Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Time for another challenge!

Hello folks, it's time for another challenge on the Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog so please pop over to take a look at the inspiration from the Design Team, read the information and make something for the challenge. If you use Chocolate Baroque stamps for your entry, you will be entered in the monthly draw for a £15 prize to spend at Chocolate Baroque so it is really worth entering the challenge.

Here is the inspirational picture for this month's challenge using artwork originally created by one of our Design Team members Doreen:

The colours are so different from last month's challenge, and Doreen's original artwork is beautiful. I was inspired to make a card reflecting a recent holiday to Tuscany, so I fished out the Echoes of Italy stamp plate which is an old favourite of mine. I created two panels of colour at the top and bottom of my background using paper masks to cover the central area. I used various shades of Distress Inks: Scattered Straw, Dried Marigold, Wild Honey and Rusty Hinge. I stamped the large crackle stamp over the top using Sepia Archival Ink.

For the central panel, I stamped the image using Bamboo Leaves Memento Ink, and added some clouds from the Magical Landscapes and Fantasy Castles stamp sets. I coloured the images in with Distress Markers and a waterbrush.

Originally that was it as far as the design was concerned, but I felt that the balance of colours was wrong. So, I added some handmade flowers using scrap paper and some die cut Crealie leaves. Italy is bursting with flowers wherever you go, and so the addition of the flowers feels just right.

Thanks for stopping by,


Paula Whittaker said...

wow that's gorgeous

Astrid Maclean said...

Stunning Judith, specially love the top one, just gorgeous!!

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Stunning Judith, you could imagine driving in the Italian countryside and seeing this scene from the window.

Sue xx

jackiescrafts said...

This is a lovely card Judith. I'll have to get my thinking cap on for this challenge
Jackie x

Naomi said...

A beautiful card, thanks for the inspiration.

Paula (PEP) said...

I love the sense of peeling back the sun-scorched baked earth layers to reveal your little scene as if it is nestled beneath. The darker inking of the two inner edges has created super depth. The deep blue flowers echo the pales blue clouds & those shutters beautifully & give a lovely frame top & bottom drawing the eye top right to bottom left through the scene. The white centres help to enhance the white background, rightly so for the white is one of the colours in the challenge.
Paula (PEP)

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