A couple of cards

Mackintosh Lady

I wanted to share a simple card made with the Mackintosh stamp sets.

I stamped the lady from Mackintosh Windows onto white card and coloured her with Copics. I cut it out with a thin white border and layered it onto a background made with Dylusions sprays.  I sprayed onto very absorbent watercolour paper – the more absorbent the paper, the softer spray inks blend (try blotting paper sometime and you’ll see what I mean).  I stamped the background with the rose border and layered it up very simply onto an aqua layer and plain white card.

I like to have a few cards ready made that have no sentiment.  They are useful when you need a card in a hurry, a birthday, a get well or even just a thinking of you card.  You can add the words that are appropriate at the time and the recipient will be grateful that you have sent a hand made card.

Sometimes though, the words are the focus of the card.

sending a smile

This little card says it all really.  Again, the background layer is Dylusions, this time sprayed onto a textured card.  The sentiment (Amazing Birthday) and the floral edge are stamped with Archival Magenta Hue and the flower is made from scraps, including leftovers from the sprayed background.  The brad in the centre of the flower is a standard brass office paper fastener pressed onto a Versamark pad and embossed with WOW Sparkling Snow embossing powder.

If you’ve never tried customising your own brads, then my top tip is get a lump of polystyrene or blu-tack and put the brad in it before heating – you can do a whole batch in one go.  Poke holes in a piece of card to store them or even give them to your crafty friends as a little gift – just be sure to use an opaque powder rather than transparent, unless you want the brass colour to show through.


I’ll leave you with a little teaser – we launch new stamps over on the Design Team blog tomorrow …

castle teaser




Spring Flowers

I really am in denial about Christmas so here’s three cards featuring our new spring flower stamps, all featuring grey and pink using Versafine and Archival inkpads and watercolours.

Fritillary card] There’s lots of layered stamping in this one using the Fritillary and stamps from Fancy Flourishes and Nature Swirls.  The sentiment is from Amazing Birthday.

Peony card The Peony stamp is painted with watercolours and simply layered onto Firefly paper from Prima (sadly discontinued).

magnolia card Here I’ve stamped the Magnolia repeatedly on watercolour paper using Smokey Grey Versafineand painted it with watercolours.  The grey background is india ink which is actually much harder to blend out as it soaks into the paper and stains it pretty quickly.  I’d stick with watercolour next time.  The huge corner swirl is from Butterfly Dreams.

I hear Christmas is just eight days away so I guess I better get my Christmas mojo on!  I do actually have quite a few cards already made, but could do with whipping up a batch of quick cards.  Hmmm, thinking cap on…



Cracking Cards!

I was making some little envelopes last weekend using the We R Memory Keepers envelope punch board, which is a rather nifty little device in its own right for making envelopes.  However, I always look at craft tools from an investment point of view – how much use will I get out of it, and will it justify the cost in the long term.

I was a little dubious at first about a tool for such a specific purpose, but I’m actually enjoying the challenge of coming up with other ways to use it, and I’ve found several so far, including this cracking little cracker card.

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Exact measurements will vary and you can come up with your own based on the size of the card you start with, but here’s a quick guide.

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I started with a piece of A4 card (210 x 297mm), cut a third off (99mm) and folded in half to make a skinny card (often referred to as DL because it fits a standard DL envelope).

I also cut myself a layer 6mm smaller all round.

[EDITED - I double checked my measurements after spotting a typo.]

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I then put the base card on the punch board and lined it up at 5cm and punched a notch.  Make sure your card is thin enough to go in the punch when folded.  If it is too thick it will jam up the punch – if it won’t go, don’t force it.

(Tip: I place a large acrylic block over the punch to give me more surface area to press down on.)

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I flipped the card over and repeated the notch at 5cm in from the other end and repeated the two notches on the bottom.  This gives you the basic cracker shape.

If you punch the layer using the same measurements, it won’t line up neatly so you need to make a slight adjustment. Because I cut the layer 6mm smaller all round, the punch position on the layers needs to be 3mm shorter – that’s 4.7 cm in from each edge.

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Measurements that tiny can run off a little, but I found that it’s quite easy to put the paper back in and make a tiny adjustment and punch again.  It doesn’t matter if the bottom of the notch is a little wider on the paper layer – it really doesn’t show.

The cracker card is now ready to decorate.  I kept mine pretty simple with die cuts, punches and paper flowers.  All the papers you see here are from the Chalkboard Cheer paper pad from Cosmo Cricket.

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The sentiment stamps on both crackers are from Warm Christmas Greetings and the ornate frame is from Best Relative Ever.

I’ve also discovered that the notch punch on the board is a super easy way to create tabs and file folders.  Start by punching at the start and end of where you want your tab to be, then simply trim off the rest.  If you’re making a tabbed folder, you just need to offset the fold slightly so the tab sticks out.

file folder start    file folder

This wasn’t really meant to be a post specifically about the envelope punch board, but it just shows, it’s not the one trick pony it may sound like at first.  I love pushing tools beyond what they were meant to do.  What about you – have you got any tips for using crafting tools in ways that weren’t originally intended?




envelope punch board chalkboard cheer warmchristmasgreetings best relative

(click image to find on the Chocolate Baroque website)

Gelli Landscape

I know we’ve just launched the Winter Fairies today, but I realised I still had to share this card that I made with the October Fairy set.


The background is a monoprint done on the Gelli plate.  I used a palette knife to paint a landscape on the 6×6 inch plate and took several prints from it, this one being the first.  I stamped and embossed the fairy in black then added lots of foliage plants from the other fairy sets and Wild Meadow.  I extended the ground under the fairy with black paint and coloured her wings with Wink of Stella pens.

Now as I mentioned, the Winter Fairies launched today and I’ve been playing with those too.  Remember the ‘accident’ that I showed you in the last post?


Well I managed to rescue it and it’s my contribution to the Winter Fairy Inspirations leaflet.  You can just see it peeking out on the far right in this picture:

Winter-Fairy-web-image I’ve also been making some ATCs and over the weekend I will be trading them on the Chocolate Baroque Facebook page. Here they are at the moment, but I’ll be jazzing them up a bit before they go up for trade (hint, if you’d like to be one of the four people receiving one of these, I’ll be looking to trade any ATC made with CB stamps).


Don’t forget to check over on the Design Team blog for new artwork featuring the gorgeous Winter Fairies.



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