Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Poppy Dreams

Hello and welcome to my blog  :)  Today I am sharing my second project for my Guest Designer spot on the Chocolate Baroque Design Team blog,  I wanted to create a card AND use my new Distress Crayons!  
I have used stamps from the Chocolate Baroque Poppy Meadow and Words of Inspiration sets; Distress Crayons, black Versafine ink, metallic colouring pencils, bits and bobs from my stash.

I took a piece of Neena Desert card and scribbled several colours of DCs all over it.  I put a little water on my finger and blended the colours, re-applying some of them if I wanted more colour.

I used one of the worker stamps in the Poppy Meadow set to stamp randomly over the background panel, in 1st and 2nd generation DI.  I then blended DI around the edges.

When I was happy with it I matted the panel onto black card then layered it onto a white base card.

I then took another piece of black card and stamped a large Poppy image and embossed it in black.  I used metallic colouring pencils to colour  the Poppy taking inspiration from the Himalayan Blue Poppy.  Next I cut it out with a small border.

I shaped the Poppy with a ball tool and attached it to the card with dimensional glue.

I added some cotton lace, ribbon and a button from my stash with red liner tape.

I then took another piece of Desert card and stamped and embossed a sentiment in black.  I die cut the sentiment into a tag, blended ink around the edges and threaded ribbon through it.  I attached it to the card with 3D foam pads.  I then added some stickles in a co-ordinating colour. 

This was my first play with Distress Crayons and I'm delighted with the result!  I'm also really pleased with this design, I think it would suit a lot of occasions for either male or female cards.
Thank you for popping by today, I hope that you have enjoyed this post and will visit again soon  :)

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Fairytail Castle

Hello and welcome to my blog  :)  I have a mixed media tag to share with you today that was one of my tv samples for the Chocolate Baroque Fairy shows.  I love mixed media, and tag art is so much fun to create.  I decided to give this piece a 'Rapunzel' Fairytale theme. I have used a stamp from the Fantasy Castles set; a stencil, die, metal embellishment and fibres from my stash; gold texture paste,white gesso, Distress inks, glitter, gold gilding wax.


I took a greyboard tag and coated it with gesso.   I then stamped and masked a castle. I created a wash with DIs and painted the tag in an ombre effect. 

I placed a stencil over the tag and added gold texture paste through it in a random pattern.  I removed the masking fluid and used DIs to paint the image.  I added Glossy accents and glitter to the domes of the castle, and coloured the spires with a gold gel pen.  I used a clear Sparkle pen to add some shimmer to the trees and the castle walls. 

I die cut a lock and some keys from card and coloured them with gilding wax.  I also added the wax around the edges of the tag, and added a metal butterfly.

To complete this lovely project I sprayed it with a coat of varnish and added some pretty fibres at the top.  As I said at the beginning tag art is great fun, and it can be any genre or style you want.  This piece would make a lovely book mark or keepsake as a present or home decor.
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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Mackintosh Lantern

Hi there and welcome to my blog  :)  Today's post is one of my tv samples from the recent Chocolate Baroque Mackintosh shows.  It is my turn to feature three projects on the DT blog this month  so I chose this as the first.  I have used stamps from the Mackintosh Windows set; alcohol pens, silver gilding wax, silver embossing powder;  an embossing folder from my stash, black card, parchment paper, gems from my stash.

  This pretty lantern was made entirely from scratch and without a template, so there are no measurements.  It does mean however that you can adapt this design to fit any stamps you have in your stash.  I took an A4 piece of  parchment paper,  stamped each of the window images and embossed them in silver.  I then turned the parchment over and coloured the images on the back with alcohol pens.  This gives the coloured areas  a more muted look.   I cut the images out, leaving a large border around each one creating four panels.

I then took a piece of A4 black card and embossed it in a folder.  I added gilding wax to bring out the pattern.

I turned the card over and score it three times to create four equal panels. I then measured the width of one of the panels, and used that measurement (measuring from one of the long edges) to score along the length of the card across all the panels.  I made a cut on each panel from the same edge along the first score lines up to the long score line.  This  makes four small panels to fold up as the base of the lantern.  I trimmed one side of each base panel with a diagonal cut to enable each panel to sit well on top of each other.   I then placed a parchment panel onto each of the card panels and marked four spots on the card, just inside the edges of the parchment, leaving enough of the parchment to attach the panels to the inside of the card.  Using a craft knife I cut between the marks to create an aperture in each of the four panels.  

I cut apertures in each of the card panels and used red liner tape to attach the parchment panels, still working on the back of the black card.  I used the liner tape to assemble the lantern. Using another piece of black card I cut a square slightly larger than the base of the lantern.  I marked the size of the lantern on the card then scored along each side, leaving a border.  I cut a wedge out of each corner from one edge to where the score lines cross, leaving a small flap.  I then folded the border into the centre of the square, creating a little platform and attached all the flaps inside it.  I placed the platform inside the lantern at the bottom and put a battery tea light on it.  

These stamps are beautiful and were perfect for the window panels of this project.  I think this would make a lovely piece of home decor, or a lovely present for someone special.  The design can be adapted to suit any stamps as long as you use four images that will fit the panels.  
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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Time Travel

Hi there and welcome to my blog  :)  Today I am sharing a piece of mixed media with a Steampunk flavour that I created for the Country View Crafts Challenge Blog's July challenge 'Things with Wings'.
I have used Chocolate Baroque stamps from the Steampunk Travel, Steampunk Butterfly and Steampunkery sets; Distress Oxide inks, Sepia Versafine ink, copper embossing powder, white sand texture paste, Copper and Antique Silver Aztec paints, Brass gilding wax, Glossy Accents, Aqua Tints.

I took a piece of greyboard and painted a coat of white gesso onto it.  When dry I sponged wet DOs in three colours all over the panel.  I dried the panel and stamped corner images at the top, stamped and embossed winged images in the bottom corners then stamped cogs in 1st and 2nd generation ink.

Next I placed a stencil over the panel and added texture paste with sand in it, only through random areas of the stencil.  I wanted to give the effect of rusty old wire, broken in places.  When the paste was dry I painted it with Copper Aztec paint, and when that was dry I mixed teal and white Aquatints and added that on top of the copper paint.  This creates a verdigris effect adding to the rusty patina.  I repeated this process around the edges of the panel.  I love using this rusting technique!  

Now that the background was complete I could start making the embellishments and focal pieces.  I stamped a lovely Steampunk lace border onto acetate and embossed it with copper powder.  I stamped some text onto paper, tore the edges and blended DIs over the paper to age it.  I stamped a winged clock image onto a piece of white card and embossed it in copper.  I then painted it with silver and gold Aztec paints, and cut it out when dry.  To complete the piece I used Glossy Accents on the face and left to dry.  I die cut some little cogs out of black card and added gilding wax.

I painted a domino size piece of greyboard with copper paint, stamped some text as before, aged the paper then cut the words out.  I drew lines around the words then attached them to the little plaque.  I then attached all the embellishments to the main panel.

I love Steampunk, as you may have noticed lol!  I also love entering challenges - and this months theme gave me a great excuse to indulge myself!  This project makes a lovely piece of home decor, either for yourself or as a present.  
Thank you for dropping in to my blog today, I hope you've enjoyed this post and that you'll come back again soon  :)  

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Flying colours

Hello and a warm welcome to my blog  :)  I'm sharing another of my Chocolate Baroque tv samples featuring  their beautiful butterfly stamps and stencils.  This is a quick canvass that I created for the launch shows and it was a lot of fun to do.
I have used stamps from Butterfly Blush, Just Butterflies and Patchwork Butterfly sets; the Kaleidoscope of Butterflies stencil; black Versafine ink, Distress inks, Liquid Pearls, Silver texture paste, pearlescent shimmer sprays from my stash; tissue paper.

I covered a canvass with crumpled tissue paper then spritzed it with shimmer sprays and left it to dry naturally.  The top picture shows the shimmer in the sprays, the bottom picture shows how vivid the colours are.

I took some white card and stamped several butterflies with DIs, using multi - inking, kiss stamping and over stamping techniques.  I sealed them all with Spray and Shine.

I placed the card butterflies on the canvass in the positions that I wanted them, then I stamped a swirl in black Versafine  a couple of times in opposite corners.  I stamped the Irish blessing using DI randomly over the canvass, then stencilled small butterflies near the swirls.  I then stencilled the large butterfly with glitter texture paste several times.  I added pink liquid pearls to the swirls and left it all to dry.

When it was all dry I attached the card butterflies with strong glue. 

I absolutely loved making this canvass!  I always enjoy working in mixed media, using colour and texture to create beautiful projects, and these butterfly stamps and stencils are perfect.  This lovely design could be created in any colour scheme to suit any decor.  I think it would make a great present for anyone.
Thank you for dropping by my blog today, I hope that you've enjoyed this post  and that you will visit again soon  :)  

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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