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Friday, 19 January 2018

Through the Depths (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I have a card to share today using the stamps featured on last month's TV shows on Hochanda. The images I have used were from the Mermaid Queen and Underwater stamp sets.

I had a pretty background lurking in my stash created using inks and mica powder with cling film onto a piece of plain card, and I felt that this would be a perfect backdrop for a watery scene. I wanted a feeling of looking through the water at the images, and so I stamped straight onto the background, and coloured the images using pencils. The mica on the background gives a floaty effect of water both in front of and behind the images.

Where there were gaps between the three individual images, I used a fine marker pen to join the images up using small dots, as Sue has drawn on the images themselves. This way, it looks as if the three images all form part of one larger piece. I have also used common colours across the three sections to tie everything together.

Finally, I edged the background with Distress Ink before attaching it to a large white card blank.

I hope that my card will inspire you to create something using these lovely stamps yourselves. Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Underwater beauty by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies, I’m back today with another sample featuring the gorgeous under the sea stamps that were on Hochanda last month with our fab Lesley and Judith.

Used Distress Oxides on my card which I’d applied to acetate, spritzed and then laid onto my card, I chose this technique because I wanted some white space and a little more control, I then dotted water from my finger tip to get a sort of bubble effect and dried. The fabulous seahorses were stamped onto some card that I’d previously coloured using spray inks, I cut them out and decoupaged onto my stamped background. A very simple card but colourful, I finished off with some matting and layering and few glass beads.

Thank you so much for spending your time to visit and leave comments, have a wonderful day xx I’m back later this month with my final post for January xx Zoe xx 

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Katya (by Doreen)

Hello everyone, today sees the second post from our new Guest Design Team member Doreen Sympson. Doreen has created a  fabulous card using our popular stamp Katya.

Here is how Doreen created the card:


Stamps: Katya, Words to Dazzle and Sparkle
Shaving Foam (cheapest works best)
White card
Alcohol Inks
Glitter brush pens: grey green and red
Blue Lagoon Versafine inkpad
Clear Detail embossing powder
Glossy Accents
Gems from stash


Using shaving foam and inks, make a marble effect background on white card.

When dry use anti static bag all over card, stamp using Blue Lagoon Versafine and heat emboss with Clear Detail embossing powder.

Take glitter pens, water down in palette or on a craft mat, and colour using a fine paintbrush.

Check this is dry before applying Glossy Accents to gems in headdress, tassels, eyes and lips. Leave to dry.

Mat and layer onto card. Add sentiment and gems.

Thank you for looking,

Love Doreen.

Doreen will be back next week with her final post of the month,

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Dreaming of the Beach by Brenda

A very good morning to you all, today I have some more seaside inspired inspiration to share using stamps from last months Hochanda shows.

The card at the top uses elements from Seashore Scenes and Seaside Dreams stamp sets all stamped in Versafine Toffee. After stamping the sky I coloured with Pan Pastels and also stamped the Seagull image. Next I stamped the shell border onto Kraft card, added some white highlights and used a die to cut the aperture to create the do this you first cut round the top only of stamped image then place the die onto the card tucking the bottom section behind the stamping as below and it's always a good idea to fix the dies in place with low tack tape to stop them moving..............


You then have a frame with stamping as an integral part to place over the focal image. Finally I mounted onto a base card and added some string.

The focal image on this one is from Seashore Scenes stamped with Versafine black. I placed a sun mask in the skyline before colouring with a mixture of pencils and Pan pastels, added the sentiment from Seaside Dreams stamp set and also some foliage to the fore on the scene using a stamp from the Silhouette Grasses set.

Finally a CAS style card, I used a circle mark to stamp the Seagull from Seashore Scenes stamp set three times using Versafine Toffee, then used the circle from the mask and placed over the stamping and added some soft shading around the aperture using Distress Inks. The sentiment is from Seaside Dreams stamp set.

All of the stamps I have used can be found on the website here or by following the links above.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Fifteen Minute Cards

Hello everyone, it's time for our first monthly post of 2018, showcasing a range of quick and time saving cards created by the Design Team. We hope to inspire and enable you to create lots of different projects yourselves using the various different techniques that we use within these blog posts. If you are a beginner stamper, or need a card in a hurry, these projects will be perfect for you. If you want to create lots of cards for a wedding, Christmas, or a craft sale, then you will be sure to find ideas that you can adapt for your occasion. You can create as many cards as you like using Chocolate Baroque stamps, as long as they are all stamped by hand.

Brenda has created some beautiful cards on a watery theme for us this month. She has used stencils and Pan Pastels to create her first three cards, then stamped over the top using Versafine Ink.

For her final card, she added Distress Ink to an acrylic block which had gridlines. She then spritzed this with water, and placed the block onto her background. The butterflies were stamped with Versafine Ink.

Carole has created this stylish masculine card, using stamps from the Eccentric Edwardian and the Punky Expressions stamp sets. The burgundy and kraft combination is a really great mixture:

We have a lovely selection of cards from Anne this month, the first two floral cards are very CAS in style. She has focused on using some tiny stamps on her first card to make a wreath to surround her sentiment, and used one of the images again for the larger background.

On her second card, she has chosen a monochrome scheme of blue tones, a favourite colour choice of hers to stamp the pretty positive and negative flower image:

For her third card, she has gone for a bold ink background to which she added sea salt to create the pretty patterns. Once the background was dry, she brushed away the salt, and used simple white embossing to stamp the image and sentiment. The oval aperture in the gold card shows off the image perfectly:

Finally, she has created a delightful underwater themed card, using the fabulous seahorse from the Underwater stamp set, placing the image on a beautiful watery background. The background was created by spraying blue, green and gold ink sprays with mica onto the background, and then puffing the background while still wet with air to move the inks around. She added PVA pearls and edged the background with an alcohol marker.

We have two cards from Gerrina next. For her first card, she stamped some flowers from the Sketchy Doodle Landscape stamp set, and added some background stamping using an image from the Tangled Fragments stamp set and a mixture of bright coloured inks. She coloured the images with pencils.

For her second card, She used background stamping using an image from the Tangled Fragments stamp set once again. She chose an image from the Floral Notes stamp set, and coloured the stamp directly with marker pens, spritzing them with water, before stamping the images onto the card.

I have made a quick little card using an image from the Bird Song stamp set, stamped onto a scrap of left over background, found in my card stash. I keep lots of left overs for cards that I need to make in a hurry. I used water based markers on the main image, and a toning ink on the sentiment which comes from the Loving Sentiments stamp set.

 Magda has created a real pot pourri of projects this month, something for everyone. Her first project is a set of ATCs, using Distress Inks for the backgrounds, stencil layers, and second generation stamping.

A masculine Birthday card is next, with some Steampunk stencilling and coordinating stamping.

A pretty floral card, great as a card in a hurry, using a single floral image and added sentiment. If you have left over backgrounds from previous projects, you could use this idea and  make up a batch of cards in next to no time.

Here is another card on a similar theme, with a different image:

Finally a teeny Christmas card, with Distress Ink around the edges, and a bit of added sparkle for some Christmas magic.

That's all for this month, we hope that you have enjoyed our selection of cards and projects. We will be back next month with another crop of quick makes for you. In the meantime, please do keep popping back for a daily dose of inspiration from our regular Design Team posts.

Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Mermaid Queen (by Marga)

Hello everyone, today it's my turn to show you something.

This time I made a label with the beautiful Mermaid. I coloured the image with Distress Ink and used some stickles.

Stamp I used is Mermaid Queen.

Hugs Marga

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Sea Horse (by Julie)

Hello, today I have two cards using similar stamps but looking completely different.

For my first card I stamped and embossed the large sea horse from Underwater onto some water-colour card. I then went over the background with a light blue wash of water-colour before stamping the smaller seahorses using a dye based ink and stamping the images on the seabed. The little sea weed stamp to the left is from Mermaid Queen and I coloured the seabed images with water-colours.

For my second card I stamped and embossed the large seahorse onto water-colour card and then went over the entire card with a water-colour wash of blues and greens. Once dry I sponged blue and silver acrylic paint through a stencil and finished off with a sentiment from Birthday Words

Thank you for stopping by. Please call back for daily Design Team inspiration.

Julie xx