Monday, 16 March 2020

mini concertina book

February's TV show by Chocolate Baroque featured the lovely rustic fragments set, and I decided to use all the fragments as backgrounds for a mini book kit that  I discovered I had bought and stashed away safely many moons ago.
There were two mini books in the kit by Tando, which is sadly out of stock at the moment, so I still have one left.....

I painted the blanks with white gesso first, then coloured with distress oxide inks - I think I ended up using mainly wild honey for the background and stamping the fragments  and edging with vintage photo.
I stamped various birds ,butterflies and flowers from the doodle birds and doodle butterflies using black versafine ink onto the panels, and two of the larger birds on the covers. One or two highlights were added using a white pen
The covers were glued into place using ordinary craft glue

Sunday, 1 March 2020

doodle wreath

I have to admit that the doodle birds and butterflies were not my favourite stamps, but fortunately we don't all have to like the same things, it would be boring if we did!

I  did have fun with the twiggy stamp from the doodle butterfly set and my stamping platform though, and here are two versions. Just using a different size of card made quite a difference to the result - the first card used a 6.5" square as a base, and the second a 7" square. The smaller size gave a more traditional wreath shape, and the larger one came out as a very thin hexagon.

On both versions I used a green ink pad to stamp the twigs
 The smaller card I stamped the butterflies from doodle birds and dragonflies from doodle butterflies on white card using a multicolour ink pad, cut them out and added to the wreath shape.
 The larger card I did the same with the butterflies from each set.

Sunday, 23 February 2020

blueprint florals

Saring some of the samples for the Chocolate Baroque tv shows last month, using the lovely blueprint floral stamps.
The first card used the main image from the sweetpeas set stamped over a distress oxide background - I used a red and a yellow onto a mat and lots of water to create the background, then coloured the image with distress marker pens.  I stamped the colours separately, using a stamping platform to make sure the images matched up.
I then used a waterbrush to add more colour

Same background technique for this one, using the wild cornflower set - have to admit that I thought this was a thistle, as it didn't look anything like a garden cornflower! - and purple and green inks.
Stamped just in black, with some extra colour added using a waterbrush and ink picked up from the mat.

Same stamp again, this time on a brusho background, stamped in black and clear embossed.
Base card uses a couple of the smaller images stamped in blue with green brushed round the edges to take the white down and tone in with the brusho

I seem to have missed scanning some of the lily samples I did, but this one I did find.
Grey brusho powder on watercolour card,  main image stamped in black and clear embossed before adding colour using watercolour paints.
background images added using grey ink, and the sentiment stamped in versafine and white embossed
I loved using these stamps, just that little bit different from the usual flowers, and the technical backgrounds make them so useful

Saturday, 8 February 2020

a bunch of freesias

 I loved working with the beautiful blueprint stamps from Chocolate Baroque last month, and today it is the turn of the freesia set.
My first card uses the larger image stamped in brown ink onto watercolour paper coloured using walnut stain spray and clear embossed. I used bleach to lift the colour from the flowers, then tore round the edges. The base card was randmly stamped with the geometric stamps from the same set using distress oxide ink and smudged with the same tea dye ink and old paper  to taske the white down. The sentiment comes from the calla lily set

 I used a stamping platform to create the next cards, using a 7.5" square of white card , and still using the large flower stamp stamped 8 times in green ink and coloured with watercolour pencils. The sentiment is from the wild cornflower set, cut out using a punch and edged with marker pen.

The second version used a 7" square of card , which gives more of a wreath effect. The images was first stamped in light green ink,  then again in the gaps using the darker green ink.
The flowers of the darker image were coloured with watercolour pencils, and the sentiment from the freesia set stmaped onto a circle of white card again for the centre.

 I also used both flower images to create candles, this time colouring the images with marker pens on the reverse side of the tissue paper.

Friday, 31 January 2020

mini concertina book

 my final share for Chocolate Baroque this month is this small concertina book, with flowers on one side and underwater bits on the other.
 I risked sanity by playing with editing effects and managed to brighten the photos up a bit, but the colours look a bit pale now.
I cheated and used the strip of ready scored drawing cartridge from the craftalong pack as the base , and coloured both sides using distress oxides and water on my craft mat.
I cut pieces of drawing cartridge for the panels and covers, and inked the covers to match the base piece.
Images stamped in black versafine ink and coloured with watercolour pencils , apart from the cog image which was randomly inked with distress oxide pads.
You will be relieved to hear that the scanner is now talking to the computer - well, I am anyway!- so better pix next time.

Saturday, 25 January 2020

here be dragons

The background was made at a workshop, revisiting an old technique using crumpled tissue paper and gilding wax - once it was done, it was crying out for my favourite dragon stamps to be added, rather than the flowers I was supposed to be using.......
Dragons from Chocolate Baroque were stamped onto white card with versafine black ink, clear embossed, then painted with H2O  paints, fussy cut out and mounted onto the background.
Fairly appropriate for Chinese New Year too

I am linking this to challenges
corrosive challenges  - anything goes
stamping sensations - favourite stamps
addicted to stamps - holidays
the fairy and unicorn challenge - anything goes fantasy themed
as you like it - anything goes

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

punky flowers

 sharing some samples from last month's Chocolate Baroque show on Hochanda - apologies for the poor photos, had to take them in a rush in rather poor light as the scanner refused to have anything to do with the computer after an upgrade, grrr. and I'm not good enough with IT to fiddle with the results

Both using the same stamp from the
punky flowers sheet, just changing the size of the card by .5" magically gave me the square in the centre rather than a mess of stems that needed the circle sentiment!
I do use a stamping platform for these, makes it so much easier!
Edging on both cards using a marker pen, and images coloured with watercolour pencils.

This one has a distress ink background, just  to make a change from brusho, image stmaped in black versafine and coloured with pencils again

The box lid was triple embossed with copper EP, the large flower from the same set stamped into the EP while it was still hot