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Monday, 16 October 2017

More Autumn by Brenda

Hello Peeps, I am back again with some more of my samples from Lesley's recent Autumn shows on Hochanda.

So more indulgence in inky Autumn colours and Poppies and my starting point for the top card was a background of  Mica powders spritzed with pearl mica spray to bleed the colours and add some sparkle. I then stamped the Poppy heads from the Poppy Meadow set along with some smaller ones from Natures Table and some grasses from the same set. Next I used a stencil and Distress Inks to add some sun rays, then stamped some more poppy heads across the top. The sentiment is from Natures Peace which is one one of the sets in the multi buy. I added colour to the Poppy heads using the same mica powders and highlighted with a white pen.

Scenes are something I really enjoy creating and for the card above I started with a cloudy sky using distress inks and bleaching out some clouds. I then stamped trees from the Autumn Edges and Tall Trees using Gathered Twigs DI and added leaves with DI's using just the top of one of the larger stamps in the same set. Using watered down DI I painted in some hills and stamped leaves along the top using another stamp from the same set. The fauna in the foreground is stamped with an image from Silhouette Grasses and sentiment from Birthday Words.

On this one I tried to create warmth using DI's for the background and then added some stenciling. The focal images is from Fantasy Woodland. After cleaning the larger stamp I masked off a section so I could ink and stamp just the tiny trees alongside the small tree to the right. Inking just the tip of the flower stamp in the set I added a border around the piece and finally stamped a sentiment from Birthday Words.

Another Oxide background here with some stenciling, followed by some background stamping using the scrip stamps from Butterfly Poppy Collage and then the lovely harlequin and Poppy head stamp using Versafine Black. After stamping I cleaned the stamp, masked the Poppy heads and inked just the harlequins to extend the pattern. The two Butterflies are from the same set and coloured in with the same inks used for the background.

I hope you all have a lovely day with some crafty time as well.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Fifteen Minute Cards

Hello everyone, today we are sharing our monthly selection of cards and projects from the Design Team that have been created in fifteen minutes or less. The object of this monthly post is to share lots of tips and tricks for creating quick designs that are beautiful, stylish and still have that wow factor, but have taken a fraction of the time that some of our other cards normally take us to complete. If you are a beginner stamper, and are worried about complicated designs or processes, or simply need a card in a hurry, there will be something in these monthly posts to suit you. You can use the ideas for batch card making, or for craft fair sales. There is no limit to how many cards you can make with these stamps, as long as you hand stamp each item yourself.

We hope that you will enjoy what we have to share with you this month, so grab a cuppa, and settle down to browse through this month's selection.

Our first card is a rainbow explosion of colour from Magda. She has used Brushos for her background, and then stamped the image with Versafine Onyx Black Ink.

For her second project, she has created three mini cards. She has stamped in grey ink for the sentiments and the poppy image. She used Distress Ink for the other images. She spritzed her cards with a wet brush, adding colour with watercolour pencils.

Two tags from Magda next, the first has been coloured with Distress Ink, and simply stamped with a quick bit of stencilling in the background.

The second has been coloured with Distress Inks again, more stencilling for the large word, and the image has been coloured with watercolour pencils.

Two Christmas makes from Magda now, the first uses white embossing as a resist for the lovely Reindeer image.

Finally, she has made some quick gift tags, stamping with Distress Ink, and filling in the open areas with markers. She has then stamped the inkpad itself to add interest onto the background, A bit of Stickles adds some sparkle.

I have made a very quick Autumn scene for my card. I coloured a tree stamp using water based markers, and stamped it onto a piece of smooth cartridge paper. I then added some hills with greem Distress Ink to ground the tree. I stamped several small leaves using various Autumn tones of Distress Ink, and pulled the colour into the leaves with a water brush. I added a setiment using brown Archival Ink. I added a border of yellow ink around the background.

Rachel has created three fabulous cards for us this month. The first uses white embossing onto black card, for a very striking finish. She has then simply matted and layered the background for a dramatic card.

For her second card, she has used Brushos for her background before stamping the image. She used the Brushos to add a little bit of painting afterwards.

Finally she has built a scene using repeat stamping of the trees, using a mask and some torn paper, before adding Distress Ink for the background.

A quick card from Marga next, using a piece of patterned paper. She has stamped the image and coloured it with pencils. All of us have paper in our stash, and this is a great way of creating quick cards.

We have a great selection of cards from Anne this month. Her first card was created using Versamark, adding a sicky embossing powder, and gilding flakes.

Anne's next two cards both use two lovely tree images, and would make beautiful cards for either men or women. The first card was stamped using a sepia Versafine Ink, and the background was then edged with Distress ink and a fine border of alcohol marker, before matting onto a scalloped card. A little bit of copper glitter glue was added to the leaves for added sparkle.

For her next card, Anne stamped the image with the Sepia Ink again, and she added colour using a water brush, pulling the colour out from the darker areas of the image, indicated by the stamp detail, giving tonal variation. She added Glossy Accents to the apples for added shine. The edge of the card was coloured with Distress Ink, and roughed up with scissors. Faux stitching was added, plus some little PVA pearls.

Carole has created two cards using the same design, but in two different colourways. This is a great idea for quick cards, especially if you want to make batch cards. A lot of time is spent in the design process, and once you have found a design that you like, often you can make the card themselves quite quickly. She has stamped the large corner design and trimmed it down to a 12cm x 12cm square. She sliced across the design and mounted it onto a 14cm x 14cm piece of card, leaving a 1cm gap for the words.

Finally, we have a bumper crop of cards from Brenda. There is something for everyone in her collection this month!

Her first card uses a lovely Spring time image stamped with black ink onto a background created using an acrylic block that has gridlines. The gridlines create an interesting pattern on the background when adding Distress Inks that have been spritzed with water.

The next card is simply stamped and coloured with pencils.

For her next card, she has masked off a central panel, then using a stencil and Distress Inks, she has created a background pattern She removed the mask, and stamped a sentiment using the same colours as she used for the background.

She stamped an image with Distress Ink, and used a waterbrush to drag out some of the colour to create this pretty sepia toned card.

Using a stencil, she added Pan Pastels and then some stamping with Versafine Ink. She added more stamping and Pan Pastels in the bottom corner of her card.

Stamping, spritzing with water and adding Brushos created the scene in this seasonal themed card. Brenda has used a piece of recycled packaging for the background.

For her next card, she coloured the stamp with water based markers and spritzed the stamp with water before stamping the image.

A strip of colour was created by masking off the edges of the card, and adding Pan Pastels. Brenda then repeat stamped the butterflies over the panel and added a sentiment.

She used acrylic paint to create the following background, and simply used gold embossing pwder and Versamark Ink to add the image and sentiment.

The next three cards were all completed in exactly the same way, just varying colours and stamps. Brenda used water based markers, coluring the stamps, and spritzed the stamps with water before stamping. She added a sentiment afterwards.

Another inked background using the gridline acrylic block, adding Distress Inks, and sprizing with water, before stamping onto the background. Brenda then added the poppy image and sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black Ink.

That ends our selection of cards and projects for October. We hope that you have found something to inspire you and that you will try some of these ideas out for yourselves. We will be back next month with another selection. Do keep checking out the Design Team blog for a daily dose of inspiration from our regular Design Team posts. Thanks for stopping by,

Saturday, 14 October 2017

A Tree (By Marga)

Hello everyone. Today a new card from me.

I used some tape and Distress Ink for this card to make the framework inside the card. Then I stamped the sentiment and the trees. I love the sentiment very much.

The stamp I used: Tall Trees



Friday, 13 October 2017

Autumn Scenes (by Julie)

Hello, hope you are well. Today I have a couple of Autumnal cards to show you. 

My first card has been stamped with Nature Table. I started my card by applying masking tape around the outside edges of the card blank and then I stamped the group of 7 mushrooms onto copy paper so that I could make a mask. I then stamped the mushrooms that appear behind them onto the copy paper and cut out both images.
Ink up the group of 7 mushrooms with Onyx Black Versafine and stamp onto your card blank. You then need to cover them with the mask. Ink up the second mushroom stamp and stamp over the mask that you have just put in place. Now you need to place the mask you previously cut, over your second image so that you can stamp the foliage that appears to be growing behind the mushrooms. Stamp the foliage in any green or yellow dye ink that you have to hand. Once you have stamped everything remove your masks and colour with coloured pencils. Apply Squeezed Lemonade and Broken China Distress ink to the background and then remove the masking tape from around the outside edges of your card. Finally take a fine tip pen and outline the centre panel you have just created. You don't need a ruler, freehand looks best.

My second card is similar to the first but is super quick to make. 
Start by applying masking tape around the card edges, then take your Autumn Hedgerow  stamp set and ink up your chosen foliage stamps and stamp to the bottom left of your card. Stamp the lighter colour first and then over stamped with the darker brown ink. 
Apply Weathered Wood and Wild Honey Distress inks through Kaleidoscope of Butterflies stencil 
ans then apply Squeezed Lemonade and Antique Linen Distress Stain to the background before removing the masking tape from the outside edges. To create some depth run a pale grey colouring pencil around the outside of the panel you have just created, smudge it with your finger and you should start to see a faux shadow.
Finish the card off with a sentiment stamped with Onyx Black Versafine.

Many thanks for stopping by and please call again very soon to see more Design Team inspiration.

Julie xx

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Flowers, lace and music


I am happy to show you today three cards I am fond of.
Je suis heureuse de vous montrer 3 cartes que j'aime beaucoup.

1 - make the background : pigments and water
2 - stamp some writing rubberstamp
3 - glue a piece of music sheet
4 - stamp Autumn Hedgerow with Versamark
5 - emboss the rubber stamp with black powder
6 - sew a piece of lace
7 - stick on a white card.

1 - faire le fond avec des pigments
2 - tamponner quelques écritures
3 - coller un petit morceau de papier-musique
4 - tamponner les fleurs issues de la plaque Autumn Hedgerow avec la Versamark
5 - embosser avec la poudre  noire
6 - coudre un petit bout de dentelle
7 - coller sur une carte blanche.

Do you like it ?
Vous aimez ?

Kind regards.
A bientôt.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Autumn Creations (by Gerrina)

Hello everyone, this month sees the return of Gerrina as our Guest Designer for the following three weeks. She has created two super Autumn themed projects for us this week.

Gerrina writes:

So glad that it is my time to be Guest Designer here again! Can't believe that it is slowly starting to look like Autumn again outside. So let's start my three-weeks-in-a-row-on-Wednesday posts with some Autumn creations....
I first made a card with a technique I learned in a class that I followed in the Summer. I made it totally in Autumn colours...

Used Materials:

Stamps: Autumn Edges
Ink: Alcohol inks, Stazon Black
Other: Postcard, silver tape, gesso and alcohol, brown, yellow and silver cardstock, black fineliner

Work Process:

Glue some silver tape on the card. Put some thin gesso on spots wherever you like. Let some drops of alcohol ink in yellow and brown colours fall on the card and blow them in the direction you want with a straw. Stamp the mushrooms with black Stazon and remove some of the colour from inside the mushrooms with alcohol. Glue the card on brown, yellow and silver cardstock and extend the lines from the stamp further onto the cardstock using the fineliner pen.

The second project that I made is a bookmark to go with the card, made in a more traditional technique for alcohol inks.
The bookmark on both sides:

Used Materials:

Stamps: Nature Table
Inks: Alcohol Inks- Terracotta, Oregano and Lettuce, Versafine Onyx Black, Distress Inks- Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmelade, Fired Brick and Peeled Paint
Other: Yupo paper, aquarelpaper, waterbrush, blending tool, paintbrush and magnets

Work Process:

Put some drops of alcohol ink on the Yupo paper and blow them a bit in different directions. Rub them out with a blending tool and felt ink applicator, and make some red and green spots with the blending tool. Stamp the chestnuts on a piece of aquarelpaper and color with the Distress Ink and a waterbrush. Make some splatters with green Distress Ink, and the edges a bit green with the blending tool. Fold both pieces and glue the Yupo paper on top of the aquarelpaper. Glue some magnets on the inside and it is ready to use.

Creatieve groetjes,



Thank you Gerrina for two fabulous projects. Gerrina will be back next week with more creative inspiration to share with us.


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Rainbow colours (by Magda)

Today I am sharing with you two projects I created with Butterfly Poppy Collage. This A4 plate has a lot of stamps, perfect for a mix and match.

Rainbow Flower :
1. Stamp the background in second generation with Distress Ink 
    Pad Black Soot
2. Colour several pieces of white cardstock with Brusho-watercolour using rainbow colours
3. Stamp with Versafine Onyx Black all the flowers on the rainbow coloured pieces, cut them out
    and create a layered flower using Ranger Triangular Collage Glue
4. Put a drop of Stickles Gold in the centre of the flower and Stickles Crystal on the petals
5. Prepare a mat blending Distress Ink Pad Old Paper and Antique Linen
6. Stamp with Distress Ink Pad in second generation the sentiment from the plate Words to Dazzle & 
    Sparkle with  Distress Ink Pad Black Soot and assemble the card.

Rainbow Butterfly  : materials for this card

1. Brusho-watercolour for the rainbow background
2. Versafine Onyx Black  for stamping the second big stamp from  Butterfly Poppy Collage and for the sentiment from  Loving Sentiments

Thank you for passing by and remember that you can find lots of fabulous projects from the Design Team of Chocolate Baroque, visiting