Sunday 18 July 2021

Blue Rose

Good morning, I have been away for a few days so haven't been around much. I shall try and catch up with things over the next few days, so hope to see you soon. Next weekend I shall be driving to collect my grandchildren and bringing them home to stay for a few days, so I am likely to be absent again for a while. I am really looking forward to seeing them properly as it has been so long, but I am concerned that my energy might run out! I have booked a beach hut so they can exhaust themselves on the beach, so I am hoping for fine weather.

Today is the 18th of the month so it is reminder day for  the current challenge at we love Chocolate Baroque, the theme this month is:

**Beautiful Blooms**

I have been really enjoying using my new stash of  Chocolate Baroque stamps and after using 4 different stamp sets on my last card you will be relieved to hear that today I have only used 1 so my supplies list is much shorter.

I started with an A6 piece of Bristol board and blended  2 colours of blue Distress Ink. Once I was happy with the blending I chose my stencil to enhance the background, laid it over the panel and sponged white pigment ink onto the panel. I really love the look you get from using white ink. After removing the stencil I went over the panel again with the DI until I was happy with the way it looked.

I stamped the rose with Versafine Clair twilight ink (I am definitely going to be buying more colours of this ink, it is quite amazing) and clear heat embossed it.

To enhance the rose I took a damp paintbrush and lifted colour from sections and added a little extra colour to the nooks and crannies of the rose. I cut the panel down and mounted it on a white card leaving just a small edge and mounted that onto a dark blue card base. 

When I first started making cards I very rarely added a sentiment to the front, but that changed over time now I very rarely don't add a sentiment. I decided that I really like this card and didn't want anything to detract from it. I hope you like it too.

You have until 30th of the month to join us over at we love Chocolate Baroque and although you don't have to use Chocolate Baroque stamps it would be lovely if you did. There is also a prize to be won. 

Cardstock: Bristol Board; Bringmann 300gsm photo mounting board
Ink: Distress ink salty ocean and blueprint sketch; white pigment ink
Stamps: CB Rose Duo
Stencil: Spellbinders Impressabilities Pebbles

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


brenda said...

I am a big fan on tone on tone cards Hilary and this one looks lovely, must admit I've not used that stamp for some time so need to rectify that.

Enjoy your time catching up with your Grandchildren.

B x

crafty-stamper said...

Great monochrome card and love the beautiful stamp.Enjoy your time with your Grandchildren
Carol x

Bunny said...

This is a beautiful blue card. [Bunny]

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Enjoy your time with grandchildren and collect sweet memories at the beach! Family is very important! :)
Love very much your monochromatic card, and the white stencilled background shows so well the gorgeous CB rose! The two dark blue bands looks perfect, such elegant design! Lovely envelope as always!

Rajani Rehana said...

Mind blowing post

GerJanne said...

Oh wow, this is an amazing card! So beautiful in blue.
Enjoy your time with the grandchildren. Making memories! Very important!

aussie aNNie said...

Beautiful card and love this stamp and your whole design.xx

coldwaters2 said...

Oh my this is a real beauty Hilary those colours and that stamp look like a match made in heaven
lorraine x

Linby said...

oh my goodness this is just exquisite work - beautifully done.
Enjoy the beach hut with your grandchildren, sounds like a plan and so lovely to be able to spend time with them.

Brenda in IN said...

The card and the stamp are both beautiful. Lifting the ink gave gorgeous shadows on the rose. Taking the kids to the beach is a great idea. They will have a wonderful time in the fresh air and water.

Bonnie said...

This is even prettier in person, Hilary! It may be finding itself in a frame! It's GORGEOUS! Thank you so much for making my birthday a special day!

Ashwini Rao said...

I love it! The image is really amazing, and you've done a great job in keeping it monochrome, but still adding those subtle textures, that make it look simply breathtaking!
Enjoy the time with your grandchildren, Hilary! All the time off would be totally worth it! :)

papierelle said...

That looks amazing !! You have succeeded in creating a beautiful card.

Crafting Queen said...

Such a beautiful card, love the shade of blue you used. Must try this. Anesha x

Donna Ellis said...

How gorgeous, Hilary! There is nothing so beautiful as a CB stamp, and you have done it in such a lovely way! The white pigment on the stencil is amazing! So pretty in every way! hugs, de

Cat Craig said...

Hilary, beautifully done. The depth of the rose is fabulous.

Tracy said...

A really beautiful creation Hilary, I love it!
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Loll said...

Gorgeous card Hilary! LOVE the blended shades of blue and your beautiful rose. Great idea to lift colour and add shading ... you've really brought this bloom to life. I love the subtle look of the white stenciling in the background. Never think to use white ink so I will definitely be trying it out. xx

Ros Crawford said...

This is absolutely gorgeous Hilary... I really love the shades of blue

Mac Mable said...

What a beautiful tonal card and the stamped flower looks striking. I hope you are enjoying your time with the family Hilary x.

Greta said...

Absolutely stunning card, Hilary Jane! Hope you have lots of fun with the grandkids & fingers crossed the beach weather cooperates!