Wednesday 3 February 2016

Challenge 19, Week Three

Hello everyone, and welcome to another week on the Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog. We hope that you are enjoying our current challenge, and the inspiration provided by the Design Team. For those of you visiting the blog for the first time, here is the inspirational photo and colour swatch that we are using for the 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 project; 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 fabulous underwater card:

Vronnie has created a romantic garden scene:
She has very kindly written a tutorial, so that you can recreate this card yourself.


Stamps: Mackintosh Beauty, Walled Garden
Base card approx 15cms x 15cms dark cream pearlescent
Mat approx 12.75cms x 12.75cms dull gold card
White watercolour card
White address label 100mm x 139mm
Ink pads: brown, Versafine Onyx Black
Watercolour pencils
Water brush
Brusho powders: Lemon, lime, moss, sand
Spray bottle of water


Begin with an A5 piece of watercolour paper, misted with water, sprinkled with Brusho powders and sprayed fairly heavily with water, then lay a piece of white card over while it is still wet to get a second print- this lightens the original considerably, and gives another piece to play with later.
Leave to dry overnight, then stamp the walled garden using a brown inkpad. Try to stamp so that the arch is over an interesting area of colour. Colour the stamped image with watercolour pencils and a water brush, fairly carefully on the stonework, and very roughly on the foliage and bushes. Do not colour the image too heavily or use colours that are too bright- the image will be fairly difficult to see anyway, but you need to get the effect of distance.
Stamp the lady onto the address label with the black Versafine ink, and colour with the watercolour pencils again, using brighter colours this time. Stamp her again using the black Versafine onto the background in front of the walled image where you want her to be placed- you only need to colour the ribbons on the flowers and the small roses coming down from them on this image.
Fussy cut out the lady- no need to cut out the ribbons and rose strings, they are already stamped onto the background. Remove the adhesive backing and place over the stamped image.
Trim down the background to approximately 12.25cms x 12.25cms, mat onto the dull gold card, and then onto the base cream card. 

Thank you so much girls for your inspiration this week. We hope that you will be inspired by these projects and will join in the challenge yourselves. 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. Traumhaft schön, liebe Judith

  2. What beauties these cards are, gorgeous images and designs, thank you so much for your inspiration, Kate x

  3. absolutely beautiful - two stunning cards! Hugs rachel x

  4. Beautiful inspirational cards from Anne and Vronnie! Thanks for the sbs Vronnie!

    Lesley Xx


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