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Sunday, 15 September 2019

Beautiful Buildings

Hi everybody.  Here are three of the cards I made for Chocolate Baroque's August TV shows.  The first features the rather exotic eastern looking minaret called Turret House  I started by stamping the image on to white card using Versamark Ink and heat embossed it with WOW Platinum Metallic Embossing Powder.  I then left a gap and placed the image to the right but placing it lower down, then to the left varying the height and then placing a mask on one I managed to fill the gap one side, and then the other.  Luckily I managed to get away with one mask as the buildings in the gaps only went across one of the buildings.


I then coloured the images with my Distress Inks and a waterbrush using Dried Marigold, Tea Dye, Rich Mahogany, Scattered Straw, Weathered Wood and Pumice Stone, and then I added the sky with some Dried Marigold at the bottom and then Tumbled Glass, and then to darken I added some more Tumbled Glass at the top using a blending tool.  I matted it on to kraft card and added a sentiment using Versafine Vintage Sepia heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss EP.




The second card uses the Dutch House  I stamped it twice using Versafine Onyx Black Ink and heat embossed it with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I then coloured both pieces using various Distress Inks, many of the colours used on the first card, and then fussy cut both out.  I then used my gelli plate to make a background, using more Distress Inks, and adhered them both on to the background.  I layered it on to a piece of kraft card and then stamped one of the sentiments on to the white base card using Versafine Latte Ink and again heat embossed using the WOW Clear Gloss EP.





This third card was made with three of the buildings using my gelli plate.  I started by brayering Scattered Straw and Carved Pumpkin and Abandoned Pumpkin on to the gelli plate and then using Versafine Inks in Imperial Purple, Crimson Red and Deep Lagoon using the Turret House, the Dutch House and the Italian House.  I inked the stamps up in the different colours and stamped straight on to the plate.  You have to use a very light touch and some stamped clearer than others but I think it adds to the charm.  I took the print and then I also stencilled some different shapes on top with a Dutch Doobadoo stencil using Carved Pumpkin and Abandoned Coral and also stamped one of the sentiments using second generation ink.  I finished the background by blending some Chipped Sapphire round the edges.

I decided to stamp the Italian House on to a piece of tag shaped shrink plastic using the Versafine Deep Lagoon, and added a punched hole before shrinking it.  I then added a further two layers, one coloured with Mermaid Lagoon and darkened with Chipped Sapphire, and then another white layer and stuck them together with a piece of Baker's Twine through the top of the shrink plastic tag.  I then added it at an angle to the front of the card.  I haven't used any shrink plastic for a long time and for some reason although I placed an acrylic block over the top before it cooled down it didn't quite flatten out, but I still like it and think it adds something to the finished card.

For more inspiration using these lovely stamps go and visit the Chocolate Baroque Design Team Blog where this month these building stamps are being highlighted as well as lots of other great ideas from the DT.  I would like to say how sad it was to hear that Sue Page had died.  She designed for CB over a number of years and will be greatly missed, but will be remembered for her wonderful artwork and the quite unique style of her images, a very talented lady.

Thank you for visiting and I hope you drop by again soon. 








Friday, 6 September 2019

By the Sea

Hi everybody.  I have a masculine card to show today using a freebie stamp set I got with a magazine two or three months ago and as he lives by the sea and likes to go fishing, although sadly there are no fish here, apart from maybe in that gull's stomach...lol.   I hope it will still appeal to him.


Using a piece of white card I stamped the lighthouse and the foreground rock using Versafine Vintage Sepia and coloured with my Distress Inks, and emphasised the waves and whitened the white stripes on the lighthouse using a white gel pen.  I finished with the sentiment stamped with Versafine Onyx Black and heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I then die cut this using my Crealies Pierced Rectangle and then cut a white mat a size larger to cover the base card, also using the same dies.  I then stamped the seagull on to another piece of white card with the Vintage Sepia and then coloured it, again using Distress Inks, and cut it out.  After adhering this to the base card I finished by sticking the bird on to the rock using Pinflair Glue Gel to give it some dimension.

Thank you for visiting my blog today and I'll see you again soon.






I am entering:

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Stamp It.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - No. 360 where we use our snippets of card and paper etc. (I used snippets of white card for both layers and an extra smaller piece for the seagull)
Addicted to Stamps and More No. 357 - Make Your Mark.

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Chocolate Baroque Cards for July TV

Hi everyone.  This is the last of the cards I made using the new stamps shown on Hochanda last month.  I've started with the cute and fun gnomes from the set called A Tomte Christmas which comes with some great sentiments too.


I started with the largest gnome and stamped and embossed the image three times using Smokey Gray Versafine ink and heat embossed with Papermania Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I then coloured them using Distress Inks and fussy cut them out.  The colours were Fired Brick, Peacock Feathers, Hickory Smoke, Black Soot, Lucky Clover, Cracked Pistachio, Brushed Corduroy, Blueprint Sketch and Broken China.

I next made the background using another of the new sets called Shaded Baubles using the circle with the pretty snowflakes around the edge and stamped it four times using Versamark ink and then heat embossed with WOW Opaque Bright White EP.  I then inked it up with Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink around the outside and some Adirondack Sunshine Yellow in the centre.   I finished by stamping one of the sentiments in Lucky Clover DI and heat embossed with the Clear Gloss EP and put it together adhering the gnomes with Pinflair Glue Gel to give them some dimension.



This second card was made again using the set of gnomes, this time two of the smaller images.  I stamped the images on to a piece of white card using Versafine Smokey Gray ink and then added the sentiment.  I then got a selection of Distress Inks, and coloured using a waterbrush and to vary the colours a bit I mixed some of the inks together to get some different shades of the colours.  When I had finished colouring I ink blended the sky again using Distress Inks - Broken China and Stormy Sky and then added Fossilised Amber at the horizon.  I didn't want too smooth a blend so the sky has some variation a little like clouds.   I then used some of the same blue inks to ground the images and make some tracks in the snow.  I backed it with some blue card and mounted it on a white base card.




For this last card I used the pretty candles from the  Christmas Circles set and heat embossed the image using WOW Metallic Copper Embossing Powder.  I then sprinkled some Orange, Lemon and Scarlet Brushos on to my glass mat and spritzed with water before laying the card into it.  I did this several times until I had covered the card.  I then coloured the image with the same colour Brushos and also Leaf Green and to whiten the candles I bleached them using water.  I then die cut the image using my Crealies Pierced Rectangle die and then die cut a white mat using one of the dies just a bit larger, and at this stage added one of the sentiments from the Christmas Garden set using Versafine Vintage Sepia ink.   I then mounted it all up on to a white base card.

Thank you for joining me today and I hope to see you again soon.







Friday, 30 August 2019

A Heart Full of Love

Hi everybody.  I have another anniversary card to show you today.  I decided to use this pretty floral heart from a fairly recent set of Chocolate Baroque stamps called A Heart Full of Love and ideal for this particular couple who have been married now for 51 years and I thought they would like this.  It turned out to be a little busier than I initially meant it to be but they have received it and said that they liked it so all good.


I started with the background using just the group of flowers which you can also use to decoupage the main heart.  I found a snippet of white card and inked it using Versafine Satin Red Ink and stamped it four times over the background.  I then used Spun Sugar Distress Ink with a blending tool and covered the background leaving it a little lighter in the centre though most of that is covered by the central heart.

I stamped the heart on to another  snippet of white card and coloured the flowers using a waterbrush using Spun Sugar,  Shaded Lilac, Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint Distress Inks.  I then cut it out and added it to a larger die cut heart and using a snippet of white card and an XCut set of dies and on which I blended some Candied Apple DI.  I finished by covering it with some Wink of Stella Pen to give it a bit of sparkle though it doesn't really show up in the photo.

I finished by layering it on to a 6" square white card and added the sentiment also stamped using the Red Satin Versafine Ink and die cut it with a tag die.

As a bit of an experiment I made the tag larger by die cutting a little over half the shape and then moved the die up the cut piece and cut the other end to match.  It was a bit fiddly but it worked quite well.  I would have been better stamping the sentiment first and then cutting the tag evenly around the stamping rather than trying to do it the other way round, so next time that's what I will do.   I inked around the edge using what I thought was a bit of Spun Sugar but it was a bit darker and I think it was the blending foam that had had the Candied Apple ink but didn't press too hard so actually it wasn't so very dark, although the photo has made it looks much darker than it does in real life which tends to make the background and sentiment merge rather.

Thanks for taking a look today and I hope you'll visit again soon.






I am entering the following challenge:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - No. 359 where we use up our snippets of card and paper etc.

Saturday, 24 August 2019

Christmas is Coming...

Hi there everybody.  Here are some cards I made for last month's Hochanda shows.



These are all new Christmas images by Chocolate Baroque and this first one is a really big stamp called Christmas Garden.  I decided to give it a bit of a vintage look so stamped it using Vintage Photo Distress Ink and coloured using a waterbrush.  I decided to drag the colour into the lanterns, snowflakes and foliage, and then I added some Ripe Persimmon on the poinsettias, baubles, robin and baubles on the Christmas tree, holly berries and candle flames.  I then added some green into the foliage using Cracked Pistachio, and some Fossilised Amber and Ripe Persimmon for the rings of light.  I painted in the background again using the Fossilised Amber and a waterbrush and then highlighted the edges with some more of the same ink blending it with blending tool.  I then hightlighted the candles in the lanterns and the larger free standing candles with a white pencil.

I finished by cutting it down and then added a layer of red followed by a layer of kraft card, and then added the sentiment using the Ripe Persimmon ink and heat set with some Clear Gloss Embossing Powder before adding this to the square white card which is about an inch or so larger all round.


My next card features a pretty little bird sitting on holly and berry branches and comes from the Christmas Circle stamp set.  It actually doesn't have to be a robin but I just love a robin at Christmastime and so I coloured him in that way.  I heat embossed the image using WOW Metallic Gold Embossing Powder and coloured with a waterbrush using Distress Inks in Pine Needles, Candied Apple, Brushed Corduroy and Vintage Photo, then added the snowy background with well watered Blueprint Sketch and added some falling snow with a white Posca Pen.

I then made the background using a small snowflake stamp and sentiment which comes from the first set.  I stamped and heat embossed the snowflake using the Gold EP and then added the colours using Pine Needles, Blueprint Sketch and a bit of Mermaid Lagoon to bring them together using a blending tool.  I then added the sentiment randomly tone on tone and finished by water bleaching to give it a snowy look and cut the rectangle using a Crealies Pierced Rectangle die.

I finished by adding a gold mat using some Gold Mirri card, again die cutting with the Crealies die, and then added the topper across it for a bit more interest.  I then stamped another sentiment along the bottom of the card with the Gold EP.




The final card I am showing here was made using Brushos and an image which is part of the same stamp set used above.  I stamped and heat embossed with the WOW Gold Metallic EP and then sprinkled some Brushos - Yellow around the candle flames, Emerald Green along the bottom and around the edges, and Brilliant Red over the poinsettia.  I then spritzed with water and mopped up a bit and allowed it to dry.  I then filled in the leaves and berries and tidied up the poinsettia using the same inks, and then just added a little Orange on the candle flames.

I decided to frame this and cut a white layer to fit the card with just a small border and cut the circular aperture just a little above the centre to allow for the addition of a sentiment.  I then cut a frame for the aperture using the Gold Mirri card using a Stitched Circle die from The Works, and then added the corner leaves which come with the first set and finished by adding one of the sentiments which is included in this set all heat embossed with the Gold EP.

Thank you for stopping by today and I'll see you again soon.








Wednesday, 21 August 2019

CAS Butterflies

Hi everyone.  I have a card today which I made to enter two of the CAS Challenges run by Loll and Bonnie.  I would love to have made separate cards to enter one in each but I know that inevitably I will run out of time so I hope they will forgive me for making just the one card.  CAS Mix Up asks us to use our inky paper towel on, or to transfer the ink to the card, and it is the latter technique I have used here.  CAS Watercolour wants us to add colourful butterflies.  I was hoping to include CAS Stencil and the prompt was to use sprays and I had a go at making my own using Brushos.  I couldn't seem to get enough colour into the spray although the water looked very dark, and my spray was very uneven so the coverage was not the best.  I will keep working on it but I will probably not have the time to do it now I'm afraid, so at the moment no entry for that one.


I began by stencilling the background white card using one of a set of stencils I got at The Range some time ago.  I then heat embossed using WOW White Pearl Embossing Powder.  I then die cut two stitched circles and on the top one I transferred the ink from a paper towel which I had used to mop up some Brushos.  I laid it over the circle and spritzed pressing it down to transfer the ink on to the white card.  I thought I would continue the butterflies which were underneath the topper up and on to both of the circles, which I did and again heat embossed with the White Pearl EP.  I also outlined the butterflies on the top stitched layer using a white gel pen.

Lastly I stamped the two layers of the butterfly on to white card and cut them both out.  The stamp is from a set of flowers and butterflies from JustRite, the back layer is a silhouette shape and then their is a pattern to put over the top, and obviously it can be stamped as just one layer but I decided to give it dimension by stamping each as a separate layer.  I stamped the bottom layer with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and then used my water brush to blend and give a more watercolour effect, and then watercoloured the top layer again using Peacock Feathers and Ripe Persimmon, and then mixed the Peacock Feathers with Scattered Straw DI to make a green.  I added some Wink Of Stella Pen to both layers before gluing them together.  I think this is the first time I have used this stamp set, naughty me, and I have had it for quite a while so don't think it is readily available over here now.  Anyway another NBUS item christened..lol.

I finished the card by adding a sentiment using Versafine Deep Lagoon Ink.

Thank you for visiting my blog today and I hope to see you again soon.  The CAS Challenges are open until the 24th so still a little time to get your entries in.






I am entering this into:

CAS Mix Up August Card Challenge - Paper Towel + Stamping + Your Choice.  (I have done some heat embossing and die cutting as well as the required techniques)
CAS Watercolour August Card Challenge  - Colourful Butterflies.









*I was thrilled to be chosen as a one of the Outstanding Designs over at CAS Mix Up this time.

Friday, 16 August 2019

Swirly Hearts

Hi there.  A busy anniversary month so here is another CAS card.  I don't find CAS cards that easy as I always want to add more but I am resisting the temptation...lol.  I used the current sketch over at CAS(E) This Sketch but unfortunately missed the deadline..aaagh, and I used a pretty flower background stamp from Chocolate Baroque Floral Heart set and a larger swirly patterned heart from Punky Hearts and using two colours of Distress Ink - Picked Raspberry and Shaded Lilac.


I decided to stick with my usual square card and in line with the sketch place the hearts over the floral banner.  I stamped the little flowers all over a strip of card using Picked Raspberry and then blending the same ink all over adding some Shaded Lilac to darken the edges.   I then stamped the two hearts on to a piece of white card using the same pink and then blended the lilac over the top and cut them out, and just to frame I cut a stitched square from more white card and added it to the base white card.

To finish I cut the strip into a banner shape and added the sentiment using Versafine Imperial Purple ink heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder and layered it on to the stitched square.

Thank you for your visit today and I hope to see you again soon.






I am entering this at:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - No.358 where we use our snippets of card and paper etc.  (I used snippets for the stitched square, and both the hearts and sentiment banner)
Happy Little Stampers CAS August Challenge - Only One Third.














Wednesday, 14 August 2019

August Twofer Challenge

Hi everyone.  Well, it's time again for the Twofer Card Challenge run by our friend Darnell, and the theme this month is a 'Nautical' one.  For both cards you have to use the same stamp, die or stencil but making two different cards for two different occasions, and I have chosen to use a steampunk sailing ship from a Chocolate Baroque set called Steampunk Sea World.  Here are the two cards:


The first card was made using Distress Inks in Blueprint Sketch and Peacock Feathers on to a piece of white glossy card.  I laid the inks down on my glass mat and spritzed before dragging the glossy card through them.  I did this several times drying in between until I was happy with the look.  I then stamped the image and the sentiment over the top of the background using Versafine Imperial Purple ink and I coloured using more of the Blueprint Sketch ink with a waterbrush to colour the ship.  I also used a white Posca Gel Pen on the sails to make them whiter.  I did use a baby wipe rubbed over the top which I think does brighten the colours a bit, but the result is more dramatic if you use Oxide inks as it takes off the chalky finish which obviously isn't there using ordinary Distress Inks.  I wanted  it to have the look of the sea, at least in colour, and I only have very few Oxide inks hence the reason I used DI's.   


I finished by die cutting the topper using one of my Crealies Pierced dies and then added a white mat using a slightly bigger pierced die and mounted it on to a white 7 x 5 card.

I am also entering this card in:

The Male Room Challenge - No. 117 6th Birthday.  (Congratulations to them on their six years of challenges)
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Midsummer Blues.
AAA Birthday Challenge - No. 4 For The Boys.

For the second card I have used a Sweet Dixie stencil called Splash and two colours of Brushos - Turquoise and Emerald Green.  I used some Removable Tape dotted on the back of the stencil and stuck it down on to a piece of white card 6" square.  I then I sprinkled the two different Brusho powders over it and spritzed with water and mopped up the excess water using a piece of kitchen towel.  I did this several time to buildi up the colour.  Mopping up the excess liquid seems to have in the main stopped it from leaking under the stencil too much, and when dry I used some Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink over the whole piece applying it with a blending tool and then darkened the edges a little with Chipped Sapphire.  I then cut the finished piece down very slightly and stuck it to a 6" square white base card. 


I am also entering this card in:

Penny Black and More August Challenge - For Boys and Men.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Add A Die Cut.

I then die cut a circle from more white card and stamped the steampunk sailing ship on to it using Versafine Deep Lagoon ink which I then heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I then found a Dutch Doobadoo stencil with some small dots and thin stripes and blended the Mermaid Lagoon very lightly to the background around the ship using and also added some around the edges.  I finished by stamping the sentiment again using the Deep Lagoon and Clear Gloss EP and blended more of the ink to the edges before attaching it to the topper.

Thank you for visiting today and I'll see you again soon.  The Twofer Challenge is open until the 24th so lots of time left to get an entry in.








Thursday, 8 August 2019

Bubble Hearts Anniversary

Hi everyone.  I have another anniversary card to share with you today which has Tangerine, Aqua and White which is the theme for the  Less is More Challenge and Bubbles which is the theme over at Addicted to CAS Challenge - No. 165.


I started with the background using Broken China and Ripe Persimmon Distress Inks.  I laid a bit of each colour down on my glass mat, added some water and picked up each of the colours in turn on an old plastic card using just the edge to drag some in both directions in the centre of the piece of white card.  When I was happy I used a bubble heart stamp from Chocolate Baroque stamp set Floral Heart and applied it in both colours over the top.

I then stamped another of the bubble hearts from the same set on to a piece of white card with Versafine Habanero on one, and Deep Lagoon on the other, and heat embossed over the top with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I then fussy cut them both out and added a piece of craft foam to the back of each.  I finished with some Clear Wink of Stella over the top to add some shimmer.

I finished by die cutting it using a square stitched die from The Works and added another layer of white card behind.  I added the sentiment using the Versafine Deep Lagoon, again heat embossing with the Clear Gloss EP.  I then added this to a 6" square white card.






 

                                          









I am also entering:

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Add a Die Cut.

Monday, 5 August 2019

Punky Hearts Anniversary

Hi all.  I have an anniversary card today and  a slightly different style to my usual I think.  I decided to try a background technique which involves using a credit card edge to pull the ink across the card.  I used a Chocolate Baroque set called Punky Hearts and Distress Inks in Broken China, Ripe Persimmon and Mowed Lawn, and highlighted the edges with Adirondack Pink Sherbet Ink.


I added the chequered hearts using the Ripe Persimmon together with the same swirly hearts as used for the two hearts on the top but just stamped in Broken China.  I stamped two more of the swirly hearts stamped with the Ripe Persimmon and heat embossed using WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder and I coloured with the Broken China before backing them with a piece of white card cut just a little bit bigger to give them a nice white edge and I used my Wink of Stella Pen to sparkle them up.  I then cut a piece of light green vellum and stamped the sentiment using Versafine Majestic Blue Ink and again heat embossed with the Clear Gloss EP before wrapping this around the background and glued it to the white base card.  I finished by attaching the hearts over the piece of vellum.








Sunday, 28 July 2019

More Cards for June TV Shows

Hi there everyone.  Here are some more cards I made for last month's Chocolate Baroque Hochanda shows.  This was made with the Rose Set using the large stemmed rose and then one of the smaller Mackintosh inspired images on the background.


I decided to do a multi colour stamping technique using my Misti stamp positioner and using Distress Inks in Carved Pumpkin and Abandoned Coral on the flowers and Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint and Fossilized Amber on the leaves and stems.  I added one colour at a time starting with the lightest colour on the flowers, spritzed and then stamped and did this several times, then added the darker colour and spritzed and stamped, drying in between to build up the colour.  I then filled in any bits that hadn't caught the colour enough using my waterbrush.  This gives more of a washy random look which I think suits this stamp.  I die cut this with a stitched square die from The Works and matted it on to dark green card.

I then stamped the background using the Peeled Paint Distress Ink.  I worked out roughly how many times I could stamp the circular image along the edge of the square piece of card and stamped each corner before filling in the two images in between on each side.  It doesn't work exactly by eye but you just have to go for it and trust that the finished result will look OK, and luckily it did...lol.  I then blended some of the same ink around the edges using a blending tool and added it to the white base card.



My second card again features the large rose stamped using Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink.  I inked the stamp and lightly spritzed it before stamping it on to a piece of white card again to give a waterlook to it.  I then die cut using my Crealies Pierced die, and then layered this on to a piece of cobalt blue card, again die cut with the Crealies die, and then on to a piece of silver mirri card.  I added this to the white base card and added a sentiment embossed with WOW Silver Metallic Embossing Powder.



For my last card I used the square rose tile from the same Rose set and I decided to make a tile design.  I stamped eight tiles using Versafine Onyx Black ink and coloured the rose design with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink blended on to each of the tiles before double embossing with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I then cut each of them out and mounted them on to a piece of white card.  I then cut a piece of white card a little larger and coloured round the edges with the same blue ink and adhered the tile layer to it.  I finished by adding a sentiment into the centre space which I left for that purpose again using the Versafine Onyx Black ink and heat embossed with the Clear Embossing Powder.  I then added this to the square white base card.

I am entering the following challenge with this card:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - No. 357 Where we use our snippets of card and paper etc.

Thanks for looking at my blog today and I hope to see you again soon.








Tuesday, 23 July 2019

July Twofer Card Challenge

Hi there everyone.  This month's Twofer Challenge run by Darnell has the theme 'Garden' and I decided to use this Penny Black stamp called Summer Dream which I bought recently, so here are my two cards.


Using my Misti and Bristol Smooth Watercolour Card I stamped using various shades of Distress Inks I gradually built up the colour spritzing slightly each time before stamping then added extra ink with my waterbrush.  I used Spun Sugar, Dried Marigold, Picked Raspberry, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, Brushed Corduroy, Aged Mahogany and Walnut Stain.


I finished with a sentiment stamped using Versafine Olympia Green Ink heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.

I am entering this card into:

Stamping Sensations July Challenge - The Earth Laughs in Flowers.
AAA Birthday Challenge - No. 3 For The Girls.
Penny Black and More July Challenge - Summer Colours.

The second card was made with alcohol inks in Stream, Indigo, Stonewashed, Flamingo, Watermelon and Terracotta, and using the same Summer Dream stamp and my Misti I applied stamp cleaner to the stamp itself to lift the alcohol ink away leaving that ghost print.  I don't have the proper TH ink lifting pad but the stamp cleaner has a sponge on the top of the bottle and I applied a good even coat to the stamp and it worked fairly well.  I repeated this several times .  I then backed this piece with some blue card and added the Wild Rose Studio Rose Bunch die cut in white which stands out well over the AI background. 


I then added a sentiment using Versafine Deep Lagoon ink and heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.

I am also entering this card into the

CAS Mix Up Challenge where the theme is Alcohol Lift Ink + Stamping + Your Choice, and my additional technique is die cutting.

I am also adding another card into this post which is for the CAS Stencil Challenge as time is running short and all of the challenges close on the 24th I thought I would post this one here too.  The theme for this one is Alcohol Ink/Alcohol Lift and I opted to use alcohol inks through a stencil.


The stencil is a new one bought recently called Floral Waves from Dutch Doobadoo and using Flamingo, Watermelon and Clover alcohol inks and some Yupo paper I applied them using a piece of blending foam.  I then added some glue to the centre petals of the flower shapes and added some gold gilding flakes to add a little bit of sparkle which really doesn't show up in the photo.  I then mounted this on to a piece of green card cut using one of my Crealies Pierced Rectangle dies.  I then die cut a set of leaves which I got from The Works some time ago and which I have also used for the first time and which I triple embossed with WOW Metallic Brass Embossing Powder.  I mounted this on to my white base card and finished with a sentiment also heat embossed with the Brass EP.

Thank you for joining me here on my blog today and I hope to see you again soon.





                                                      
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Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Cards for June TV Shows

Hi everyone.  Here are some cards I made for last month's Chocolate Baroque TV shows.  The first one was made using the Rose and Thistle set of stamps.  I used the fan shaped flower head stamp and decided to make a wreath shape with it.  I divided a 7" square piece of card into four marking with a pencil and then began by stamping the image top and bottom across the centre line, and then added in one image either side making sure they stopped at the centre line.  I then turned the card and did the same bottom left and right, and stamped using Versafine Majestic Blue ink and rubbed out the pencil lines.  I then used spritzed Oxide inks in Salty Ocean, Squeezed Lemonade and Wild Honey applied using a piece of acrylic sheet.  I wanted to keep the centre light and using the acrylic helps to direct the ink where you want it.  I did this several times until I was happy with the look. 


I then coloured the flowers using the same three inks, blending the blue and yellow to make light green and used the yellow and orange on the flowers.  I finished by adding a sentiment from the Rose Stem Script set to the centre of the wreath using the Salty Ocean ink, and after matting onto a piece of dark blue, added this to a slightly larger square white card.  This obviously makes a very large card, but you could make the wreath shape smaller by using less of the fan shapes or by infilling with one of the smaller stamps.

I am entering this card into the following challenge:

Stamping Sensations July Challenge - The Earth Laughs in Flowers.




My second card again features the Rose and Thistle set of stamps and I used the multi rose image and stamped it using Versafine Onyx Black ink and heat embossed using the WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I then coloured the roses using Candied Apple Distress Ink for the flowers and Twisted Citron and Peeled Paint Distress Inks for the leaves with just a little added Candied Apple and trimmed round the edges.  I continued by stamping the little rosebud image on to another piece of white card using the same black ink and blended some of the Twisted Citron over it, and I mounted the topper on to a piece of craft foam to give it dimension before adding it to the card over the rosebud background.

I am entering this card into the following challenge:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - No. 356 where we use up our snippets of card and paper etc.  (two white snippets which had been laying on my desk left over from another card)




This again uses the Rose and Thistle set but this time the floral heart stamp and the fan shaped flowers in the background.  I stamped the heart on to a piece of white card using Versafine Smokey Gray ink and then coloured using Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide, and Broken China and Peeled Paint Distress Inks.  I then fussy cut it out.  For the background I die cut a rectangle using a Crealies Pierced edge die and blended the Worn Lipstick and Broken China on to it with a little Hickory Smoke too.  I stamped the fan shaped spray of flowers on to it around the edges using the same colours to give a tone on tone effect and I adhered the heart to it using Pinflair Glue Gel to give it dimension.  I then added a die cut white mat using the same Crealies Pierced Dies and added this to a white base card.

Thanks for joining me here today and I'll see you soon.