Thursday, 12 January 2017

Harlequin rose

 Sharing some of the samples for the first Chocolate Baroque show on Hochanda last week this time. Needless to say, I used brusho powders!
For all three cards I used the lovely large image from the Harlequin rose set.
For the first one I stamped it  twice onto white card using black versafine ink and clear embossed it. One image I added yellow and red brusho powders over the rose and spritzed with water - once dry, I cut the rose out and glued it over the matching image on the first card. Added colour to the swirl using mica powder and a water brush, then trimmed it down, added a black matt before mounting onto a white 5"x7" card blank.

This one was again stamped in black onto white card, then coloured with brusho. Red and yellow on the rose and lime green over the leaves and spread using a damp paintbrush. Once dry, I sprinkled grey over the background and used a damp paintbrush again to spread the colour. More mica powder on the swirl, then mounted onto an 8" square white card blank, with the sentiment and heart from words of love stamped in black.

The final one is a more traditional brusho, with lemon, red and leaf green powder sprinkled on, trying to keep the red and green over the flower and leaves and spritzing with water.
Again a 5"x7" white card blank.

Monday, 2 January 2017

new dawn

 2017, the start of a new year and for many people resolutions - I usually make one, to have a tidy craft space, which lasts about as long as the next craft session.........then normal chaos is resumed!
The after-Christmas restoration of craft space means the chaos is already well-established, as I can't find anything I need after my daughter reclaimed her bedroom temporarily.On the bright side, I re-discovered lots of stash I had forgotten I had, including several little-used (if at all in some cases!) stamps, which led to an immediate suspension of sorting out in favour of playing.
This small landscape card is one result, using a stamp from owl edges with a sentiment from a set of clear stamps , with distress inks.
I have to admit that I normally avoid sentiment stamps, as I am a genius at getting them on crooked, but this set are clear stamps, so I risked stamping onto the card blank.
I though that it was appropriate to use this, as 2017 is the start of a new adventure for Chocolate Baroque, with Lesley's first show on Hochanda at 1100 on Wednesday, although the DT theme for January is first official sample is this one, using stamps from harlequin rose. I have used the two largest stamps, with the border stamped using wild honey distress ink  as a background and the other as the main image, using black versafine and clear EP.
This was coloured with brusho powders, using Lesley's technique of applying the powder to the dry card and using a waterbrush. The gold swirl was painted with mica powder, also using a waterbrush.
A narrow mat of gold mirri card, then both layers were mounted onto a  7" square white card blank.

I would like to wish you all a very happy, healthy and peaceful new year, with lots of crafting fun thrown in

Saturday, 31 December 2016

colour challenge 30

Colour challenge 30 over at Chocolate Baroque, and this was my offering.
Background was a piece of card that nearly got thrown out in the pre-Christmas clear up until i realised it matched the colour swatch!
It was created using spray starch and mica powders on white card, and I did wonder if it would take stamping - but it did. The stamp is from the floral notes set, and coloured using the same mica powders and a waterbrush. Black and lavender mats on a white base card to finish it off

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

floral notes

 For my last post this year I have made two cards that could be used as thank you cards

Both cards have brusho backgrounds, and use the same stamp from the floral notes set. For both cards I stamped the image first using versafine and clear EP, then masked it using masking fluid.  I have finally found a fluid that works on smooth stamping card, all the ones I have tried before work beautifully on watercolour card but rip the surface of stamping card.  This one by Talens was recommended by Jane Aldridge, and works beautifully, as well as being easy to clean off the brush.

I sprinkled the brusho powders over and spritzed with water, then rubbed off the masking once the card was thoroughly dry.

For the first card I coloured the image with promarkers, then diecut it and added a diecut matt.

The second card I left the image white, and used silver mirri and black matts, and added the sentiment from Mackintosh sentiments clear stamp set.

I wish you all a  very happy, healthy and crafty New Year.

Saturday, 17 December 2016

two very quick tags

two very quick - and very last-minute!- tags to show today.
I used white tags, as they were handy - for this one, a blue tag would have been even quicker.
I just stamped the larger snowflakes from the winter edges set across the top of the tag using versamark and embossed with white EP., then sponged chipped sapphire distress ink across the tag.
Of course, if you have a pristine versamark pad, you can just emboss with clear powder,but all mine are varying shades of grey, so white powder it was......

Second tag uses the bells from a child is born, stamped with black versafine and clear embossed. Coloured with watercolour pencils and a waterbrush, with the green of the pine needles brushed out around the bells.

Hope you are all more up-to-date for Christmas than I am, I still have cards to make and post, but at least I have the stamps ready (both rubber and postage)


Monday, 5 December 2016

angel of light

 I have been playing with one of my favourite Christmas images, the lovely angel of light from Chocolate Baroque.

This one was stamped directly onto a 5"x7" black card blank, (with fingers firmly crossed that it would be straight!), using versamark and stamp'n'bond powder, then a gold mix of gilding flakes.I had originally thought of trimming it down and layering it up, but decided to leave it as it was, especially as it was straight!

The second version was actually started first, using the silver soft form relief paste to cover the stamp after brushing some areas with mica powder.
Once it had dried, I found that I hadn't put enough powder on to add colour, so painted over with more mica pigments mixed with water. I wanted a starry background, so sprayed the black base card with white decoart shimmer mist - got a bit more of a nebula than starshine though,,,,,,,

The final version was stamped onto white card with versamark and a black sparkle embossing powder, then coloured with mica powders mixed with water.
I tore the card close to the image, using a ruler to get the torn edges as straight as possible, then added blue, silver and lilac matts before mounting onto a white card blank.
The blue and lilac matts were coloured round the edges using the same mica powders used on the angel.

I have left plenty of space to add a greeting, once I have decided where this one is going, I shall leave the first two without a greeting on the front.

Friday, 25 November 2016

holly script

Playing with the soft form relief paste and mica powders, and the large image from the
holly script set of stamps.
I dusted the stamp with mica powders in red and green before covering the stamp with silver soft form relief paste and leaving it to dry. The mica is held in by the paste, and doesn't rub off.
Very simply peeled the pste off and mounted it onto black card, then onto a 15x15cm white card blank