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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Birthday Calendar Part Three (by Gerrina)

Hello everyone, it is time for Gerrina's final visit to the Design Team Blog this month. She has created some more beautiful pages for her Birthday Calendar project. 

Gerrina writes:

It is already the last of my Guest Design Team posts at Chocolate Baroque this month, and of couse I made some more months for the Birthday Calendar. You can find the frame and first two months here, the other four months that I made here. Today four new months:

How to:
On the card I had already cleaned this stencil, and then I sponged it again with a round blending tool in just a few places. The lines are made with the same tool and the edge of the stencil. The edges are sponged lightly with the same colour. Then I stamped the flowers with black ink and coloured them with Distress Ink and water based markers. I sponged the two floral sections with blue Distress Ink.

Used Materials:
Stamps: Spring is in the Air
Stencil: Colourbox
Inkspads: Versafine Onyx Black, Distress Inks: Twisted Citron, Tumbled Glass, Seedless Preserves, Brushed Corduroy, Cracled Pistachio
Other: Postcard with some cleaning from the stencil, blending tool, water brush, water based markers.

How to:
Stamp the tulips until you feel there are enough with help from two masks. Colour the flowers. Draw stripes with a black aquarel pencil and a liner and go over the lines with a water brush. Do the same on the month card.

Used materials:
Stamps: Spring is in the Air
Inkpads: Versafine Onyx Black
Other: Postcards, coloured pencils, liner, black aquarel pencil, water brush

How to:
Stamp the rose lady with black ink on a postcard. Go over the lines with a black aquarel pencil and go over the lines with a waterbrush to spread the grey into the image. Stamp the roses in four colours onto another postcard. Sponge the card, and glue the lady on top of it.

Used materials:
Stamps: Mackintosh Beauty
Inkpads: Versafine Onyx Black, Memento: Rhubard Stalk, Lady Bug, Rose Bud, and Grape Jelly, Distress Ink Spun Sugar
Other 2X Postcards, black aquarel pencil, water brush, blending tool

How to:
Draw three lines with a pencil on a postcard, and add some water. Sprinkle each line with a different colour Brusho. Splatter some water on the top of the card and sprinkle some yellow Brusho there. Let the card dry completely before stamping the trees with black ink. Draw a line with a fine black pencil and put some leaves and triangles on the line.

Used materials:
Stamps: Autumn Edges
Inkpads: Versafine Onyx Black
Others: Postcard, pencil, Brushos: Turquoise, Burnt Sienna, Lime Green, Yellow Ochre, black finetip writer

Now my Birthday Calendar is almost finished! Here is a photo of my project up to now:

Only two calendar month pages to go and my birthday calendar can be hung and used. Those two will follow soon on my blog: Gerrina's Creatieve Wereld!

Creatieve groetjes,


Thanks so much for your inspirationl project this month Gerrina, it has been a real treat to see this buld each week to become a lovely gift or delightful design to create for ourselves. Thanks so much for sharing. Gerrina will be back with us in the New Year, but you can check out her blog in the link shown above.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Mini Indian Elephant Canvas (by Anne)

Good morning. Today I am sharing a mini canvas for this month’s texture theme.

  • Gothics Fragments, Texture Fragments, Indian Elephant, Words of Inspiration stamp sets
  • Mandala Stencil (Martha Stewart) and fossil stencil (Andy Skinner)
  • Mini stretched canvas (21 X 14.5cm), watercolour card (20 X 14cm), scrap stamping card
  • Mod Podge (Matte)
  • WOW embossing powder (Gold detail)
  • Ink sprays with mica – archival type, waterproof when dry (teal, pale pink)
  • Inkpads: archival dye (teal), Versamark
  • Sakura Starlite pens – archival glitter (green, blue, pink, purple)
  • Coloured pencils (greys)
  • Viva Décor Glitter Paste (603 teal)
  • Microbeads (pink multi)
  • Alcohol marker (teal) and fine tipped marker (cerise)
  • Acrylic paint (cerise pearl)
  • Decorative corner punch
  • 3D glue gel
How it was done:
  1. Spritzed the watercolour card with water, teal and pale pink inks. Laid down the fossil stencil while wet and left to dry overnight. The ink gets pulled under the stencil by capillary action giving a negative image.
  2. Randomly stamped the background with the texture stamp and teal archival ink.
  3. Stamped the gothic arch and sentiment with Versamark and heat embossed with the gold powder. Coloured with the glitter pens and fine tipped pink marker.
  4. Applied glitter paste with a palette knife through the mandala stencil. Whilst wet dropped on some microbeads – pressed lightly into surface. Dried overnight.
  5. Stamped elephant with Versamark onto scrap stamping card and heat embossed with gold powder. Coloured with glitter pens and grey pencils, Cut out and shaped slightly. Glued to card with 3D glue gel.
  6. Punched corners and outlined with teal marker.
  7. Coloured outer edges of canvas with acrylic paint.
  8. Glued the card to the canvas with Mod Podge. Also applied over the top to seal the image. Note: I thought that my pink fine liner was archival but it was water soluble! Hence it bled and smeared across the canvas when I applied the Mod Podge – eeeek! However it did add to the texture effect – tee hee.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Wild Roses (by Asha)

Good morning, fellow Chocolate lovers! We are continuing our adventures with textures here on the DT Blog. Today I want to show you that you can have plenty of textural interest on a simple and delicate project.

My card features the beautiful sprig of wild roses from the Pretty Birdcage A5 sheet.

Here's how I put together this card:
  1. With a stamp from the Texture Fragments A5 sheet stamp along the outer edge of a piece of square card stock with VersaMark ink. 
  2. Apply white embossing powder and heat set.
  3. Ink the card with Distress Inks. I used: Mowed Lawn, Cracked Pistachio and Mermaid Lagoon
  4. Stamp the wild rose image from the Pretty Birdcage A5 sheet with Memento Tuxedo Black.
  5. With a stencil apply Texture Paste around the stamped imaged and let it dry. I used Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Flourish.
  6. Colour the image with alcohol markers.
  7. Apply VersaMark on the raised texture paste design, sprinkle with WOW Clear Sparkle embossing powder and heat set.
  8. Back with foam tape and adhere the design panel to the prepared background piece. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Please visit the DT blog often for more design inspiration by the rest of the team. I've got more pictures on my blog.

Have a beautiful day!


Sunday, 25 September 2016

steampunk butterfly

 For my last DT post this month I did another canvas as we are still playing with textures.
I used a brick wall stencil and texture paste on two corners, then acrylic paint over all the canvas. I wanted a sort of peeling paint effect, so added some Decoart antiquing cream in patina green and rubbed it off over the bricks. It wasn't quite right, so I scrubbed it with a baby wipe and then added distress rock candy crackle paint , which was a bit better.
I stamped the steampunk roses onto tissue paper with archival ink, then coloured on the reverse with alcohol marker pens. I tore them out, then added to the base with a matt multimedia medium.
They didn't quite blend in with the background, but I didn't dare trying to get them off and trim them some more!

For the butterfly I brushed some metallic mica powders over the stamp before I added the black soft form relief paste over the whole stamp and left it to dry.
Once it was dry - about 30 hours this time - I peeled the paste off the stamp, trimmed the edges and glued onto the canvas.
I was very pleased with the butterfly, though I had forgotten just how little powder you needed......and how it gets everywhere!

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Spring Awakening (posted by Claire)

Good morning folks, Claire here with  an 8x8 canvas for our texture theme. I love this gorgeous lady,  and although it's Autumn here I couldn't resist colouring  'Spriing Awakening' for this project. You can find her here.

I added texture to the background using texture paste, I scored some 'rays' for a little spring sunshine with an old credit card and stamped into the texture paste with some of the stamps from Nature Fragments. Once it was dry I added a little stencilling, once it was dry I set to with acrylic paints to add some colour. I distressed the edges with walnut stain distress ink.

I coloured the image with Graph'It markers and cut her out before glueing her to the canvas.

I used my glue gun and acrylic paint to create the word Spring and then added a little gilding wax here and there and lots of embellishments for some more texture.

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Friday, 23 September 2016

Brusho Journal pages (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I have a project that is a departure from my usual projects today. We are exploring texture on the Design Team Blog this month, and I decided to create a two page journal spread, using layers to give a feeling of texture to the pages.

I started by sprinkling Brushos onto the pages, (which I had placed newspaper underneath, so that I could keep the rest of the journal dry), and then spritzed the pages with water. I used two large spare pieces of watercolour paper to blot the pages, so that the excess water did not run everywhere, and I now have two extra pieces of background for later.

I added some stencilling with both Distress Ink and white paint. I chose to use in particular Three Quarter Face, and added a stamped image from the Texture Fragments stamp set below to give the suggestion of a lacy dress. I also added an image from the Tangled Fragments stamp set to build up the background layers.

Finally, I added sentiments from the Positive Pants and Rockstar Diva stamp sets.

Keep checking back for more colourful inspiration from my Team mates. Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Thursday, 22 September 2016

2 canvases by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies and welcome back to my second post for September - Texture, I've created 2 canvases this time, one more masculine and one more feminine.

I've used stamp sets Mini Scripts, Mail Art, Curiosities and Eccentric Edwardian

I started by using Brusho's on my canvas and laying bubble wrap over part of it to dry which created a fab bobbly effect, once dry I stamped elements from the Eccentric Edwardian set directly onto the canvas, I then layered up with a die cut tag, torn paper and die cuts all stamped with elements from the sets listed, I've used collage mediums by Ranger including Crazing which I applied with my fingers to small areas to get a very subtle crackle effect and then used distress crayon over the top once dry to highlight the Crazing effect.


My second Canvas I used die cuts and a tag to create layers of texture then I sprayed with spray inks, a couple of flat inks and one with mica, just to create some interest, I stamped randomly without a block the script from Eccentric Edwardian, and the beautiful flourish from Butterfly Dreams, I made an embellishment using Gothic Fragments stamp set which I'd mixed texture paste and mica powder to create a lovely bronze colour, I inked the stamp using Versamark and spread the paste over, leaving to dry for 24 hours then gently peeling off, I made two when I did my tag in my post earlier this month! Used a stencil and mica coloured texture paste in a couple of areas and left overnight to dry. I stamped loads of butterflies from the Butterfly Blush set using different colours in Memento inkpads and fussy cut each and everyone, phew! Once it was all dry I flicked wet black ink over the whole canvas and adhered my butterflies and finished off with different colour dots of Ranger enamels and gilding wax around the edges.


Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment, I love hearing what you think, I do hope I give you some inspiration, have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx