Monday, 11 December 2017

fuchsia and hyacinth


 Today I am sharing some of the flower samples from the recent Chocolate Baroque shows on Hochanda - something cheerful to brighten a very cold (but not yet snowy) day.


My first one uses the lovely hanging fuchsia stamp, simply stamped in grey versafine in the top corner of a 7" square card blank, and coloured with watercolour pencils. The greeting using black versafine was stamped in the bottom corner - I used a stamp press to make sure I got it straight.










I also used the stamp press to create the wreath on the next card, using a 7" square of white card as the base. I used two of the small foliage stamps from the lily set inked in iced spruce and peeled paint distress inks, then added the small solid fuchsia stamp using picked raspberry distress inks. The greeting stamped in grey ink in the centre was from birthday words again.
The 8" square card blank was sponged with hickory smoke distress ink and randomly stamped using the small foliage stamp used in peeled paint for the wreath.


 My final card used the big hyacinth stamp, stamped in black versafine onto white card, and coloured with watercolour pencils. I edged the card with purple ink - think it was dusty concord distress ink - before mounting it onot a 7"x5" white card blank that i had coloured with distress oxide inks and spritzed with water then blotted to give a marbled effect.
Greeting stamped onto a spare piece of white card and edged with the purple ink before mounting in the corner.


Thursday, 30 November 2017

edwardian cyclist

 A slightly less grungy card for the cyclist - grey brusho powder background to start with, then hickory smoke distress ink sponged through a cog stencil to finish.
The large cyclist from eccentric edwardian was stamped in bl;ack versafine, and the small cyclist from curiosities was stamped in ghrey versafine.
A die cut corner was added in black card, and the whole card edged with black versafine ink before adding to a white card blank.
The sentiment is from steampunk travel.

Friday, 17 November 2017

eccentric edwardian

Today I am sharing a couple of samples using the
eccentric edwardian stamps.
The first is a rather grungy card.
Background used a cog stencil and a very elderly walnut stain ink spray that I was given ages ago and had never used, I added another lighter layer of spray after removing the stencil. The car was stamped in black versafine ink, then the man alsoin black versafine but clear embossed to make him stand out a bit more.
A few diecut cogs from dark brown card were added in the corners, then a mat of the same brown card before adding to a square white card blank






I  also recycled an empty instant coffee tin, these are so useful as a pen/brush holder.
This time the strip of white card cut to fit round the can with a lsight overlap was coloured with grey brusho powder, then randomly stmaped with the large crackle stamp using a grey ink pad. I used a die cut as a stencil and brushed more grey ink over it.
The man was stamped using black versafine ink and clear embossing powder before using the cyclist stamp and the small cyclist from the curiosities set to fill in the gaps.
I stuck the card to the can using redline tape stuck onto the can first along the edges with one vertical strip, then a final vertical strip onto the slightly overlapping edge of the card.

Friday, 3 November 2017

script box and candle

 This gift set uses the eccentric edwardian plate of stamps that was featured on the Chocolate Baroque show on Hochanda last month.
At first I couldn't think of anything different to do with these stamps, but then a friend produced a new die she had bought for us to play with at craft club......

My first idea didn't work, as I had cut too small a box out, but then I realised that the initial from the larger script stamp would just fit on the side pieces.............and it would work in black and white too.
 The initial was stamped on the side pieces using black versafine ink, and as much as I could fit of the whole stamp on the lid. I did sponge round the lid with black soot distress ink as well.
Once the box was finished, it obviously needed something to go in it, so I decorated a candle. The script was stamped in versafine again onto white tissue paper and heat set onto the candle.

Then it needed a card and gift tag, and I added a keyring as well just because I had a keyring blank lying around......



Saturday, 21 October 2017

poppies galore!

  I am an absolute sucker for poppy stamps, so it was lovely to have these stamps back in the spotlight.
The butterfly poppy set is A4, so there are lots of images to play with. I used the large scripty image to make the background, stamped in hickory smoke distress ink and sponged witht he same ink.
I inked up the main image using distress markers, using one colour at a time and my stamping press to make sure the images matched! Doing it this way meant that the ink stayed damp, and any in the wrong place could be removed easily. This was on white card, sponged with wild honey distress ink after stamping and tearing round the image. I curled up some of the corners as well before gluing down

 The background here is grey again, leafy spray from take it or leaf it. Image from poppy meadow stamped in black versafine ink and coloured with watercolour pencils. Die cut in an oval shape, which was edged with black versafine by running the diecut along the pad.
three small gems to finish





Third card uses the script and poppy head stamps from butterfly poppy to create the background, stamped using wild honey distress ink and sponged edges with the same ink.

The main image was stamped with brown ink onto white card, sponged with the same ink on the harlequin bit and very lightly across the script to try to suggest antiquity. Pured with marker pens, then cut out and glued over the original image - I didn't try to cut the antenna out!













Lastly two very quick cards using stamps from pretty poppies. , neither one should take longer than 15 minutes to do.........depends on how carefully you colour in for the first one!

The first one was stamped in black versafine straight onto a white 5"x7" card blank, and the poppy image coloured with watercolour pencils.















                                                                                               Poppy image for the last one was stamped using versamark and white embossed, then red and green distress inks sponged roughly across the image. A quick mat of green card, and done!


Saturday, 7 October 2017

trees

I loved working with these tree stamps from Chocolate Barqoue, very versatile sets that can be used in many ways, and not just the 'normal' that you see here!
My first card uses images from tall trees, fantasy woodland in the the foreground, with the grass and hills created using torn paper as a mask and distress inks sponged on. The small trees in the distance are from teeny weeny meadow, a very useful old set that I think was mostly designed for use in journalling and atc's
A simple mat of black card and a sentiment from lets get festive to finish.









The image from tall trees was stamped in black versafine ink, and the rocks stamped onto acetate which was then then pressed onto the card below the stamped image to give the reflection. Distress oxide inks sponged over to create the evening sky, and a mixture of distress inks to create the grasses and the reflection. Cut down to a panel to fit an 8" sqaure card, and the words from tall trees stamped at the side.











The last card has the image from fantasy landscape stamped in black , with a background from sponged distress inks. Image was die cut and added to the card blank with a sentiment from amazing Mackintosh words




Apologies for the poor quality of the scans, I seem to have managed to change the settings without noticing at the time! (Needless to say, I couldn't have done it deliberately if I had tried to!)


Monday, 2 October 2017

wreath

Having treated myself to a stamping press, I discovered just how easy it is to make cards with multiple stamping- I have always admired those people who can manage to do these without anything more complicated than a pencil, stamps  and an acrylic block! I never managed to do it even using clear stamps - until now.
Having previously tried a wreath out using just one stamp, I went a little mad and used three stamps from Chocolate Baroque here.
The first stamp was a flower and berries one from fantasy woodland, inked using distress markers and stamped eight times round a pencilled circle. I then added an ivy stamp and a leaf stamp from tall trees, again inked using distress markers in very muted greens to fill in the gaps between the flowers.
Sentiment from birthday words was gold embossed in the centre to finish , and a simple mat of dull gold card finished it off. This is an 8"square card blank as a base.

I am adding this to the following challenges
allsorts challenge blog - sentiment in focus
simply papercraft - anything goes
hiding in my craft room - freestyle