Sunday, 2 April 2017

Chocolate Baroque Challenge March 2017

Chocolate Baroque Challenge
March 2017
‘Flight of Fancy!’
This is Mike's favourite shot and as my resident photographer, it had to be first.

Having sorted through my CB stamps this morning - oh! what a beautiful selection - a little idea was beginning to form so when Mike came up to check on my progress this afternoon, I was suitably surrounded with re-inkers, ink pads, spritzer bottles of different strengths, card stock galore and quite a selection of stamps. The following project evolved as I experimented, discarded and changed my ideas around. Although not as envisaged, I must say I’m more than happy with the end result - project that will certainly find itself on the stairwell wall, my new display area!
I love the shadow on this shot as it shows the depth of the project.
·         Stamps:- Chocolate Baroque - Sketchy Doodle Landscape - Leaves, Sketchy Doodle Flowers - Scroll-type Leaf, Tangled Garden – Butterfly
·         Card:- Watercolour paper, Kraft card, Black
·         Inkpads:- Distress – Twisted Citron, Shabby Shutters, Aged Mahogany, Milled Lavender; Adirondack -  Butterscotch; Encore – Silver
·         Embossing Powder:- WOW - Dark Silver, Black
·         Misc:- Glossy Accents, Seed Beads, Sequins, Haberdashery silver beads on filament, Clear Sparkle pen
Another angle capturing a different light

(TOP TIP:- I have just, through this project, found out how wonderful and forgiving water-colour paper is thus negating any need for foam pads of 3D glue. Next step is to try it with the smooth variety!

Love the butterfly shading on this shot

1.       Cut two A4 sheets of water-colour paper in half and sweep Aged Mahogany, Milled Lavender and Twisted Citron over to cover – straight from the pad – onto all four pieces. *NB I found I got a better mix of colour using half A4 (A5) rather than keep the sheet whole.
2.       Choose one as a background and sweep Adirondack Butterscotch around the edge. Spritz inked card with water, allow to soak in then dry with a heat gun. (The colour-mixing once spritzed diluted the Aged Mahogany and once the Butterscotch ink was added, the resulting colours achieved.)
Trim to create three strips 2.5ins wide. Carefully sweep each edge of the strips with Encore Silver inkpad, add Silver embossing powder then heat-set.
3.       Mount onto black card, Kraft card, black card, Kraft card, black card – in that order. Set aside.
4.        Spritz the other three with water and dry as before. Brush with talc/baby powder/ anti-static bag and stamp sets of leaves using Encore Silver. Add Silver embossing powder. Heat emboss. Cut leaves out.
5.       Stamp a silver butterfly on chosen area of remaining inked card, add black sparkling embossing powder and heat-set. Cut out.
6.       Arrange leaves and butterfly onto pre-prepared background and attach using Glossy Accents.
7.       Paint butterfly with Sparkle pen then add sequins using Glossy Accents. Tip each filament with Glossy Accents then gently feed these filaments under the butterfly head for the antennae.
8.       Dot a flight path with Glossy Accents then add a silver seed bead to each.
9.       Manipulate the leaves and butterfly to suit.
Et voila – Le Papillon ou Mariposa ou Vlinder – depending on your chosen language but otherwise known as my ‘Flight of Fancy!’

Happy crafting!

'The Making Lady'


  1. Such a pretty card, thank you for joining in Chocolate Baroque colour challenge, good luck, Zoe DT member xx

  2. A fabulous project Shelagh, great depth and detail. Thanks for your entry into the Chocolate Baroque challenge, Judith xx

  3. Beautiful artwork Shelagh, it must have taken ages but well worth it as the finished result is stunning. Thanks so much for joining us at Chocolate Baroque Challenge this time
    Claire xx

    1. Hi Claire, thank you for commenting. This was my first inky play for a few weeks and I have found a new textural addition by using watercolour paper. Onwards and forwards! ;~}

  4. WOW Gorgeous! Great stamping and colouring plus I love the dimension with cut outs. Good luck with the Chocolate Baroque Challenge x.

    1. Thank you, Anne. Back to my 3D additions again! ;~}