Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Tree Tag Trio

Hello I've got a Christmas card to show you today, this is my third GDT blog post for Chocolate Baroque.  I love Christmas cards with a 'Nordic Folk' feel to them, mixing cool and warm colours with Kraft card.  I also love tag art.  I have used images from the CB Christmas Flourish stamp set, which happens to be the first stamp set that I ever bought from them!  :)  I also used Distress Inks - Festive Berries, Bundled Sage and Broken China; Red Versafine Ink; clear, white and blue embossing powders.  

I started by stamping the three different tree images onto Kraft card, one in red ink which I heat embossed with clear powder and two in clear ink which I embossed with coloured embossing powders.   I used Kraft card for the base card and repeatedly stamped the Holly corner image and heat embossed with white powder.  

I took a piece of white card cut a little smaller than the base card and blended the DI's all over it.  I used the Holly Flourish image to faux bleach randomly over the panel.  I then stamped a sentiment randomly in green ink, matted the background panel onto a piece of red card then layered that onto the base card.

I made a tag of each tree and edged them with green ink.  I punched a hole in the top of each tag and threaded some twine through.  

I attached the tags to the card with dimensional glue. 

I stamped a sentiment onto Kraft card and heat embossed it with white powder, then matted and layered it as before and attached it to the card.  I really like this design as an alternative to traditional Christmas colours, having said that it would also work in traditional or contemporary colours.  Thanks for popping in to my blog and I hope you'll come back soon  :)

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Crystal Poppies

Hello there, today I am sharing my second project for the Chocolate Baroque GDT.  I wanted to feature Poppies in a card for November, but I also wanted to design a card that could be used for various occasions - birthdays, retirement, congratulations and so on.  I have used stamps from CB's Gothic Fragments and Poppy Meadow sets; Distress Inks, alcohol pens; masking fluid; Textures embossing folder; gilding wax; Versafine Ink - Onyx Black and Smokey Grey, and clear liquid floor polish.

I started by stamping a window image onto white card using grey ink, then masked it.  

Then I blended DI's onto the card with a blending tool.  I used Hickory Smoke, Weathered Wood and Broken china.  I blended Hickory Smoke around the edges of the panel.

I used one of my die cuts as a stencil, and applied Hickory Smoke DI through it.  I then flicked some water over the background and faux bleached.

I have always been a fan of the caught in crystal technique, and I thought it would be lovely for the Poppies.  I stamped onto acetate in black and heat embossed the image in black too.  I turned the acetate over and coloured the image with alcohol pens.  I added a little floor polish on top and sprinkled some glitter into it, then placed scrumpled tissue over that and left it to dry.  When it was I cut closely around the image.

I cut a piece of black card a little bigger than the background panel and embossed it in the folder, then added gilding wax.  I removed the masking fluid from the window image and coloured it with alcohol pens.  I stamped some foliage images in first and second generation ink along the bottom of the background panel, a sentiment along the top, then added a ribbon and bow.  I matted the panel onto the embossed card, then layered them onto a base card.   To complete the card I decoupaged the Poppies onto the card tucking the base under the bow.  The Poppies and the ribbon add a splash of bright colour to this lovely card, and I think it all ties together really well.  
Thank you for visiting, hope to see you again soon  :)

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Punky Pond

Hello peeps, I've got a Steampunk card for you today :)   I created this as another entry to Chocolate Baroque's colour challenge #28  I love Steampunk, and these punky fish images are among my favourites!  I have used stamps from CB Steampunk Funky Fish, Steampunk Sea World, Underwater and Words of Inspiration sets.   I have also used Tando Creative masks - Cogs and Leaves 1; Distress Inks - Twisted Citroen, Squeezed Lemonade, Crushed Olive, Chipped Saphire and Cracked Pistachio.

I blended the Di's onto a piece of white card, dried it, then faux bleached with water randomly over the panel.  I dried it again and stencilled the cogs in yellow and the leaves in green.  The leaves double as seaweed.  

I stamped some images onto another piece of white card and water coloured them with the DI's.   I then cut them out and edged them with blue ink.  I stamped some bubbles onto the background panel and added Glossy Accents.

I added Glossy Accents to the bubble machine image as well. 

When the bubbles were dry I blended blue ink around the edges of the background panel and matted it onto blue card.  I then attached it onto a base card.  I stamped a sentiment onto white card in blue ink and heat embossed with clear powder.  I then die cut, embossed and stencilled the sentiment panel and attached it to the card with dimensional glue.  I attached the other images in the same way.  I'm really pleased with this project, I think this design is suitable for male or female cards and for a variety of occasions. 

Thanks for popping in today, I hope you enjoyed your visit to my blog and will come back soon  :)

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Birthday Colours

Hi there, I'm sharing a quick and easy card with you today, a birthday card that I made recently for a friend.  I've recently got into adult colouring, I hadn't really done much since childhood  :)  For this card I have used one of the pages from the Eastern Promise colouring pad in the Crafter's Companion Colorista range and Colourista alcohol pens.  I have also used dies from Crafter's Companion, Tattered Lace, and X cut, Black Soot and Seedless Preseves Distress Inks, and silver gilding wax. 

I removed the page I had selected from the colouring pad and trimmed it slightly, then blended black ink around the edges.  I cut a piece of black card slightly larger than the page and matted the page onto it.  I used some bright blue card as a base card and layered the focal panel onto it.  

Next I die cut some flowers and foliage out of pink and black card.  I cut words for the sentiment and some letters out of silver mirror card.   I blended DI around the edges of the pink flowers and foliage, then shaped them.  I added gilding wax to the black flowers, foliage and words,then shaped them as well.  I layered the flowers together and added a gem to the middle.  I also added a gem to the centre of the main pattern, and to the butterfly. 

Finally I attached all the embellishments to the card.  I love the results of this card, so bright and cheerful!  I think it could be used for different occasions too, and for male and female cards.  I used this page because I knew that my friend likes it, she admired it a few weeks ago  :)  

Thank you for dropping in, I hope you have enjoyed this project.  :)

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Beautiful Baroque Peacock

Hello, this is my entry for Chocolate Baroque Colour challenge #28  I thought I'd create a piece of home decor this time, and with this lovely colour swatch I just HAD to use the lovely Peacock stamps  :)  
I have used stamps from CB's Tangled Peacock and Fancy Flowers sets; Brushos -Ultramarine, Lemon, Lime Green, Turquoise, Ost Blue, Moss Green; Versafine Ink - Smokey Grey; Gold Brilliance Ink; Gold gilding wax; cream emulsion paint; masking fluid; watercolour card; plastic photo frame.  

I stamped the Peacock and flower images onto the watercolour card in grey ink, then masked them.  I drew around the inside of a circle die, encompassing the Peacock, then masked that as well.  I put a wash of water all over the card and sprinkled Brushos on, then spritzed with more water allowing the pigments to spread  freely.

When everything was dry I removed the masking fluid carefully just from the circle, and painted it in with the Lemon Brusho as a large sun.  I also sprinkled Brusho over the wet paint to add texture and intense colour in places.  

I bought a photo frame from a pound shop and gave it a coat of white Gesso paint to provide a key.  I then painted it all over with cream emulsion from a tester pot that I had in my stash.  

When the frame was dry I added some gilding wax to the raised detail, then polished it.  Any rogue wax or smears I just painted over.

Next I removed the masking fluid from the Peacock and flower images, then painted them with Brushos.  I added some detail with a gold gel pen.  

 I used gold ink to stamp a Peacock feather in each corner of the frame.  I didn't use a block, I just pressed the stamp directly onto the frame.

I placed the finished piece of artwork in the frame.  I'm really pleased with the result, I painted the frame in a neutral shade so as not to detract from the colours of the artwork.  I really love these colours, and I had a lovely time making this.  I think the gold gel pen really makes the images pop, and it ties the frame and the artwork together. 


Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you liked this post and will drop in again  :)