Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Chocolate Baroque September Challenge 'Winter Flora'

September 2016
‘Winter Flora’
Hello and welcome!
Here is my Chocolate Baroque September Challenge entry - a bit late or 'tail-end Charlie' as my mum would say but I've been trying to get ahead of myself with all my Christmas makes - cards for Mum-in-law, Sister, Mum, Mum's carers' gifts and all in that order. I made the card below yesterday afternoon and I must say I'm quite pleased with it. The beautiful holly frond/flourish was so beautiful to work with and deserved pride of place and yes! I've managed to include my trademark 3D element! I also liked the water-colour effect on the poinsettia as it offers a contrast to the crisp holly images and ties the scrunched inky background in. Have a sneaky suspicion that this card will be replicated as our cards for this year as I quite fancy trying it out in white/grey/silver - what do you think?

·         Stamps:- Chocolate Baroque – Large holly flourish from ‘Christmas Flourish’ set, Large and small poinsettia from Steampunk Christmas
·         Inkpads:- Ranger Distress - Evergreen Bough, Peacock Feathers; Memento – Bahama Blue; Stampin’ Up – Pacific Point
·         Cardstock :– White card blank – 8ins x 8ins; white squares – 1x 7insx7ins, 1x5.5insx5.5ins; white offcuts; ice-blue mirror card
·         Gelli plate – 6insx6ins
·         Miscellaneous – Glue pen; Nuvo glitter - white, peacock, turquoise, dark turquoise alcohol marker

1.       Using sticky notes, cut a few circle masks of 2ins diameter and place in centre of 7x7 square. Ink large flourish with Bahama Blue and stamp at each corner. Edge each side with alcohol marker.
2.       Mount onto ice-blue mirror card, attach to 8x8 card blank and set aside.
3.       Onto the gelli plate, dab Evergreen Bough and Peacock Feathers all over. Scrunch a piece of copy paper and blot all over inked Gelli plate. Place 5.5x5.5 card over and ‘pull’ a print. Place another circle mask in centre of print and stamp large holly flourish – again using Bahama Blue.
4.       Outline ‘swirly’ lines with glue pen, then sprinkle over turquoise glitter. Edge each side with alcohol marker. Attach to base card (1) at an angle and set aside.
5.       On white off cuts, stamp large poinsettia three times and small one twice. Leave one large poinsettia aside and with a damp paintbrush, ‘pull’ colour from stamped images towards centre of all four flowers. (2 large and 2 small.) Cut out.
6.       Outline swirls – when dry - with glue pen and add white glitter. Form into a poinsettia flower and attach to centre of base card. Cut three petals from remaining poinsettia and add to flower as leaves.

Et voila – ‘Winter Flora’ - my contribution to this month’s Chocolate Baroque challenge!
Please have a look below at my batch cards – also achieved using two Chocolate Baroque stamps and the same background formula!
Chocolate Baroque September 2016 Challenge


  1. Hi Shelagh, the holly flourish stamp is an old favourite of mine, and you have made a beautiful card with it. Love the 3D flower. Your batch cards are fabulous too. Thanks for your entry into the Chocolate Baroque Challenge, Judith xx

    1. Thanks,Judith. I just wanted to illustrate the versatility of Chocolate Baroque stamps. . . . And I. too, love the batch cards but . . they're bound for my sister!! Will have to invent something else for us! ;~}

  2. Lovely cards. Very inspiring and gorgeous in the blues. I think that they would work well in silver too. Good luck with the Chocolate Baroque Challenge, Anne x.

    1. Thank you, Anne. I just have to find the time to make my own cards - too busy currently doing everyone else's!! ;~}