Wednesday 3 August 2016

Challenge Twenty-Five, Week Three

Hello everyone, and welcome to another week on the Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog. We hope that you are enjoying our Anniversary Challenge and the wonderful inspiration provided by the Design Team. For those of you visiting the blog for the first time, take a look around, read our FAQ tab at the top of the page, but for this month, as an exception to our usual colour swatches, we are simply using the theme of 'CHOCOLATE' for our monthly challenge. You can create any kind of project; a card, tag, scrapbook page, mixed media, project, whatever you like, as long as you incorporate chocolate colours into the design. You can add other colours as well if you like, so think of ice cream combinations perhaps, like mint chocolate, chocolate orange, or neopolitan, for example. The idea is to have fun and enjoy yourselves!

You can find a link to the current challenge here, where you can add your entries at the end of the post.

This week, we have some more chocolate inspired inspiration from the Design Team for you.

Julie's card has a beautiful textured background that looks just like thick white chocolate. A fabulous flower in chocolate tones adds a finishing touch:
Magda has created a mixed media card, creating layers of ink and tissue paper with a glue resist for a lovely milk chocolate finish to her background:
Asha has created a colourful Art Journal page with chocolate overtones. Asha says that this page was inspired by mango, raspberry and passionfruit sorbet that she had eaten, sounds delicious!
Zoe has created two beautiful cards using a shaving foam technique. The second card was made from the leftover inks, which is why the background is paler. Zoe has called the colour combinations caramel ripple and milk chocolate ripple, they sound fabulous!

Zoe has very kindly written a tutorial for her cards so that you can have a go at making them yorselves.


Paper plate
Cheap shaving foam
Spray inks- three colours
Stamps: Lace Fragments, Journal Today, Eccentric Edwardian, Gothic Fragments
Bookmark die cut
Purple card stock
Versafine Onyx Black inkpad
Kraft card blank 6" x 6"
White card blank 5" x 7"


Cover the paper plate with a layer of shaving foam, spray three colours of spray inks onto the foam, (more than three colours is too much).
Using a coffee stirrer or something similar, drag the colours through the foam, up and down in one direction, and then across in the other direction until it starts to look like marbling. Once you like what you see stop, because if you overdo the stirring process, you will just get a mixed up colour.
Put the card onto the foam, press down and wait a few seconds before lifting. Lift the card away and after a few seconds, take a ruler and scrape off the foam and put it back on the plate. Using a paper towel, wipe off the rest of the foam and leave the card to dry. the card will only take anout five minutes to dry.
Flatten the foam on the plate and stir again, there should be enough colour for a second print, which will be paler and more subtle. Take a second print as before.
Cut the marbled card to size and stamp the corners from the Lace Fragments stamp set directly onto the card.
Stamp a sentiment onto the bookmark die, and ink the edges with Distress Ink. Fold over the edge of the card at one side.
Add some gold glitter pen highlights to the scroll lacy corners here and there.
This card is called Caramel Ripple ice cream!

The paler card is called Milk Chocolate Ripple ice cream.
Stamp the image from the Gothic Fragments stamp set in the two opposite corners, using second generation stamping, and orange ink, (ink up your stamp, and stamp onto scrap paper first, before then stamping onto your card to get a lighter impression). Use a black ink for the alphabet stamp in the same way.
Stamp the head, sentiment and clock, using black ink over the background.
Ink around the edges with Distress Ink to frame the card.

Mat both backgrounds onto purple card before adhering to the card blanks.

Thank you Zoe for your fabulous tutorial, and thank you to the rest of the Design Team girls for their brilliant designs. We hope that they will inspire you to join in with the challenge yourselves. We will be back next week with another post, and some more projects 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.



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