A last minute move

 

A last minute post for the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #10.

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As it’s last minute, it’s nightphotograpy unfortunately. I’ll see if I can get a daylight picture edited in this week.

I started this card by placing a stencil and going over it with distress stain bronze. I then lifted off the stencil and placed it on another piece of cardstock (This is where the chessboard is stamped and cout out from), so there’s the positive and negative image of the stencil. I then applied ink – a mix of shaded lilac & dusty concord, spun sugar, and again a mix of victorian velvet and seedless preserves. (although dusty concord and seedless presevers could have been swapped). The metallic stains act as a kind of resist, so it still stands out a lot.

I stamped the chessboard onto the other cardstock. I had inked it up with  Stazon cherry pink and violet (something). I added some more white pen on the chesspieces and castle, but it didn’t really cover the distress stain so I left it as it was.

I had started other cards before this one, but the balance of colours was always off, there wasn’t enough white in it. So I left the chessboard just as it was, it was good like this.

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I glued the card in place onto white cardstock, leaving a strip of white on the right side for balance. Oh I almost forgot, I stamped and heat embossed the text ofcourse.

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So that’s it, it was a difficult challenge for me this time again and a lack of time also, but I am satisfied with the result, although I like the other card I made more. Thanks for visiting!

Edit: the outdoor picture taken this morning, no sun / bit cloudy:

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Potential in all

Another card made with a preset colourcombination:

Daqadoodles027The colourscheme is from Chocolate Baroque challenge # 7.

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I stamped the queen, then the pawns several times and masked all off, then coloured the card using various shades of brown and green.  I then took a CB background stamp from the nature fragments set, misted it with water and put it on the card, then dabbed a dry cloth to the card. The stamp absorbed the water nicely, leaving a bit of a chessboard pattern behind.Daqadoodles150208zo130419006The chesspieces are coloured with a waterbrush and distress ink scattered straw. The text is embossed. I should look for another red embossing powder, I am always a bit disappointed by this one, it looks so bright red when unmelted, but is much darker melted. I had really wanted the word Queen to pop.  To compensate, I put a red background against it, stamped a CB stamp from the steampunk christmas I think (the corner stamp) with fired brick or barn door, went over it with a waterbrush and after that went over it a bit with waterbrush and scattered straw distess ink.

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Back to the steampunk birds / onto the extra card in this post.Daqadoodles028

Daqadoodles150208zo163909020The left bird was used before by me beginning of january or in december, on this card:Daqadoodles141122za16113002

I had planned it to be an entry into the CB challenge of that month, challenge 5. If you look at those colours, it doens’t really match.

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It’s because I got carried away while making the card,deciding to put in an accent and make the wing yellow. I didn’t think of the challenge colours at that point, I just made the wing yellow. And then I thought: uhhh that’s not in the challenge colours! So this didn’t get into the challenge entry.

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I added more accents in the flower stamp, as I didn’t have to stick to a colour scheme anymore.  Daqadoodles141122za16144807

Looks good this way, doesn’t it?  I just love the steampunk birds I guess!

The eccentric Edwardian CASed

Take a look at this blogpost from Florence on her blog Florence and Freddie Part 2.

I liked the card a lot, and CASed it 5 days after her blogpost.

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It’s quite an easy card to do. I didn’t have a rectangular die like that, but used a square one and only put it forward through the machine for about three quarters, then ran it back and moved the die to make a rectangle. Only then did I cut the paper with the man to size and inked the edges.

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A closeup of the chessboard-palace image. You can see my hand isn’t very steady when drawing lines, and this gelpen draws quite thick lines. My thinner gelpen (from ranger) doesn’t work well. I still have to search for a white pen that makes thin lines.Daqadoodles141108za144117In real life people don’t zoom in that much, only cameras and computer screens do 😛 So at “normal” view it looks good. Love this card, thanks Florence for sharing yours!

Halloween roundup

I’ve been a bit absent lately, mostly due to focussing on getting the house ready to sell, which also means I didn’t have much time for crafting.

So now is a good time to catch up on my backlog of unposted projects!

I’ll start with 2 more hallloween ones, these were also made for the Country View Challenge Blog Guest Designer post, but in the end, I liked the  cat the most. The 4 halloween card I made are portraied here. More information about the unicorn and cat card are in my previous 2 posts.

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I actually started with the card with the portrait. I thought spooky portraits, with holes where the eyes should be and a big black void behind it, being watched (If you look closely you can see little red pupils). Somehow chess fits the evil overlord or haunted castle too, so I added the chesspiece with the checkmate words. I loved making the background and almost didn’t want to cover it.

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Some steps when making that card:

The final touches were ofcourse some white highlights and matting the card.

I really liked the fallen over chesspiece, so I went and made another card. It’s from the Chocolate Baroque Chess stamp set.

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Daqadoodles13_09_22_235332You can see the light through the card because the background is the border of one of the other cards, which I cut out carefully. I enhanced the back by a little strip of cardstock, and then added another layer (after taking the picture). But I like this effect, I should have left it uncovered.

The shoe-stamps are from VivaLasvegastamps, and I thought they looked kind of spooky here, empty shoes on a dancefloor. The fairytale of the little red shoes, but a bit spookier. (Do you hear footsteps echo through the empty hallway, hear dancing in the ballroom while no one is there?) The branches on the side are coral stamps from Chocolate Baroque and a coral stencil, I embossed alternating in red, black, red, moving the stencil just a lottile so the colours wouldn’t blend too much. I further embossed the edge of the purple card with black. (And I had embossed the chesscastle stamp, shoes, chesspiece, just lots of embossing!)

Last, a card which I didn’t finish, I thought something ancient could be spooky too. I combined two stamps from a Chocolate Baroque stamp set, (after making the background with the very light script).  I made the scratched lines with something that was lying nearby.

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Just using the tools at hand.

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That’s as far as I got with this, I didn’t know where to go from there. I often don’t make a plan (which probably shows in my cards sometimes), but I go with the moment. But no moment came 😛 Maybe later, another time, I’ll know just the occasion and the way to finish this card or cut it up.

Materials used:

  • Chocolate Baroque stamp sets:
    UA5SP0366 The Art of Chess A5 (chess related stamps on first two cards)
    UA5SP0401 Steampunk Butterfly A5 (the bat and the lacey corner on the first card)
    UA4GW0145 Antiquities (Card with the car)
    UA5SP0326 Underwater Kingdom (coral branch on 2nd card)
  • Chocolate Baroque: Lady (portrait) – unknown series (was in a grabbag).
  • VivaLastvegastamps: shoes
  • Christina Renee / Prima Marketing 850029 (frame of the portrait)
  • Crafters Workshop Stencil: TCW360s 6×6 Coral.