Wednesday, 22 February 2017

kingfisher tag

Another sample for the Chocolate Baroque colour challenge 32, this time using up scraps.

I had covered a notebook for Lesley's first show on Hochanda last month using her crumpled tissue paper and brusho technique, and had a fair amount of paper over, not enough to cover another book though. I tore random chunks off and collaged them onto a tag, then dry brushed the edges using copper aztec paint.
The lovely big kingfisher from kingfisher song which featured as the one-day special  at the beginning of the month  (now on the CB website)was stamped onto white card using black versafine ink, and painted with aztec paints. I drew a branch for him to sit on, coloured it with a brown marker pen, then cut him out and glued him to the tag.

Friday, 17 February 2017

monochrome bridge

 The lovely bridge image  from kingfisher song from Chocolate Baroque was far too nice to just use in the background, so I thought I would try to create a nighttime scene.
I used a very light grey card to stamp onto using black versafine ink. I also used boulders from sticks and stones, and clouds from seashore scenes. Distress inks in black soot and hickory smoke spomnged over the sky, very roughly as I wanted the impression of clouds.
I used grey brusho for rthe bridge and river, watercolour pencils for the trees and boulders with white pencil for the moon and highlights.
For the second version I used a mask for the moon and hickory smoke for the clouds, and added some turquoise brusho to the grey for the river. The leaves in the foreground are the water iris leaves from kingfisher song, colorued with black marker pen - the same image has been repeat stamped on the base card.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

quick cards

 Sharing two very quick cards today, as we all need them in a hurry sometimes.......

The first one uses my favourite brusho powders and the baroque meadow stamp, and I used a spare piece of card rthat had already been coloured  with red, yellow and turquoise powders - if you start from scratch, you would obviously have to let the brushos dry before stamping, so it would take longer, but I am sure that we all have some spare pieces of card left over from other projects!
I stamped the meadow stamp using black versafine ink, then trimmed it down. The base card is 5"x7", and the black matt is
4.5"x6.5", with the greeting from words to dazzle and sparkle stamped in the bottom corner with versamark and white embossed.

The second one is even simpler - and is stamped straight onto a white card blank. The water irises from kingfisher song were stmaped using black versafine ink, then coloured with watercolour pencils before stamping the greeting from words to dazzle and sparkle at the bottom corner.
If it goes wrong, just cut out the images and matt them onto another card blank, no-one will ever know your card didn't start out that way!

I am linking these to the corrosive challenge 2, as the theme is anything goes

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

CB challenge 32

 Sharing two ideas using stamps from the one-day special tv show recently.
Both cards use a brusho background and stamps from the silhouette grasses set of stamps.
I used the brushos slightly differently this time, sprinkling onto a mat using two greens and turquoise before spritzing with water and then laying card down onto the mat.
  The first card used the original print using watercolour card, the second used a later print from the same powders onto stamping card, obviously much lighter. For the central panel I mopped up the colour at the end, so even lighter.
I stamped one grass using the brusho mix, picking the colour up from the mat which gave a blotchy print, and added another grass coloured with waterbased marker pens in the gaps. The central image of a third grass was stamped using black archival ink.
The panels were matted onto a dark green card, then onto a white 5"x7" base card.

The second version used one stamp on the background, inked with marker pens. the main image this time is from the baroque meadow stamp. This time the matts are black and copper for the centre panel and copper for the background, so truer to the colours.
I had fun doing these, but ended up with a bad case of green hands!

Saturday, 4 February 2017


 I hope that you managed to see Lesley on Hochanda earlier this week when she launched these gorgeous new stamps from Chocolate Baroque, which are exclusive to Hochanda for 10 days - so you will have to be patient if you missed them......
I spent a happy evening watching the shows that I had missed on catch-up, with a very contented cat snoozing on my lap without being turfed off, coffee being delivered by my long-suffering husband, who retreated to astronomy magazines!

The kingfisher image on all three cards is from kingfisher song, as is the lovely bridge; the boulders are from sticks and stones, and the sentiment on the last card from words to sparkle.

All three cards were stamped using versafine ink in black and smoky grey and coloured with a mix of promarkers and brusho powders.

I really enjoyed playing with these stamps, and am looking forward to more time to play after getting more ideas from the super samples on the shows!

Monday, 23 January 2017

blue roses

For one of the samples for Lesley's first show on Hochanda I made this small  notebook.

The cover was covered using  tissue paper coloured with brusho powders and crumpled up, glued on to the cover with modge podge. I used purple and turquoise powders.
The plaque used soft form relief paste and mica powders. I brushed the powders over the rose and leaves of the rose script stamp before adding the relief paste and leaving it to dry overnight. Once it was dry and peeled off the stamp, it was glued on using pva glue.
The mica powders are absorbed by the paste, and will not brush off - you will get a stained stamp though, but it will clean off.

close-up of the plaque, and the open notebook

The large 8" square card used the large stamp from the harlequin rose set, coloured with blue and green brusho powders, with grey powder for the background, and gold mica powders for the swirl. The large lacy border was stamped onto the base card using broken china distress ink, whicgh was also sponged round the edges.
Card mats were gold, green and blue.

The last one is red, not blue and shows the lid of a snall hexagonal box also covered with crumpled tissue paper.
I stamped the large image from harlequin rose three times, coloured it with promarkers, cut out the rose and decoupaged it. The 'raindrops' are glossy accents.

Lesley will be back on Hochanda at the end of the month  with a one-day special, featuring some really lovely stamps that are a little bit different, so check the programme listings for times, you won't want to miss this one!

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.