Saturday, 19 January 2019

wildest dreams

  This stamp set seemed to cry out for monochrome , or at least this stamp strip did.....
Both the bird strip and the words were stamped in black versafine ink and clear embossed, trimmed down and edged with black ink. The central bird was coloured with marker pens, then both pieces mounted onto a white card blank.
This image from sing your song was stmped in black versafine ink and clear embossed, then coloured with brusho powders using s damp paintbrush to add the colours, and baby wipe to reomove some of the colour to try to give an impression of a misty sun.
The white card blank was randomly stamped with the same image using grey ink and holding the stamp so that only the bubbly bit was used. The words stamped over the top with black versafine before adding the trimmed down image.

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Brusho dawn

 Let your heart sing from Chocolate Barqoue has been one of my favourite stamp sets for ages, I just love the bird silhouette , and as a plus it is perfect for using with my favourite brusho powders!
Here are three versions in different colourways, but they all look more like dawn skies to me - could be wrong there.....

The first one used a whole sheet of card colouted with brusho, stamping the image on the best bit using black versafine ink and clear embossing powder. trimming close to the image. Two panels cut from the rest of the sheet, all on thin bklack mats and mounted onto a square white 8" card blank.




The other two, image stamped first and embossed, then coloured with brusho powders.

The base card blank was randomly stamped with the music image from the music fanfare set using a light grey ink and holding the stamp in my hand, and more of the ink sponged round the edges.
Sentiment from sing your song stamped in black


The final version I used a red mat, and eged the card bl
ank with red ink to match. I repeat stamped the bird image in light grey across the bottom of the card blank

Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Movie strip collage


 Good morning everyone, I hope that you all had a lovely Christmas Day, with lots of crafting goodies to unwrap - and even better, they're calorie free!
Today I have more brusho samples, this time using the movie strip collage stamp from Chocolate Baroque
The first one I stamped the image using versamark ink and white embossed it. I sprinkled black brusho powder around the image, then used a wet paintbrush to spread the brusho powder - you still get the random effect, but you have a lot more control over where the colour goes.
Once dry, i sprinkled turquoise over the flower head, and used a wet brush again
Tear the edges when it is completely dry, then mount onto black card , then onto a square white card blank.


The second version uses  the same
technique, but this time with black embossed image and grey brusho powder for the background, and a mix of yellow and orange for the flower.
Torn closer to the image this time, then a thin black mat. A strip of the my floral soul  designer papers was added to the left half of a white card blank, and the image added in the centre.

I hope that you all have a very happy New Year in 2019





Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Gift box

 Today I am sharing a couple of samples using the shared beauty stamp from Chocolate Baroque.
I had some hexagonal boxes lying around that hadn't been used, and one just fitted this stamp....
The box was white, so it got a base coat of peeled paint distress oxide ink, and was then stamped with the fern from wild meadow in iced spruce distress oxide ink.
I stamped the image several times in black versafine and clear embosssed them.
On one image I coloured the ferns and leaves with green brusho powder,  the word with yellow, and the flowere with orange then I cut the entire image out and stuck it onto the lid.


The remaining images, I coloured the flower only using orange brusho powder activated with a damp paintbrush.
 Once they were dry, I cut out sections of the flower and decoupaged them onto the original base image.



I also made a very grungy looking card with this stamp, using a white embossed image and black brusho powder.
The background was randomly stmaped with the ferm from wild meadow using a dark blue ink pad, and the same ink sponged round the edges.




Saturday, 1 December 2018

brusho grunge

 Good morning everyone, if you have seen Nikki's guest designer posts on the Chocolate Baroque blog, or saw the show on Hochanda last month, then you will have had your appetite whetted for this month's DT offerings!
So as not to disappoint anyone here are my brusho offerings - and yes, I can do a card without brusho......I just love the random effects of the stuff!
I used the lovely floral grunge stamp, perfect for brushos, though I am sure Sue didn't  design it deliberately.....
The first one was stamped with versamark and white embossed before sprinkling black brusho all over and spritzing with water. Once dry, torn edges, mat onto black card, then onto a white sqaure blank card - done. A very quick card, takes longer for the brusho to dry than for anything else!
 My second version took a bit longer, started out the same with white embossed image. Then I carefully sprinkled grey brusho round the image, and activated it using a wet paintbrush - you still get the random colour effect, but only where you want it. Once dry,I tapped off any excess grey powder before sprinkling the flower with orange brusho and activating it the same way.
Torn round the edges again, double mats of black and orange and mounted onto a white square card blank.
I almost always do my cards without any sentiments, then they can be used for almost any occasion, that and brusho are my main crafting perversions!
There were some fantastic samples on the TV show, so keep a lookout on the Chocolate Baroque design team blog, lots of inspiration coming up this month!






Sunday, 18 November 2018

brusho rose


I have variations using the briar rose stamp, and back to my favourite brusho powders - sorry!
The first is very simple, stamped with versamark and embossed in white before sprinkling the brusho is roughly appropriate places before spritzing with water.
Base card blank was randomly stamped with the roses using pale inks from an ancient set of mini ink pads, with the pink smudged round the edges.








for the second version the image was stamped in grey versafine ink and coloured with watercolour pencils to get a misty effect. the butterflies were stmaped with black versafine onto scraps of spare brusho-ed card, cut out and glued over the original images.
i used a foliage image from honeysuckle butterfly to stamp randomly onto the base card in two shades of green ink to create the background.








My final card uses foliage stamps from both sets to create the wreath, very easy to do if you have a stamp press.Butterflies from both sets were stamped onto the wreath, then again onto spare card.
The spare inages were coloured with marker pens, the wings cut out and glued into place.
the sentiment is from loving sentiments

Thursday, 15 November 2018

batch makes

having rediscovered my mini gelli plates for making backgrounds, I felt that I ought to use them before they vanished again, and the oval one was ideal for these quick cards.
Variations in different colours and stamps, but basically the same.
I used a stamping platform, but it is easy to use the gelli plate
just by pressing the card down onto it. I inked it up with distress oxide inks and spritzed with water then stamped onto white card.
Once the ink had dried thoroughly I over stamped with black versafine, using one of the smaller  flower images from honeysuckle butterfly and briar rose butterfly stamp sets from Chocolate Baroque.
I used watercolour paints to colour the images, but any medium will work well.
They only need a mat in a toning colour and mounting onto a 5x7 card blank to finish them off, although i did go mad and add a sentiment on to the last one as well as sponging the gray round the edges.