Thursday, 12 February 2015

Chocolate Baroque: Tropical Flower

Good morning, friends! I have a simple project to share with you today showcasing stamps from Chocolate Baroque's new Sketchy Doodle Flowers A4 sheet. I'm combining 2 of my favourite techniques: embossing and water colouring, to create an easy birthday card. I was inspired by a silk scarf I purchased in Hawaii many moons ago. It has a huge pinkish red hibiscus surrounded by swirls of delicate foliage.

I started by heat embossing the leaves in white with WOW Bright White Embossing Powder on a piece of heavy water colour paper before colouring them in with Tim Holtz Distress Inks. I usually use Strathmore paper for water colouring, but this time I'm using Canson Mixed Media 300gsm Paper. LOVE it! Colour goes on smoothly and it does not warp with heat embossing.

For the leaves I used Pine Leaves and Mowed Lawn. For the little buds I used Scattered Straw and a touch of Squeezed Lemonade.

The background is colour washed with Evergreen Bough and I did some free hand swirling with Peacock Feathers to create some movement . The greeting is from Birthday Words A5 sheet, stamped with VersaFine Olympia Green.

I also heat embossed the bloom, this time with Ranger Specialty Embossing Powder Rose Quartz embossing powder, followed by Distress Inks, adding a darker shade of red each time: Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry and Aged Mahogany. When dry, I fussy cut the flower and adhered it to the card over the leafy background and off the card base.

Finally, I gave in to a little shine with the Wink Of Stella Brush Tip Glitter Marker in Clear... couldn't be helped! It's not obvious in the photo but trust me, it's there IRL.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Red & Pink
Addicted To Stamps & More: AG
Crafty Gals Corner #6: AG
Penny's Paper Craft #214: Embossing
Word Art Wednesday #170: AG
Loves Rubber Stamp #138: Show Me Some Red

Products used to create this card:

This really is an easy card and the embossed outline makes water colouring a breeze. You know me, I don't go for complicated techniques! These sketchy images are perfect for colouring in the lines. The card is also flat as a pancake - perfect for mailing!

Thanks for stopping by today. I haven't posted or visited much this week. Sorry about that. Rosie's having a tough time. We've had a few good days and it's time for a few not so good ones, I guess. As you know Rosie's not one to give in to a few aches and pains and we're cheering her on. I'll make some time for blogging this weekend. Hope to see you soon. Here's picture of Rosie looking guilty because she was caught napping on the one decent sofa we have left. We pretended not to notice. :)



  1. Beautiful card Asha and beautiful Rosie, I love the look of them both.
    lorraine x

  2. Very pretty. Love the watercolors.

  3. Gorgeous card and flower Asha. Rosie looks so Beautiful and she should be allowed on the couch.. Lots os Hugs.. Loz&Hardy(furbaby)

  4. Your creations is gorgeous Asha. The flower really jumps off of the page.
    Sorry to her that Rosie is going through a rough time again. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Gorgeous floral card Asha!! Love the background water-coloring you've done! I've not tried either paper for that. Yes, know what you mean about the furniture! I always have to completely cover mine with throw blankets!! The guests never know where to sit! LOL!! Most people that are used to it know to just throw them to the side to sit! LOL!! We love our animals!! :) Hugs to you and Rosie!

  6. Wowww.... this is just amazingly gorgeous!! I love that big burst of a flower at the front and center and the way you emboss resisted those leaves. Sending your puppy a big hug! Thanks for playing along with us at Crafty Gals Corner this week, too!

  7. Gorgeous card, Asha!

    Snoopy :D

  8. This is outstanding Asha, love everything about it!! Rosie looks very comfy there and rightly so!! xx

  9. That fussy cut flower looks gorgeous and it was a great idea to use white for heat embossing the leaves. Fantastic card!

  10. Hi Asha, your card is gorgeous, beautiful colours and blending and I do love the image.
    This is the first time I've seen Rosie and she is just beautiful, she looks so cumfy lying on the sofa, I hope she does'nt suffer too much hugs Kate x

  11. Your card is so pretty-I love the big flower and also the colouring-so well done! The swirls in the background is great. Oh Rosie deserves to be on the sofa:) I want to just snuggle her

  12. A beautiful card and love the colors the way you colored it.

  13. Love your beautiful card - the sparkly flower is so pretty:) Thanks for joining us this week at ATSM xx

  14. Wunder-wunderschön...ich bin total begeistert.

  15. Hi Asha lovely card , hope Rosie is feeling better x

  16. Very bright card, reminds me of spring. Love the stitches too. Thanks for joining us at ATSM.

  17. Fab swirly bg and wow to the embossing, give Rosie a hug from me and thanks for joining ATSM x

  18. that gorgeous bloom! Fabulous water coloring with the Distress Inks, Asha! So happy you could join us at ATSM!

  19. Wow!! Fabulous card!! Love your coloring with distress inks!! Thanks for playing along with us at Addicted to Stamps and More!!

  20. Stunning card - love the colours!! Rosie looks really comfortable on that lovely soft sofa :-)

  21. Beautiful card! I just love your flower! Thanks for joining us this week at Loves Rubberstamps! Rebecca

  22. This is so beautiful - lovely colours and layout - thank you for joining us this week at Penny's Paper-Crafty. Good luck and hope you can join in again next week - Michelle x

  23. Such a beautiful card. Love the gorgeous flower. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :) Hope Rosie is feeling better soon. Love.

  24. What a gorgeous card, Asha. It's always such a joy to have you stop by and play along with us.
    Word Art Wednesday

  25. This is gorgeous! Love the image and the beautiful water coloring. Thanks for joining our challenge over at Loves Rubberstamps!

  26. Beautiful card!!! Love image. Thanks for playing along this week at Crafty Gals Corner!!!
    Agnieszka DT

  27. I love this card. Thank you for joining us at Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge.

  28. Very Pretty. Thanks for joining us at Penny's challenge-see you Wednesday for a new one :)

  29. This is very pretty!
    Thanks for playing along at Crafty Gals Corner!
    Crafty Gals Corner - Owner & DT Coordinator
    Crafty Gals Corner

  30. wooowwww
    I love how you colored the flower Asha
    this is amazing speechless
    and lovely BG you have made too
    ADORABLE made
    Miss you Asha..but I know you must be to the next post :)
    hugs, Monika

  31. Wow this card is gorgeous Asha, just love it. Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs Anet x.

    Sending you and Rosie big hugs. Thank you for the photo she is adorable.


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