A different Sunburst

While I was playing with sunbursts, I thought I’d show you this one as well.  (Click to enlarge)

I set the camera up and took photos as I was going with this one, so here’s how it was done as a step by step tutorial.


Stamp the grasses from Home Sweet Home onto patterned paper.  This is one from the Essence of Nature CD.

Stamp again onto masking paper or a Post-It Note and cut out the sun, taking care to cut slightly inside the line.  Stick the sun in place over your stamped image.

Apply skinny masking tape in lines from the central point of the sun outwards to create rays.

When you are happy with the rays, use torn masking tape or masking paper to add a line of hills along the bottom of the image.  Make sure the tape is firmly pressed down.

Pick up colour from a Desert Heat Kaleidacolor inkpad using a stylus tool.

Gently rub the ink onto the paper over the top of the masking tape.

Using a clean tip, introduct a little Dandelion or Canteloupe Memento ink.

Continue building up ink, fading it out as you get away from the sun.  Working on printed paper will give a different result to plain as the printing will show through.

Peel off the masking tape very carefully.

You can now see your masked areas showing the original printed paper.

Add more hill masks if you wish and rub Pear Tart and Bamboo Leaves inks over your masks.

Alternatively you can just colour the hills at this point with pencils or markers.

Add Dandelion ink to the sun – the circular stylus tip is exactly the right size!

Add definition to your hills with pencis – I used pastel pencils so I could smudge them easily.

Trim stamped panel and layer onto warm brown card.

Make an 8 inch card from gold pearlescent cardstock and stamp large corner from Butterfly Dreams using Timber Brown StazOn.

Stamp a sentiment onto cream pearlescent card with StazOn and cut out with a Nestability die.  Layer onto a larger warm brown nestie shape with foam pads.   Assemble card as shown.

The sentiment is from Words of Comfort and Cheer and I thought the reference to sunshine was just right.  There’s also a nice sentiment on Loving Sentiments that says “Just thought you could use a little extra sunshine today” which would go really well too.

Well I hope you enjoyed that, I think I’ll go searching for some real sunshine in the garden – looks like the lawn needs mowed again.


Multi-coloured White

I see that Miranda over on the Design Team Blog has posted a couple of cards featuring coloured pencil over white ink. This is such a great technique and something that is featured in my Colouring 101 online class. So I thought I’d show you a sample from the class which features Coloursoft pencils over Adironack Snow Cap white pigment ink.  (We just sold the last one in stock today, but will be getting more in about a week- ten days.)

Here’s a close up of the bird which is from the Dawn Chorus stamp set.

I’m afraid the Colouring class that starts next week filled up so fast I never had time to tell you about it.  If you are interested, I suggest you sign up for the newsletter on the My Creative Classroom website so you get their emails which are sent out when new classes open for registration.  The class will be running again in the Autumn and you can watch a video of me doing this technique on that class.

I’m glad you enjoyed the podcast – my wrist is much better now, but I’m off to see a physiotherapist tomorrow as it seems to clunk out of place now and again, so I’m not quite sure if there’s more to it than a simple sprain, and I’m pretty sure the splint I was given to wear makes it worse rather than better.

Adrian’s spots are almost gone and he’s pretty much back to normal.  Sadly his Dad has pneumonia again, so he’s on daily visits to the hospital at the moment as he’s really quite poorly.

Trillian is as bonkers as ever – her new nickname is Nutty Squee which says it all really!  I’ll try and get some photos together of her because she really has grown up into a cat now.  In fact, we think she’ll probably be a year old in August sometime.  I think we’ll have to invent a birthday for her as we don’t know exactly when she was born, but she deserves to have a special pamper day to celebrate.

PS –  Chocolate Baroque has its own page on Facebook now, and I’m doing a random giveaway over there this week so why not pop over and leave me a comment.

What’s the story Morning Glory?

I’ve been teaching Colouring 101 online for the last five weeks and while making the videos for the class, I put one of them up on YouTube.  It’s a fast forwarded video of me colouring and it’s quite long – you might even find it a bit tedious to watch, but whenever I have demonstrated colouring, I have a handful of people who watch in fascinated contentment and when I stop, they always say, “oh, I could watch that all day”.  So this is for those of you who find it therapeutic to watch someone else colour in.  There’s a few squeaky bits which is me sharpening pencils.  (I edited it in a bit of a rush, so I think some of the squeaks could actually be me saying something, but it will just have to stay as it is for now.)

The colouring class will be running again this summer, so I shall tell you more about it when I have dates.