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.



Poppy ATCs

Poppy ATCs

Poppy ATCs

We’re having a bit of an ATC offer week over on the website, so I thought I’d put these poppy ATCs up that I made last night.  The background is Archival ink, stippled and swirled with a large stencil brush and the poppies are coloured with pencils.  The poppy is our clear Remembrance Poppy which carries a donation to the British Legion for every one sold (that’s a charity that supports our service men and women for any non British readers who don’t know).

I have a couple more ATCs coming up on the Design Team blog tomorrow with our new stamps for February – you won’t want to miss that, there’s a giveaway!!

Ruby Rose

White Christmas Challenge prize fund standing at £6.00 so far and growing …

I’m continuing with my Christmas cards when I get chance and here’s the finished card made with the Reindeer ATC.  I thought I’d got plenty of those cute reindeer in stock, but I hadn’t realised just how many people would buy multiple packs, so they lasted about half an hour on the website after last week’s email went out.  If I can get more in, I will, but my supplier is out of them too at the moment.

I kept things fairly simple with just a little stamping on the beige card, a ribbon and a sentiment from Peace on Earth.  The little round sentiment was designed to fit a one inch punch and I have stamped a whole lot of these with Pearlescent Poppy Brilliance ink and punched them out already.  I also have a little scalloped circle punch which gives the tiniest little border to a one inch circle and makes a great frame to the sentiment.  I plan on sticking these on the back of the envelopes when I send my cards out.

So the third ATC I made in this colourway is very simple.

It’s the curling of the petals that makes this flower look so pretty and it will only hold that shape if the card is thick enough.  I admit I’ve not been thinking much about postage so far when creating these cards, but this one will have to go into a box if it is destined to be posted.

I was hoping to turn this ATC into a card tonight, but we have a bit of a problem with our heating boiler cutting out all the time and it’s just too cold to do anything other than snuggle up with a hot water bottle.  Plus I’ve been to the dentist today and that always leaves me feeling like I’ve run a marathon in a diving suit – all that nervous tension beforehand followed by the adrenaline of being in the chair with someone furtling around in your mouth with sharp metal objects, then the exhausted relief of it being all over.  I had the added bonus of having my teeth painted with fluoride today – if you’ve ever caught sight of yourself smiling after having that done, it’s quite disgusting as the white fluoride makes it look like you just smeared cottage cheese all over your teeth.  I think I gave the assistant in Sainsbury’s quite a turn!

So I’m off to curl up with a warm book and a good cat … or something like that anyway.


Goosebumpy Reindeer

My christmas card production line is growing.  Here’s the second of my ATCs which features a reindeer and Goosebumps spray.  Have you tried Goosebumps yet?  I may be a late convert, but I love it.  It is basically a resist product, so whatever colour you spray it onto, it seals in that colour and when dry you can add more layers of colour.  There is a matte and a shimmer variant literally just arrived in the webshop so I’m looking forward to trying those out too.

Here’s how this one was made:

  1. Spray Goosebumps over an ATC.  (I usually line a few up and spray them all at once.)  Put aside to dry – half an hour in a warm room should do it, but it depends how thick it is.
  2. When dry, colour with Distress Stains – I used Aged Mahogany, Fired Brick and Barn Door in that order from bottom to top.  The Goosebumps resists the colour and really shows up if you wipe it back with a piece of kitchen towel.
  3. Colour a mini tag with Distress inks using Cut ‘n’ Dry foam.  I used Tumbled Glass, Old Paper and Scattered Straw.  Stamp the word Joy from Steampunk Christmas using the same colours for a subtle background.  Add a little ribbon to the tag and stick it onto the ATC with foam pads.
  4. I found these sweet little wooden reindeer recently and couldn’t resist getting a few for the shop.  I knew they would be perfect for one of my favourite techniques which I often use on laser cut shapes like this.
  5. I covered the reindeer with gold Encore ink and then covered the shape with Halloween embossing powder, which is a rich sparkly bronze colour.  I heated it up, then while hot, dipped it into regular clear embossing powder.  I don’t use thick powder on intricate shapes like this, the regular is better.  I heated up the clear and gave it another coat which really gives it a nice gloss finish and ‘encapsulates’ the glitter below, enhancing the sparkle like a glass paperweight.
  6. Stick onto the tag and you’re done!

Here is the finished card that I made with the chocolate and blue snowflake ATC.  I have used a paper from the Season’s Greetings CD and layered it with another from the old Guild printed paper pack.  Punches and pearls just give it a bit more interest, but it’s pretty simple and quick to do.

I’ll be back soon with the details of another ATC in this colour palette, then I’ll be switching to a very traditional red, green and gold.  I managed to make 18 ATCs in one afternoon last weekend and they feature an interesting mix of products including (hold your horses) new stamps!  Yes, we have three new sets coming out very soon.  No they’re not Christmas, but both sets could easily be used for Christmas cards.

I’m hoping I will find even more inspiration next week as I’m taking a day off to visit the Knitting and Stitching show at Harrogate.  It is always full of the most amazing and inspiring textile work and I’m really looking forward to soaking up the visual treats in store.   Anyone else visiting the show?  I think I’ll be there on Thursday, so if you see me wandering around aimlessly, do say hello.