Friday, 26 September 2014

Autumn's Eastern Promise

This card is another of my entries for the Chocolate Baroque colour challenge,  which I really enjoy playing along with as it makes me use colours and try out ideas that I may not usually try.  My inspiration for the colour scheme of this design came from a card by Debbie that I saw on the CB challenge blog, so I adapted it and created my design around it.  I already had the idea of  using the Peacock feather icons as leaves and the colour challenge colour swatch just screams Autumn, so the rest was easy (as they say).   The stamps I used are from the Peacock Parade, Christmas Flourish, and Spinney Design a Tree CB sets.   The inks I used are Spiced Marmalade, Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed, Squeezed Lemonade, Brushed Corduroy, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, and Rusty Hinge Distress Inks, and Vintage Sepia Versafine.  I also used clear and gold detail embossing powders, and Peach glitter.   I started by creating the main background panel, blending the two lighter brown inks onto smooth white card adding a little Scattered Straw to warm it up.  I took one of the Christmas tree images and spritzed it with water, then stamped across the panel-leaving a gap between each stamping- and blotted the images( faux bleaching).  This tree image is made up of a Baroque type pattern so needn't look too Christmassy.  I then stamped the image again using Rusty Hinge ink, stamping between the faux bleached images.  I repeated this process to cover the panel.  I added orange glitter to the coloured trees to highlight them.  To complete it I edged the panel with Walnut Stain DI.  Next I took  a piece of white card and blended the yellow and orange inks together.   I stamped the large and small Peacock Feather images repeatedly onto the card and heat embossed them with clear powder.  I then cut them out and shaped them with a ball tool.  I stamped the Spinney Tree onto a strip of acetate using Sepia ink and heat embossed with gold detail powder.  I attached the acetate to the panel using very strong double sided tape, attaching it on the back of the panel.  I matted the panel onto yellow card having edged the mat with Walnut Stain.  I then layered it onto an orange base card, again edging it with DI.   I attached decorative ribbon to the panel using tape over the acetate.  Next I added the leaves in a cascading pattern down the card with a few on the tree, attaching them with dimensional glue.   I stamped a sentiment from the CB Words of Inspiration set using Sepia ink on orange card and heat embossed with clear powder.  I cut it into a tag shape, blended orange and yellow inks onto the tag and edged it with Walnut Stain.  I threaded some of the same ribbon through the top, shaped the tag then attached it to the card with tape.  I think this lovely design is a great 'worker' - it would work for several occasions and for either male or female cards.   

Monday, 22 September 2014

Peacock in the Sunset

This card is my first entry for the latest colour challenge with Chocolate Baroque using the challenge colour swatch.  The stamps I have used are from CB Peacock Parade and Tangled Peacock sets.  The inks I have used are:- Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Brushed Corduroy, and Walnut stain DI's; Vintage Sepia Versafine; and Pearlescent Beige Brilliance.  I have also used some H2O paints as highlights here and there.  I started by creating the background for the main panels.  I blended the yellow and orange DI's onto smooth white card, adding a little of both the brown inks around the edges.  I took a large 'leaf' image and spritzed water onto it, then stamped randomly over the panel blotting each watery image with tissue giving a 'faux bleaching' effect.  Using the same image I then stamped it over the bleached ones, offsetting the images slightly.  Next I stamped a Peacock feather image randomly over the panel using the beige ink, which really 'pops' when the light hits it.  I then shaped the corners of the panel with a punch, and matted it on to dark brown card.  Next I created the central panel, blending the same inks as on the other panel.  I then stamped one of the Peacock images on to the panel using the sepia ink and heat embossed it in clear powder.  I used water and a brush to 'faux bleach' the body of the bird and some of the feathers.  I did the same to a few of the sun rays, then added colour to the bleached areas with H2O's.  I then edged the panel with Walnut Stain DI, punched the corners and matted it onto dark brown card.   The base card is cream textured card which I have edged with Walnut Stain ink, then stamped with  a small leaf image in the beige ink.  To assemble the card I layered the large panel onto the base card, then added some decorative ribbon.  I then layered the smaller panel on top with dimensional glue.  The sentiment is from the CB Words of Inspiration set and is stamped onto a piece of the same background card as the panels, in sepia ink and heat embossed with clear powder.  I then threaded some more ribbon through the sentiment tag and attached it to the card with dimensional glue.  I have always loved these Peacock stamps and I totally enjoyed creating this card!  I think this is a lovely design to suit various occasions  and for male and female cards.