May 19, 2008

Baroque Fantasy

Hi everyone, hope you had a good weekend. We had a great visit down in Invercargill with our family, we hadn't been down since just after Christmas, so was a great trip. This is a card I finished last week, in between lots of fun stamping at workshops and delivering huge boxes filled with goodies to my wonderful hostesses!

I wanted to create a really whimsical design using that wonderful swirl image from Baroque Motifs - so had a play with embossing and my brayer, and this is what I came up with. Here's the step by step:

  • Stamp the swirl image in Purely Pomegranate and Bashful Blue by first loading your stamp with Versamark, then the coloured ink you've chosen. This allows you to heat emboss with our wonderful dye inks! I stamped onto Whisper White.
  • Heat emboss the swirls with Clear Embossing Powder.
  • Load your brayer with Pumpkin Pie ink and brayer over the entire piece. The heat embossed areas resist the ink, and once you've finished brayering you can just wipe over the piece with a paper towel or tissue to get rid of the excess ink.
  • Sponge the edges heavily using Pumpkin Pie, Purely Pomegranate then Chocolate Chip ink and a sponge dauber.
  • Outline the swirls using a white gel pen. This seems like a tedious task, but it's actually quite easy and relaxing!
  • Create the "Kind" label by stamping the sentiment onto Bashful Blue then sponging the edges with Purely Pomegranate. Cut out using the Small Oval Punch. Layer onto a piece of Pumpkin Pie cut with the Large Oval Punch. Dot around the Pumpkin oval with a black marker.
  • Did you know our oval punches are sized to perfectly fit inside the Hodgepodge Hardware? I love this feature of the punches, it makes things so easy!
  • I distressed my Hodgepodge label holder by colouring it with a black permanent marker like a Sharpie or a Vivid, then used a sanding block to scrub away some of the black in places.
  • Attach your Hodgepodge label using Dimensionals and a Black grosgrain ribbon tie.
  • Add three black brads in the upper corner, then layer onto a piece of Purely Pomegranate using Stampin' Dimesnionals for height.
  • Layer onto Bashful Blue sponged with Purely Pomegranate and dotted with the wide end of your black marker.
  • Attach the whole thing to a Basic Black card base and you're done!

This card is so vibrant in real life, the colour combination, white gel pen and black card base makes it look so dramatic! I hope you'll try brayering over a heat embossed image, it's a lot of fun and you can create some spectacular effects.

Have a great week and look out for more posts here very soon!

Stampin' Supplies:
Baroque Motifs stamp set.
Whisper White, Purely Pomegranate, Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue and Basic Black card stock.
Versamark, Bashful Blue, Purely Pomegranate, Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black ink.
White Gel Pen.
Sponge Daubers.
Black Brads.
Hodgepodge Hardware - Antique Brass.
Small and Large Oval punches.
Black marker.
Stampin' Dimensionals.
SNAIL adhesive.
Heat tool.
Clear embossing powder.
All supplies available from Stampin' Up!


  1. This is so beautiful. I love the colours.

  2. Wow. How cool is this. Love the colors. You can tell you took a lot of time to make this. Thanks for the inspiration.


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