Wednesday 31 May 2017

Challenge 35, Week Three

Hello everyone, and welcome to another week on the Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog. We hope that you are enjoying the current challenge, which is sadly our final challenge. We have had some fabulous entries for the challenge so far, and there is still lots of time left for you to enter. You can add your entries to the link in this post.

We have some wonderful inspiration from the Design Team for you this week, two of our DT members have kindly provided written instructions for their projects so that you can have a go at making their projects if you wish. Firstly, Anne has created a magical card, featured on the recent One Day Special TV shows on Hochanda. This vibrant card, with its striking design would make a wonderful Birthday card for girls of all ages.


Spring Fairy Collection, Fantasy Castles, and Magical Landscapes
8 inch square card blank, white stamping card and purple iridescent paper
Scrap copy paper to create masks
Large decorative circle mat cut from purple card and circle die to cut out image
Versafine Onyx Black Inkpad, StazOn Jet Black inkpad
Water based inks (purples)
Watercolour pencils (black, purples and greens)
Clear sparkle pen
Fine tipped marker pen (black) and alcohol marker (purple)
Stickles glitter glue (Star Dust)

How to Make It:

Stamp the fairies with Versafine, cut out and colour with pencils and a damp brush.
Stamp the wings with StazOn onto the iridescent paper, cut out and decoupage over the stamped fairies.
Stamp the castles and buildings onto copy paper and cut out. Arrange the elements to plan the scene, i.e. it needs to fit into the circle topper which will fit into the large decorative mat. Stamp the foreground image with Versafine and cover it with your paper mask before stamping the next image behind. Continue covering the foreground images and working towards the background elements.
When complete remove the masks and use a fine tipped marker to join up or draw extra elements where needed.
Colour with watercolour pencils and a damp brush. Overlay some areas with clear sparkle pen. I added extra intense colour with water based inks into the background to make the buildings 'pop'.
Edge the card blank with alcohol marker to frame. Layer and glue down all of the elements. I used 3D foam and glue gel for added depth.
Finish with touches of glitter glue for added sparkle.

Claire has created a stunning canvas, full of texture and  lovely details. This would make a beautiful decoration for your home.


8"x8" canvas
Butterfly stencil
Just Butterflies stamp set
Shimmer sprays (shades of green and violet)
Texture paste
Brick effect stencil, Ledger stencil
Silver Gilding Wax
Pearls, diamante gems
Versamark Ink
White opaque embossing powder
Anti-static bag
Acylic Paint- Silver, Green metallic, purple metallic
Heat resistant acetate
Stickles, PVA glue, silicone glue


Begin by applying texture paste through the butterflies and dragonflies, leave to dry.
Once the texture paste is dry, add texture to the background by applying texture paste through the brick and ledger stencils. Try to avoid the butterflies, but if you do get texture paste on them, remove it with a baby wipe and leave to dry.

Spray the violet shimmer sprays generously in the centre of the canvas and the green shades around the edge. Use a baby wipe to blot any areas that look a little muddy and leave to dry.

Dust the stencilled butterflies with an anti-static bag and stamp the coordinating butterflies with Versamark. Emboss with white embossing powder.

Highlight the raised areas of the background by applying silver gilding wax.

Paint the edges of the canvas with silver acrylic paint and leave to dry.

Dust the acetate with an anti-static bag and stamp the butterflies with Versamark Ink. Emboss with white embossing powder. Loosely paint the butterflies on the reverse with green and purple acrylic paint and leave to dry for a few minutes.
Once the paint is dry, cut the butterflies out and glue on the gems with PVA glue. Smear a little Stickles here and there and leave to dry.
Fold the wings up at either side of the body and attach the butterflies to the canvas with silicone glue to give the wings some dimension. 

Thank you so much girls for your gorgeous projects. We hope that they will inspire you to join in with the challenge. We will be back next week with another post, and more projects from the Design Team. If you have any questions, and cannot find the answers on the blog pages, please send a message using the contact form located at the very end of this post; you will see it after the comments section.


  1. Lovely DT cards ladies, I am still hoping to get mine done.xx [aNNie]

  2. Absolutely stunning projects, beautifully designed and coloured cards, Kate x

  3. Wonderful both the projects and particulary love the first one with that gorgous frame and the fairies!


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