Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Challenge 8, Week Three

Hello everyone, welcome to another week on the Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog. We hope that you are enjoying the current challenge and the creative inspiration provided by our Design Team.

For those of you visiting our blog for the first time, here is the inspirational photo and colour swatch that we are using for our current challenge:

You can find a link to the current challenge here.

Our challenges are monthly, based on an inspirational photo and a colour swatch. A new challenge is launched on the third Wednesday of every month and you can use any medium to create your projects; paints, inks, pencils, pens, etc., as long as you keep to the colours from the colour swatch in your project. We offer a monthly prize of £15 and the winner is drawn by from those entries that have used Chocolate Baroque stamps currently available on the website. We welcome entries from anyone however, and all entries will be considered by the DT members for a slot in the Top Three each month.

This week, we have more inspiration from the DT, Shirley and Claire have both very kindly provided a tutorial for their projects.

Shirley has created a vibrant floral card with an Eastern feel:

Indian Textiles stamp set
Brusho ink crystals: Lemon, Orange, Yellow
Gold shimmer spray
Distress Ink: Chipped Sapphire, Spiced Marmalade
Archival Ink: Deep Purple (or similar)
Stencil with lettering design
Edge distress tool
Smooth watercolour or mixed media paper
Plastic kitchen wrap
Purple cardstock
Pencils: purple, mauve, white
Metallic paint: violet
Palette knife


Sprinkle a very small amount of Brusho crystals (in separate areas) on the watercolour or mixed media paper.
Spritz with the shimmer spray and let it run. Add more crystals or spray as required to get a finish that you are happy with.
Cover with crinkled plastic wrap and let dry for approximately 15-20 minutes and remove, (note: this technique is quite effective on glossy paper, but remove the plastic wrap after 10 mintes).
Wait for background to dry.
Stamp the textile and building images with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink at the top and bottom.
Stamp the main flower image with Deep Purple Archval Ink.
Colour the main image with pencils, leaving two of the flower centres uncoloured to show the orange background.
Add lettering using the stencil, 3D paint and palette knife to the background. Quickly wash the paint off the stencil. (Alternatively you could add lettering using Seedless Preserves Distress Ink with a blending tool).
Distress the edges with distress tool.
Colour background edges with blending tool and Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink.
Mount background onto folded purple cardstock.

Claire has created her card using Pan Pastels for a completely different finish:


Klimt Panel Cling Mounted single stamp
Words of Inspiration stamp set
Versamark inkpad
Purple card
White card
White card blank

Pan Pastels: Violet Extra Dark, Ultramarine Blue Shade, Violet Tint, Diarylide Yellow Shade and Hansa Yellow
Sofft blending tool
Pencil eraser
Double sided tape
3D Foam pads


Stamp the Klimt panel with Versamark onto white cardstock.
Apply the Pan Pastels using a Sofft tool and blend lightly.
Use a pencil eraser to remove any excess colour from around the image.
Trim the panel and mat onto purple card.
Repeat the steps above for the sentiment.
Layer the image and sentiment onto a white card blank using double sided tape for the image and 3D foam pads for the sentiment.

Thank you to Shirley and Claire for their inspiration this week. We will be back next week with another post and more inspiration for you. We look forward to seeing more of your entries and hope that you will join in the challenge yourselves.

You can add your entries to the Inlinkz link here. In the meantime, don't forget if you have any questions, and you cannot find the answers on the blog pages, please send us a private message using the contact form located at the very end of this blog post; you will see it after the comments section.


  1. Love both of these and the colour pallet . x

  2. Both cards are bautiful, very different looks, great inspiration, Kate x

  3. Love the colors and the cards . And instruction

  4. Very different looks indeed - a superb illustration of how much the medium used will affect the finished look & whole ambience of a design. It's as much choosing the correct products for the type of mood one wishes to create as the actual design itself. You certainly made me think. Thank you!
    Paula (PEP)


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