Friday, 9 March 2018

country views

Good morning everyone,here are
some of the samples from last month's Chocolate Baroque tv shows.
The countryside stamps were right up my street, I love creating scenes, and these stamps are perfect for that!
Both cards use stamps from sunburst scenes and country views.
The first one uses the pavilion from country views and the sun and bridge scene from sunburst scenes. After stamping both images, I drew in the lines to extend the landscape with a fine line pen.
The image was coloured with sponged distress inks, matted onto black card and mounted onto the white card blank stamped with the sentiment from artistic affirmations.                                                                                                                       
The tree and clouds on this card are from sunburst scenes, and the cottage from country views - the trees were coloured with brusho, ands the rest with distress inks. A black matt again, and the sentiment this time is from words of inspiration
Apologies for the wonky scan here, sometimes I just give up trying to get the scan straight!

Monday, 26 February 2018

mosaic flower

I loved the mosaic flower stamp from the recent tv show by Chocolate Baroque - it reminds me of the dried honesty flowers that I often used to see many years ago.
I think if it was stamped in brown onto parchment or vellum and embossed it would look very similar to the real thing...... as I couldn't find any parchment, I stamped it with versamark onto kraft card and embossed with white.
The leaves were painted with pearlescent paints before tearing round the image, inking the edges with versamark and the dipping them into gold embossing powder. I managed to get a tidier effect on the background mat of dark brown card.
The white base card was randomly stamped with the same stamp, using vintage photo distress ink and holding the stamp in my hand rather than on a block so that only parts of the image stamped, then sponging more ink round the edges.

Monday, 12 February 2018

medici flower

More samples using the lovely flower stamps from last month's Hochanda shows from Chocolate Baroque

 I loved this stamp with the script background, and it really does not need anything other than a bit of colouring in.

For the first one I thought I would go for opulent, so stamped it with versamark onto black card and gold embossed it before painting with pealescent paints.
Cut it down, added a gold and black matt and mounted onto a 7"square white card blank - job done!

The second card took a bit longer, but still quite a quick card. .I stamped onto a piece of kraft card again with versamark and embossed in white. Painted the flowers again, but this time tore round the image and sponged the torn edges with vintage photo distress ink.
The white card blank was randomly stamped with the flowers using vintage photo again, using the stamp without the block so only part of the image stamped. edges sponged with more vintage photo

Friday, 2 February 2018

wish flower

I have a couple of cards to show you today to show you today, using the beautiful wish flower stamp from Chocolate Baroque.
 This stamp is now my new go-to stamp, as it is suitable for lots of different occasions - I have used it for both new year and get well cards for example.

This was a very simple and fairly quick card.
I started with a 6" square black blank card, and stamped the image with versamark before adding gold embossing powder.
The flowers were painted using some very ancient pearlescent paints

Thge second card looks even simpler, but was actually a rescue! Stamped onto white card and silver embossed, but I messed up the lettering (if I had used my stamping platform I would have been able to reink the words and restamp them) - so I fussy cut the image out after colouring with watercolour pencils , and mounted it onto black card. The word that did stamp clearly I cut out and mounted in the corner.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

seaside nights

 Maybe I should have chosen to show you more cheerful cards, considering the horrible grey weather outside!
I love trying to capture night scenes, and here are 3 of my latest efforts for the Chocolate Baroque shows on Hochanda last month
The seaside scene is perfect for this, as it shows a lighthouse and a setting sun - couldn't be better!
I stamped it using black versafine ink onto white card, and coloured it with watercolour pencils and a water brush in greys, adding a touch of yellow and orange to the sun , clouds and sea.
The background uses the big ammonite stamp, stamped in grey ink randomly round the edges of the card blank, with the sentuiment added in black versafine.

The beach huts came next, stamped in black onto pale grey card, shading again with the pencils. I masked off the huts and used distress oxide inks sponged over the sky to create a sunset.
Sentiment stamped in versamark and whitye embossed onto a black card blank, then the beachhuts mounted above it.

Same method for the final card, apart from stamping onto black card, this time with clouds and a moon in the sky.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

gothic gypsy

The postman brought me a load of new stamps this month, and here are some of them.
The gypsy is designed by Mark Gould (available from Chocolate Baroque here) , and reminded me of the fortune tellers that were on all the seaside piers when I was a child - yes, I know it was ancient history, from before the days of video machines! - so i just had to show her with a crystal ball.
I diecut a circle mask and masked the ball on a piece of white card. The background stamps are from the gorgeous new gothic plate designed by Andy Skinner for Illusionary Artists , also available from Chocolate Baroque, stamped in slate grey ink. Peeled paint, dusty concord and hickory smoke distress inks were sponged over, then black soot round the edges.
Removing the circle mask I sponged tumbled glass, peeled paint and broken china into the circle to create my crystal ball, stamped another of the images from the gothic set using second impression slate grey ink, then sprinked water over to give random highlights.
Gypsy rose stamped on white card with black versafine ink, coloured with alcohol pens and fussy cut then glkued over the edge of the crystal ball.
Thin mats of black, bluegreen and more black added before mounting onto an 8" sqaure white card blank.
I am linking this to Craft Stamper Challenge blog - anything goes
corrosive challenge blog- anything goes
crafting from the heart - anything goes

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

The Gent

Finally got round to inking up one of my new stamps after Christmas is over - this one is the Gent from the new series by Mark Gould, available from Chocolate Baroque.
This fits so well with the eccentric edwardian stamps I mostly used in the background, plus the hat from steampunk travel - or I thought so anyway!
Sentiment is from words of wisdom, also from CB.
I  am linking this to
 the Male Room challenge - new beginnings   Craft Stamper challenge blog, anything goes