Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Quick and Easy Floral card created for Chocolate Baroque


Good morning. Today I am sharing another quick and easy card. I used a gorgeous stamp from the Wild Meadow set and Mackintosh Sentiments. I stamped the images onto an ink spritzed background and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

Materials:
  • Wild Meadow and Mackintosh Sentiments stamp sets
  • Cream card blank (approx. 12 X 19.5cm)
  • Heavy cartridge paper (approx. 11.5 X 19cm)
  • Versamark Inkpad
  • WOW embossing powder (detail white)
  • Ink sprays (red, green, yellow with gold mica)
  • Alcohol ink marker (dark brown)
  • PVA pearls
How to make it:
  1. Spritz the background and dry fully. Tip: I tend to prepare large sheets of background papers in advance and then cut them down as I need. Great to use if you need something done in a hurry, or for batch making sets.
  2. Stamp the flower and sentiment with Versamark and heat emboss with white powder. Tip: to prevent the powder sticking where you don’t want it (especially if your card is still a little damp), dust the surface with a little talc.
  3. Edge with alcohol marker to frame and glue to the card blank. Finish with PVA pearls.

Quick and Easy Tall Trees Scene card created for Chocolate Baroque



Good morning. Today I am sharing a quick and easy card using stamps from the Tall Trees and Words of Wisdom stamp sets. The background was created by spritzing and splattering with lime green and bright pink ink sprays. I then quickly stamped the trees with lime and dark green ink. The sentiments were stamped in dark green ink. I used green alcohol marker to frame the image before gluing to the card and added faux stitching with a fine tipped pen. I finished with the obligatory PVA pearls and clear glitter glue for sparkle (I just cannot help myself – tee hee).

Materials:
  • Tall Trees and Words of Wisdom stamp sets
  • A5 blank card
  • Heavy cartridge paper
  • Spray inks (lime with mica and bright pink)
  • Dye based inkpad (dark green)
  • Alcohol marker and fine tipped pen (dark green)
  • PVA pearls and clear glitter glue
How to make it:
  1. Lightly spritz and splatter the background with lime green and bright pink ink sprays.
  2. Quickly stamp some of the trees by picking up lime ink from your craft mat. Repeat stamp some without re-inking. Lightly spritz the stamp with water and stamp again to give some lovely splodged images and a watercolour effect. Repeat with the dark green ink.
  3. Stamp the sentiments with dark green ink.
  4. Use the alcohol marker to frame the image before gluing to the card and added faux stitching with a fine tipped pen.
  5. Finish with PVA pearls and clear glitter glue for sparkle.

Christmas card created for Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge 29

I always enjoy the monthly Colour Challenge. Here is my contribution for this week – a Christmas card using the lovely new Christmas Post stamp.



I used watercolour pencils to colour the image and combined with a winter themed die cut to frame. The background was created by partial stamping, inking just the tree branches on the top edge of the stamp. I added some sparkling chunky ‘glass’ glitter to give added sparkle and dimension.

Materials:
How to make it:
  1. Cut decorative frame from pearlescent card. If you don’t have a suitable decorative die a plain frame looks nice and you could decorate it with winter foliage or snowflakes (die cut or readymade).
  2. Stamp the image and cut out to fit behind the frame. Extend the scene on the left and right by drawing with the fine pen.
  3. Draw onto the bricks with wax crayons to give some areas of texture. The wax resists the watercolour. Colour the image with watercolour pencils. Use a damp brush to pull out and blend the colour.
  4. Stamp the branches onto the card blank.
  5. Mount the topper and frame with foam pads or 3D glue.
  6. Finish with chunky glitter and glitter glue. Add Glossy Accents to the tree baubles.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Floral Notes With Love card created for Chocolate Baroque

Good morning. Today I am sharing a quick card using the lovely new Floral Notes stamp set. There are so many gorgeous images in this set.



Materials:
  • Floral Notes and Mackintosh Sentiments stamp sets
  • A6 scalloped card blank (red), white stamping card and a strip of copy paper
  • Versafine inkpad (Onyx Black)
  • Pencil and watercolour paint (red)
  • Alcohol marker and fine tipped pens (black)
  • Sparkle brush pen (clear)
How to make it:
  1. Trim the stamping card to fit the card front. Cut a strip of copy paper and lay onto the card front (mask). Stamp the images in black. Stamp again onto spare card and cut out one of the flower heads.
  2. Using the fine tipped pen draw the border and fill in any little gaps in the stamping (i.e. so that they join up with the border). Colour the lower edge of the border with pencil.
  3. Colour the flower head with watercolour. Curl the petals slightly and glue to the card.
  4. Brush over the flower petals with sparkle pen. Difficult to see in the photo but it just gives a little lift to the design.
  5. Outline the topper with alcohol pen and glue to the card front.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Quick and Easy Still Reeds card created for Chocolate Baroque

Good morning. Today I am sharing another quick and easy card. I used the reeds border from the Owl Edges stamp set and sentiment from Words of Inspiration. I used ink sprays to colour the background and sparkling heat embossing powder for the reeds.

Materials:
  • Owl Edges and Words of Inspiration stamp sets
  • A6 yellow card blank (approx. 10 X 15cm)
  • Heavy cartridge paper (approx 9.5 X 14.5cm)
  • Ink sprays (red and yellow with gold mica)
  • Versamark Inkpad
  • Dye based archival inkpad (dark brown)
  • WOW embossing powder (Halloween)
  • Alcohol marker (dark brown)
How to make it:
  1. Spritz the background and dry fully. Tip: I tend to prepare large sheets of background papers in advance and then cut them down as I need. Great to use if you need something done in a hurry, or for batch making sets.
  2. Stamp the reeds with Versamark and heat emboss with the glitter powder. Tip: to prevent the powder sticking where you don’t want it (especially if your card is still a little damp), dust the surface with a little talc.
  3. Stamp the sentiment with dark brown ink.
  4. Edge with alcohol marker to frame and glue to the card blank.

Quick and Easy Tangled Christmas Tree cards created for Chocolate Baroque



Good morning. I hope that you like my quick and easy Christmas cards using the new Christmas Tree Tangle stamp. I split my stamp into 2 to give more versatility, and so that I could use them individually or change the arrangement of the sets of trees. I stamped them onto black card and heat embossed with glitter powder for sparkle. I used a water soluble semitransparent white pastel to add a bit of colour and an opaque white spritzer to create a snowy night scene. I also added a bit of clear mica spritz for added sheen. I finished with a metallic silver marker pen and peel off sentiment. Really quick and easy and great for batch making. Vary by using different colours of embossing powder and background card. I think that Kraft card and pale blue would look good – will have to try that.

Materials:
  • Christmas Tree Tangle single stamp
  • A6 white card blank and A6 black card
  • Versamark Inkpad
  • Glitter heat embossing powders (I used blue & silver)
  • Metallic silver fine tipped marker pen
  • Christmas sentiment peel off stickers (silver)
  • Glitter gel pens (optional)
  • Spritzer sprays (opaque white, clear mica)
  • Alcohol marker (black)
  • Watercolour brush
  • Heat gun
How to make it:
  1. Stamp with Versamark and heat emboss the image with glitter powder.
  2. Dissolve some of the pastel pigment into water and paint over the scene with a brush. Add a little colour onto the trees with glitter pens if desired.
  3. Spritz with opaque white spray to create the snow effect. Add some mica spray for extra shimmer.
  4. Add peel off and trim the topper slightly to leave a border on the card front.
  5. Quickly draw a border to frame using the metallic pen.
  6. Glue to card front and add a border around the card blank with black pen.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Metallic Floral Notes card created for Chocolate Baroque


Materials:

How to make it:
  1. Spread the paste thinly over the stamp with a palette knife and leave to dry for 24-48 hours. Carefully peel away and trim off rough edges. This doesn’t harm the stamp and leaves the stamp clean.
  2. Stamp the image with Versamark and heat emboss with the chunky powder. Note: using chunky powder gives a lovely distressed metallic effect but the image detail is lost. If you prefer a cleaner and more detailed stamped image then use a fine detail powder.
  3. Trim the card and blend Distress Ink in around the edges. Colour the image with Distress Ink and a damp brush. Note: The embossed areas will resist the ink making colouring easy. When dry dab off any ink remaining on the embossed areas. The ink won’t dry when sat on top of the embossing, so this will avoid accidental smudging of the ink onto the background (as I had!).
  4. Pierce the border and draw faux stitching and edging with metallic pen. Finish with a bow and PVA pearls.