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Friday, 17 November 2017

edwardian (by Veronica)

Today I am sharing a couple of samples using the e
ccentric edwardian stamps.
The first is a rather grungy card.
Background used a cog stencil and a very elderly walnut stain ink spray that I was given ages ago and had never used, I added another lighter layer of spray after removing the stencil. The car was stamped in black versafine ink, then the man alsoin black versafine but clear embossed to make him stand out a bit more.
A few diecut cogs from dark brown card were added in the corners, then a mat of the same brown card before adding to a square white card blank

I  also recycled an empty instant coffee tin, these are so useful as a pen/brush holder.
This time the strip of white card cut to fit round the can with a lsight overlap was coloured with grey brusho powder, then randomly stmaped with the large crackle stamp using a grey ink pad. I used a die cut as a stencil and brushed more grey ink over it.
The man was stamped using black versafine ink and clear embossing powder before using the cyclist stamp and the small cyclist from the curiosities set to fill in the gaps.
I stuck the card to the can using redline tape stuck onto the can first along the edges with one vertical strip, then a final vertical strip onto the slightly overlapping edge of the card.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Fifteen Minute Cards

Hello everyone, it is time for another offering of cards and projects from the Design Team, using a range of techniques and styles, all made in fifteen minutes or less. Our aim is to show you how you can make a fabulous design in a matter of minutes, perfect when you need a card in a hurry, or need a card for batch making, perhaps for Christmas or a craft fair. If you are new to stamping and feel that a complicated design is a bit much for now, you will hopefully find something in these blog posts to inspire you. Even if you are a seasoned crafter, we hope that something will catch your imagination, and have you reaching for your craft supplies to try out some of our ideas. So, grab a cuppa, and enjoy what we have to share with you this month.

Magda has created a series of beautiful Diwali cards for us this month, she has chosen some lovely colour combinations, and has combined the images in a very clever way to create her theme:

She has also created a Steampunk tag adding some stencilling to the background for extra detail. The little balloon tied through the hole is a great addition:

Next up is a card from Anne. She has stamped the images with Versamark, and used white embossing powder onto a piece of Crafty Individuals paper. She has used a heart stencil, and applied Distress Ink to add shading onto the background. She also coloured the images with Distress Ink and a waterbrush. The background was matted onto a card blank and she added PVA pearls, glitter glue and Glossy Accents as finishing touches.

Claire has created to fabulous CAS style cards. The first card was made by adding Brushos to a piece of linen card, and stamping the image using Versafine Ink. She added a bit of colour to the image.

For her second card, she added splats of colour to the background, using Distress Stains, before stamping the image several times with Versafine Ink, and also gilding flakes. This gives a feeling of movement to the image.

Carole has created a monochrome card for us, using the Floribunda Net stamp. She has stamped the image several times onto white card and trimmed the card to fit a square card blank. At this point, you can either draw a black line around the edge, or mat the background onto black card, the choice is yours. She stamped the image again onto a piece of spare card and tore around the edges. She matted this onto a piece of black card and tore around the edges again. Finally she added the sentiment.

We have a beautiful collection of cards from Brenda this month, starting with a masked panel, created with Pan Pastels. She has stamped the images with Distress Inks.

For her second card, she has stamped the foliage using Distress Inks, and added a vellum strip with a sentiment.

For her next card, she added Pan Pastel through a butterfly mask, stamped the images and added a sentiment.

She has added Pan Pastels through a circle mask to create this next card. She stamped the poppy image before removing the mask, and then added a sentiment.

Brenda has also made a couple of Steampunk cards:

Finally a simple card from me, I have used the Penny Farthing image, masking the stamp to use just the large wheel each time, to create a modern bicycle themed Birthday card, using bright colours of Versafine ink.

That concludes our projects for this month. We hope that you have enjoyed our collection and we will be back to share more tips and tricks with you next month. In the meantime, do please check back for a daily dose of inspiration from our regular Design Team posts. Thanks for stopping by,

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

A Punky Baroque Chest (by Penny)

I hope you enjoyed last week's post from Penny with her fabulous steampunk airship card.  This week sees her continuing on the theme with a fabulous piece of home decor. Sit back and be inspired.

Hello everyone, Penny here with the second of my Guest Designer posts.  This is a little chest of drawers that I created for the recent CB Steampunk Shows, and as I LOVE Steampunk this was a joy to make!  

I used stamps from the Eccentric Edwardian, Steampunkery and Key to My Dreams sets; gilding waxes, black gesso, Aztec Paints, embossing powders, an embossing folder, paper clay and wooden embellishments from my stash.

I painted a small chest of drawers with black gesso and added gilding waxes to the edges of the drawer fronts and the handles.  I then embossed two sheets of black card in a folder and added gilding waxes to create a sheet metal effect.  I stamped and embossed some more black card for the drawer fronts, having cut each piece to fit first.  I then painted the panels and cut holes in the centers to put the handles through. I cut the sheet metal card into panels to fit the outside of the frame, leaving enough of a margin to fold over each side, making them look neat.  I added some waste from die cutting cogs as 'rivets', having gilded them first for a metallic effect.  

I created the embellishments for the top; some were stamped and embossed onto card, some were made with paper clay, and I painted a wooden frame from my stash.  I arranged the embellishments on the top of the chest and attached them with strong glue.

These little chests are great for keeping all sorts of bits and bobs in on a desk or side table, and they make great presents!  Thank you for taking the time to read my post, I'll be back next week with my third and last project.

Penny  xx  

Having seen this beautiful box in real life I know it would be so admired and would make a fantastic gift to treasure. 

Thank you once again Penny for your stunning creation and if you want to see more amazingprojects from one of our talented DT then please drop back again tomorrow.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Time flies (posted by Claire)

Good morning, Claire here with a couple of projects made for Lesley's shows on Hochanda last month. I'm a bit late with my post due to pesky windows updates so sorry for the delay!  I love Steampunk and there are so many fabulous designs to choose from.

For this card I used an embossing folder to create the background and highlighted the embossing with gold, copper and silver gilding wax. I stamped the image, from Steampunkery on black card with versamark ink and embossed with gold embossing powder. I painted the image with metallic acrylic paints and cut the image out before popping it on 3d foam pads to give a bit of dimension. I also stamped and embossed the sentiment from the same set with gold embossing powder.

I recycled this bag charm using a bit of shrink plastic. I'd made the charm a few years ago but it was looking a bit dull and sad. I loved the beads and charms to I decided to give it a new lease of life by making some charms from shrink plastic. I took some translucent shrink plastic and stamped the images, again from steampunkery with metallic Stazon ink. I punched holes using my Crop-o-dile (largest hole) and then cut the charms out. I applied heat with my heat gun and flattened the charms with an acrylic block while they were still hot. I just used a few jump rings to add them to the bag charm.

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Monday, 13 November 2017

Punky Expressions CAS Style (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I am back to share some more projects featured on last month's Steampunk shows on Hochanda. For these three projects, I wanted to focus on the new word plate, Punky Expressions, and the different ways that the stamps could be used.

I created a gelli plate background on a large white card blank, by brayering Distress Ink in shades of blue and brown across the round gelli plate. I used an image from the Steampunk Travel stamp set, stamping straight onto the plate, to take colour away, and not cleaning the stamp in between stamping, so it added colour in various areas as well. I pressed the plate onto the card to ensure that I printed the background exactly where I wanted it to go. I added a few more of the little airships onto the background, using Distress Ink.

I stamped the large gentleman from the Eccentric Edwardian stamp plate using black ink. I added the Eureka! sentiment around the edges, starting at the top and bottom, moving left and right, then simply filling in the gaps.

For my second card, I created another gelli plate background, using blue and green ink, and pressing a dotty tool onto the plate to create a textured pattern. I added some images from the Silhouette Grasses stamp set, using various coloured inks, a little butterfly from the Baroque Meadow stamp plate, and finally, combined two of the stamps from the Punky Expressions stamp set. These new words and phrases are so versatile, and will be very useful for lots of occasions.

Finally, a really quick card, using more of the grasses as before in a different colour option, straight onto a card blank. The butterflies as before, and a variation on the stamp sentiment. This was such a quick card to make using first and second generation stamping to build up depth to the flower field.

I hope that my cards have given you some ideas for these fabulous stamps. I will be back later in the month with a few more ideas to share with you. Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Steampunk with a twist by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies, I’m sharing with you today two of the samples I made for Lesley’s show on Hochanda last month featuring the fab Steampunk themed sets.

I used Eccentric Edwardian and Key to my heart sets in my two here.

My first incorporates Brusho’s on watercolour cardstock, I used the Crackle background stamp from another show and added some interest with a ruler and fineline marker pen.

My second card is white embossing powder resist using sparkle pens and water, also on watercolour cardstock, elements stamped onto die cuts as a focal point. 

I hope you enjoyed the show and looking at my samples, have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Fly away by Brenda

A very good morning Peeps, I hope you are ready for another collection of Steampunk samples from Lesley's recent shows on Hochanda.

Now I will be the first to admit that I really struggled this this theme, it's not something I have ever tackled before, but of course that's the challenge to extend ourselves outside our comfort zone which for me is floral feminine and fantasy.

For the card at the top I create a background with Oxide Inks Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers, a stencil and regular DI's. Using black Archival ink I stamped the large flying machine from Steampunkery, two small hot air balloons from the same set set and verse from Steampunk Travel and the same DI's to add some colour to the balloons plus a few scattered sequins.

For this one I used an embossing folder and gilding waxes to create the background, then stamped a sentiment from the new Punky Expressions set on a strip of DP, stamped the Penny Farthing from Steampunkery using Versamark and detail copper embossing powder, cut out and placed on the sentiment strip along with some raffia.

Another Oxide ink background overstamped with one of the images from Key to my Dreams, I used second and third generation stamping using DI's to create a subtle effect. Next I stamped three keys from the same stamp set with versamark and detail copper embossing powder, cut them all out and fixed with a chain embellishment I found in my stash to the small winged clock in the Steampunkery set. The sentiment is also from Key to my Dreams.

My final share uses stamps from Steampunk TravelSteampunk Travel and Punky Words, all stamped with Versafine Blue onto squares of cardstock shaded with DI's and matted onto coordinating cardstock. This style is a great way to use up snippets of card so always worth keeping those offcuts.

Hope you all have a good day and my thanks for popping in today.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Steampunk (By Marga)

Hello everyone, great to work with this lovely team. And I love to watch the shows on Hochanda every time. Here is a card I made for one of the shows.

For this card I used photo paper and Distress Ink. I also used a background that I stamped with Distress Ink and finally I stamped the images with black ink.

The background stamp is from the Dusky Damask sheet.
The other stamps are from the Eccentric Edwardian sheet.

Hugs Marga

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Steam Punk Eccentricities (by Julie)

Hi there, I hope you managed to catch one of Lesley's recent Steam Punk shows on Hochanda. If you did you may have seen these cards on the show. 
I have to confess to loving all things Steam Punk. I love the surreal feel Steam Punk gives as well as the stamps being very useful to make male cards, which lets face it we all tend to struggle with.

My first card is created with the Eccentric Edwardian. I love these stamps and would buy the set just for the very useful script stamps.
The background to my card is coloured with Antique Linen, Old Paper and Walnut Stain Distress inks and then over-stamped with the male images using Sepia Versafine. The large script design to the top left of the card was stamped and then embossed with a copper embossing powder and I inked up the smaller script stamp with Sepia Versafine to fill the gaps. The cyclist was stamped onto separate card and coloured with Distress inks as before. I cut around the wheel slightly and then placed my metal, circular die underneath the wheel to cut out the rest of the design before mounting onto the centre of the card with foam pads. The sentiment is from Punky Expressions.

My second project is a gift box and frame card. I have cut both the box and frame on my electric cutting machine, however templates for similar boxes and frames can be found in an internet search.
The gift box is coloured with Squeezed Lemonade Distress ink and then over-stamped with the Air Ship and Boat from Steampunkery. I darkened the edges with Hickory Smoke Distress ink and dry brushed white Gesso over the top to create the clouds. Once the image was dry I glued the box into place.
For the frame I coloured the background with Squeezed Lemonade Distress ink and then overs-stamped with images from Steampunk Travel. I then sponged on Hickory Smoke Distress ink and then dabbed the excess off with a wet wipe.
The central panel of the frame is coloured with Brusho inks and once dry I sponged on Hickory Smoke Distress ink. 
The winged clock is from Steampunkery as before. Here I pressed the stamp into white clay and cut out using a craft knife. I then baked it according to the instructions before colouring with alcohol inks and gold gilding wax. 
Once everything was dry I glued the frame into place and added wire and beads to the back of the clock before gluing into place with 3d glue gel.

Many thanks for looking and please call back soon to see daily inspiration from the Design Team.

Julie xx

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Setting Sail (by Penny)

I am delighted to welcome Penny back as guest designer for this month and I am sure you will find her first project a real wow.  So here we go, enjoy.

Hi there everyone, Penny here and it is my pleasure to bring you three GDT posts this month.  I'm starting with one of my samples from the fabulous Steampunk shows!  I have used stamps from Steampunkery and Steampunk Travel sets, Distress inks, Sepia Versafine ink, copper and clear EPs.

I began by stamping and embossing the Airship onto white card, then masking it.  I then created a blue colourwash background with Distress Inks.  When dry I added some fluffy clouds with the whitecharcoal and smudged them a little.  I also added some 'cresting waves' along the bottom of the panel in the same way.

I removed the mask and coloured the Airship with Distress Inks before matting the panel onto dark card.  I took a white base card and stamped several words to form a border, then blended ink around the edges.  I then attached the panel to the card.

I stamped and embossed the winged cog several times onto acetate then coloured them on the reverse side with alcohol pens.  To make them pop I painted them with white gesso then cut them out and attached them to the card.  I stamped the verse onto a piece of ivory card in Sepia ink and embossed it with clear EP.  I tore the edges and brushed a little gold marker pen over them to give an aged effect then attached it to the card.  

This design is quite a simple one for me, but the focal stamp and verse are so beautiful that they needed little else.  I hope you've enjoyed this little project, I'll be back next week with another!   

Penny  xx

A real cracking start don't you think. Gorgeous card Penny thank you so much, we can't wait to see what you have planned for us next week.

Until then thank you for popping in and don't forget there is a new project from one our our talented team every day so please join us again soon.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Glitter and laces (by Dominike)


Et si aujourd'hui je vous proposais un petit article en français, histoire de donner un petit goût d'exotisme à ce blog. Oui, c'est un peu osé mais d'une part cela me permet de faire un article rapide car je manque de temps et d'autre part, cela vous donnera peut-être envie de vous pencher sur notre si belle langue.

Donc voici les deux cartes que je vous offre, deux cartes réalisées avec des brushos, un peu de papier musique, de la dentelle et des tampons Chocolate Baroque

Just for fun my proposal today is to give you a taste of French language. These two cards are made with brushos, embossing powder and laces. With Frosty trees rubberstamp and Townhouses  rubberstamp.

J'espère que cela vous plait. A très bientôt.

Kind regards.

Monday, 6 November 2017

New Horizons (by Magda)

Hi, it is so interesting and lovely to see Lesley from Chocolate Baroque at Hochanda demonstrating Steampunk stamps.
Here I want to share with you the card I made using Steampunk Travel stamp and Steampunkery stamp for the sentiment.

1. Put the stamp underneath the acrylic block  and think about the colours you want to use

2. Colour the acrylic block with Distress Ink Pad

3. Spritz with water

 4. Wipe the acrylic block with a heavy piece of White Cardstock till you are happy with the result

5.  Stamp the image with Versifine black both on the mat and on the card itself, as shown, and glue the sentiment label with Ranger Triangular Collage glue

Isn't that a funny card for a friend who is moving ?

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Steampunk Travels Pop Up Box (by Anne)

Good morning. I had so much fun creating a fantasy world with the Steampunk themed stamps recently featured on Hochanda. Today I am sharing one of my show samples. I just love this sentiment verse and the fun sentiments that come with these stamp sets.

  • Steampunk Travel and Steampunkery stamp sets (also available as a multibuy)
  • Ready made white pop up card blank (approx. 7cm wide box with back panel approx. 16cm high), white stamping card, Kraft card
  • Inkpads: Dye based ink (brown) and Versamark
  • Ink sprays with mica (blue and gold)
  • Alcohol ink pens and coloured pencils (blue, orange, yellow)
  • Fine tipped pen (brown)
  • WOW heat embossing powders (mix of Verdigris and Gold)
  • Dies to cut steampunk cogs and shaped mat for verse
How it was made:
  1. The box was spritzed with inks to add colour and edged with brown ink.
  2. The images were stamped with brown ink and coloured with alcohol pens and some pencil shading.
  3. The verse was cut out with a die and edged with brown ink and faux stitching. The remaining sentiments were hand cut and edged with brown ink. The Steampunk images were cut out by hand.
  4. The cogs were cut from Kraft card, coated in Versamark and heat embossed with metallic powders.
  5. The images, cogs and sentiments were glued to the card layers to give depth. Thin card strips were glued behind some of the elements to add extra support where needed.