Saturday, 24 January 2015

pot pourri

 This is my entry for challenge 7 at Chocolate Baroque - I just never got around to the last few, so one of my resolutions was to try harder to keep up with the challenge did help that this time included my favourite colour scheme!
It also helped that the colour scheme for the pot pourri challenge on the Chocolate Baroque ning site was caramel, which I interpreted rather liberally, and this card began life as a possible for that challenge.
I used russet card as a base, and stamped the text and foliage stamps in the background using a colorbox amber clay inkpad that I found lurking in a drawer.The main image was overstamped in impress autumn leaf ink, and the edges of the card sponged with impress chocolate ink (more refugees from the drawer).
The image was coloured  with a waterbrush to draw the ink in from the image, then used watercolour pencil on the stems and leaves.  I stamped the poppy heads a second time, used the waterbrush again, then added derwent watercolour pencils to give them more definition - this was cut out and glued over the original image. I stamped the butterfly on white card and painted the wings with H2Os before cutting them out and glueing on.
Matts are dark brown, gold and green, and the base card was stamped with the text stamp in amber clay and sponged with chocolate.

The other images are are of  the postcards that actually went for the pot pourri challenge, and I just barely scraped in at the last minute.  I don't know what it is about January, but it always seems to go by in a flash almost as soon as I realise it has arrived - must be an age thing!
The first one used the window stamp from gothic fragments as the background, and stamped and decoupaged poppy heads - the bottom two poppies actually overhang the card, but don't seem to have come out on the scan.
The second one uses the same stamps and technique as the card apart from the fact that the poppies are stamped directly onto the card over the text stamp. the butterfly was just watercoloured with distress ink in broken china after stamping onto white card.


  1. I love your card and your postcards they are all great

    Jackie x

  2. These are all really beautiful Vronnie, I love your colouring of the poppies, and the blue butterfly is a perfect foil.
    Jean x

  3. These are beautiful Vronnie! I love the way the butterfly pops against the background and the postcard with the arch is gorgeous!

    Lesley Xx

  4. These are gorgeous - beautiful colours used and love the technique too, something a bit different.

  5. Beautiful poppies Vronnie. I just love poppies and they so lend themselves to craft projects. The blue butterfly really stands out, but it´s the poppies that win it for me. I bought the window fragment sheet of stamps in a recent sale, but I haven´t managed to use it yet. I probably wouldn´t have thought to use it here, but it looks just great. Kate x

  6. What beautiful work Vronnie, such delicate colouring. Perfect! Elaine x

  7. Wow beautiful designs, love the dreamy effect to them all. Fantastic colouring as well. Thanks for joining in the fun at Chocolate Baroque's Challenge, Shirleyxx

  8. Love your card design and the colours you've used and the one with the Gothic window is stunning, good luck with the challenge. x

  9. Love your card design and the colours you've used and the one with the Gothic window is stunning, good luck with the challenge. x

  10. Love your designs - like Sally, the Gothic Window card is stunning and the colouring of the poppies is stunning!

  11. Hi Vronnie, thanks for entering the Chocolate Baroque challenge. Your card is lovely, I'm a poppy fan as you probanly know- most people do! Great layout on your card, and the postcards are fabulous too. Hope to see you back again soon, Judith xx

  12. Gorgeous makes Vronnie. Great coloring. The poppies look stunning. Thank you for playing along with the Chocolate Baroque Color Challenge.
    Hugs, Flo x

  13. I spotted your stunning postcards on Face Book and had to search out your blog on the web (being intrigued as to how you achieved the colour detail)
    I'm most impressed with the way you've highlighted the poppy petals!
    TFS x

  14. This is just gorgeous! It looks so lush, and rich in colour. Really beautifully coloured. And the lighting on the poppies is great, almost like they're in the spotlights.
    Debbie (Daqa)


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