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Saturday, 29 April 2017

Stampbord domino book (posted by Claire)

Good morning, Claire here with a little domino book made using stamps from Babushka and Silhouette Palaces.

I made the covers from Stampbord dominos, I love stampbord as it takes ink beautifully. I stamped the little skyline from Babushka and added colour with Sakura Stardust pens and a water brush. Once that was dry I added some gold embossing and some glossy accents. I also embossed around the edges with WOW Gold EP

To make the concertina pages I cut a strip of card to size and folded it to fit the stampbord covers.  I stamped  the Silhouette Palaces with versamark and embossed with black EP. I then used Twinkling H2Os to paint in the sky before adding a few stars, white highlights to the towers and a little moon with silver paint.

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Friday, 28 April 2017

Russian Wedding (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I am here to share my final Russian inspired project of the month with you today.  I hope that you have been enjoying the Design Team projects as much as we have loved creating them with the beautiful selection of stamps and stencils this month.

I have created a card for today's post using the Russian Spires stencil, and have chosen a wedding theme for my project. I have used bold colours, but you could easily opt for pastel colours and create something to match the colours of a specific wedding.

I cut a piece of watercolour card, and drew through the stencil with a pencil to start with, to get the shape of the buildings. I removed the stencil, and using a fine tipped permanent pen, I drew the outline again, joining up all of the broken lines. I added in a few extra details, like the edges of the rooftops, and the landscape.

I coloured the image and landscape with water based markers. I masked the building, and also added a mask for a sun.  I used some Distress Ink on a craft mat, and spritzed it with water, then picked it up with a waste piece of bubble wrap to create the sky. I just dabbed the scrunched up bubble wrap randomly over the background. I removed the masks, and added some yellow Distress Ink for the sun.

I added a sentijment from the Words to Dazzle and Sparkle stamp set, and a small image of two silhouette birds from the Landscape Edges stamp set.

I hope that my card has given you a bit of inspiration, thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Easel Drawer Card (by Brenda)

Hello everyone, today sees the final visit of the month from our Guest Design Team member Brenda. She has created a lovely dimensional project for your inspiration today.

Brenda writes:

My project this week is an easel drawer card. It's a very long while since I made one of these, but I had the idea to do something with Easter eggs, using the beautiful new Russian Floral Egg which Lesley launched on Hochanda TV a few weeks ago.

After making the box elements, (a link to the instructions are below if anyone would like them), I stamped the egg with Versafine Onyx Black ink, and heat embossed with detail clear powder. I did the same thing a second time, along with several more flowers, cutting out elements of the second egg and the flowers to decoupage and colouring in with pencils.

Next I used some designer paper to add decorative panels to the sides of the base, drawer and top base panel, and used a silk tassel on the drawer front, threading it through an eyelet. The top and base layers either side of the drawer are stamped with the Large Crackle Background, which is such a useful stamp, and heat embossed with detail clear embossing powder to give a resist, then inked with Distress Inks.

The sentiment is from the Words of Inspiration stamp set, which I cut out with an oval die, and inked the edges with the same colour Distress Ink. I fixed it to the card with foam pads and finally added the flowers.....and of course put the mini chocolate eggs into the drawer, but they may not last very long!

If anyone would like to make one of these, the instructions are posted on a tutorial on my blog here, it's a long while ago since I wrote it, but the principal remains the same as it did then.

Thank you Brenda for your beautiful project and detailed instructions. Brenda will be back with us later in the year.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

From Russia with Love by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies, I'm back again with my final post for Chocolate Baroque DT, featuring the stunning Russian themed stamps that were featured on Hochanda.

My tag I used Distress Inkpads spritzed with water and heat dried for that fab marbled background, I stamped one of the Silhouette Palaces in Grey Versafine ink and again using Black and heat embossing, the Babushka dolls I coloured in, cut out and covered with Glossy accents, once dried I adhered them using hot glue to get dimension.

My first card I used a circle stencil/mask and torn paper to create a moon and hills, I used dye-based inkpads applied with brushes to get a more airbrushed effect, I used a filigree stencil which I spritzed with water and dabbed dry in places to create some interest, I finally stamped the Silhouette Palace using Versamark Inkpad and heat embossed in gold.

My final card I started with the Katya which was stamped with Versamark Inkpad and heat embossed with black embossing powder. I then used Drawing Gum to colour her in, then once dry I used Distress Inkpads with water again and stamped the Silhouette Palaces with grey ink. I then rubbed off the drawing gum with my finger, coloured her in using watercolour paints.



I hope you like my creations, I had such fun making them. Thank you so much for visiting and leaving a comment.
Have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx 

Monday, 24 April 2017

Babushka (by Marga)

Hello all, here I have a label to share with you this time, also fun to make sometimes.

The background I made with the Distress inks. I stamped the image Fountain Scene with a light brown ink, and coloured the trees. I stamped the Babushkas on a different paper coloured them with Distress Ink and cut them out. 

Stamps I used: Babushka, Fountain Scene.

Hugs Marga

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Babushka and Katya (by Julie)

Hello again, Julie here to show you two more card ideas with the fabulous new designs Chocolate Baroque have for you this month.

For my first card I coloured the base with Distress inks and stamped the Silhouette Palaces along the top and bottom of the card. I placed the mask of Silhouette Palace 1 onto watercolour card and spritzed with spray inks. Remove the mask and leave to dry then colour the palace with Distress inks. Cut out, mount onto black card and attach to the base card. Using the dolls from the Babushka set, ink up with Onyx Black Versafine and stamp onto separate stamping card. Colour with brush markers, cut out and attach to the front with 3d glue gel.

For my second card I have stamped Katya onto black card and heat embossed with silver. I coloured her with Antique Bronze, Brushed Pewter and Tarnished Brass Distress Stain. I dabbed the Brushed Pewter around the edge of the card and mounted onto silver mirri card that I had stamped with the Large Crackle Background
For the background I stamped the Silhouette Palaces with Onyx Black Versafine and then with a sweeping motion I applied Antique Bronze, Brushed Pewter and Tarnished Brass Distress Stain. The Distress Stains seemed to blend really well on their own but I just helped them along with a dab of a baby wipe here and there. I mounted the card onto mirri card as before that I had stamped with the Large Crackle Background. As it is mirri card I used black Staz on for this job.

Thanks for popping by

Julie xx

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Colourful Journal Pages (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I am here for an extra post today, and so I decided to have a bit of fun with my project, letting my imagination have a bit of a wander on a double page journal spread. I have chosen to use the really versatile A5 Pink Pig journal containing 270 gsm watercolour paper, as this size of journal allows for a lot of choice in the layout that you can create, without feeling that you have too much space to fill. The watercolour paper is lovely and smooth and will take lots of water.

I started my project by masking the headdress on the Katya stamp, and inking up just the bottom part of the image, before stamping it onto the journal page. I drew some hair freehand, using a pencil at first, until I was happy with the design, and then inking over it with a permanent pen.
I needed to mask the image, and as the masking tissue available on the website is not completely opaque, I was able to lay it over my image, and draw an outline to create my own custom mask.

I added several other images to the pages; the Swirl Centre Flowerhead, and some leaves and a butterfly from the Tangled Garden stamp set. I wanted a subtle floral image in the background and added a favourite texture stamp from the Texture Fragments stamp set, using Acrylic Wax to stamp the image. I added Distress Ink to colour the background, and the acrylic wax acted as a resist where I had stamped the floral texture image.

I drew a few swirls by hand, and added a sentiment from the Artistic Expressions stamp set. A little bit of stencilling completed the background.

I coloured the images using water based markers, keeping the colours bright and cheery to match the vibrant background. I decided to give Katya a modern twist with ombre hair, rather than a conventional colour.

I hope that you have enjoyed reading about my project, thanks for stopping by,

Judith xx