crinkled surface to age it even more.



I took a piece of smooth white card and stamped several images of tickets and post cards in the sepia ink and coloured them with DOs.  I didn't want the writing on one of the post cards so I used a damp tissue to remove it after inking.  I wanted to create a picture post card out of it.  Once I had coloured the images I cut them all out.  





After colouring the images I blended ink around the edges of each of them.  I then stamped the image of an Edwardian gentleman onto a piece of satin finish card using sepia ink.  I wanted to replicate an old photo.  When dry I took all of the images and scuffed, folded and tore the edges to age and distress them before arranging them on the background paper. 





I attached the background panel to an ivory base card, making sure that it wasn't too flat and 'perfect' looking.  




I attached the ephemera that I had made to the front of the card as a collection of memorabelia.




This card was not a quick one to make but I loved every minute of it!  I absolutely LOVE creating Vintage themed projects, and these gorgeous stamps gave me the opportunity to be really creative and indulge my passions. 
Thank you for dropping in today, I hope you've enjoyed this post.  Feel free to browse further, maybe leave me a comment, and I hope you'll visit again soon  :)  

Friday, 25 October 2019

Butterfly Bouquet



Hi and welcome to my blog, I have an easy and quick card for you today, which is also on the Chocolate Baroque DT blog https://chocolatebaroque.blogspot.comFor this project I have used stamps from the Celebration Bouquet and Happy Flowers Day sets; black Versafine ink, clear EP, alcohol marker pens and Distress Oxide ink.  




I took a piece of CB Luxury Smooth paper and stamped the butterfly and bouquet images in black Versafine ink, then embossed them with clear EP.  I cut the paper to separate the two images.  I coloured the bouquet with alcohol pens and added a shadow line around the image, to make it pop off the page.  



I coloured the butterfly and cut it out. I matted the boquet image onto blue card then attached it to a white base card.  I then attached the butterfly with 3D gel.  I stamped a couple of foliage sprigs and a sentiment along the bottom of the base card.




I'm really pleased with this quick card, It's a good design for batch making and for those times when you get caught out and need a card in a hurry!
Thank you for popping in today, I hope you've enjoyed this post and that you'll drop in again soon  :)