Sunday 1 November 2020

Featured Designer

Today is a very special day as I am the very first featured designer on the new We Love Chocolate Baroque challenge blog. The theme this month is Christmas so I looked through my Chocolate Baroque stamps and managed to come up with 2 cards.

This is the card featured on the design team post:

The stamp is from English Cottages stamp set, I stamped it in a very pale waterproof ink and then water coloured it with my Zig clean colour real brush pens. I did also stamp some trees behind the house but then realised that I was making a Christmas card and the trees were in full leaf. As the ink was so pale I managed to paint in the trees without it showing through. I used a frame die from Crafters Companion to cut out the house and the gold frame. I finished the image with some distress ink sponged around the edge. 
The pink on the cottage is a traditional colour in these parts, I think it is even called Suffolk pink. I painted the windows bright yellow in order to give a feel of being warm and cosy inside.

I used a stencil from Uniko for the front panel. White pigment ink was sponged through onto a deep red panel. The sentiment is heat embossed in white.

My second card is along the same lines as the card that won the challenge, you can find it here if you are interested. I used a clear stamp called Peony, I thought I could make it look Chistmassy.

This time I stamped and masked the Peony, first stamping in black and then heat embossing with clear embossing powder. With the Peonies masked, I used stencils to create the background, 3 different ones. The top layer uses the same Uniko stencil as on my first card, I inked it with Catherine Pooler Eucalyptus ink and then used a gloss transparent texture paste over the inking. This has given it a nice shine, but I am afraid you can't see it in the picture. The panel was mounted on some red mirror card and then onto a dark red card base.

I hope you like my cards and that I may have inspired you to take part in this months challenge. you don't have to use Chocolate Baroque stamps to enter.

 Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today, I really appreciate it. 


brenda said...

Morning Hilary,

Not one but two beautiful cards, both so different but with a lovely warm seasonal feel to them.

Inspired thinking using the Cottage with it's Christmas glow coming from inside. And the second beautifully masked to create the background, so perfectly done I initially thought you had stamped onto DP.

I am so happy you are our first Featured Designer and thank you so much for working with us for your special spot with the team.

B x

Cat Craig said...

Beautiful olde time festive cards Hilary. Congratulations on the GD.

Kathleen said...

Hi Hilary, thank you for your lovely comment and also thank you for the two lovely cards that you have made for this months challenge at WLCB. Great images and colours, especially the second card (I am a flower fan)
it certainly does looks Christmassy. Looking forward to seeing your lovely creations in future challenges.
Thanks Again.

Kath x

Greta said...

Big congrats, Hilary! Lovely Christmas cards! I especially am intrigued with the pink cottage! How neat you made it traditional for your area!

Linby said...

Thanks for being our GDT - two beautiful cards, so inspirational. Lynn x

crafty-stamper said...

Congrats on your GDT spot and both beautiful cards-really love the peony stamp and background
Carol x

Tracy said...

Gorgeous creation, thank you for being our 1st featured designer.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

My Paper Epiphany said...

Two beautiful card! So much wonderful detail! Congrats on being GD!