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:
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 that you like to create your projects; inks, paints, pens, pencils, etc., as long as you stick to the colours from the colour swatch in your project. We offer a monthly prize of £15 and the winner is drawn by Random.org from those entries that have used Chocolate Baroque stamps currently for sale 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. You can find the rules on the 'How it Works' tab at the top of the page.
This week, we have more inspiration from the Design Team. The first project is a beautiful card from Debbie. She has created a very clever faux wrap design, by stamping a large flourish with Versamark twice across the front of her card, and adding a bow. Such a great idea, and the lovely butterfly is the perfect finishing touch.
Claire has very kindly created a tutorial for her lovely floral card:
Poppy Meadow stamp set
Wild Meadow stamp set
20cms x 20cms white card blank
Smooth white card
Distress Inks: Peeled Paint, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Shaded Lilac, Crushed Olive, Forest Moss
Ink Blending Tool
Embellishments: Lace, Ribbon, Pearls
Cut a square of white card 18cms x 18cms.
Apply Peeled Paint, Seedless Preserves, Shaded Lilac and Picked Raspberry to a non-stick craft sheet and mist with water.
Swoosh the card through the ink several times to create a background.
Stamp the foliage using stamps from the Wild Meadow stamp set using Crushed Olive and Forest Moss Distress Inks.
Create faux stitching using a white pen and add a flat-backed pearl in the corners.
Stamp the image from the Poppy Meadow stamp set and colour with pencils.
Cut out and ink around the edges with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink using an ink blending tool.
Create faux stitching using a white pen and add a faux pearl in the corners.
Distress the edges of the image and background using a craft knife and mat on white card.
Assemble the card as shown layering the image up over some lace and ribbon.
We also have a tutorial from Anne this week for her beautiful card:
Design A Tree stamp sets: Glade, Orchard and Spinney
Tall Trees stamp set
19 cms square white stamping card plus 19cms square card base
Moon mask cut from copy paper - approx. 5cms across
General adhesive and temporary adhesive for mask, low tack masking tape
Distress Inks: Forest Moss, Dusty Concord
Dye based inkpads: dark purple and cerise pink
Alcohol markers: dark purple, cerise pink and dark green (to match inkpads)
Fine tipped black marker
White gel pen
Tape edges of stamping card with masking tape to create a border of approximately 1 cm all around the edge, and place moon mask.
Brayer the sky with Dusty Concord Distress Ink, fading towards the centre. Brayer with Forest Moss Distress Ink from the bottom, fading up towards the centre. Remove moon mask.
Using torn copy paper as a mask, create some hills in the distance by lightly sponging with Distress Ink.
Stamp some distance trees, the main tree, foliage and some foreground texture with Forest Moss Distress Ink. Stamp the flowers using dark purple and pink dye inks.
Use a water brush to add some cloud texture in the sky area.
Use Distress Ink and a water brush to further enhance and paint the landscape background, adding shading to hills, foliage and to the distant trees. Draw a few stems/grass with the green marker, and use the pink marker to dot some extra flowers. Highlight the flower centres with the white pen.
Finally remove the masking tape and draw a wiggly frame with the fine black marker, cut out and mount onto the card base.
Top Tip: Use a purple marker to colour the edge of the card base if you do not have any toning card to use as a mat layer.
Thank you so much girls for your fabulous inspiration and great tutorials this week. We hope that we have inspired you to join in the challenge yourselves and be in with a chance of winning the £15 voucher to spend at Chocolate Baroque. We will be back next week with another post and some more inspiration for you. If you have any questions and 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 post; you will see it after the comments section.