Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Chocolate Baroque Christmas Bauble

Hello everyone !   I thought I would post this card today as well.   My previous post was for the In The Pink Challenge.   

I was excited to receive my order from Chocolate Baroque with their beautiful new Christmas set -   Pears & Baubles.  Such a gorgeous set that includes a fabulous background design.  I ordered it as soon as it was released and couldn't believe it when it arrived in just FOUR days from the UK !   This is not the first time I've ordered from them :) :) :) and they are always fast, but this was very impressive.

I used 3 stamps from the set to create this card.   It's a little difficult to capture the colours & embossing in the photo.

I started with the stars & mistletoe background stamp and embossed with gold in two areas.   I used  Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers Distress with the Acrylic Block technique to create the background.  Different colours for Christmas but I love them.    

Acrylic Block Technique:    Simply add Distress Inks directly to an Acrylic Block (used for cling stamps), spray with water and then 'smoosh' around your page until you like the results.  

I embossed the mistletoe and the star bauble twice with gold.  I blended the same two Distress Inks again  to add colour to the bauble, mistletoe and white sheer ribbon.   I cut the centre star from one bauble to pop up in the middle as show below.  I cut the mistletoe out and adhered all to the background.   I also used a white gel pen to add a little highlight here & there.

This photo below is clearer:

Thanks for your visit and kind comments, they are always appreciated.
Have a great day,


  1. This is absolutely stunning Shirley I love it!! huggles hun xxxxxxxxx

  2. WOW this is stunning Shirley, I love the background stamp, and the gorgeous bauble stamp. So far I've not ordered it (I ordered some of the new clear stamps) but I'm sure I will soon. The background you've created is gorgeous too, very similer in technique to what I do, but I put my ink onto a craft mat rather than an acrylic block.

    Everything is quite on the London front at the moment, so taking my Mum away next week for a few days. Just have to hope the good old British weather holds up and keeps fine for us.

    Sue x

  3. wow another great card today,beautiful!

  4. So very beautiful again Shirley, as usual. Beautiful background.
    Lovely greet and big hug

  5. The gold looks amazing with the purple Shirley...a very stylish card!

    Greetings, Alie:-)

  6. Great work Shirley.
    Love the different colours, as you call them.
    Mostly I love everything that is created out of the box.
    Normal is so boring sometimes.
    Groetjes Gery

  7. Wow you are amazing Shirley, and I know I keep telling you over and over... Wow friend I really love this card very much... So darn pretty...
    The colours are just perfect.....

  8. Wonderful card Shirley. The colors are stunning together.

  9. Ooooooo.. good technique with the block... gonna pinch that!
    Super card with a great result.
    Quick question.. I have terrible trouble with my gold embossing ..I lose the detail of the stamp... what brand are you using here please Shirley ... looks very clear!
    BTW received some new stamps from Ryn yesterday... Kelp!! Dribble, dribble! lol xxx

  10. Waw Shirley , this is really a wonderfull card!!!The person who get's this card for Christmas will be very happy, and what a beautifull colours you have used, very very beautifull!!!!


  11. Stunning card Shirley. Love the background technique idea and I'll be trying that. The gold embossing is wonderful and I love the composition you've used. Do you get the idea that I love this card. . . . . . . ???

  12. Eine bildschöne Karte. Sehr elegant.
    Liebe Grüße xx

  13. Hi Shirley,I had it already seen on the Ning but again so beautiful, just up to my street! xx miranda

  14. Gorgeous blend of colors Shirley! As always it's amazing! The gold embossed bauble ~Beautiful! 3 days is amazing to receive an order from down the street let alone the UK! wow!!

  15. Hi Shirley, Beautiful card. Love the colours and the embossing. Have a wonderful weekend.
    Regards Florence x

  16. Oh Shirley this is stunning! Those colours are scrumptious and make a really beautiful backdrop for those stamps. i've resisted the summer distress inks so far but I can feel myself weakening now lol
    Claire xx

  17. Wow! There's a magical quality to this, Shirley, which is perfect for Christmas, of course. The colors, the gold embossing, everything. I never heard of Chocolate Baroque...what a neat name!

  18. This is so stunning, Shirley. It's like an ornament made with The Northern Lights!!

  19. STUNNING Shirley!!! LOVE the gold embossing mixed with those purple and pink colours...I would never think to combine these...thanks for beautiful inspiration!!!

  20. What a fabulous card Shirley! I love everything about it from the incredible colours to the elegant images.

  21. Fabulous indeed, gold embossing and dimension always a winner in my book but then you add your eye for colour and it's definitely a stunner, love it :0) Gay x

  22. Hi Shirley!
    My goodness, this is a very special card, sooo very beautiful! Love the smooshing background with the pretty blend of colours, great! LOVE the ornament, and the way it "sparkles" into the card! Wow so nicely done! Makes it very alive, this is really neat! Well done! Gorgeous!
    Warm greetz! Marlene :)


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