Wednesday 30 September 2015

Challenge 15, Week Three

Hello everyone, and welcome to another week on the Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog. We hope that you are enjoying the current challenge, and the inspiration from the 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. 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 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. Anne has created a dramatic card using the large butterfly from the Patchwork Butterfly stamp set:

She has very kindly written a tutorial for her card:


Patchwork Butterfly stamp set
Black card blank, approximately 19cms square
Lemon pearlescent card
Thick white card for background
Smooth white stamping card
Memento Inkpad: Tuxedo Black
Alcohol ink pens (greys and lemons)
Acrylic paints (greys)
Acylic ink (black)
Acrylic light modelling paste
Glossy Accents
Flower Soft (lemon)
PVA pearls (black)
Sea sponge
Palette knife
Adhesive and 3D glue gel

Create the background rock and lichen texture by sponging with grey acrylic paints and black acrylic ink. Tint the texture paste with back acrylic ink and apply with a palette knife for added texture, then drop in some Flower Soft and leave to fully dry.

Mount the background onto the card front with a border of the lemon card.
Stamp the large butterfly with Memento Ink and colour with alcohol inks.
Add shine to the body and some wing areas with Glossy Accents.
Cut out to layer onto the background and finish with PVA pearls.

Anne writes: "I love this extra large butterfly stamp from the Patchwork Butterfly stamp set. I hope that you like my project. I am looking forward to seeing all of your contributions and good luck in the prize draw."

Julie has created a decorative frame for her project this month. She has also provided a tutorial for you:


Steampunk Butterfly stamp set
Smooth coated photograph frame
White stamping card
Archival inkpad: Watering Can
Versafine Inkpad: Onyx Black, Grey
Light grey coloured pencil
Alcohol marker pens: black, light, medium and dark grey, yellow
Alcohol blending solution
Felt pads
Scrap paper for masking
3D glue or foam pads


Cut a piece of stamping card to fit the aperture of your frame.
Ink up the tulip stamp with the Archival inkpad and stamp the card that you have just cut. Repeat this step twice, but stamp onto the scrap paper and another piece of spare stamping card.
Cut out the tulip from the scrap paper and use this as a mask to cover your main image.
Ink up the cog stamp with grey Versafine and stamp all over the masked image.
Remove the mask and colour the cog background with a light grey alcohol marker and coloured pencil.
Colour the tulip with the yellow and grey alcohol pens and also include the image that you stamped onto the spare card.
Cut out the leaf and tulip heads from the second image and decoupage them onto the main image using 3D glue or foam pads.
Squiggle the alcohol pens all over the front of the frame and then blend with the alcohol solution that you have applied to the felt pads.
Ink up the three keys stamp with the Onyx Black Versafine and stamp three times onto stamping card. Cut out and add to the name plate on the frame.
Reassemble the frame and display.

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.


  1. gorgeous inspiration - I have mine made up but it will be friday before it gets blogged - great colour combo though! Hugs rachel x

  2. Gorgeous cards ladies and thanks for the tutorials, as always super inspirations, Kate x

  3. Fabulous inspiration! Gorgeous backgrounds on both projects and the splashes of yellow for the main images is quite dramatic.

    Lesley Xx


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