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Monday, March 19, 2012

Egg-citing Chocolate Baroque Beauties

Good afternoon, everyone!  I am blessed, humbled and pleased as punch to tell you that Chocolate Baroque, a rubber stamp company in England has asked me to be on their design team!  I am so excited, and their stamps are the most beautiful and extremely detailed stamps I've ever worked with!

Chocolate Baroque has just released a new set called Baroque Eggs, and they are absolutely beautiful!  I'd like to share some Easter cards I made using this set.




There are so many stamps in this set, I don't know if I'll be able to use them all!  So many detailed eggs of many sizes!  Several sentiments too!  http://www.chocolatebaroque.com/UA4SP0385-Baroque-Eggs-Unmounted-stamp-sheet--A4_p_3997.html  These stamps are the best-made I've used thus far in my stamping career!  The deeply etched rubber is very pliable making it very easy to cut, but very strong, and the images stamp out sharp and detailed each and every time!  They come on a sheet, uncut and unmounted so that you can cut and mount them to your preferred method of use.  I used the E-Z Mount sheets, and although very sticky, this method works well.  The other method I use is the Tack 'n Peel sheet on an acrylic block.  This works well too, but your stamp doesn't have the "sponginess", so it's important to make sure the stamp is secure and totally flat on the acrylic block in order to get a good stamped image.  Sometimes, I will use the stamp flat on the desk, face up, and place the paper facedown on the inked image, then use a brayer to roll over the top.  The paper must be held securely so that it does move to smudge the image, and the brayer makes it easy to get every little detail of the image stamped onto the paper.  This is especially beneficial when using large stamps.

Inside the card

I wanted to say that Glenda is very prompt in getting your order out to you in a timely manner.  Since it's coming to you (if you live in the United States) from England, it takes a a few days, but is so worth the wait! 

Here is another Easter card that I made yesterday.  I think these stamps make anything you create with them a wonderful one-of-a-kind piece of art!

This egg stamp is just so gorgeous!  That's another problem I have with these stamps!  There are too many to chose from, and they are all beautiful!  The choice is hard as to which one I'll work with next, or maybe I should use several on the same project!  On this one, I heat embossed the stamped image with white embossing powder, then used a sponge dauber to add the colors to the empty spaces.  I stamped the sentiment, then used a die to cut it out.  I find it much easier to stamp it first, then it's easy to position the die over it where you want it.  I even used the "negatives" of the die cut label for decorating the upper corners.  This card was very easy to make, although it doesn't look like it.

A close-up view of the detailed heat embossing.
Thank you for coming by, and I hope you enjoyed your visit! 

Please feel free to leave a little love in the comments - I need all I can get!  Have a great Eggy day!

5 comments:

  1. You have been a busy busy lady!!!! These are all gorgeous!!

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  2. Absolutely first class Clare. I love these. Good luck with your CB Design work!
    Gill x

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  3. The first is my favourite of these for your intricate work perfectly mirrors the designs in the egg. I love your bordering with the texture of the braid which picks up on the shape of the leaves in the stamped design. The colours are just unbelievable & your shadowing of certain elements on your egg really accentuates them. I'm thrilled about your DT appointment & thoroughly look forward to seeing more of your work with Glenda's stamps. Chocolate Baroque (formerly Elusive Images) comprise the major part of my collection & their timeless designs are quite unique.
    Your embossed egg with the sponging is a glorious dream of pastels too & again your intricate die-cutting & the lace complements the stamped design.
    I seem to have turned a comment into an essay but there is so much in your designs.
    Paula (PEP)

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  4. Hi Clare! Oh goodness.... what gorgeousness I see here!!! First off... congrats on your new DT assignment! I'm thrilled for you and you sure have done some incredibly detailed designs with these egg stamps! I think you have sold me already!!!! Love the soft colors of the bottom one and the beautiful details of the die cut... and the top one just takes my breath away!!! Oh so gorgeous!!! I can't wait to see more!!! Hope you are doing well.... catch me up some time....
    hugs and prayers,
    Grace

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  5. Wow...Gorgeous cards here!! love them all........Awesome blog!! hugs

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I am a child of God, wife, mother of three, and gramma of six. I enjoy stamping, scrapbooking, beading, photography, sewing, camping, fishing, hiking and life! I am a retired dog groomer. Denver, Colorado, is where I was born and raised. I miss the snow and drier weather.

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