Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Christmas cards with beautiful Chocolate Baroque stamps

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well.   It's getting a little milder here and the sun is shining, it feels so good :)   I have several Christmas Cards to show you today.

I recently ordered the beautiful Steampunk Christmas set from Chocolate Baroque which had been on my wish list for a long time.   My husband likes the Steampunk designs a lot, so I made this card for him.


The background is Dylusions Inks mopped up from my craft mat.    The cog trees were stamped with Mowed Lawn DI.   I stamped the bottom of the smaller tree around the edge.   The larger tree in the centre was stamped with Cobalt Ink over another Dylusions inked piece of cardstock.    I cut it out and then embossed the entire image with a Kaleidoscope powder.  I coloured the cogs over top of the embossing with purple Smooch Ink.

Die- Spellbinder Sprightly Sprockets

You can see the sparkle better below but the photos are not doing it justice.



I used the gorgeous flowers also from the Steampunk Christmas set for the card below.     This set has a lot to offer, for non-steampunk as well.


The background on the above card was created using Festive Berries and Mahogany Distress Inks using the acrylic block technique.    I stamped the Holly edge from Christmas Edges and Joy with Seedless Preserves DI.   The Holly Flourish is by Cheery Lyn. 

The flowers were embossed with Bronze Metallic power, I blended Seedless Preserves and Mahogany Distress Inks to colour them.  I cut them out, popped them up and added a large bling piece to the centers (which covered up the cog center as this card is not steampunk theme).   I didn't have purple bling in this size but found that I could colour them with Alcohol ink.   

Here is a look at the beautiful Steampunk Christmas A4 set. 




I have one more card that I created recently with the beautiful New England Winter A5 set that I've had for a while, also by Chocolate Baroque.  I love this house and enjoyed colouring it. 




The background is Broken China, Tumbled Glass and Evergreen Bough Distress Inks using the Acrylic block technique.   I picked up drops of ink after drying.  I stamped the corners from the New England Set with Evergreen Bough ink.   The house, star and sentiment from Warm Christmas Greetings were stamped with Black Versafine Ink.   I coloured the image with my Prisma Pencils, added red glitter to the ornaments on the tree and a little clear glitter here & there (hard to see in the photo). 

Thanks for visiting and have a great day,
Shirley

32 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

What a lot of gorgeous cards! Valerie

Willy said...

Wow..what a beautiful original and colorful chtistmas cards, love them!

Janny said...

Wonderful cards and stamps with great colouring and backgrounds Greetings Janny

Amanda said...

Fabulous collection of cards, loving the steampunk Christmas
Love
Amanda x

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

A stunning collection of cards with each background being so beautifully vibrant.
Wishes
Lynne

Alex Leitner said...

Wonderful cards, Shirley! If I had to pick one I didn't know which one to choose. they are ALL beautiful!

Pat said...

Three very different cards, two using the Steampunk stamps - one quirky with the cog Christmas tree, and the other rich and elegant with the flowers. The third one is a completely different way of using what would normally be thought of as a moving house image but works perfectly as an 'our house to your house' Christmas card. I love all the colours and with just a little embellishment the images are the focal point. Absolutely lovely!

Nan G said...

Beautiful steampunk Christmas cars! Love love the tree of gears! I could so use this set with my current project. And the flower in red and purples....wow!

Lindeke said...

Wow, great cards!! My favorites are the steampunk Christmas card and the New England Winter card. Gr, Linda

Paula (PEP) said...

The one that caught my eye is the first with your idea of edging the whole using the bottom of the small tree - it looks terrific & I love all the embellishing of the tree itself. This is definitely a man.
The second really pops with your use of the purple in combination with the reds - an amazing colour achieved by that blending of Seedless Preserves & Aged Mahogany.
The last one looks super with the way you accented the corners - I can't get over how successful the small corners are at the bottom - the larger corners at the top actually balance the bottom heavy focal image beautifully.
Paula (PEP)

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

Amazing collection of wonderful cards, you are so creative!love specially the last most.
xox Anja

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Stunning cards Shirley, I love the steampunk Christmas tree I'm sure your hubby does too. I had forgotten how beautiful the steampunk flower was, until I saw it on your card, they look even better with the gems you've used in the middle. The last card really reminds me of our trip to the US last year and the time we spent in the New England area. I have several photos with houses that resemble this one.

I'm glad the weather is warming a little for you.

Sue x

Ryn Tanaka said...

Gorgeous Christmas cards Shirley! I also love your new Winter Banner photo.

aussie aNNie said...

Vibrant, stunning and exquisite cards Shirley, these are gorgeous stamps..xxx

Darnell J Knauss said...

Thud! Honestly, you really shouldn't put several of these mind-boggling creations in one post, Shirley! It's too much beauty; my head will explode!! Especially now that I know firsthand just how richly colored they are IRL!! That flower looks like an expensive piece of jewelry! Hugs, Darnell

maria's knutselplezier said...

Wow Shirley, your cards are so beautiful again, my favorites are the one with the beautiful flower and the last one, but that's because I'm not such a fan of steampunk!!!

Greeting and have a wonderful week
Maria

Patricia said...

Three BEAUTIFUL cards! I love the steampunk Christmas!
Greetz Patricia

chrissies said...

All of them wonderful cards and the flower you made with the stamp is so beautiful

Love Chrissie x

Crafting Queen said...

Three wonderful cards, great colours and backgrounds. Hope all is well with your kitties.

LonettA said...

Wonderful serie of christmas cards! Especially I like the last one! It has so lovely colors!

Felicie said...

All of them are so beautiful Shirley.
Greetings
Felicie

Wendy McCarthy said...

Your garden looks so pretty Shirley! Love the beautiful cards too, my fav is that pretty house! xxx

Karin said...

wow beautiful cards, I don't no which I like most because they are all gorgeous!
Groetjes Karin x

Donna Ellis said...

Wow! Three amazingly colorful cards, Miss Shirley! love the steampunk Christmas - how fun is that! Especially with the gear over the Christmas tree! Your gorgeously embossed Joy flowers - they look beautiful! That card should be submitted to the Path of Positivity challenge this month! The color and texture in the flower (and your fussy cutting) are beautiful. The pretty house setting is peaceful with the Christmas star. hugs, de

sheila 77 said...

Just terrific, Shirley. These are definitely worth a whole post each. The pink flowers look jewel-like, that's so very clever. I've looked at the stamps, following your references, and they are just all plain stamps - but in your cards here you have made these plain stamps into works of art.

Cole Meyer said...

Wow! You really steampunked Christmas up! Loving it!

Gerrina said...

Three verry different cards and all appealing! Can understand that DH likes the steampunk verse! The house looks out of a photo; coloured that realistic! And the poinsetta´s pop out so great with this background! Have a good day, Gerrina

Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

those are 'wow' cards, Shirley! As usual BG is stunning and different. Especially I liked the coloring of stamp images! I never saw steampunk stamps like this, wish those will be available in India :)

froebelsternchen Susi said...

gosh! They all look amazing--I love your new stampunky creations Shirley!

and I love your color's as always!
xxx

from another cold area ... but not so much snow by now... will come tomorrow!

Sandy said...

All three of these are really gorgeous Shirley - I have read and re-read and studied each image carefully. I really love the poinsettia - and the house too!! The Steampunk Christmas tree is delightful. I think I really have to get these two sets!!
sandy

Saakje said...

Beautiful cards Shirley.
C.B. stamps are sooo nice and you have the talent to make georgious cards with them.
\When I see your cards I always have the wish to order them all. No wonder hé.
"lieve groetjes" Saakje

MaryH said...

Oh my! That steampunk is gorgeous, and so perfect for a guy. I had seen the marvelous pink flower on Ryn's FB, and loved it then too. Loved the New England style card too. I'm awestruck at how you create all these wonderful designs with these nifty stamps. Your color combinations on the dylusions are always perfect on the stamps you choose. TFS & providing such fantastic inspiration. Hugs